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Best floating market in Bangkok? a trip to Khlong Lat Mayom
One of the most popular things to do in Bangkok is visit a floating market, and there are quite a few markets to choose from. While some of the most famous floating markets are located outside of Bangkok, like Damnoen Saduak and Amphawa, there are others that are well worth visiting right within the city.
Written by Migrationology - see the post
Origin story: my inspiration to leave the 9-5 and follow my passion
The other day I was participating in a Twitter chat of all things when I shared part of a story about my trip to the Galapagos that happened 6 years ago this month. I realized then that I have never fully shared the details of that trip; an adventure that led not only to the creation of my website but also to the most dramatic change I've ever made in my life.
Written by Landlopers - see the post
Awesome Campsites - Tips for Selecting the BEST Site!
The right site in a campground can be the difference between a crappy experience and an awesome one. What makes a site great for you, will likely differ than what makes a site great for us. We personally love sites with great views and maximum privacy - we prefer to see a field, trees or water out our window, instead of neighboring RVs. We like to step out of our RV into our own defined space and not feel like we're stepping out on a stage.
Written by Technomadia - see the post
7 things that will ruin your long distance trek and how to avoid them
A long distance trek is one of my favourite vacations. This 'active relaxation' holiday is rejuvenating. Not to mention addictive. I now do at least one every year now.
Written by Monkeys and Mountains - see the post
Committed - you know I'm crazy (about my dog).
People ask us all the time why we don't frequently travel outside of North America. There is a pretty simple answer to this, yet people find it hard to wrap their minds around it. We made a commitment. What is a commitment? Well, it's a state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc., and I made a commitment to my pet(s).
Written by The Constant Rambler - see the post
How to save money for travel: top tips to save
A new year brings New Year's resolutions which, for many of our readers, will focus on how to save money for travel. Saving money can be a daunting task. But as with most of life's challenges, pick it apart and it will be easier to solve. Even if the ability to save was not bred in your bones, it can be learned.
Written by Solo Traveler Blog - see the post
16 sensational roads in America's finest national parks
One of the best things about American national parks is their variety. From different landscapes to iconic wildlife to usually a historical aspect as well, there's plenty to discover in these epitomes of nature conservation.
Written by Travel Experience Live - see the post
Five great Ireland walking locations
Ireland is a walker's paradise with hiking trails crisscrossing the landscape along the coasts, through mountain valleys and alongside teeming rivers. With such a variety in landscape what more could you ask for? So don't take any more time than it requires to drop your bags at a comfortable budget accommodation like Travelodge Ireland Hotels and read on for five great Ireland walking locations.
Written by Traveling Ted - see the post
9 days in Tibet: my budget Tibet tour review
The engine swapped into gear smoothly as it continued to ascend into the highest grasslands around the world. At 4,200 meters and rising, our trip on the Xining to Lhasa train wasn't quite as luxurious as most Western European trains, but it would have been a long shot to say it was uncomfortable.
Written by Active Planet Travels - see the post
How to take a baby on a plane: Tips for seat assignments, feeding and diaper change
Great- now other passengers roll their eyes at you! I was the person who always groaned when a couple with a baby approached my row on an airplane. Sitting next to a crying, poopy-smelling infant seemed like the kiss of death. How could I possibly relax and enjoy my infinite entertainment choices (music, magazines, apps) with this distraction?
Written by Downtown Traveler - see the post
How to travel to Cuba as an American
Cuba has been off-limits to Americans since 1960 when a trade embargo was put in place. This essentially made Cuba completely off limits for Americans. Europeans and travelers from nearby countries have been freely traveling to Cuba for decades and finally it is much easier for Americans to visit this northern Caribbean island. Recently things have changed and now it is even easier for Americans to travel to Cuba. Here is what you need to know about traveling to Cuba as an American.
Written by Triphackr - see the post
9 easy tips that will save you money on your next hotel room
I have conservatively estimated that prior to the purchase of our motor home, we'd spent over 450 nights in a hotel room as a family in only a couple years. This, and that I worked at a hotel for over a year and a half, leads me to think that I can offer you a few words of wisdom when it comes to how to save money on hotel rooms; particularly how to get discounts, what to ask when booking a room and what chains to avoid like the plague.
Written by Travel Inspired Living - see the post
12 of the most charming spots in Ireland
This summer I took my parents to Ireland on their dream trip, and little did I know that it would quickly turn into my dream trip too. What a delightful surprise! It didn't take long for the charming towns, cute houses, quaint countrysides and beautiful landscapes to win me over. I mean, Ireland had everything I didn't know I wanted!
Written by Young Adventuress - see the post
Eight sunny memories from two weeks in Los Angeles
Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know that my relationship with the City of Angels has been a slow burn. I was pretty unenthused when my dad first relocated there, finding the city to be spread out, stressful, grimy and quite frankly charmless upon my first visit. Then I came back again. And again. And again. And again!
Written by Alex in Wanderland - see the post
26 things travel has taught me
Today is my 26th birthday. Today, I leave my "early 20s" and cross over into my "late 20s." It's weird, in a way, because I feel like I barely got used to telling people I was 25, and now suddenly I'm a year older. Time certainly does fly when you're having fun - and I've definitely had my fair share of fun this past year!
Written by Dangerous Business - see the post
5 useful tips how to find a good job abroad
It has always been thought that the job abroad has a lot of benefits. In addition, the previous work experience abroad is a very big advantage to get a very good job in your home country. If you are a brave and ambitious student and if you intend to get not only a diploma of one of the leading foreign universities but also a prestigious job abroad, perhaps the following tips will be helpful to you.
Written by Around The World In 80 Jobs - see the post
How I created my dream job in less than a year (just by doing what I love)
Have you ever asked yourself how you would really enjoy spending your life? If your job is not your passion, it's time to redesign your life - and create a future you LOVE.
Written by Just One Way Ticket - see the post
Change - the only constant (thoughts as we embark on our next chapter)
Life is about learning, exploring and expanding your comfort zones. Whenever you make a shift, you're bound to go through emotions and even a decent dose of naysayers who want to interject their words of caution and try to steer you away from your dreams.
Written by Technomadia - see the post
Avoiding scam artists on vacation
Even though we try not to look like tourists while traveling, there are still some places where visitors stand out and are approached by people trying to separate them from their money. To scam artists, tourists who are not familiar with local cultures or the language are an easy mark. In our travels we've picked up several tips for how to avoid scam artists on vacation.
Written by Changes in Longitude - see the post
Monkeys, monkeys, everywhere!
During a recent visit to Kathmandu, I took my friend, Jane, to Pashupatinath Temple. Considered by Hindus to be one of the holiest sites in Nepal, Pashupainath is the location of the burning ghats where members of the Nepal Royal family were historically cremated and also one of seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley. I didn't tell her ahead of time, though, that it's also one of the best places in the city to see monkeys.
Written by Hole In The Donut - see the post
Adventurous Kate gets naked in public
Getting naked in public is not the kind of thing I set out to do on a regular basis, but in Istanbul, I knew I had to experience a traditional hammam, or Turkish bath! These communal bathing facilities are an institution in Turkey. A traditional hammam includes a bath, a heavy-duty body scrub, and a soapy massage. There are additional services like oil massages and spa treatments, but most people just stick to the basic three services.
Written by Adventurous Kate - see the post
Where to find the best gelato in Rome
If you're heading to Rome, one thing you absolutely have to do is try gelato - the Italian version of ice cream. Gelato literally means "frozen" in Italian. And in this post, we're going to help you find the best gelato in Rome (in our opinion anyway).
Written by Finding the Universe - see the post
Seven days in Tibet
We had a mere seven days in Tibet. It wasn't enough time to dive deep into the culture or gain any real insights on this dying nation. What it did offer was a glimpse at the natural splendor of the country and a window into the life of the Tibetan people.
Written by Round We Go - see the post
A California road trip with Lost Campers
I shall introduce you to "Caitlin". Now I don't know the story behind the name but that was the mini-campervan my girlfriend and I were given for our California road trip when we went to pick up our rental from Lost Campers USA in Los Angeles.
Written by Wandering Earl - see the post
Chiang Mai on the cheap: the unbrave girl's guide to (reluctant) budget living
Last week, I left the lovely city of Chiang Mai, Thailand after living there for a grand total of three and a half months. As this is the longest time I had stayed in any one place for the past year, you'd think I would have managed to do and see a lot of things while I was there. You'd really think that, wouldn't you?
Written by Unbrave Girl - see the post
An itinerary for a weekend in Florida's Emerald Coast
From the squeaky-soft, white sand to the most perfect shade of turquoise water, it's no wonder how the Emerald Coast has earned its name. Not only is it a hot vacation destination for those that reside in the southern region of the USA, but it's also a favorite weekend getaway spot for local Floridians.
Written by Angela Travels - see the post
Surviving Songkran
The stream of water from the squirt gun hits me dead in the eye. The sting is instantaneous. "Damnit! My eye!" I whimper as I attempt to wipe the water out. But, it's no use. I'm in the middle of the world's biggest water fight - Songkran - a celebration of the new year in Thailand. And, I'm in the hotbed of all of the action, Chiang Mai. For four days, the water battle leaves me drenched during daylight hours.
Written by D Travels 'Round - see the post
Solo Travel. Mindful Travel.
When I travel with family and friends, my awareness and appreciation of my travel experiences are somewhat compromised. Decisions are made collaboratively. Responsibilities are shared. You do this, I'll do that. I find that my memories of such trips are incomplete.
Written by Solo Traveler Blog - see the post
Field-tested travel tips: Should you pay in local currency while traveling?
We were using a credit card to buy a camera in Germany when when the sales clerk asked us, "Do you want that charged in euros or U. S. dollars?" Huh? We hadn't been asked that question before and really had no idea of the right answer. We assumed that, as Americans, we'd want to be charged in dollars and not pay in local currency while traveling overseas. Wrong answer.
Written by Changes in Longitude - see the post
Highways & byways: the ultimate Texas road trip
I'm embarrassed to say that prior to our ultimate Texas road trip two weeks ago, my travels to and around the Lone Star State were largely centered on long weekends in Austin. And while Austin has always and will continue to be one of my favorite U.S. cities, I can't believe the magic of small-town Texas we discovered throughout our seven days traversing its diverse and scenic landscape.
Written by Camels And Chocolate - see the post
How to travel alone without being lonely: 10 tips & 12 posts
Not every solo traveler is concerned about this but, we hear it often enough, "I want to travel alone but I'm afraid I'll be lonely."
Written by Solo Traveler Blog - see the post
Reflecting on the great US road trip
It's hard to believe that it's almost been eighteen months since myself, my mate James, and our red Mustang undertook the five week Great US Road Trip that took us from San Francisco all the way to New York. It had been the culmination of months of planning and years of daydreaming and it was amazing.
Written by Aussie on the Road - see the post
5 must-know travel tips for your first solo trip abroad
Traveling solo as a woman is honestly one of the best travel experiences you will ever have. No pressure, right?! I'm an introvert, so taking a solo trip to a familiar destination, or even a new one, is something that suits my travel style. That said, you want to ensure your safety just like you do in your everyday life. Whether you're embarking on your very first solo female trip or jetting off to your favorite city in the world, be savvy, stylish and most importantly, smart!
Written by Bohemian Trails - see the post
How to save big money on your vacation
I'm a scuba diver who travels the world three times a year. My last three trips included the Philippines, Barbados, and Spain. How can I travel so often? I pay 25-75 percent less than most by knowing how to work the system. If you want to vacation more, it just takes some effort and knowing some travel secrets to save you money.
Written by LLWorldTour - see the post
5 affordable countries worth moving to
Finding countries that are fun to travel in is easy, but finding a place that you can really settle down for a bit and call home is a whole other ball game. You need to make sure that the place you choose is affordable, has good health care, suitable grocery stores and plenty to keep you busy. We've been to 45 countries, and only a few of those destinations are places that we could actually live.
Written by Goats On The Road - see the post
How to quit your job & travel: the ultimate beginner's guide
How do I quit my job and travel forever? How can I possibly save enough money for travel? What are the regulations about travelling abroad full-time? What about retirement?
Written by Goats On The Road - see the post
10 awesome free things to do in NYC.
It's easy to spend big money in the big apple. But if you're like me, you probably want to indulge in some unusual cuisines and be on your way to Central America; I leave in 24 hours for Guatemala! In my three weeks in NYC, I've had my fair share of fun with tons of free things to do, free events and free activities to choose from.
Written by The Shooting Star - see the post
20 unexpectedly awesome destinations for solo female travelers
So you've decided that you want to see the world - I applaud you! - and you're thinking of all of the amazing places you can go. You're going to learn so much about yourself and meet so many fabulous new friends, beautiful strangers, see so many vibrant landscapes and skyscrapers, too. The world is your oyster, but the question is, where do you start?
Written by Be My Travel Muse - see the post
Travel vaccination guide: which shots do you need?
Planning to travel overseas in the next few months? You may want to think about travel vaccinations. Learn which shots you may need for which countries, and how to save money on them.
Written by Expert Vagabond - see the post
Tucson Gem Show travel tips
My favorite memory from the Tucson Gem Show was when a girlfriend and I (shopping isn't Alan's cup of tea), visited the African Art Village on the last day of the show in 2011 when it was located along the I-10 frontage road. After parking in the public lot on Grant Road, west of I-10, our afternoon of bargain hunting began. The plan of action?
Written by My Itchy Travel Feet - see the post
Photography workshop: on location in Northern Portugal
I am pleased to share with our readers this information about an upcoming photography workshop on location in northern Portugal. It is produced by Barbara Nelson, an accomplished photographer and journalist who has traveled the world to capture the essence of the places she visits with inspiring photographs of natural beauty, urban landscapes, street scenes, iconic landmarks, unexpected events, and ordinary people going about their daily lives. I had the pleasure of meeting Barbara a few years ago when our paths crossed in Italy as she led a workshop through Emilia-Romagna.
Written by Traveling With Sweeney - see the post
How to take a self-guided walking tour in Amsterdam
While Amsterdam may be on the Grand Tour for every foreigner to visit while in Europe, intrepid travelers who prefer less touristy cities shouldn't pass it by. Amsterdam is filled with warm citizens (who have no issue speaking English to you), wonderful food, and picturesque settings.
Written by My Itchy Travel Feet - see the post
Bike Bandit for your motorcycle adventure
A great way to experience the outdoors in the United States is through a road trip. One way to amp up the intensity of the experience is to experience a motorcycle adventure. Even if you do not ride a motorcycle, there is something about the idea of a road trip on two wheels that resonates with many.
Written by Traveling Ted - see the post
10 ways travel helps you let go
Travel. It places us in situations we couldn't otherwise imagine. It often spurs us to do things we thought we couldn't do. It provides perspective on our lives and our place in the world. Amidst all this, travel also offers freedom. Among those freedoms, the greatest freedom of all: the freedom to let go.
Written by Uncornered Market - see the post
10 best places in Costa Rica for first time visitors
Costa Rica is a small country at only 51,100 km (19,653 sq mi), a little smaller than West Virginia and a little bit bigger than Denmark. When you look at it on a map, it seems like you can easily road trip the whole country in a week.
Written by Mytanfeet - see the post
A step by step guide to using budget airlines and saving money
Budget airlines can be a traveler's best friend - or worst nightmare. But writing them off because you don't understand them is a major, major mistake. Here is our step by step guide to finding and booking budget airlines - and saving yourself a TON of money in the process.
Written by Extra Pack Of Peanuts - see the post
30 things to do in Northern California
A lot of people visit this blog looking for ideas for Northern California because I write so much about my home region (find more in the California category or subscribe to my quarterly newsletter for much more about NorCal). But you should know that you can find many suggestions for specific regions in my other "30 things to do" posts:
Written by This is My Happiness - see the post
A quick visit to Melbourne
I associate one thing with visits to Melbourne - DUMPLINGS. Beautiful, flavorful, pork, garlic, or shrimp filled dumpling goodness. In China, dumplings are laid out on New Years Eve to bring you wealth in the months ahead. In Melbourne's Chinatown, any dumplings laid out on my table are inhaled immediately.
Written by Backpacking Matt - see the post
The surreal ice caves of Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau Alaska
Mendenhall Glacier is located 12 miles or nineteen kilometers from Juneau, the capital city of Alaska. The famous glacier and the ice caves are located in Mendenhall Valley. The glacier is about 13.6 miles (21.9 kilometers) long and is federally protected, along with the surrounding landscape, as part of the Tongass National Forest.
Written by Wandering Trader - see the post
The world wide web has been broken and it won't be fixed
I am feeling nostalgic - a feeling that I've always reserved for old folks who have already done it rather than those still young enough to be in the process of doing it. I like what I do - I couldn't ask for anything more or for anything to be much different. But there is one stretch of this road that I find myself longing to return to: those first few years of blogging.
Written by Vagabond Journey - see the post
Japan traveler's companion book review: a complete overview of Japan's highlights
My collection of books around Japan and the Japanese language never seems to stop growing. I'm such a huge fan of this country! Whether I'm planning a trip or not, many of these books just inspire me by browsing through them and realizing in what a wonderful world we live.
Written by The Travel Tester - see the post
Colorful/wonderful fish tacos-Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico (photo of the day)
"You've got to try the fish tacos in Todos Santos," a friend of mine told me. "They're incredible!" I decided to take her advice and sure enough, she was right. When I arrived in the town, I asked some of the locals where to go. They all seemed to point at the same stand right on the street. The prices were excellent-maybe a dollar for one? And so, I ordered two. I was not disappointed.
Written by Chicky Bus - see the post
What if your kids don't want to travel?
Please, Mommy, no more trips. I just want to stay home." As much as I hate to even think about it, this is the situation I face.what if your kids don't want to travel?
Written by This is My Happiness - see the post
Happens when you travel
I didn't think much of it at first. His face was somewhat pale and the ever-present smile had been replaced by a slightly anguished expression. He mentioned he was cold but how could this be? We were in the middle of the hot and humid Cambodian jungle. Maybe it was just exhaustion from a long day of exploring Angkor Wat? I figured if we just rested a while, we'd be OK.
Written by Daves Travel Corner - see the post
A little story. and the case for planning a trip to Nepal
The first strings of a melody slid into the corners of the room as the musician strummed her guitar. The nearby interpretive dancer stood frozen in place, eyes cast upward as she waited for her cue. The tiny grandma behind me bobbed from side-to-side over my shoulder, attempting to see past my tall frame. I slouched deeper into my folding chair.
Written by A Little Adrift - see the post
Look at the every day beautiful Poon Hill Nepal
Hiking around in the Himalaya Mountains of Nepal was a dreamy wonder. Last week we talked in depth about hiking to Poon Hill, Nepal. That post was full of how to info if you think you may ever want to go there yourself. If you think you may not make it there yourself or want to get a bit more of a behind the scenes look, this weeks post is a selection of images showing what it was like to hiking around Poon Hill in Nepal.
Written by Vagabond Way - see the post
20 best travel tips after 20 years of traveling
Over the past 20 years, Caz and I have been fortunate to have visited over 50 countries and lived in 5, and today we'd like to share with you our 20 best travel tips!
Written by yTravel Blog - see the post
The Loony Dook: Scotland's crazy new year celebration
Not satisfied with an epic fireworks display, a massive street party and a Viking-led torchlight procession to celebrate the new year (which they call Hogmanay), the folks of Scotland have also instituted an annual tradition known as the Loony Dook.
Written by Finding the Universe - see the post
Photo diary from a trip to Rome
I'd been several times before but Danté never had and as someone who is Italian American, I thought it was time he changed that. We'd also both seen video of a phenomenon which is supposed to occur in Rome during the winter months, when clouds of starlings can be seen all over the city.
Written by Aviators and a Camera - see the post
Traveling the world to say "thank you"
There are some nights you can't sleep because you are so excited for what the next day holds. Every night of my trip, that was my story. But, my last night in Brela, it stood true even more than usual. The next morning, Katie, David and I were boarding a bus up the coast to Split. And, I was going to go and find someone who had been a catalyst in getting me out of Atlanta and into the life I had been living. I was ridiculously excited, to say the least.
Written by D Travels 'Round - see the post
Turning Japanese in Holland
I didn't expect it to happen here. San Francisco? Definitely. Paris? Sure. Amsterdam? Certainly. But Rotterdam. That's where I was wrong. Rotterdam is a world-class jazz city; I just didn't know it, yet. Thankfully, Tokyo jazz band, Soil & "Pimp" Sessions, were already in the know. Last year, they laid down my dream jazz show in Rotterdam. It was a raucous affair, similar to what I imagine performances were like in American nightclubs in the days of Charlie Parker and Sonny Stitt.
Written by Beers And Beans - see the post
The 5 common problems travelers should avoid
When traveling around the world, there's always the potential for issues to arise. With some common problems being encountered by almost every tourist who dares to venture out there, it makes sense you should prepare for these eventualities as best as you can.
Written by Active Planet Travels - see the post
Three choice days in Chiang Mai
The phrase "Chiang Mai is the new Bangkok" may soon have literal implications. Fears of sea level rise have motivated scores of Bangkokians to buy property in the hub of Thailand's north, although that alone doesn't account for all the changes Chiang Mai has undergone in recent years.
Written by Leave Your Daily Hell - see the post
35 money-saving, point-earning travel booking hacks
Like most of those who find themselves regularly on the road, I'm obsessed with finding deals, discovering travel hacks and earning points. Over the years I've discovered a number of travel booking tips, secrets and tools that allow road warriors to stretch their dollars farther, like:
Written by Jessie on a Journey - see the post
The ghost towns of New York City
So what makes for a good ghost town? Tumbleweeds and shanty buildings? Dusty and deserted roads? A ghost town is the remnants of a place that is a shadow of its former vibrant self. A place that once gleamed with the sparkle of humanity only to find itself deserted and isolated. If we follow this definition, there are three really captivating ghost towns smack dab in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world, New York City! Join us as we explore these modern day ghost towns.
Written by 1000 Fights - see the post
Top tacos in El Paso
I grew up an Army brat moving every two or three years to a new state or a new country. I don't remember all the details about every place I lived, but I do have fragments that make for a really great childhood full of fond memories. Given my devout interest in all things food, it would probably not surprise you that a lot of my memories are associated with local cuisines.
Written by Misadventures With Andi - see the post
A list of the cheapest and the most expensive countries in the world
You want to move abroad and work remotely? Or just travel for an indefinite time? This list will help you to find out about the cost of living around the globe...
Written by Just One Way Ticket - see the post
23 things to do in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City): top attractions!
Are you ready for some action? Saigon (also officially known as Ho Chi Minh City or locally in Vietnamese as Sài Gòn) is Vietnam's most booming up and coming city, a places where the action never stops. In this post I'm going to go over 23 of what I think are the top things you can do and see when you're in Saigon.
Written by Migrationology - see the post
How travel helps us keep life in perspective
No discussion about returning from a prolonged period abroad is complete without thorough time devoted to reverse culture shock. And within the larger folds of a discussion about reentry, the conversation inevitably turns to perspective. Specifically, that people don't seem to have any. Of course this isn't a fair statement, but coming off of long-term travel to the developing world often leaves you in a fastidious state of mind.
Written by Legal Nomads - see the post
How to use your cellphone abroad in 5 easy steps
When traveling abroad, one of the worst mistakes you can make is paying way too much to use your cellphone. his happens to many people because they think using their cellphone abroad is complicated, and therefore pick the easiest (and much more expensive) option. So, what are the two main options?
Written by Extra Pack Of Peanuts - see the post
Winter escapes: 23 sunny places to feel good!
ou are tired of the cold, the rain and the sleet and only getting a few hours of sunshine in a day? Now that Christmas and the nice atmosphere around it are over winter depression is not far. But why freeze and be in a shitty mood when you can also get away for a few days or even weeks and seek refuge in the sun?
Written by Off The Path - see the post
How to visit Napa on a budget
California's wine country is a dreamy destination worthy of any travel bucket list! However, wine tasting tours and luxury accommodation in Napa Valley isn't always within reach for those short on cash - something my 20-something year old, college student self was all too familiar with.
Written by Ordinary Traveler - see the post
A lesson in Japanese culture: it's not a souvenir, it's an omiyage!
People have been responding really well to a lot of my articles on Japanese culture. Since Japan is a country that fascinates many people, myself included, and my degree is in Japanese culture, I've decided to write a series of posts delving a bit deeper into the culture than what most people would see when merely traveling through the country.
Written by Travels In Translation - see the post
50 of our favorite exciting things to do in Costa Rica
Are you planning a trip to Costa Rica but not sure which activities to do? We know the feeling! It's hard to pick just a few when there are so many amazing things to do. And with Costa Rica's many lush jungles, impressive volcanoes and hidden beaches, you can have an unforgettable vacation experiencing nature like you never have before.
Written by Mytanfeet - see the post
Budget for backpacking and travel in Europe: estimating your daily costs to travel
Your budget for backpacking in Europe is usually the most important factor when planning your travels. Unfortunately, planning is very confusing because it is so difficult to know how much you're actually going to spend. There are so many variables to take into account, but this guide will help give you an idea of how much you should expect to spend.
Written by The Savvy Backpacker - see the post
The job of the traveler
The job of the traveler is to go out into the world, observe and learn about what's happening, and then report back to everyone at home. We now call them historians, but in their day they were travelers who wrote. They provide the documentation of what happened. Again needed. The narratives of our world are not being told by people who go there. They are being told by people in cubicles staring into laptops on the other side of the world.
Written by Vagabond Journey - see the post
10 of the safest destinations for solo female travelers
I've written quite a few articles on solo female travel tips and why every woman should venture out on her own but, I'm often asked, "Where is it safe for women to travel solo?"
Written by The Blonde Abroad - see the post
How to tell your job you are leaving to travel
How much time do you give when you are quitting your job to travel the world? How will your company take the news? Will they be supportive and hold your job for you? Or will they tell you to clean out your desk?
Written by Traveling 9 to 5 - see the post
Exploring Quarry Bay, Hong Kong: the Montane Mansion
Hong Kong has incredible architecture due to the blend of old and new buildings and cultures. Contemporary architecture is common and can be seen throughout the city. Modern architecture often clears out the older ones as they build up to make use of the limited land in Hong Kong. This is why Hong Kong has more skyscrapers over 150 meters than any other city in the world.
Written by Triphackr - see the post
Complete guide to the top 17 things to do in Bangkok with kids
Bangkok is, without a doubt, one of our favourite cities in the world. I have been here maybe ten times, and every time I fall in love with it again. I love the energy, the vibrancy, the people, the culture, everything really!
Written by Where's Sharon - see the post
The 5 effective habits of people who retired early
Most of the people who retired early have a lot of the same habits in common. I am not a financial planner but rather just a mom, wife and friend. I did retire over a decade early, and I would like to help you do the same. In fact, I know you can retire earlier than I did if you give retirement careful thought earlier in life. It is almost impossible to obtain an early retirement if you do not have a percentage of the money you make working for you.
Written by Retire Early and Travel - see the post
Ask me anything: will you plan my trip to India?
I've always loved to plan trips. For me, the hardest thing is just deciding which country to go to but once I know that, let the planning begin! A lot of you ask me "will you plan my trip to India" either by asking to hire me or by sending over your entire itinerary and asking me to review it.
Written by Hippie in Heels - see the post
Where to stay on an American road trip
Growing up and studying American history, I always associated a road trip with road side motels. A clean and welcoming Howard Johnson, or a motel in the shape of a teepee. It seems when traveling across the American Southeast, teepee motels are few and far between. But, there were a lot of other options of where to stay on an American road trip. We seemed to hit them all.
Written by With Husband in Tow - see the post
Tips for flying with a toddler or baby
Planning an airplane trip with a little one? Feeling nervous? I've been there. As much as I love to travel with my family, flying with a toddler is enough to make me break out in a cold sweat. After flying frequently with my five kids for the past 13 years, I have learned a few things to ease my anxiety and make travel a little smoother. Good preparation goes a long way to making your travel experience as pleasant as possible.
Written by Tips for Family Trips - see the post
UNESCO, world heritage sites
When I started visiting World Heritage Sites, I didn't realize it would become one of the most rewarding parts of my travels. It's led to all sorts of experiences that I would never have imagined.
Written by Time Travel Turtle - see the post
Meet the Border Dicks!
We've crossed 58 borders so far on our Trans-Americas Journey road trip through the Americas. And while 90% of the border officials we've come across have been pros, the other 10% have been, as we say in the travel business, border dicks. They come in many shapes and sizes. Here are a few of our favorites.
Written by Trans Americas - see the post
Things to do in Tokyo: see the city in five days
A handpicked selection of secret and not-so-secret things to do in Tokyo for those who wonder what makes the place special.
Written by Inside the Travel Lab - see the post
Fantastic balloon rides around the world
You don't have to travel to Albuquerque to attend the International Balloon Fiesta (or one of the other amazing balloon festivals around the world) to have a great hot air balloon experience, although I HIGHLY recommend going to Albuquerque! There are fantastic hot air balloon rides that you can do all around the world. I put out the call and asked travel bloggers to tell me about their favorite balloon experience from the far corners of the earth.
Written by Misadventures With Andi - see the post
How to Become an Au Pair
One of the most frequent questions readers ask me is, "How did you become an au pair?" So I thought I'd take the time today to finally answer that question, as well as talk about my personal experience working as an au pair in France.
Written by Ashley Abroad - see the post
Hong Kong: The Good and The Bad.
I'll be honest. Hong Kong never particularly appealed to me as a place to visit. (Meh! It's a city.) But I've always found it curious that everybody I know who has been there absolutely loves it.
Written by The Professional Hobo - see the post
The best Malibu airbnb: my Airstream dream experience
Driving down the Pacific Coast Highway had always been a dream of mine. I've driven parts of it many times but never come close to covering the more than 650 miles of highway that make up Highway 1, better know as the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).
Written by Triphackr - see the post
Why I won't get mad if you call me lucky
It happened a couple months ago, as I was entering back into the U.S. through immigration at Newark airport. I was standing in line waiting for my turn to get stamped in when I caught a snippet of the conversation happening two immigration lines away from me. An older African woman was going through immigration after her daughter. She handed over her passport and other documentation to the young immigration officer sitting in his cubicle, and answered his question about how long she was staying in the U.S.
Written by Dangerous Business - see the post
Twelve idioms that get lost in translation
Idioms are some of the most beautiful and creative parts of any language. Combining striking imagery with humorous phrasing, they are a fun way of making an observation on a situation. Not only that, they can also give us wonderful insight into different cultures and how they see the world.
Written by My Beautiful Adventures - see the post
A terrifying trip into Mujib Canyon, Jordan
I sought the advice of friends on how to book a tour to Petra and Wadi Rum prior to traveling to Jordan. Everyone assured me that any hotel could make the necessary arrangements. As they had advised, my hotel in Amman put together a custom tour that included transport in a private car via the King's Highway to Petra, with stops at some of the most important tourist sites along the way.
Written by Hole In The Donut - see the post
On Funding a Creative Life
How to make money as creative. That is the question. For me, it all started with a pubic hair that wasn't mine. It was curly, blonde and extraordinarily long, and it sat on my bathroom floor, harmless if not for the fact that it had come from the crotch of a complete stranger. Three things occurred to me in no particular order:
Written by Fearful Adventurer - see the post
Confessions of a reluctant traveller
I am not a natural traveller. I am not someone who relishes being led around some random South American bus station by a variety of well meaning but incomprehensible strangers to the front seat of a beat up old minibus and then having sacks of potatoes piled around me.
Written by Hecktic Travels - see the post
10 tips for traveling in China without speaking Chinese
I've noticed that many people tend to be worried about visiting China without speaking Chinese. Unlike Thailand where everyone speaks English, China is a bit harder to traverse without speaking the language.
Written by Adventures Around Asia - see the post
The best photography locations in California
California is home to some truly beautiful natural landscapes that are as numerous as they are diverse. It's the only state whose weather and environment spans from hot desert to subarctic - and pretty much everything in between!
Written by Ordinary Traveler - see the post
The truth about naysayers
Lately I've been meeting more solo female travelers on the road (yay!), and asking about their stories. I love learning what motivates someone to travel alone, whether it's the freedom, the desire to heal, or because it's just the best way to travel. Ever.
Written by Be My Travel Muse - see the post
10 things that (no one ever told you) can kill you in Costa Rica
Our decision to go to Costa Rica was on a whim, and apart from buying durable hiking shoes, we were not prepared. As we arrived we heard many of the locals allude to the dangers of Costa Rica, I mean, it is mainly rainforest after all, but yet, no one actually ever specified what we should be wary of.
Written by Travels In Translation - see the post
The soul of Singapore: dynamic street photography
There may be no better place than Singapore to explore one's love of street photography. Here you'll find a vibrant mix of culture, tradition, and activity...where the past and the present have collided in spectacular fashion.
Written by I Dreamed Of This - see the post
How to choose a trek that you'll love
Trekking is a fantastic way to experience a destination. All that fresh mountain air can do wonders for clearing your head at the same time - if you choose the right one for you.
Written by Monkeys and Mountains - see the post
7 awesome places in New Zealand you've never heard of
It's been pretty quiet here on the blog front over the previous weeks; my Spring, Summer and Autumn consisted of me either learning to paraglide, going on backcountry mountain bike rides, or running NZByBike.com. I'm stoked to finally get a post up, and couldn't be happier to give my good mate Bruce a chance to plug some out-of-the-way New Zealand destinations you've probably never heard about.
Written by Backpacking Matt - see the post
California's Death Valley National Park In Photos
In this below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Written by Travel Experience Live - see the post
Hong Kong food guide: 25 must-eat dishes & where you can try them
Hong Kong is famous for food, and when you visit, you better be ready to eat. In this Hong Kong food guide, you'll discover 25 dishes and snacks that you don't want to miss eating when you're in Hong Kong. For each dish, you'll also find restaurants in Hong Kong where you can try them.
Written by Migrationology - see the post
Reasons you should visit California's 8 rural regions
I was a typical tourist to California before September. I'd experienced greater Los Angeles at length, driven Highway 1 from San Francisco down to LA and back again. I'd been to San Francisco even more times than LA and I'd even gone so far as to call San Francisco home for a stint many years ago. I thought I knew California.
Written by Aviators and a Camera - see the post
25 ways to increase Instagram engagement
Ever since Instagram introduced its non-chronological feed in June 2016 engagement has been steadily dropping. With each algorithm update it seems to sink even lower and it's (understandably) frustrating the hell out of people.
Written by Girl vs Globe - see the post
10 best places to go paddleboarding in the USA
Standup Paddleboarding is the new favorite sport that outdoor enthusiasts cannot stop talking about. It combines exploration, thrill, and fitness-all you need in one sport.
Written by Active Planet Travels - see the post
Riverwalk weekender (San Antonio/Austin)
It is no wonder the town is named after St. Anthony (the patron saint of all things lost.or is it all things found?). It is easy to get yourself lost in all that is San Antone. The Riverwalk, the food, the nightlife, the rich history, the mix of cultures all create a spicy brew. Austin, the capitol of Texas is just up the road about a buck and a half. Dont miss the outlet malls at San Marcos on the way to or from Austin, they are incredible!
Written by 1000 Fights - see the post
Reasons why traveling alone is good for you
Traveling alone is becoming more and more common these days and for good reason. Traveling alone is a great way to develop and build upon valuable life skills, and to learn more about yourself, your qualities, and tolerances as a person.
Written by Vagabond Way - see the post
How can I afford to travel and how much money I earn from travel blogging
"Sab, how can you live a life of travel and earn money while traveling?" I hear this question almost on a daily basis. It's time to explain the details...
Written by Just One Way Ticket - see the post
5 reasons why travelling solo in India is not so scary!
I remember the first time I took a train by myself from my small hometown to the big bad city of Delhi. While dropping me off, my mother announced to everyone sitting around me that I'd be alone for the journey, in the hope that some good soul would look out for me. I felt like a fresh wound exposed to the elements of nature. All stares & smiles I received on that train ride felt sinister.
Written by The Shooting Star - see the post
The real reason I hate traveling alone
When I got home, I cried. Finally. Rand hugged me, wore that same worried look he gets on his face when something goes wrong and he's not there for it. For a long time I wondered what it was about me that meant the second I went on a trip on my own, things started to fall apart.
Written by The Everywhereist - see the post
My 30 best travel tips after 7 years traveling the world
It's now been 7 years since I sold everything and left the United States to travel the world. These are the best travel tips I've discovered along the way.
Written by Expert Vagabond - see the post
Tips for getting housesitting jobs
House sitting is an amazing way to travel and see the world. You also get a much richer experience since you're typically staying in homes in local communities rather than tourist zones. It gives you insight into the local culture you might not get otherwise.
Written by 1 Dad 1 Kid - see the post
Visiting the White House during Christmas
I recently had the opportunity to do something that I hadn't even thought about before - visiting the White House during Christmas. I visited Washington, DC to take part in the White House's first ever Travel Blogger Summit, focusing on making study abroad accessible to more students. While the summit itself was an exciting, inspiring event (and stay tuned for more on what I learned and who I met!), one of the biggest highlights for me personally was getting to see the White House decked out for Christmas.
Written by Adventurous Kate - see the post
Money saving tips for visiting NYC
New York City is one of the most expensive cities in the world. With the average rate of a hotel stay in NYC at over $250 a night, it's the most expensive place to visit in the United States. With expensive attractions, that price only goes up from there. However, if you're willing to do some budget research before your trip, New York City can be a surprisingly affordable place to visit.
Written by Divergent Travelers - see the post
6 myths of frequent flyer miles
Frequent flyer miles have the ability to turn ordinary people into travel superheroes, allowing them to jet set around the world to their favorite destinations for almost free.
Written by Extra Pack Of Peanuts - see the post
First time camping tips
Here's my guide for beginning campers: first time camping tips including what to buy, what to pack and what to look for in a campground:
Written by This is My Happiness - see the post
Ultimate Portland bucket list (101 things to do in Portland)
Jacob's cousins have lived in Portland for the past decade, so we enlisted their help to put together the ultimate Portland bucket list! We're so excited to dig into more good eats and do more hiking in the area. There are so many waterfalls hikes! Click the links to see full posts with photos and more details on each spot. This list will continue to evolve as we discover new and better things to eat, see, and do.
Written by Local Adventurer - see the post
City price guides for budget travel
"How much does it cost to go backpacking through Europe?" That's the question everyone wants to know. This is why we created our City Price Guide Series. Each guide outlines how much you can expect to spend during an average day while traveling on a backpacker's budget. The daily cost consists of a night in a hostel, three meals, a snack/adult beverage, an attraction, and daily public transportation.
Written by The Savvy Backpacker - see the post
15 ways to save money to travel the world
Ever since I started travelling 13 years ago, I've been frequently asked the question, "How can you afford to travel so much?" It has and will continue to be one of the most asked questions and with good reason. "Travel is a privilege, " people will say. While I do agree that getting to experience the world does make you feel like the luckiest person, it's not only attainable to those with money. The idea that the rich are the ones that travel is far from the truth.
Written by Hopscotch the Globe - see the post
The ultimate trip planning guide
Planning a trip can be challenging and expensive but it doesn't have to be. By using the best travel resources and following this Trip Planning Guide you can plan the ultimate vacation that fits your travel style.
Written by Triphackr - see the post
Dazzled by the Grand Canyon
On a recent trip to Arizona, hosted by the Greater Phoenix CVB, I had my first encounter with the Grand Canyon. I had been preparing myself for the rendezvous with the great chasm carved out of the rocks of the Colorado Plateau. Surely though it can't be such a surprise after all the pictures I'd seen. I knew what to expect. Or so I thought.
Written by Ever The Nomad - see the post
10 mistakes made by solo female travelers
If you are taking your first solo adventure abroad, there are a few easy mistakes you can make that can cause an inconvenience or even ruin your journey.
Written by The Blonde Abroad - see the post
The random act of kindness that changed everything
It had been a tiring day. It was take two of my attempt at climbing Kawah Ijen and I had woken up at 1am in order to see the stars and blue flames. My high from the natural beauty plummeted upon making my way down.
Written by Be My Travel Muse - see the post
How to get ridiculously cheap flights on your next trip!
Everyone likes to get cheap flights, myself included, and over the past few years of travel, I've learned a trick or two! I'm not a flight hacker and I don't collect frequent flyer points as often as I should, but despite this, I have managed to score some incredible airfare deals.
Written by That Backpacker - see the post
Iconic activities to do in Vegas
Few more places on earth are as storied and iconic as America's playground. People in the mood for adventure, fun, and a little risk will love the desert city of Las Vegas, NV. It's the town everyone should visit at least once in their life and almost everyone goes back three or four times more.
Written by Traveling Ted - see the post
Sometimes wives and mothers want to spend time alone, or even solo travel! Here's an odd example.
Imagine you win a free trip to a Caribbean island. but the only catch is, there is only ONE plane ticket provided, and you're married with two kids. How would you feel? What would you do? Miraculously, this just happened to me, and what it revealed was striking.
Written by Around the World L - see the post
The ultimate Las Vegas bucket list (101 things to eat, see, & do)
We're coming to the end of our 15 month stay in Las Vegas. Jacob read our lease wrong, so it turns out our move out date is in April, not May, which gives us an even tighter schedule to get through our extensive Las Vegas bucket list. You can check out what there is to do by category or use the map at the bottom to see what's in your area. Click the links to see full posts with more info and photos.
Written by Local Adventurer - see the post
How to travel the world for $346
No, seriously. I bought 14 flights for $346. Many people have asked me, "How can you afford to go on such a huge trip???" or "I wish I had the money to travel around the world." It may sound like a ridiculously expensive and foolish thing to do, but it doesn't have to be.
Written by Traveling 9 to 5 - see the post
The ultimate Utah road trip
Ready for an epic road trip? I've got just the thing! After spending a week in southern Utah, I'm officially obsessed with the "Beehive State." As someone who grew up taking road trips up the east coast every summer, I couldn't wait to get in the passengers seat and stare out the window. Maybe it's because I love fantasy novels but I kind of felt like a girl in a snow-globe-everything around me moved in a perfect blur and I was looking out at it all.
Written by Bohemian Trails - see the post
Provincetown, Cape Cod: 17 hot photos and travel tips
Well, check YOU out, Massachusetts! Provincetown, MA - the tip of Cape Cod - was just named the #1 beach town in all of America by Travel and Leisure Magazine! I shall now support that thesis by sharing 17 gorgeous photos of the town that I snapped during my visit this summer. Perhaps this will be a motivating kick in the rump for folks to visit P-Town before the weather turns cold!
Written by Around the World L - see the post
Backpacking through Europe cost
So you're tinkering with the idea of backpacking through Europe? Great! But the big question that's on everyone's mind is "how much will it cost?" I know when I first backpacked in Europe I had very little idea how much it would all cost. I figured I would go back through all my notes and records to help give you - the budget backpacker - a ballpark idea of how much you might spend.
Written by The Savvy Backpacker - see the post
How to become fluent in a second language
So you want to learn a second language? Good. In my humble opinion, everyone should learn another language. But let me first say- it's not easy. In fact, it's really hard. But, it's also incredibly satisfying, fun and rewarding. And not to mention useful.
Written by Ashley Abroad - see the post
Samar by motorbike - an epic, solo road trip in the Philippines
Riding the island of Samar was much more of an adventure than I thought it would be. First of all, it's huge. Second, it's not so developed...and while it's great to get off the well-worn tourist path, the roads are pretty rough. Third, it was the start of the rainy season. However, the landscapes are great for photography, the locals were friendly, and the food was quite good. I'll show you...
Written by I Dreamed Of This - see the post
One fun week in Los Angeles. a complete day-by-day itinerary
If you're wondering what to do in Los Angeles for a week, I can help. I traveled to this US destination twice (well, three times if you count that one dinner during a road trip) and have gathered my experiences into a one-week itinerary including places to go, things to see and where to stay.
Written by Wonderful Wanderings - see the post
Guiding
Custom adventures are guided trips that offer a way for us to share our experience and love of the mountains on an adventure that is fully suited to you. Every variable can be customized to create a mountain adventure that is perfect for you. Custom adventures are a chance for you to learn and challenge yourself with us. Whether you are a highly experienced mountain traveler or you are just getting into the outdoors, we can create a trip for you.
Written by Melissa Arnot - see the post
How to build travel into your budget
You don't need to be rich to travel-you just need to be smart. I'm living proof of this, having taken my first four overseas trips while working as a waiter, then using a low-paying gig as an English teacher in China to navigate my way out of the rat race for good.
Written by Leave Your Daily Hell - see the post
Best beer cities in Europe
Beer. We love it. Drink it. Cook with it. we do everything with it. Our infatuation with beer goes back thousands of year, as a curative against common illnesses, a celebratory beverages, and even a centerpiece of religious ceremony, beer has been central to societies across the world for millennia. Perhaps there's no beer, however, like the best beer in Europe.
Written by Daves Travel Corner - see the post
Bring your best friend: dog friendly travel destinations
With the New Year upon us, travel is likely on your radar. While all the gifts we open during the holidays are wonderful, there is nothing like traveling to soothe the soul. For some of us, though, planning goes beyond lodging, car rental, and daily plans. Dog owners have the complicated and stressful task of finding sitters who are responsible and won't break the bank. That's why finding pet-friendly destinations can be the better way to go, especially if your dog (or-let's face it-you) experiences separation anxiety.
Written by Travel Experta - see the post
Video Friday: Flamenco at Las Tablas, Madrid
Madrid is a late night town - and I knew when I was there for a few days in September that I wanted to check out a flamenco show. Because I was there on my own, I wanted to find a place that wasn't too expensive and was within safe walking distance of my hotel, the Melia Madrid Princesa, in the mostly residential Arguelles neighborhood.
Written by C Around The World - see the post
The big list of strange, fun & unique attractions in Southern California
I love visiting unusual places. They are often the places that have earned their spot in California history simply because the owner is trying to do something new. Whether it is a hike, a restaurant, or just a collection of odd things, this list is dedicated specifically to the unique stuff I visit in Southern California (from Kern County down). It will be an ever-expanding and growing list that will hopefully help you to find many fun attractions right outside your door.
Written by California Through My Lens - see the post
Solo travel to Hong Kong
Hong Kong is the perfect place to experiment with solo travel. It has so much to offer, with an incredible fusion of East and West making it a city full of history, culture, food and nature. Hike up to Victoria Peak for the best view in the city, take a day trip to Lamma Island and go for a hike and a swim, lose yourself in the hustle and bustle of the Mong Kok.
Written by My Itchy Travel Feet - see the post
7 travel tips for a stress-free holiday
Next up in the travel tips series, I take a look at practical tips for a stress-free holiday. Anyone who knows me will know that this doesn't come naturally to me. It took me years of traipsing across the globe to learn these things the hard way, which is why I'm so well placed to hand over some travel tip nuggets now.
Written by Inside the Travel Lab - see the post
Total travel disasters: bed and breakfast meltdown edition
Since you guys seemed to love hearing about my Florida camper van travel disaster so much, I thought, what the heck - let's make this a series! Because heaven knows that ten years after I left on my first big solo travel adventure, I still manage to find myself entangled in a couple complete travel meltdowns per year. And I've found that one of the greatest gifts blogging has brought me is the simple catharsis of writing through something that was stressful, scary, upsetting or otherwise a just plain disaster.
Written by Alex in Wanderland - see the post
Travel is not a race and other reasons why I travel slow and return to the places I love
Over my morning cup of tea, I scroll through my Facebook feed with a mind that's far more restless than my right thumb. My social feeds are inundated with photos of clinking wine glasses, boarding passes, infinity pools, sweeping valley views, Parisian macaroons, and Go Pro-esque kayak selfies among other updates from my travel blogger friends who are always either enroute or exploring somewhere new.
Written by The Boho Chica - see the post
Driving Pikes Peak: a trip up America's mountain
Are you up for a drive to 14,115 feet? If your answer to this question is a resounding "yes" then you'd better get yourself over to Colorado and take a ride up to Pikes Peak. For anyone who has a love of cars and driving, Pikes Peak is arguably considered the pinnacle of American Driving. We had the opportunity to drive Pikes Peak while on a recent road trip to Colorado and can say it's an experience we'll never forget.
Written by The Constant Rambler - see the post
How to take the Tabasco factory tour
After a week in New Orleans, we took the long way to Lafayette so that we could make one very important, and very tasty stop along the way. It's no secret we like it hot, so a stop for the Tabasco Factory Tour seemed like a perfect stop while in Louisiana.
Written by With Husband in Tow - see the post
Best places for North Americans to travel in winter
I visited my parents in South Dakota this holiday and was reminded of how harsh the Great Planes can be in the winter. As the whole US seems to be in a deep freeze right now it's only natural to look out that frosted up window and dream of the warm sun hitting your face and basking in the golden glow.
Written by Otts World - see the post
Expectations vs. reality: why I didn't love Japan's tourist trail
We can all be a victim of our own expectations sometimes, and for me, that was my trip to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka in a nutshell. I had been dreaming about visiting Japan for YEARS, and my bucket list was out of control.
Written by Adventures Around Asia - see the post
Why I'll never tell you to travel without fear (and why I don't either)
n the quiet of the night, in a little cobbled Italian town, I became faintly aware of a presence, hovering above me as I lay asleep on my bed in my hotel room, apparently, not as soundly as I thought. My consciousness played hide-and-seek, drifting in and out.
Written by The Boho Chica - see the post
Family travel tips
Welcome to our family travel tips page! If you are looking for advice and resources on how to travel with kids, this page is for you! Take it from us, travel does not have to stop once you have kids, and taking time out to travel as a family is the greatest gift you can give each other.
Written by yTravel Blog - see the post
The taste of two years
The savor of the last two years lingers on our lips. We have eaten countless meals at street stalls, restaurants, cafes, cooking classes, and homes in 19 countries but no meal has been the same as any other. This post collects the most memorable tastes of our travels and we hope that you enjoy this (mostly) salivating journey through the world, as seen by our cameras and remembered by our stomachs.
Written by The Road Forks - see the post
Sleeping in airports: tips to help you catch some zzz's
I've spent many a night sleeping in airports, but the one that most stands out in my mind is the night that kicked off my backpacking trip across Southeast Asia.rel="noopener" target="_blank">see the post. . .
Written by That Backpacker - see the post
Top active vacation spots you can visit with your family
If you and your family like to stay active while on vacation, whether swimming, snorkeling, diving, cycling, hiking, kayaking, caving, or otherwise keeping fit and enjoying the elements, you will find numerous destinations around the globe that are worth putting on your bucket list. Read on for some of the top spots you might want to visit with your family this year, and beyond.
Written by My Beautiful Adventures - see the post
How to detect and find hidden cameras in your Airbnb rental
There are so many stories being about people finding hidden cameras in their Airbnbs that it can make any traveler wonder whether or not you've been watched - or will - the next time you rent from Airbnb. The number of cameras that haven't been found is a disturbing thought and more renters on Airbnb are installing surveillance to their properties.
Written by foXnoMad - see the post
What makes a place memorable is its people
Today (August 15, 2017) is India's 70th Independence Day - a national holiday - and I am now in Bangalore, the IT city in South India's Karnataka state. I had been meaning to visit this city for a long time. Bangalore, per se, doesn't have destinations which tourists come from far and wide to visit. What it has is a large number of beautiful places around it and this is what attracts visitors.
Written by Travel Andy - see the post
How to overcome jetlag: 10 tips that really work!
You know that feeling don't you? You step off the plane, full of excitement and anticipation after a long flight. And you're smacked in the face with fatigue. You've gotten very little sleep and your body feels like it's hung over. How nice it would be, you think, to settle yourself down into bed right about now. But it's lunchtime in your new home - hello jet lag!
Written by Off The Path - see the post
Everything you need to know about water when hiking
You know you need to bring water when you're hiking but do you know how much to drink? Is it OK to drink from a crystal clear stream high in the mountains? Here's what you need to know about water when going for a hike.
Written by Monkeys and Mountains - see the post
Homeward bound
I'm in Moshi, Tanzania enjoying my morning cup of chai. The rooster crowing begs cloud-shrouded Mt. Kilimanjaro to peak out above me, revealing the fresh blanket of snow she received from the storm brewing the night before. I hear the whooshing sound of straw brooms whisking storefronts clean of the dusty roads amidst Swahili calls of "Jambo! Mambo?" from street-side vendors.
Written by Round We Go - see the post
Why I'm not afraid to travel alone
in the past couple of weeks, I've received a handful of emails from women asking me all sorts of questions about traveling solo. I've also been interviewed for a couple articles about the "dangers" of traveling alone as a woman. I'm not sure why there's a sudden uptick in interest (or fear) surrounding solo female travel, but I figured that now would be as good a time as any to address the topic again on my blog.
Written by Dangerous Business - see the post
Is Delhi safe for women? my take.
The events of the last few weeks in Delhi have left us feeling angry, disappointed and helpless. We have raised questions in our heads, on Twitter and Facebook, and on the streets, about safety in Delhi and on a larger level, asked if India is safe (anymore) for women.
Written by The Shooting Star - see the post
How to start a travel blog from scratch the easy and cheap way (just $2.95/month)
Have you ever read my blog and thought "I could do that! I travel a lot and take good pictures, too". While travel blogging isn't as simple as traveling and taking photos, it actually is the start of a budding career! When I started my travel blog, that was my only skill and I wasn't even very good at photos back then. This post is going to share exactly how to start a travel blog from scratch the easiest and CHEAPEST way, step by step.
Written by Hippie in Heels - see the post
How to go from city slicker to cow girl
During my first horsemanship fundamentals course, I did not forget to breathe. That happened the following day when I took the same beginning class again. At Tanque Verde Dude Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, I was willing to get back on a horse. I had been terrified as a child when an adult took me riding and cantered on the horse. I had been promised we would only walk. I remember grabbing at her and screaming to get off but she just laughed and kept going. I did not ride again for decades.
Written by We Said Go Travel - see the post
Inspired in New York, New York
I am not a city person. I'll take mountains and fresh air over skyscrapers and honking taxis any day of the week. "You'll hate it," Brian said, when I told him that I wanted to visit New York City before launching off on our travels abroad. "It's crowded and the subways smell like piss and rat poisoning. There's garbage piled everywhere on the streets."
Written by So Many Places - see the post
The worst toilet experience of my life (so far)!!!
Before I tell you about my time in darling Darjeeling. I have to share with you the worst toilet experience of my life (so far). I say so far because I know I still have a long time on the road and know even after this adventure it won't be my last. I am sure I will have many more. I honestly though never thought I would be writing a post about a toilet experience of mine. About squat toilets maybe, but an experience no.
Written by Breakaway Backpacker - see the post
Blue Angels in the Sky
Vrooom! Rooooar! Wooosh! What's that sound? It's the famous Blue Angel fighter jet squad. But where are they? Hidden behind a wall of fog, of course! You are in San Francisco, after all.
Written by Adventures Of A Goodman - see the post
Ultimate Atlanta bucket list (101 things to do in Atlanta)
The vision for Local Adventurer first came when we moved away from Atlanta in 2013. Jacob was born and raised there, and I had lived there since high school. It's a place we both call home, but we realized while living there we had both gotten so comfortable that we had only explored a small fraction of what the city had to offer. The month before we left, we decided to play tourist in our own hometown and see as many of the spots we had taken for granted.
Written by Local Adventurer - see the post
The Amsterdam city guide book review: over 400 hotspots from the #1 city blog from Amsterdam
I've know Anne for a couple of years now and it's amazing to see her rock the blog and create some many amazing products! Besides the Amsterdam City Guide, she also published the book 'Wanderlust' (full of travel and lifestyle tips) and launched an app, and I'm sure there is plenty more awesomeness to come in the next years. Let's have a look at her book on Amsterdam, my sweet old hometown (so spoiler alert: I might be a bit biased!)
Written by The Travel Tester - see the post
A little story . the origins of chocolate and effects of grassroots tourism
Rain pelted darts of moisture into my skin as we stumbled off the bus into a huddle of quizzical faces. Their complete bafflement signaled a slice of doubt in my mind as the bus handler hurled our luggage under the shelter and sped down the road, leaving Ana, my dad, and me at mile marker 25: Silico Creek.
Written by A Little Adrift - see the post
Bored in retirement? think again and have fun
Bored in retirement? How can that be? In the last six months before I retired and moved out of the country, I can't tell you the number of times I heard "I could never retire, I'd be bored," or "you're not going to work anymore? You're so young, what are you going to do with all your time." There were about fifty other comments that all said the same thing. If you don't go to work every day, the only other thing to do is sit around and watch television.
Written by Retire Early and Travel - see the post
Why I didn't quit my job to travel
You all know the story: cubicle-dweller dreams of travel, saves up money, and eventually waves adios to desk job and embarks upon a global adventure. It's a pretty standard story among long-term travelers - and especially amongst travel bloggers.
Written by Dangerous Business - see the post
Spring break - a brief guide to San Francisco
Spring break!!! Crazy beach parties? Booze? Unspeakable stories? My last spring break before graduating undergrad. I have never really taken a trip for spring break, which is one college experience I didn't want to regret. Being my frugal self and usually working during the school vacation, I decided to splurge and head to San Francisco.
Written by Angela Travels - see the post
Help save elephants for world Elephant Day
Every day in Africa, somewhere on the continent, an elephant loses its life to illegal poaching on average of every 15 minutes. More than 90 elephants a day lose their lives for the ivory in their tusks.
Written by Aviators and a Camera - see the post
Fun Stops on the drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas
The long stretch of road between LA and Vegas is basically a rite of passage for many a 21-year-old Californian. It takes about 4 and half hours (if you go the speed limit) and many believe it is just desolate desert with nothing to do. While a lot of the travelers just want the drive to be fast, there is actually a lot to do on the way. Use this post to make your next drive more of an adventure and less of a race. These stops are in order of the drive starting from Los Angeles.
Written by California Through My Lens - see the post
My San Francisco guide
I get lots of questions about San Francisco so I decided to put together all the posts that I've written about one of the best cities in the world do that you'll have the information in one place. (You're welcome!)
Written by Misadventures With Andi - see the post
Ten tips for women traveling alone for the first time
I am planning to go on a solo trip. first time I'll be travelling alone. So I'm kind of confused on how it will be or what to expect. Any pointers on travelling solo? I have mixed feelings. don't know how it'll go."
Written by The Boho Chica - see the post
Best photography locations on the Isle of Skye, Scotland
The Isle of Skye is a popular place these days, and for good reason, it's a fantastically beautiful place with plenty to see and do. From a photography perspective, it's a joy to visit, with lots of epic photography locations on the Isle of Skye to keep you snapping away for days.
Written by Finding the Universe - see the post
How to travel the world when you have absolutely no money
You don't have to be rich to travel. In fact, if you're extremely savvy in your approach, you can travel with no money at all. If you're lacking bucks in the bank but you want to hit the road, then this article will help you hack your way into a life of travel, without having to save a ton of money beforehand.
Written by Goats On The Road - see the post
18 killer tips on how to find cheap accommodation
Where you sleep at night is one of your major fixed travel expenses, so learning how to find cheap accommodation will help you to keep more money in your pocket for spending on activities.
Written by yTravel Blog - see the post
History and festivities in Nuremberg, Germany
A cruise along the Danube River offers many opportunities to see beautiful scenery and sights, reflect on dramatic history, admire centuries of art and architecture treasures, and enjoy cultural festivities. During our Viking River "Romantic Danube" cruise, we took in these highlights in several cities along our route that began in Nuremberg, Germany.
Written by Traveling With Sweeney - see the post
Surviving the storm: flight rebooking tips from road warriors
A fabulous weekend getaway to Napa could have turned sour when Hurricane Sandy forced most of our party's outgoing flights back to the East Coast to be canceled. Nothing is a bigger buzzkill than airline problems.
Written by C Around The World - see the post
Holiday road trip tips
This year I had already decided that not all holiday shopping had to be stressful. So when the guys over at DriveShopUSA offered to give me a 2017 Mazda 6 Grand Touring vehicle to try out around town for my Christmas shopping, I couldn't resist. Here is what I did to make my dream of a less stressful Christmas come true with some simple holiday road trip tips that help create a "Christmas joy" trip, travel is what I do!
Written by Points and Travel - see the post
Global glimpses: Mexico City, Mexico
In May 2010 I made a short three-day visit to Mexico City. I spent a Friday night in Distrito Federal with my artist friends Sandra and Pedro, who lived in the historic core of the capital, just a few blocks from the Zócalo.
Written by Ever The Nomad - see the post
Day trips from Prague, Czech Republic
You've walked across the Charles Bridge, explored the maze of streets, and visited the castle. You're starting to get to know the city but feel like you should see a bit more of the Czech Republic. With limited time before you leave, how can you do the best day trips from Prague?
Written by Time Travel Turtle - see the post
Experiencing a weekend in Napa with three generations
Michelin-starred food, grape-covered hillsides, and afternoon wine tastings - it's no secret why more than three million visitors make the trip to California's Napa Valley. But try to plan a three-generation weekend trip, including a toddler, and tippling through wine country might not make the top of your list. Don't write it off too quickly though. With the right planning, a weekend in Napa can make everyone happy.
Written by My Itchy Travel Feet - see the post
Countdown of the top Paris attractions
ver the last 4 years I have traveled extensively throughout Europe. No matter how many places or cities that I visit, there is always something that keeps bringing me back to the French capital, Paris. For me, there is just something in the air of this city that really gets under my skin. Perhaps it is the style, the class or the romance, whatever it is, I will never get bored of wandering around this beautiful European city. I love checking out again and again, these four Paris tours.
Written by Traveling Ted - see the post
Best of the Trans-Americas journey 2017 - top travel adventures
Rodeo riding in Chile, a death road in Bolivia, hiking and trekking in Peru, on horseback through the Atacama, remote art in Argentina, and much, much more. Welcome to part 1 in our Best of the Trans-Americas Journey 2017 series, our guide to the Top Travel Adventures of the year. Part 2 covers the Best Hotels of 2017, part 3 covers the Best Food and Beverages of the year, and part 4 tells you all about our Top Travel Gear of the year.
Written by Trans Americas - see the post
How to love yourself
"To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance," said Oscar Wilde, but how do you acquire self-worth when you kind of sort of hate yourself? And what is self-love anyway? (No. Not that kind of self-love. Let's keep our pants on for the time being.) I'm referring to the love a person might develop for the self in a way that is healthy and sane - not the kind of warped, narcissistic self-adoration that might make you want to rise up and, I dunno, kill six million Jews or something.
Written by Fearful Adventurer - see the post
Abandoned at the Bolivian Border
Our bus was supposed to drop us off in a small Bolivian town by Lake Titicaca. So, why was it pulling away while we were still getting our visas at the border?
Written by Adventures Of A Goodman - see the post
Outdoor adventures; hiking in San Francisco
As someone who has lived in the city for almost two decades, the basic tourist attractions don't get me too excited and I want to share one way to spice up the experience of visiting Golden Gate Bridge by combining it with lesser known but still great hiking spots and vista points.
Written by The Planet D - see the post
5 top tips for a magical stay in Japan
Japan has been at the top of my bucket list for YEARS. It's a fascinating mix of old and new, from ultra-modern cities like Tokyo to rural Japan with its mountain temples, tea ceremonies, and ancient traditions. There are just so many things to do in Japan, it can be hard to know where to begin!
Written by Adventures Around Asia - see the post
Shopping guide: the best Los Angeles flea markets
Vintage shoppers, rejoice! When I wrote my first post on Los Angeles flea markets, I had recently moved to the West Coast and didn't realize just how many markets are located in or near the city. In fact, with sunny weather 360 days a year, Los Angeles offers year-round shopping at a plethora of outdoor flea markets. It's possible to go to a different- and equally awesome- market every Sunday.
Written by Downtown Traveler - see the post
My visit to a remote village in Nepal
How could I turn down an offer to visit a remote village in Nepal? After all, I've known my friend Bhudiman for over 5 years. When I first started organizing tours to India back in 2012, I was connected to Bhudiman through a mutual friend and he instantly became my most trusted driver for these group trips. Not only that, despite his limited English and my limited Hindi and Nepali, we became quick friends.
Written by Wandering Earl - see the post
How to stay fit & focused with yoga on the go
Staying fit and healthy on the road can be a challenge, especially when staying in destinations where the food is oh so good but oh so fattening (I'm looking at you and your delicious tacos and tequila, Mexico). While a daily walk - or run - is a great way to explore a new city and pack in some cardio, yoga is awesome for a total body workout, no matter what your surroundings are.
Written by Jessie on a Journey - see the post
7 dreamy weekend getaways for every travel style
2017 is in full swing, which means a weekend getaway is in order. Since flights are sometimes the most expensive part of any trip, I've rounded up 7 road trip ideas from major cities across the country. Of course, these picks are all based on my personal opinion so feel free to add your OWN suggestions in the comments. Happy trails!
Written by Bohemian Trails - see the post
Survival Saturday #8 - how to start a fire using dryer lint
Another simple butuseful trick to add to your arsenal. This one makes use of common household waste (a.k.a. dryer lint). It ignites instantly and burns for long enough to get a good blaze going. Check out the video,
Written by The Outdoor Adventure - see the post
Which Latin American countries should be on your 2018 bucket list
There are so many beautiful areas in Latin America that you should visit. Creating a bucket list is a good way to remember where you want to go. Here are the countries that should be on your 2018 bucket list.
Written by Go See Write - see the post
How to experience the magic of a Kenyan Safari
A Kenya Safari can be one of the most memorable and exciting experiences you could ever have. If you are planning to go on a tour in Africa, then you can certainly be sure you will not regret your choice of choosing to travel to Kenya out of all the magnificent safari destinations in Africa.
Written by Active Planet Travels - see the post
5 reasons why traveling in the United States is traveling
I used to always think that travel only counted if you left the United States. As a kid, I had dreams of seeing the world and am still very much someone that wants to fill all the pages of my passport. In college, I traveled to the western U.S.-new territory for me-and started traveling outside of the U.S. and Canada. Why did I feel like I wasn't traveling if it wasn't out of North America?
Written by Angela Travels - see the post
RTW budget basics
Fact: Last year we spent $25,000 on rent alone. In one year of traveling around the world we spent $33,500. One of the main questions we get is: "How can you afford to travel the world for an entire year?" We are still working on releasing (making pretty) our RTW budget from the full year of travel, but here are some of the basics that we have adopted that allowed us to travel the world for a full year.
Written by Traveling 9 to 5 - see the post
A San Francisco weekend for foodies
Whenever I chat with people about weekend trips, I often hear about trips to Vegas, trips to LA, etc. You people are missing out! A San Francisco weekend chock full of food exploits is the place to be!
Written by Misadventures With Andi - see the post
How to avoid looking like a tourist in a foreign country
Making sure you don't stick out as a tourist, which makes you a more vulnerable target to criminals. It can also paint you as an undesirable guest to locals in some countries.
Written by Goats On The Road - see the post
7 ways to travel in and around Bangkok Thailand
Bangkok is the heart of Thailand, the biggest travel hub in South Asia, and one crazy chaotic wild human zoo. In the words of Sir David Attenborough, "Getting to places like Bangkok or Singapore was a hell of a sweat. But when you got there it was the back of beyond."
Written by Shameles Straveler - see the post
6 awesome benefits of becoming a truck driver
It's safe to say that what people assume the life of a truck driver is, is quite different from the reality of it. And as many truck drivers will tell you, you don't truly understand until you've gotten behind the wheel yourself. Of course, there are the benefits that are less thought about, like not having to pay for gas to go to work, the ability to trade in business attire for your most comfortable clothes, and being able to listen to music, books, and podcasts on the job.
Written by Around The World In 80 Jobs - see the post
The Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon street food guide: what to eat and where to find it in town
After two winters of stuffing my face around this city I love, I thought I would put together a guide to Saigon street food, gathering some of the places I keep coming back to in one place. These are not the absolute best of everything, but rather a cross-section of delicious, cheap and authentic foods that are also conveniently located.
Written by Legal Nomads - see the post
Bangkok travel guide
Bangkok is an iconic city right in the heart of Thailand. It's a blend of exotic culture and traditional Thai delights, with typical tourist attractions anyone can enjoy. There are few places quite like this in the world, making Bangkok an absolute must-visit location on everyone's travel bucket list.
Written by Go See Write - see the post
10 incredible ways a bucket list can improve your life
The very words "bucket list" can stir up some pretty heave-duty fears. Defined as a list of things to do before you die, it can be a reminder of our own mortality, and death is typically something we would rather not think about. But, the reminder that our time is limited is actually one of the best gifts we can be given. It is one that can guide us to achieve what is most important to us before it is too late.
Written by Bucket List Journey - see the post
6 tips to prepare your car for a winter road trip
A little chilly weather need not keep you from a fabulous family vacation! Whether you're escaping the snow, or driving into it, follow these six tips to make sure your vehicle is prepared for winter car trip.
Written by Travel Mamas - see the post
5 challenges every China expat faces (and how to beat them)
Five years of living in China was an incredible experience, but it definitely wasn't easy. Being an expat has its ups and downs, but there are plenty of ways to overcome the typical challenges of living and working in China.
Written by Adventures Around Asia - see the post
54 photos that will make you want to cruise to Hawaii
There's something distinct about Hawaii which captures the imagination unlike any other destination. The sweet tropical breeze, hypnotic hula dancing, swaying palm trees, long sandy beaches, and a laid-back rhythm that saturates a wanderer's soul with peace.
Written by Travel With Bender - see the post
The ultimate San Francisco photography guide
As a native San Franciscan, my knowledge of San Francisco is.let's just say there's not much that gets past me in my 7×7 city. If you're craving a cornbread muffin, I can tell you where to get them hot! Want to see the new MOMA SF, I got you covered!
Written by The Planet D - see the post
Financial case study: John Clites, teaching English online
John Clites was born and raised in the U.S. with wanderlust in his blood. To date he has visited almost 30 countries, with several still on his bucket list. He fell in love with Brazil on his first visit and returned many times over the years. Ten years ago when the financial crisis hit the U.S. he got financially hit from all sides (job loss, real estate market crash, stock market tank), and decided to liquidate and start over in Brazil.
Written by The Professional Hobo - see the post
Five things to know about Central American bathrooms
Adjusting to a new environment can be tough; adjusting to a foreign bathroom can be even tougher. Lucky for you we've got a guest post this week from Central American toilet wizard and raccoon warrior Luke Armstrong .
Written by Shameles Straveler - see the post
For very adventurous travelers: top 5 sexy attractions in San Francisco
San Francisco is known for being a city where "anything goes" - including acceptance and celebration of just about every fetish known to man. While the city's anti-nudity law went into full effect on February 1st, 2013 (a day which was marked by public protests), San Francisco has not lost its edge. Straight or gay, San Francisco is a great destination for couples who want to spice up their love lives.
Written by Downtown Traveler - see the post
How to have the perfect weekend golf getaway in Orlando
As you turn off of South Apopka Vineland Road and onto Bay Hill Boulevard you pass beneath two interlocking grandfather oak trees and by numerous residential estates before arriving at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club and Lodge. Who would have thought that this vacation destination could be found in the heart of one of Orlando's oldest and well established communities?
Written by Where's Amanda - see the post
25 awesome day trips from Vancouver, BC
If you've visited Vancouver, chances are you've walked around Stanley Park's infamous seawall, wandered around the market on Granville Island, snapped a photo of the old Steam Clock in Gastown, shopped on Robson Street and raised a glass in Granville's entertainment district.
Written by Traveling Canucks - see the post
Tips for traveling to Europe for the first time
Going to Europe is something that a lot of people have on their bucket list. It is something which opens your eyes to an entirely new way of life and can be a great way to spend your time off. Many people who go to Europe for the first time may not be sure what to expect. It's important to prepare yourself as much as possible so that you have the best possible experience.
Written by Travel Experta - see the post
So you want to chuck it all and travel the world?
In 2011, when Larissa was 52 and Michael 51, we walked away from our jobs in, respectively, life sciences and commercial real estate. Heartbreaking personal circumstances made our careers, and even our home, seem irrelevant and we needed a major shakeup in our lives.
Written by Changes in Longitude - see the post
A different perspective: introducing my new "black expats" video series!
My new video series chronicling the African-American/Black expat experience. This year I want to tell other people's stories more so I'm very excited and proud to put out the first video in my new series focusing on the Black expat experience.
Written by Oneika The Traveller - see the post
Thanksgiving on the road - home away from home in Los Angeles
Heralding from Australia, I can't say I've got heart-warming childhood memories of family get-togethers on Thanksgiving Day. It was just another normal day Down Under. But there's something about the spirit of this holiday which transcends cultures and countries. A universal understanding that a grateful heart is a happy one. And this particular day is a perfect time to stop and reflect on the reasons we have to be grateful.
Written by Travel With Bender - see the post
10 must-eat restaurants in NYC: New York City food guide
In this New York City food guide you'll find 10 must-eat restaurants in NYC that I can almost guarantee will satisfy your taste buds. One of the greatest things about New York City is the diversity of the people; And there's no better way to experience New York City's melting pot than by digging into its food. If you love to eat, this guide on some of the best restaurants in NYC is for you.
Written by Migrationology - see the post
The 7 wonders of the world and why they are a must see
You have probably heard about them. They crossed your mind with great awe and naturally, you desired to visit them and have a feel of just how they are. The Seven Wonders of the World keep on existing in the bucket lists of millions of travelers, but some people don't even have an idea of what they might be.
Written by Around The World In 80 Jobs - see the post
How can you afford to travel around the world?
I get this question from readers at least once a week, so rather than keep answering every person individually, here's my answer to all who are wondering the same - how can she afford to travel all over the world?!
Written by That Backpacker - see the post
Why I quit being a digital nomad (and moved back to the US)
Last week I spent all day packing up a small U-haul trailer with my belongings, preparing to move to Los Angeles, California. It felt a bit surreal after 7 years living as a digital nomad.
Written by Expert Vagabond - see the post
15 tastiest travel food experiences of 2016
I write about food a lot on this site, but with good reason. I firmly believe that it's the most important aspect of the travel experience, forming some of our strongest memories through taste and smell. It's also the fastest way to learn about a new culture and what the people value.
Written by Landlopers - see the post
Survival Saturday #9 - how to make a thorn hook
Back in the day, thorn hooks were all the rage. Check out this simple tip as we make a hook out of an acacia thorn. Check out the video,
Written by The Outdoor Adventure - see the post
DNA test fun: ancestry travel inspiration!
"Do DNA kits even work?" I muttered, pulling the colorful box from its packaging. I've heard of so many people learning their ancestry from spit testing recently, that when 23andMe offered a trial, I couldn't resist.
Written by Around the World L - see the post
Best places to celebrate St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated all around the world and in some places, it is the biggest celebrated holiday. We want to inspire you to get off that old bar stool that is sitting in you're hometown bar called O'Sullivan and experience a real St. Patrick's Day celebration.
Written by Divergent Travelers - see the post
Picnic at the Presidio
It sounded too good to be true: good food and drinks, stunning views overlookign the Golden Gate Bridge, baby friendly, and completely free. But, Off the Grid's Picnic at the Presidio in San Francisco met all our expectations and more. In fact, it was one of the best foodie events we have been to this year.
Written by The Road Forks - see the post
How we stay (mostly) sane living in a small space
Sometimes we get rather restless and grumpy when we can't go outside much, like if it rains for an extended period, there are lots of insects of the biting or stinging variety, or if it's too hot or cold. It's also an issue when we're camping in a public or very cramped area and can't extend our living space outside, which is what we consider our true "living room".
Written by Snowmads - see the post
20 amazing photos of wildlife across North America
The Constant Rambler takes you across North America in this amazing series of wildlife photos. This is a small collection of some of our favorite wildlife photos from our travels. Enjoy! 🙂
Written by The Constant Rambler - see the post
A stake on the map: 1 month in a tent
Last week was our "hell week." We were in Boulder, Colorado and we had 4 presentations in 4 days (Lone Tree, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Boulder) and then on the final day we filmed video for Backpacker Magazine for 8 hours and then went directly to a presentation where many of the Backpacker bigwigs watched us perform.
Written by So Many Places - see the post
A guide to Martha's Vineyard's real life gingerbread houses in Oak Bluffs
The time has finally come to catch up on my black hole of content from August of 2016 to April of 2017! I can't wait to turn my detailed notes and journals into blog posts from Canada, the United Kingdom, Hawaii, Thailand and Bali! But first, my final stop in the continental US, Martha's Vineyard.
Written by Alex in Wanderland - see the post
Christmas in the capital: how to do the holidays in Washington, D.C.
I lived in New York City through two different Christmas seasons. I thought that was the only town that knew how to do the holidays right. And then I went to experience the holidays Washington, D.C., checking into the Fairmont for the weekend, and the city's grandeur threw down a steaming marshmallow-and-chocolate-filled gauntlet to the Big Apple.
Written by Camels And Chocolate - see the post
A Chinese reality check
When I pictured China, I imagined grand, dilapidated stone walls guarding ancient cities dotted with colorful pagodas. I envisioned quaint, wooden tea houses lined with cherry blossoms and a countryside covered in rice paddies and ox carts. I pictured enormous, polluted cities where street sweepers shaded themselves under bamboo hats while dodging vegetable carts and barefoot children begging in the streets.
Written by Round We Go - see the post
How to retire early in 6 easy steps at any age
I wish I had been thinking about how to retire early when I got my first job. I started working when I was 14. Having my own money made me feel great. Most of my high school years I worked as a waitress, and I made better money than most if not all of my friends. I spent all of the money I made. Some may say that is ok because you were just a teenager.
Written by Retire Early and Travel - see the post
5 ways to make traveling in Europe Easier
Traveling is simply one of the best things in the world, but like anything else worth doing it can come with its hassles. Europe is one of the most visited destinations on Earth and probably the top destination for most Americans like myself. Europe can be tricky and expensive, but with 5 easy pointers I'll help you avoid some of that newbie stress.
Written by Shameles Straveler - see the post
Get out of your comfort zone
I'm sure you already heard this a dozen of times: real travelers go out of their comfort zone, they seek adventures and look for those activities that are heart-pumping and soul-frightening. I'm not saying that might not be the case, but I am saying you too can be a real traveler. Try to remember the last big holiday or trip you made. How much did you plan for it? How much time did you allow yourself to experience the unexpected?
Written by LLWorldTour - see the post
Why I love living in Chiang Mai, Thailand
People always ask why I live in Chiang Mai, Thailand. My response is always the same: "because it's awesome!" Then, I go on to explain that it's a great place to explore your dreams and passions.
Written by Adventures Of A Goodman - see the post
9 crucial tips for traveling to India with children
As a mom, avid traveler, and owner of a specialized travel company, India is bridged between my personal and professional lives. I promote India, write about India, and have a passion for India. As the wife of an Indian man and a mom to three children, traveling to the country has become more than visiting the Taj Mahal and relaxing on palm-fringed beaches. (Although, I highly recommend both!) It is now focused on family, home visits, and exposing our children to half of their heritage.
Written by Travel Mamas - see the post
Top Ten reasons for becoming a bicycle Mom
I love connecting with other moms who bike. I love how we all have our own, distinct reasons for spending time on the bike. Today, I would like to introduce you to Rima Gerhard, a Florida mom who uses her bike as her primary means of transport. Here are Rima's top reasons for choosing a bike.
Written by Family On Bikes - see the post
GoPro tips from the experts
Using a GoPro for both photos and videos is not rocket science. After all, it works pretty much like a point and shoot camera, so how difficult can it be? On top of that, the camera can make the right adjustments for each scene on the fly, without much input from the user, so it would seem a post on GoPro tips is not necessary. Yet, not everybody seems to be able to capture those amazing shots you see on GoPro's official YouTube channel.
Written by Traveling Ted - see the post
Bangkok's 3 Headed Elephant - Erawan Museum
Bangkok is one of the most popular tourist cities in the world. The Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, and Chatuchak weekend market are just a few of the attractions that nearly every visitor has on their bucket list. However, there are also many other Bangkok attractions that are not so well known, yet equally spectacular. Located just outside the border of Bangkok in a province called Samut Prakan, is the 3 headed elephant Erawan Museum, one of my favorite sites in the city.
Written by Go Backpacking - see the post
How to overcome travel fears
Your heart races, you start to sweat, and a state of intense fear overcomes you; this is terror. I'm one of those people who hate watching scary movies, I never go in haunted houses (thanks to some scarring incidents as a kid), and I don't watch shows about ghost hunters.
Written by Otts World - see the post
Multi-generational road trip travel tips
This year has been full of travel, but one of those trips was especially memorable. I've mentioned before that my kids are now grown and the days of traveling together are becoming less and less frequent. My kids no longer want to travel to the same places my husband and I enjoy most. We enjoy different things. My kids want to jump out of airplanes and snowboard down mountains where my husband and I enjoy shopping at antique stores and flea markets and seeking out covered bridges
Written by Travel Inspired Living - see the post
The cost to travel everywhere in the world
Picking a destination for your trip isn't always easy. There are so many factors to consider, like what kind of weather you want, what activities you enjoy, and what cultures intrigue you the most. Being real, though, the biggest consideration is usually finances.
Written by Be My Travel Muse - see the post
10 countries every black woman should visit | traveling while black
Are you a black woman who travels? Here are ten destinations to add to your travel bucket list. I've written often about how "Traveling While Black" is different. In a number of places around the world, your black skin color will get you noticed; while most of it is positive, I've wondered aloud about whether I should be mad at all the extra attention.
Written by Oneika The Traveller - see the post
Cruising the Hana Highway in Maui
A road trip is probably the last thing on your mind when visiting Hawaii. Yet, on the tranquil island of Maui, you'll find one of the world's most breathtaking drives . the Hana Highway.
Written by Adventures Of A Goodman - see the post
99 best life and travel tips
I plan very little these days. After 9 years I have a system that just works now and I don't even really think about it. However, these tips are things I still do today as I travel.
Written by Otts World - see the post
Travel problems: prevention and what to do when things go wrong
When you travel solo it's all up to you. Navigation, negotiation, safety. every decision is yours. Which is great when everything is great! But it may not be when there is a problem. If something goes wrong as you travel solo you're pretty well on your own to find a solution.
Written by Solo Traveler Blog - see the post
How traveling the world changed my perspective of the USA
This story starts in small town, Northern Wisconsin where I was born and raised. I had a typical American upbringing and an enjoyable childhood. I have two loving parents, a close-knit family and two amazing siblings. I completed my High School Diploma, went to college, got my degree, entered the rat race and designed my life around the 9 to 5. I fell in love, built a house and got married.
Written by Divergent Travelers - see the post
The truth about losing friends and travel
Getting close to people has never been a problem for me. Those who know me well say it's because of my relentless positivity. Those who know me even better might tell you it's because I don't do small talk. Whatever the answer, I'll often find strangers confiding in me just hours into our meeting.
Written by Girl vs Globe - see the post
Carmel-By-The-Sea: the best dog friendly beach in California
For too long, I've been remiss in not sharing one of our favorite places in California: Carmel-by-the-Sea. While those of us on two legs will appreciate the quaint village near Monterey, you won't want to leave your four-legged friends at home. Carmel offers, hands down, the best dog friendly beaches in California!
Written by Ever in Transit - see the post
8 tips to improve your food photography
It seems so normal nowadays to be at a restaurant while folks whip out their smart phones to snap pics of their dish as its presented. I can't knock it as I'm one of these people. Of course, I've been doing this for a long time since I've reported on food and restaurants for 15+ years in Chicago and now around the world, but it used to be with a crew and a video camera. We've been shooting "food porn" long before it was a hashtag. Now everyone is a "food photographer."
Written by LLWorldTour - see the post
How to travel the world together without killing each other
Traveling with your partner is terrifically satisfying. Shared experiences are fulfilling; your relationship can find itself strengthening in new ways.However, stress and challenges are a reality in all relationships, and especially so when traveling full time.
Written by Uncornered Market - see the post
Ultimate San Diego bucket list (101 things to do in San Diego)
Can't believe it's already been 2 weeks since we moved to San Diego. We made a decent dent on our city bucket list for Las Vegas during our 15 month stay, but getting through our San Diego list will take a lot more strategic planning. Food is always high priority on our list, but we know not everyone travels for food, so all the food and breweries are listed towards the bottom.
Written by Local Adventurer - see the post
Honest luxury travel: what it is and why it's important
I think a lot about travel, probably too much if we're being honest. It's my passion though and I feel mostly justified in my preoccupation, which is kind of how this post came about. It's also a reaction though to a lot of questions I get about how I travel, why I choose certain places to visit and how I get the most out of the travel experience.
Written by Landlopers - see the post
The ship hitching guru
On the ferry from Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam, I met possibly the most interesting woman I've ever met. She had mastered "ship hitching" and had a lot to tell. In my eyes she is the ultimate traveler and as close to a World citizen as one gets. We sat down together in the lounge and she told me her story.
Written by True Nomads - see the post
Children's motion sickness no more ~ essential tips for your family's travels
Should children's motion sickness keep your family from traveling? No way! If your child or you suffer from motion sickness, there are plenty of options to avoid or overcome the nausea caused by movement. My daughter and I often get motion sickness while traveling by boat, airplane or car. But this doesn't keep us from flying, cruising, or road-tripping! Read these nine tips to prevent and relieve motion sickness for kids and adults during your travels.
Written by Travel Mamas - see the post
5 travel apps that will save you time and money
don't know about you, but I love a good deal. I once treated myself to a beautiful lace dress only to see it on sale for 50% off the next day and it ate away at my soul for weeks. To prevent this from happening, I'm always on the lookout for a way to make my life (which is 99% travel) more affordable. Not only in the financial sense - time is money and saving time is often even more valuable in my eyes.
Written by Girl vs Globe - see the post
6 tips for shooting awesome vacation videos
Today's guest post shares a few tips for capturing awesome travel videos. We've hit the pause button on travel for the next few months (because of this), so over the coming weeks we will be sharing a couple of guest posts and stories from previous trips.
Written by Traveling Canucks - see the post
Across Australia by train
A 7-part series taking you on one of the most iconic Australian journeys. Come with me on the 3000 kilometre trip from Darwin to Adelaide on board the luxury train, The Ghan.
Written by Time Travel Turtle - see the post
The ultimate road trip around North Italy
Today's guest post was written by Roxanne Smith, an adventurous travel writer who loves to explore Europe by taking road trips. We have not yet taken a road trip in Italy (but it's high on the list), so we're happy to share this itinerary for an 11-day road trip around North Italy and Tuscany.
Written by Traveling Canucks - see the post
300 days into my "breakaway" & I now know I don't want to do this forever.
It's my 300th day on the road. I know crazy 300 I can't even believe it myself. I mean really. who would have thought I'd make it this far? I sure as hell didn't. I'm being honest when I say that. Now though I look back and am in awe at what I now know I can accomplish. I know it's just traveling, but damn it's not easy. The last 100 days have been amazing filled with HIGHS & LOWS.
Written by Breakaway Backpacker - see the post
The easiest way for Americans to visit Cuba
For decades, Cuba has been many of American's most coveted destination - the beautiful time-capsule country has always been so far out reach, visiting only seemed possible in a dream. However, with regulations recently changing we've found it's not only possible to visit Cuba, but it's actually easy and affordable!
Written by Ordinary Traveler - see the post
Adventure to the Amazing Death Valley National Park
Want to go on an adventure to the hottest, driest and lowest national park in the USA? See this open road ahead? Grab your bags, ok, or maybe get ready to scroll your mouse.we're going to Death Valley National Park.
Written by Vagabond Way - see the post
The kindness of strangers when travelling
I'm far from the first to string those four words together. Legendary journalist Kate Adie looped them in a line to describe her autobiography; Vivien Leigh sighed them in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Written by Inside the Travel Lab - see the post
How responsible tourism can challenge patriarchy in India.
Over the course of my travels in India, I've found myself in some strange predicaments. Once, I was in the home of a middle class family in the mountains, ready to pounce on delicious local food after a long, back-breaking journey. But when I arrived in the dining area, I found myself joined only by the men of the family, as the women served, and then waited on us from a distance.
Written by The Shooting Star - see the post
My motorbike tour of Vietnam - an adventure like no other
My motorbike tour of Vietnam was a trip that turned out to be all I didn't want but everything I needed.
Written by The Planet D - see the post
First thoughts after a trip to Egypt
The majority of those people who offered a reaction to my doing this trip other than, "Can't wait to see photos!" usually said something along the lines of, "Please be safe." or "OMG I can't believe you're going there. Is it safe to do that?".
Written by Aviators and a Camera - see the post
Travel advice - how to save money on your next trip
Most of the time traveling isn't cheap. That is if you want to do a ton of fun activities and to stay in nice hotels with at least a private bathroom. Of course, prices can vary a lot depending on the place you are going to and the amount of people that you are traveling with. But in any of those cases, you can definitely find a few tricks to save you a few dollars.
Written by Travel Experta - see the post
Best of the Trans-Americas journey 2017 - best food & beverages
It will surprise no one that this year was dominated by outstanding eats and drinks in Lima, Peru. That city continues to be on fire for foodies. But don't worry. We found wonderful wine, chefs, bars, and more in Bolivia and Argentina as well. Welcome to part 3 of our Best of the Trans-Americas Journey 2017 series, our guide to the Best Food & Beverages of the year.
Written by Trans Americas - see the post
Grand Prismatic in Wyoming is the largest hot spring in the United States
Grand Prismatic is the largest hot spring in the United States and is situated in the state of Wyoming. Located in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Prismatic Spring is considered by many travelers to be the jewel in the crown of geothermal attractions at the park and in continental North America. It is the third largest hot spring in the world, after Frying Pan Lake in New Zealand and Boiling Lake in Dominica.
Written by Wandering Trader - see the post
16 random observations about Tokyo, and survival tips
One of my favourite things about house-sitting is the chance to live a slice of local life. I discover things I'd never have learned by simply traveling through as a tourist. As such, here are 16 random observations about Tokyo that I gleaned from two months of house-sitting, to give you a taste of what it's like to live in Tokyo, along with some "local tips" to make your own life easier if you visit.
Written by The Professional Hobo - see the post
Video tips: improve your webcam videos
Today so many of you are recording videos even if that means just using your webcam to do interviews, vlogs, or conference calls. Just because it's the webcam and not some fancy-schmancy camera set up does not mean you have an excuse to produce a poor video. There are still simple and small adjustments you can make to improve it and make yourself look good on camera!
Written by LLWorldTour - see the post
7 tips to help you plan family vacations on a budget
Travel is not an exclusive privilege for the wealthy. I'm convinced that anyone, at any income level can travel and travel well. That doesn't mean that travel looks the same for everyone. For example, years ago my friends were planning vacations to Europe because they got a great deal on flights, and my family was excited to tent camp at a campground a few counties away. That doesn't mean that our experience was any less fulfilling than their experience in Europe.
Written by Travel Inspired Living - see the post
The 10 most crazy delicious foods you must eat in Paris
So, what's good to eat in Paris? Um, if memory recalls, everything. As I sit and wait for the French ministry of labor to send back my visa documents, I've been musing over some of the most delicious meals I've enjoyed in France over the past three summers. Hopefully the ministry sends the documents soon because this list is starting to make me hungry.
Written by Ashley Abroad - see the post
Ultimate Los Angeles bucket list (101 things to do in LA)
We lived in LA last year, and while we didn't think it was a place we wanted to settle down, we still loved that there's always something to do in LA (and eat). We've still been staying in LA one week out of every month since we moved to Las Vegas. The funny thing is (and I'm sure most people who live in LA agree) when we lived in LA, we didn't want to drive anywhere. Now that we moved away, we're exploring much more of the city.
Written by Local Adventurer - see the post
An Outback adventure
I visited several national parks when I was in Australia, but my favorite one by far was Flinders Ranges NP. This was the place I went on my longest and most challenging hike, almost 10 hours to the summit of St Mary Peak (the highest point in the Flinders Ranges) and back with temperatures up to 40 degrees. This post won't be about that though, but about what happened a day earlier.
Written by Travel Experience Live - see the post
City dog goes to Florida: a Gulf Coast vacation
Hey pups, it's Ella, back from the dead to recount my recent escapades. Mom and Dad always claim they're traveling "for work" (hmmm.), so I insisted they take a few days off and take me somewhere for a change. And where is more friendly to my kind-dogs, the superior race, I of course mean-than our southern neighbor of Florida?
Written by Camels And Chocolate - see the post
Cute chihuahua resting on sidewalk in Todos Santos, Baja California (photo of the day)
Just took this photo of a cute little Chihuahua a couple of hours ago here in Todo Santos in Baja California, Mexico. I just had to stop and say hello-that's how cute he/she was!
Written by Chicky Bus - see the post
40 Things we have learned about Family Travel!
After our first longer trip with kids (7 weeks in Asia when they were turning 1 and 2), I wrote an article about 20 things we learned about family travel. Now that we have done a lot more travel with our kids, I decided it was time to add to this. We have definitely learned a lot more over the past three years. Also, as they get older, we need to do things differently.
Written by Where's Sharon - see the post
Time with the kids
I got an email from Davy's teacher yesterday - he has been failing his spelling tests lately. Although I'm a bit upset about the fact that he's been failing the tests, I'm more upset about the fact that I didn't even know. I can tell you specifically how my students are doing - Josh can add fractions with like denominators with 64% accuracy and Kelly can identify equivalent fractions with 86% accuracy. But I didn't even know my own son was failing his spelling tests.
Written by Family On Bikes - see the post
Adventure awaits: 5 ways to feel like you're on vacation in 2018 even when you're not
You likely won't be able to be on vacation every day of the year, but here are 5 easy ways to feel like you are. In addition, you'll get out of your comfort zone and feel more energized and alive.
Written by Monkeys and Mountains - see the post
Get lost and find yourself again in these 10 inspirational places!
Not only is traveling the best schooling there is, it also helps you get to know yourself better, to listen to yourself and in the end to find yourself.
Written by Off The Path - see the post
Life list: 100 amazing things to do before you die
Float in the Dead Sea, see a broadway musical, stand in front of the Taj Mahal or trek to Mount Everest Base Camp-What's on your ultimate life list? It's never too early to start a list of incredible things to do in your lifetime.
Written by Bucket List Journey - see the post
The benefit of solo travel
Travel is a completely different experience if you do it alone or if you do it with other people. I don't mean different in terms of what you do, but different in terms of how you do it.
Written by Vagabond Journey - see the post
A taste of the Rhône Valley in Arizona
Our Introduction to Arizona Wines at LDV Winery. Mr. TWS and I aren't wine snobs. But we enjoy good wine, and we have been surprised a number of times finding it in unexpected places. Learning about new wine regions and sampling their varietals is something that we really enjoy when traveling. Recently, we had just such a surprise on a visit to our first Arizona winery tasting room, trying wines produced right here in our new home state of Arizona. That's right - Arizona.
Written by Traveling With Sweeney - see the post
How to make your introvert personality shine on your next trip
The Travel Tester explores the complex world of introvert travel and gives you practical tips on how to get the most out of your introvert personality on your next adventure.
Written by The Travel Tester - see the post
8 tips for becoming a professional travel blogger
Five years of crazy adventures, heaps of countries, learning new stuff, discovering things about myself, of ups and downs, highs and lows, successes and failures, it goes on and on. Though thankfully, I haven't failed catastrophically at this whole blogging for a job thing.
Written by Young Adventuress - see the post
10 quirky things I love about the culture in India
You don't stay in a place as long as I have unless you really love it. It's been five years since I'ved lived here and 6 since I first came traveling here. India has its challenges not just as an expat or traveler, but for Indian people - but it has a unique culture that has some charming parts to it which I haven't come across in other parts of the world.
Written by Hippie in Heels - see the post
Spiced chocolate + glacier hiking
I hate the cold. My toes despise being shut away in woolen socks and heavy shoes, I feel bulky and overstuffed in sweaters and scarves, and my always-cool hands freeze through the winter. But, I do love the holidays and the contrast of warm melting food with the cool crisp air.
Written by The Road Forks - see the post
Transportation in India: What the tuk-tuk?!
Travel and transportation through India can be challenging. At times, it can be a frightening ordeal that leaves you speechless, questioning why you would subject yourself to such unnecessary distress.
Written by Traveling Canucks - see the post
Road trips make me lose my mind (in a good way)
Road trips. There's something about the idea of a road trip that makes many people, including myself, go nuts from intense excitement. Just the thought of a road trip triggers such giddiness and ecstasy that I immediately start dreaming of all kinds of magical road trip scenarios. And I can get lost in such thought for hours. Usually, what makes me so enthusiastic about a road trip has nothing to do with the region where it might take place or the vehicle I'll drive or the route I'll take.
Written by Wandering Earl - see the post
Top 10 travel safety tips for women
Is it possible for a woman to travel the world and stay safe? Absolutely. Even if you steer clear of resorts. Even if you go to developing countries. Even if you don't speak the local language. Even if you're traveling alone.
Written by Adventurous Kate - see the post
Um, did I just quit my job to travel?!
If you, like me, follow a lot of travel blogs and websites, I'm sure you've seen it: that image of the person standing somewhere beautiful, looking free and happy and contemplative; perhaps their arms are outstretched, or they're reaching up to hold on to their hat just so. I'm not criticising - I'm guilty of this pose, too
Written by This Battered Suitcase - see the post
Adventurous Kate gets shipwrecked in Indonesia
I survived a shipwreck. Saying that feels unreal - like it happened in a dream, or a really bad Lifetime movie. Seriously, did this actually happen to me?! But it did happen, and I survived. This is my story.
Written by Adventurous Kate - see the post
Travel photo of the week - Panajachel village on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Panajechel is an awesome little spot for a visit. It's the most touristy of the towns but it has it all and is picture perfect. It's a great place to base yourself for a trip to the lake area and then you can spend a few days visiting the other villages as well via ferry or local boat. You could probably easily spend a week exploring this area.
Written by Beers And Beans - see the post
Guest post: Seattle
In this week's guest post, we explore the restaurants of Seattle with Fletcher Findley, a recent graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. Fletcher is a Seattle-based blogger-to-be, an avid traveler and a self-proclaimed foodie. Read on to discover Fletcher's restaurant favorites.
Written by Ever The Nomad - see the post
Bondi Beach Graffiti
As we know, I'm not much of a surfer, however when I was in Sydney, I made it a point to check out the famous Bondi Beach. Behind the beach, there runs a long wall, filled with graffiti. Bali being a popular vacation spot for the Aussies, it was no surprise to see this colorful piece in homage to the Indonesian island.
Written by Go Backpacking - see the post
Visit Seattle this February for Museum Month
Basically, Seattle Seattle Museum Month is a program where when you book accommodations at one of the participating downtown hotels, you get half price admission to participating museums. That's a pretty good incentive for us to jump in the car and drive down to Seattle for the weekend.
Written by Traveling Canucks - see the post
A fall afternoon in New York City's Central Park - what can you see and do?
Last month I was in New York City for a 24 Hour Party on the Carnival Vista. My girlfriend Susan and I had a few hours to play tourists before my flight back to Florida. It was peak leaf peepers season so it was a no brainer. Let's wander through Central Park. We parked on the southeast corner of the park near the Plaza Hotel and set off on our four-hour adventure.
Written by Where's Amanda - see the post
Traveling the world: a relationship between humans and animals
One of my passions, traveling or not, is animals. Growing up in the countryside with a horse field in my backyard as a kid definitely helped nourish this, as well did trips to the zoo, camping, and watching animal documentaries on public television.
Written by Shameles Straveler - see the post
Travel hacking for dummies (or lazy people like me!)
Not a day goes past without me seeing some viral news story about some girl or guy who 'travel hacks' (whatever that means) and flies from Los Angeles to Rome for $100 or gets some crazy business-class flight from Dublin to Tokyo for less than $1k. "Watch how this travel hacker does it" blah blah etc. I travel, a lot, as you guys know but I've never worked out this travel hacking game, which kinda pains me, to be honest.
Written by One Step 4ward - see the post
Amsterdam: falling in love with the Venice of the north
Both the capital and cultural heart of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is famed for a rich architectural and artistic pedigree, the canals that see it named "the Venice of the North", and a frivolity that engages 14-15 million tourists a year. There are more than 1,500 bridges in the city and a smorgasbord of opportunities to party, play, enrich yourself culturally, learn the history and simply enjoy the charms of a city with real European character.
Written by Go See Write - see the post
The big list of northern California strange & unique spots
After writing about my favorite strange spots in Southern California, I realized that there are a lot of people that like exploring unique stuff like I do. While I haven't traveled to Northern California as much as I would like, I do have a lot of recommendations, and this post will continue to grow and expand as I find new places to visit.
Written by California Through My Lens - see the post
How to survive your first American road trip
When we came up with the crazy notion of driving across the Southeast on a culinary road trip, the first thing we started concerning ourselves with were destinations. What cities did we want to explore for the best food. Then it dawned on me. We've never taken a road trip like this before, so how well prepared were we to take our first American road trip?
Written by With Husband in Tow - see the post
Galway Film Fleadh: a true film lover's festival
Galway's six-day international film festival is billed as the "film lover's festival." Born out of a beer tent nearly 30 years ago, the Galway Film Fleadh does what other major film festivals can't do, which is to bring together industry professionals-actors, directors, producers, etc.- film geeks and the movie-watching public in an intimate setting.
Written by Beers And Beans - see the post
The best travel jobs - 50 ways to make money while traveling the world
You want to work and travel? Pack your bags! Today I'll tell you how to make money while traveling! Here is the most extensive list of the best traveling jobs in the world!
Written by Just One Way Ticket - see the post
Survival Saturday #6 - how to start a fire with birch bark
My dad always talked about how birch bark was one of the best tools to start a fire. We would choose it because it was high in resin and would burn even when wet. Add to that the fact that it burns for a long time and you can really see it's hard to beat. Check out the video,
Written by The Outdoor Adventure - see the post
The best tamales in Phoenix
Who has the best tamales in Phoenix? Fear not, I'm on the trail! In the Southwest, much like my experiences in Hispanic-influenced California, tamales are an important part of holiday eating. I've only just moved to Phoenix, but that doesn't stop me from wanting to dive right in. I'm a sucker for food challenges.
Written by Misadventures With Andi - see the post
Looking back at 2017: my favorite moments, screw ups and adventures
I'll preface this entire blog post by saying I did way too much this year. I wrapped 2017 with my head spinning and barely aware of the tornado of the past 12 months. And I've only sort of realized it now as I begin to look back and reflect. Another year, another burnout. But more on that later. You guys totally don't want to read about how messed up my life is right? Oh wait, you probably do.
Written by Young Adventuress - see the post
Hey girl hey! best girls' trips in the US
While my husband and I travel together for a living, I also spend a lot of my free time going on both work trips and getaways with my girls. I've spent years judging a city for whether or not it would make a good bachelorette trip or long weekend with friends, and I've finally compiled a list based on what I've deduced.
Written by Camels And Chocolate - see the post
Because In the end, I Choose travel
Things have been quiet on this blog and its social media lately. I've been busily packing up my entire life, meticulously wrapping all of my belongings in bubble wrap, placing them in boxes and suitcases. They're in storage somewhere in Bristol by now, awaiting my instruction.
Written by This Battered Suitcase - see the post
Thailand: the ultimate holiday
Our time in Asia was coming to a close. Our journey had taken us from incredible India to the breathtaking heights of Nepal. We witnessed the natural splendor of tragic Tibet and grew wildly fascinated with Big Brother China. We lingered in lackadaisical Laos and had our hearts broken in Burma and Cambodia. We'd survived countless overnight journeys on rickety buses, blackened our lungs on one too many rickshaws and even shared a train car with rats.
Written by Round We Go - see the post
The top 197 countries in the world you should visit
When it comes to online travel information, there's no shortage. Top 5, Top 10, Top 20.lists, lists and more lists. Lists telling us exactly which countries in the world we need to visit right now, what to do when we get there, where to stay, what we should see, where we should eat and so on. It's only a matter of time before we start seeing Top 10 lists that list the best Top 10 travel lists. (Does it already exist?)
Written by Wandering Earl - see the post
Brooklyn, my beloved
With all my frequent travels, I don't get to spend enough time at home in Brooklyn these days. Yet when I do, I'm always reminded of how much I love my borough. So I've decided to devote the next few posts to Brooklyn, my beloved.
Written by Ever The Nomad - see the post
Our once-in-a-lifetime RV road trip to Alaska
We spent two full months exploring Alaska, plus a couple additional weeks traversing western Canada en route. It was an epic journey in every sense - mind-blowingly gorgeous, awe-inspiring, humbling. At times, it was also exhausting, frustrating, and a lesson in patience. Overall, an extraordinary adventure worth taking, and we'll cherish the memories from it of the rest of our lives.
Written by Snowmads - see the post
The classic American road trip: Florida keys
I have often written about road trips around the "good old USA" and have enjoyed plenty of days on its highways. But one of my most enjoyable road trips is the road trip down the Florida archipelago. I was so excited when Expedia.com asked me to put together an article about one of America's favorite past times:
Written by Points and Travel - see the post
Travel, politics, and why I blog about both
I'm always disheartened by readers telling me I'm getting "too political" on my blog or on this page. Guys, sorry to break it to you, but travel IS political. It involves governments, accords, commerce, and currencies; different visas, different religions, and adapting to different ways of thinking, living, and doing. And as I've said many a time, travel isn't always light and fun, it's not only about taking a selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower or budget travel in Southeast Asia.
Written by Oneika The Traveller - see the post
A little honesty . on safety and solo female travel
Concerns about my safety on the road plagued those who love and care about me when I first announced my plan to travel solo around the world. Long-term travel is still an uncommon practice in the United States (compared to Europe and Australia) so perhaps the chief issue I dealt with was the fact that most of my friends had never heard of someone taking a round the world trip.
Written by A Little Adrift - see the post
On the road again
On Saturday morning Brian and I set out on our new adventure as Backpacker Magazine's Get Out More Tour Ambassadors. If you aren't up to date on the blog, we'll be traveling around the U.S.A. for 7 months, living out of a tent, and stopping in almost 40 states to deliver a presentation about backpacking skills and gear and to hopefully inspire people to get out more and live their biggest adventures.
Written by So Many Places - see the post
The faded glory of Route 66
My immigrant parents, while bestowing upon me the gift of worldliness, with their accents and many passports and the ease with which they code-switched, yelling at one another in English, German, Italian, and Russian, left a glaring omission in my childhood: there was no Americana.
Written by The Everywhereist - see the post
Make an ordinary rail journey an extraordinary one!
Different people have their different ways of traveling. If you go on journeys by train, then you might be having your way of perfect journey right? So, what exactly a perfect journey is? Well, a journey that keeps you comfortable, light, and fresh is a perfect one.
Written by My Beautiful Adventures - see the post
How I got started: My journey through 11 years of travelling and writing about it
It's one of the most frequently asked questions I get via email, comments, and messages across social media: how do I do what you do? And by what I do, I assume people mean the fact that a) I travel a lot and b) I make a living from it. And I get it. That lifestyle really does sound like a dream, and I can assure you that I do not take it for granted.
Written by This Battered Suitcase - see the post
20 ways to travel longer
You have the travel bug and you want to figure out a way to travel longer than a week or two each year. -You want to travel, but you don't have the funds. -You love travel and want to turn it into a lifestyle. -You're in school, have a job you love, but you want to travel more. -You're at a point in your life where you looking for a change.
Written by Hopscotch the Globe - see the post
5 annoying sayings deaf travellers hear on the road
I don't know about other deaf travellers, but during the last two years of travelling around the world with just me and both my hearing aids, I get used to five annoying different sayings I often hear uttered back at me from fellow travellers and locals upon meeting them. How do I respond? With ingenuity.
Written by The Deaf Traveller - see the post
The truth about solo travel
Solo travel can seem like such a scary concept. To travel alone to a foreign land and be completely out of your comfort zone can feel intimidating, but will also one of the best things you'll ever do for yourself. I've been on several solo trips over the past 12 years and each experience taught me something new about the world and myself.
Written by Hopscotch the Globe - see the post
How to explain Trump while traveling abroad
Being an American on the road, you often become an ambassador of sorts for your country and culture, and I find myself answering a lot of questions from friends, family, and the occasional well-meaning stranger about the U.S.
Written by The Everywhereist - see the post
The Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace Of St. Petersburg Russia
The State Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg, Russia is comprised of six main buildings which includes the Winter Palace. Five of the total, are open to the public. Its total collections contain over three million items,of which only a small part is on permanent display. The site incorporates the largest collection of paintings in the world.
Written by Wandering Trader - see the post
Travel workout; staying fit while you travel routine
Travel workout; staying in shape when you travel. I spend a lot of my life on the road, and a lot of my life in Bangkok, Thailand where I'm based. When I'm in Bangkok, I work out a lot and try to get in good shape, eat well, train hard. Recently I undertook a transformation in Bangkok where I lived like a monk - cut out sugar, basic carbs, alcohol for a while and trained twice a day, and I felt great.
Written by One Step 4ward - see the post
Maui Wowie: Paia & the island's North Shore
As you might expect from a surfer town, Paia is geared toward those on a budget (well, budget for Maui). Its few blocks of storefronts are full of bikini boutiques, crowded indie cafes and more than one head shop. To be honest, it seemed a little grungy to me and it didn't take me long to check it out (I much preferred the art galleries and shops at Makawao in Upcountry).
Written by C Around The World - see the post
Travel advice: 10 tips to follow for a trouble-free trip!
Everyone knows that I am (was?) a travel disaster, at least during the early stages of my trip. I made quite a few mistakes and that is exactly why I can now help you in avoiding them! How cool is to just buy a one-way ticket to explore new exciting countries, but I highly doubt that there is even one person out there that never experience any issue during a trip.
Written by Keep Calm and Travel - see the post
5 ways travel has made me more adventurous
There are many reasons that people choose to travel. To explore new places, meet new people, try new foods. The exact motivations may be varied, but, whether we realize it or not, we all travel for one basic reason: to better ourselves in some way. Whether that betterment comes in the form of increased cultural awareness or just a nice tan, it's always there just the same.
Written by Dangerous Business - see the post
13 Photos from Fall in Scotland
We flew into and out of Edinburgh where we picked up a rental car. In between we drove to visit Glasgow, Isle of Arran (for which we took a car ferry), Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, Glen Coe, Glen Etive and Fort William. Fall in Scotland proved to be very picturesque, and no less magical than I always believed it to be before, no matter what part of the country we were in.
Written by Aviators and a Camera - see the post
Four ways to properly plan for a family road trip
Taking road trips with your family from time to time can help you to be able to bond with one another and see new and exciting things together. Before heading out on the road trip, it is important to make sure that you properly plan for it, so that everything can go as smoothly as possible once you are out on the open road. This guide will walk you through a few ways you can prepare for your next family road trip:
Written by My Beautiful Adventures - see the post
How I almost got banned from Vietnam
Vietnam is one of the few countries in Southeast Asia that requires a visa in advance - you can't get it at the border. So I ordered it from a travel agency in Vang Vieng. An agent traveled to the embassy in Vientiane and got my visa for $50. When I got my passport back, I was met with a shock: The visa start date was correct, but the end date was in 1900!
Written by Adventurous Kate - see the post
Sukhothai in sepia
Sukhothai Historical Park, a World Heritage Site located halfway between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, doesn't have the awe-inspiring grandeur of Angkor Wat or convenient proximity of Ayutthaya, but neither does it have the slew of tourists that visit both those sites. Instead, crumbling temples built in the 14th century rise out of the manicured lawns, blanketing the area in an aura of peace and serenity. To change things up, we used a sepia filter on these pictures which brings out the subdued red-gray tone of the bricks.
Written by The Road Forks - see the post
Mexico City for the first time ~ what to do in Mexico's biggest city
Mexico's biggest city may seem overwhelming to rookies. Those visiting Mexico City for the first time need not be intimidated by this bustling metropolis. This city makes an ideal spot for a quick cultured break. Visitors will find a culinary scene going off the rails, more museums than you could ever hope to wander through, and a revitalized downtown laced with stunning architecture. Mexico City is family-friendly, too, with a wide array of activities that tempt kids, from tots to teens. With direct flights from most major American cities, it's also a cinch to get there. Here's a look at what you need to know before touching down.
Written by Travel Mamas - see the post
America the beautiful: photos from sea to shining sea
My husband Kenin and I spent the last 3-years traveling and blogging about it with tons of positive support from our friends and family. We've also met a lot of strangers and have made many new friends along the way. Whenever people first hear that we are full time travel bloggers, the first question we seem to get is "How many countries have you visited?"
Written by The Constant Rambler - see the post
The best part of travel
Earlier today, the dog rolled in poo. I don't know whether it was hers, or whether it was from one of the neighborhood cats that use our garden as a litter box. So we had to give her a bath unexpectedly, and then spend some time cleaning the bathroom. She shook off, leaving puddles and soapy spray all over the place, as she always does.
Written by Ever in Transit - see the post
How to start a travel blog: a step by step guide
Travel blogging has given me the freedom to travel the world for the past 7 years. Want to start your own? This detailed guide will show you exactly how to start a travel blog.
Written by Expert Vagabond - see the post
200 days into my "breakaway" & I still get scared.
I'm sitting at a little café in Chefchaouen, Morocco and I can't believe two things. 1) I AM IN AFRICA & 2) THAT I AM WRITING MY 200 DAYS POST. Seems like just yesterday I was wondering why "WE" don't have equal rights for my 100 days post (for the record I still wonder). At that time I was still in Playa del Carmen gearing up for my Brothers Wedding and little did I know the next 100 days would be just as amazing if not more than my 1st 100 days.
Written by Breakaway Backpacker - see the post
The horror of hotel bathroom magnifying mirrors
I have a brilliant idea for a horror movie. It would begin like this: A couple - a young man and woman - enter a hotel room. For the purposes of casting, let's say that the man, dark-haired, bearded and handsome, will be played by Joshua Jackson. And the woman will be played by me (SHUT UP IT'S MY BLOG).
Written by The Everywhereist - see the post
Photo: colorful wooden boats on Phewa Lake in Pokhara, Nepal
Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal as well as the second most popular tourist destination in the country. I've visited Pokhara at least ten times over the years and it offers much for tourists, but for me the city's most impressive sight has always been the colorful wooden boats on Phewa Lake. The boats in the above photo are available to rent for the day, with or without a man to row. From the center of the lake, on days when skies are blue, boaters are treated to a spectacular view of the Annapurna Himalayas reflected into the blue-green waters.
Written by Hole In The Donut - see the post
How much our 2 month USA road trip cost
Over the fall of 2017 we went on a two month long USA road trip. We covered over 10,000 miles and went through three oil changes in our car. As travelers, we get asked all the time if we like traveling in our own country and YES! We definitely do.
Written by Vagabond Way - see the post
Thai life and the art of not losing face
There's an intoxicating (or is it dizzying?) cocktail of scents as I walk out of Chiang Mai International Airport with my new co-worker at my side and my first moments of expat life. It's a mix I come to know well over the next two-and-a-half years living in the Rose of the North and the second largest city in Thailand.It's an odd combination of diesel, smoke and incense which wafts through the air at all hours. Thick. Nearly burning my lungs.
Written by Hecktic Travels - see the post
15 must know tips to find beach glass like a pro
Are you looking for a free activity that you can do when traveling? Here are tips to find beach glass that can be incorporated on the Great Lakes or near the ocean. Beachcombing is a fun and free activity that you can enjoy solo, as a couple, or with your family. I have tons of seashells on display around my home that my family has found during visits to the beach. In many locations, seashells are plentiful.
Written by Travel Inspired Living - see the post
Escaping your genetic destiny
Research shows that we can inherit anxiety and depression from our genes. If that is the case, then why even go to therapy? Why sit meditation retreats? Why hope for something different if it's already written into the code of your being?
Written by Fearful Adventurer - see the post
Springtime in Venice: our favorite things
Spring is a great time to visit Venice, a magical city. I have to admit to a bit of jealousy as I've recently seen photos and read posts of friends who were visiting or living in Venice during Carnevale di Venezia (Carnival of Venice) during February 2017. Now that Carnevale has come to a close for the year, I've been reflecting upon the few days that Mr. TWS and I had to spend in this magical and romantic city last spring.
Written by Traveling With Sweeney - see the post
12 things to know before flying a drone so you don't crash it
Drones are most vulnerable when you're first learning to fly them while repairs are just as costly and crashes potentially dangerous. Earlier this year I wrote the 12 things I learned from crashing drones you should know before your first flight.
Written by foXnoMad - see the post
The perfect Ireland road trip itinerary
So, after visiting every single country in the world (all 197/197!), it was time to go back home and properly explore my country on an Ireland road trip, both the North and the South. This was my Irish homecoming and I couldn't have been more excited.
Written by One Step 4ward - see the post
12 bucket list goals that can actually save you money
There are plenty of ways to save money, but the trick is finding the ones that can also be motivating, healthy and just plain fun so it seems like you do not have to sacrifice too much. An easy way to do this is by turning your bucket list goals into saving techniques. For example, learning to cook doesn't only save money on dining out, but could also lead to a romantic homemade dinner at home with your spouse.
Written by Bucket List Journey - see the post
10 tips for travelling on a Eurail pass
This past summer I spent 2 months travelling around Europe with a Eurail pass, where I took a total of 12 trains through 8 cities and 7 different countries. Over the course of the trip I rode a mix of high-speed trains and regional trains, I sat in crowded trains and empty trains, and I even missed a few tight connections.
Written by That Backpacker - see the post
Why I want to go back to Ireland & bring you with me
It was love at first sight. I pretty much fell in love with Ireland the moment I saw her. She seduced me with rolling, emerald, sheep-dotted hills and plains of gray-green stone. She stirred my wild side with reckless winds tearing across rocky cliffs, and underneath her incredible expanse of sky, she stole my heart. She is a land of myth and music - full of lovely, welcoming people with adventurous hearts and a great gift for weaving stories.
Written by Otts World - see the post
7 shows in Las Vegas not to be missed
Las Vegas is a city famous for its neon lights and its amazing wealth of casinos, but people don't just go there for the gambling, as the sheer variety of entertainment and hospitality to be found in the city is second to none. Many shows in the city are headlined by big musical names which bring people flocking through their doors.
Written by Go See Write - see the post
Times Square in the Rain (Photo of the Day)
Times Square, a major tourist attraction and one of the most colorful sights in New York City, is a great photo opp whether you have a serious camera or an iPhone (or another smartphone). For this particular photo, shot just as I was walking away away from the famous landmark, I used the phone and the app Camera.
Written by Chicky Bus - see the post
Touring India's Deccan Odyssey: most luxurious train in the world!
Speaking at a travel conference a couple of months ago in Macau had some serious perks (aside from my chance to visit Hong Kong); one of those perks was making the connections necessary to earn me passage on India's Deccan Odyssey: the most luxurious train in the world.
Written by The Professional Hobo - see the post
A first timer's guide to travelling Ireland
The first time I visited Ireland, I fell in love. Not only did I fall in love with Ireland, I fell in love with TRAVEL. Traveling Ireland led me on the path to where I am now; living and working in New Zealand. There's something about exploring the Emerald Isle that epitomises everything that's awesome about travelling.
Written by Backpacking Matt - see the post
5 amazing outdoor things to do in Thailand
Planning the itinerary for your Thailand holiday is just as important as packing your suitcase or choosing the best airline to fly with. Thailand is a paradise for first-time travellers in Asia for many good reasons.
Written by Travel With Bender - see the post
Beijing or Shanghai?
My recent introduction of the showdown between Egypt or Turkey was a popular one, so I thought I'd do another and have it a little bit closer to home this time around. It seems like every nation has its fierce city rivalries. You've got New York versus Los Angeles in the US, Sydney versus Melbourne in Australia, and a bizarre Paris versus London rivalry that spans countries.
Written by Aussie on the Road - see the post
5 of the best things to do on the Monterey Peninsula
The Northern California peninsula known as #Monterey is nothing short of spectacular. With its stunning natural beauty, charming, tourist atmosphere and beaches, I am sure you can easily spend 3-4 days enjoying the outdoor activities and exploring the area. Trying to whittle my list down to 5 of the BEST was quite a feat!
Written by Points and Travel - see the post
When your luck runs out on the road
Have you ever had an absolutely unlucky day-or days-on the road? I recently (as in just this morning) endured a grueling gauntlet of negative serendipity, and by the end of it I thought I was going to break.
Written by Leave Your Daily Hell - see the post
4 ways to save on national park fees
Did you know? The U.S. National Parks are a bargain any day of the year, but there are several ways that you can save money on entrance fees
Written by Tips for Family Trips - see the post
Why I won't change who I am because I'm a travel blogger.
One day - not long ago- I was walking down a random street in Playa when I was stopped by a super excited girl who somehow recognized me and my blog. After a moment of embarrassment, we started talking and since I am terrible at acting cool, I was simply. myself. At the end of the meeting she told me "Wow, you are exactly the same person as I imagined you to be by reading your blog!"
Written by Keep Calm and Travel - see the post
How do you stay fit on the road?
If you fear to step on the scales after returning from your vacation, don't! Erin Bender of Explore With Erin has gathered some of the fittest travel bloggers in the world to help you stay fit while you travel. And not in the usual "watch what you eat" way either. These methods are anything but boring.
Written by We Said Go Travel - see the post
The best things to do in Long Beach
For years I had dreamed of moving to SoCal, living it up in sunny Long Beach or Torrance. Alright, I'll admit it, I still kind of dream of moving there. I hadn't even been to California, let alone the West Coast, but I knew that region was warm, on the ocean, and filled with Asian culture. That was enough for me.
Written by Travels In Translation - see the post
How to eat street food without getting sick
One of the most frequent questions from readers is a straightforward one: how can we do what you do and eat street food without getting sick? I get this query from readers all over the world, and it's what led me to write a longer form book about that very topic.
Written by Legal Nomads - see the post
100 days into my "breakaway" & I don't understand why "we" don't have equal rights.
It's 6:03am on Saturday June 5, 2011 I am barely getting home from Playa 69 (the only gay club in Playa del Carmen). I'm actually not drunk, but buzzing (I stopped drinking a while ago). For the last few days I have been thinking about what I'm going to say/write about for my "100 days on the road" post. I know it's a huge achievement (at least I think its pretty fetch) and I should be writing about how happy I am and how amazing backpacking around the world is.
Written by Breakaway Backpacker - see the post
Shame-less Matera, Italy: a cultural rebirth
Matera: From the "shame of Italy" to European Capital of Culture 2019. Once called "the shame of Italy", Matera continues its rebirth attracting worldwide attention for its history, culture, and extraordinary architecture and terrain. We spent several hours there on a recent trip to Southern Italy. Take a walk with us through Matera, European Capital of Culture 2019.
Written by Traveling With Sweeney - see the post
Teaching in China vs. teaching online - what's best for you?
Many people dream of traveling long-term or even living abroad. Not so many actually make those dreams a reality. When it comes down to it, there's always something holding you back. It often boils down to a lack of time or money, as one always seems to be missing when you have the other.
Written by Adventures Around Asia - see the post
An open letter to twenty-somethings in America
Dear Twenty-Somethings in America. You're not moving around or across the US - at least this was the case made by Todd and Victoria Buccholz in a New York Times essay on Sunday. Why? For a number of reasons I suppose. The Atlantic's Derek Thompson questioned their points in an article on TheAtlantic.com today, yet ultimately comes to the same conclusion: young Americans aren't migrating throughout America as they are often underpaid, underemployed and very often high in debt.
Written by Backpacking Matt - see the post
The deaf traveller's standard hearing aid packing guide
If you're going on a round the world trip, a city break, a beach holiday or more, then you know packing your bag can be a tense situation (thank you flight carry on weight and size restrictions!) But before I even think about grabbing my clothes, shades or even my toothbrush, I lay out what I need to support my deafness while I'm travelling.
Written by The Deaf Traveller - see the post
Why we get jet lag and 5 tips for making it less painful
After years of long-term travel, I have yet to find a way to fully avoid feeling the effects of jet lag. Colleagues have said that they barely notice changes to their circadian rhythm, and long-term travel leads to more of the same. But my own body is different.
Written by Legal Nomads - see the post
Handling language barriers while traveling
One question that keeps cropping up in our global travels is, "How do you handle language barriers while traveling?" As full-time global nomads, we can't become fluent in the language of every country we visit, that's just impossible.
Written by Changes in Longitude - see the post
Planning family travel
The idea of family travel, especially international family trips, can be quite terrifying for many of us with kids, especially young kids. There really is no need to be scared though. Family travel can be even more exciting and rewarding than travel without kids. There are many articles on this site about my experiences, and I hope they help you feel more comfortable about taking the plunge to travel with your kids.
Written by Where's Sharon - see the post
Hothat traveling has to cost a fortune
There is a widespread (and erroneous) belief that traveling has to cost a fortune. Let me let you in on a little secret- it doesn't. I have traveled to 35 countries and besides family vacations as a kid, all on a tight budget. With a bit of finagling, you can save money both by saving hard before your trip as well as watching every euro, lira and rupiah you spend on the road.
Written by Ashley Abroad - see the post
Far from foul's gold, a priceless road trip on Colorado's million dollar highway
Put most simply, I am by no means a daredevil. I shudder at the thought of a roller coaster. Skydiving is not on my bucket list. Despite being a Colorado native, I don't enjoy skiing. Before you assume I'm simply no fun, I can explain. I was born with a predisposition to worry. While I try to not borrow trouble before trouble borrows me, I can't help myself. As I gripped the armrest of my Sienna minivan with fervor, I shrieked at my husband behind the wheel, yelling, "Careful!"
Written by Suzy Guese - see the post
Sunsets in paradise: 18 reasons to visit the Florida Keys
Last year I toured around the Florida Keys, and it became one of my favorite places in all of The USA. I dove ship wrecks near Key Largo, took a sea plane to the beautiful Dry Tortuga Islands, ate incredible grub in Islamorada and, maybe my most favorite, got acquainted with the ultra weird and cool Key West, with its non-stop nightlife and street entertainers and breweries.
Written by True Nomads - see the post
Earning abroad: teaching English online from anywhere with vipkid
Welcome back to Earning Abroad! In this series I'll introduce you to some inspiring and ambitious travelers - wanderers who have found viable work away from their home countries.
Written by Alex in Wanderland - see the post
Dog bucket list: 45 fun things to do with your furry pet
Canine friends can play a wide variety of roles in a person's life. They can be the food allergen detector, the stress reliever, the security officer, the travel companion and even the wingman. However, it's a fact that they won't be around forever. This is why you should treasure every moment you have with them.
Written by Bucket List Journey - see the post
Top 10 things to do in Budapest
Budapest is one of those cities everyone seems to like, so as my Eastern European rail trip of 2012 continued, I caught a train from rainy Bratislava to the overcast Hungarian capital. I budgeted four days to explore Budapest, which I'd soon come to find was not nearly enough. The city is filled with history, museums, intrigue and mineral-rich baths.
Written by Go Backpacking - see the post
The solo travel girl's guide to dealing with unwanted attention in Asia
A couple months ago, I got an email from a young woman who was planning on moving to China to teach English. After reading several blog posts and articles by other female travelers about the treatment of Western women in this part of the world, she was concerned. She'd read stories of women being harassed or groped or propositioned like hookers, and she was, quite logically, worried that the same thing would happen to her.
Written by Unbrave Girl - see the post
63 amazing photos that will inspire you to visit Japan
The Land of The Rising Sun was closed off to the rest of the world until 1854. But now Japan warmly welcomes guests from all corners of the globe to enjoy its famous hospitality and delve deep into its captivating culture. In the decades that followed World War II Japan transformed itself into a shining beacon on the world stage that epitomises innovation, ingenuity and imagination. No other country compares.
Written by Travel With Bender - see the post
The perfect Ireland road trip itinerary for families
Last summer we took an unforgettable family road trip around Ireland and Northern Ireland. We received a reader comment on our Facebook page asking about the specific route we took around Ireland. Shortly after returning from Ireland we wrote a blog post that shares the highlights from this road trip, but we realized we didn't actually write a detailed post about our road trip itinerary - bad travel bloggers!
Written by Traveling Canucks - see the post
Top 7 powerful early retirement strategies
An early retirement can be a blessing or curse. If you bid adieu to your work without having enough savings for the upcoming days, you could be in for a bumpy ride. Many people are drowning with a debt burden even after retirement due to lack of savings. Some people stretch their work life to survive and have regrets about not handling their finances properly. Turning an early retirement into a blessing needs some solid financial strategies.
Written by Retire Early and Travel - see the post
How to find affordable housing in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is home all types of creatives-businessmen, tourists, expats, students to name a few, and with its mellowed vibe, it's no wonder people love living here. The convenience of working in English as well as softer rules for tourism, make it possible for people around the world to move to Amsterdam to live, work and play.
Written by Bohemian Trails - see the post
Four days in Puerto Rico - what can you do?
Last week I hopped a plane from Orlando to Puerto Rico. A three hour flight. No passport required. JetBlue extra legroom. I was prepared to eat my face off and bask in the warm Caribbean sunshine and that's exactly what I did. Here's a sample of all of the things I was able to do, see and eat while there to give you an idea of what you too can do with four days in Puerto Rico.
Written by Where's Amanda - see the post
Weekly travel hack: motorcycle edition
After 5,000 miles of motorcycle trips through Canada and the US this summer I felt it only appropriate to share my first round of Motorcycle Travel Hacks.
Written by Shameles Straveler - see the post
The best places to visit in USA
Tracking down the best places to visit in USA takes some work. Travel in America is less about ticking off a country and more about exploring a continent and a living legend at the same time. So where are the best places to visit in America? Well, I'm glad you asked. Here goes...
Written by Inside the Travel Lab - see the post
10 tips for traveling on a tiny budget
Are you hoping to travel more this year? Who isn't? That can be tough when your travel budget is tiny. Lodging, transportation, admission fees and other travel basics cost money. There are ways to minimize expenses and save money for travel, and I share some of my favorites in my 7 Ways to Save on Your Next Vacation email series.
Written by Tips for Family Trips - see the post
Singapore - things to do
Singapore is a gleaming, modern metropolis...but if you dig deep, there is still quite a bit of natural and cultural heritage to be found. Take for example the fascinating old jungle cemetery known as Bukit Brown. Abandoned for many decades, it is the final resting place for many early Chinese pioneers...and currently home to a lot of colorful wildlife-such as kingfishers, woodpeckers, and even a troop of curious monkeys!
Written by I Dreamed Of This - see the post
10 bucket list adventures to take in 2018
With the new near underway, we've rounded up a few recommendations from our favorite trips over the last couple of years. From Alpine wonderland towns to tropical islands, here are 10 amazing bucket list adventures to take in 2018!
Written by Ordinary Traveler - see the post
20 things every smart traveler should know
I've been thinking a lot about what makes a good traveler lately, and usually those thoughts have gone into higher levels of personal philosophies and self-improvement. At it's base though, no matter where we go there are a few things we should all know to not just make us better travelers, but better people. Here are a few I thought of, I'd love to hear what you think should be added to this list.
Written by Landlopers - see the post
It is all real life
It has been a crazy, crazy few weeks. We've driven thousands of miles and visited too many cities to count. A new city every day. I am tired. This lifestyle is very easy to idealize. People often say to us, "You're living the dream."
Written by So Many Places - see the post
5 fantasy trips-and why I haven't taken them.yet
If you've visited this site before, then you may know that I've traveled to more than 25 countries (on 5 continents), including some that might be considered 'once-in-a-lifetime' journeys; I've also had "life-changing" experiences along the way. I feel great about where I've been and have no regrets. Of course, there's a lot more to see and I'm sure I'll make much of it happen, but will I get to do all of it?
Written by Chicky Bus - see the post
A little oasis . fun, mud, and friends on beach in Mexico
I found a slice of paradise last week. I rarely use terms like "paradise" because it feels overdone to claim each new place is better than the next. But in terms of where I was personally, this place was a slice of perfection for what I needed at that moment. From my town, the hike to this secluded mud beach is two hours
Written by A Little Adrift - see the post
How to pack for a trek: the ultimate trekking packing list
How should I pack for a trek? What should I pack for a multi-day hike? What is too much? And what is too little? How am I going to carry it all? Which gear and trekking supplies should I buy in advance and which can I buy on the ground?
Written by Uncornered Market - see the post
A map of wireless passwords from airports and lounges around the world
Finding an open wireless connection in many airports isn't always easy, or possible, without a password (or local phone number which is stupid). The difficulty of getting online is why I asked you for and created an always-up-to-date list of airport wireless passwords around the world. You've been sending me your tips regularly and I post on the foXnoMad Facebook page when there's a new password or airport added.
Written by foXnoMad - see the post
How to travel with a baby: 11 tips to make it easy!
I'd been replying with long emails and extended phone conversations, when it suddenly occurred to me: Why not compile all the advice into one super-useful article on how to transport, feed, pack for, and entertain a baby while away from home? Here it is, chums. From now on if you ask me, I'm sending you this link! I hope it's useful enough that you'll share it, too.
Written by Around the World L - see the post
The 7 habits of highly effective travelers
When people hear that we've been traveling around the world, they often imagine the two of us relaxing on a beach, drinking mai tais and reclining under flaming tiki torches. Sure. In reality, it's no wonder that the word "travel" is derived from the French word travail meaning "to work hard, to toil."
Written by Uncornered Market - see the post
Sexual assault as a solo female traveler
Following a month of emotional trauma, legal advice and a growing number of women coming forward sharing their own stories of sexual assault in hostels around the world, I chose to edit this blog post and name the hostel where I feel I was assaulted - Hostel Lybeer, also known as Lybeer Travelers' Hostel, in Bruges, Belgium. I have chosen to publish the owner - Stephane Kolijn's - comment to me as well. It is at the bottom of this post and includes my detailed response back.
Written by D Travels 'Round - see the post
Pacific Coast Highway: where to stop on your road trip
I have driven the entirety of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) through California twice and many sections multiple times. One of the questions I am most often asked is "What is the best place to stop along Pacific Coast Highway?" This question led to the creation of this post, in which you can learn about some of my favorite stops. I have also included a guide for taking a seven-day journey on PCH yourself, history of this highway and my recommendations for food and hotels.
Written by California Through My Lens - see the post
The 10 most secluded places on the planet
Here is the list of 10 most secluded places where you can rest and relax. Even though some of the places are very close to big cities, they provide comfort for everyone.
Written by Around The World In 80 Jobs - see the post
Mastering the art of solo travel
It was my senior year of college. My friends and I would soon be giving up math classes and research papers for 9-to-5 jobs and business suits. I knew that before that happened, I wanted to do something memorable; see the world for an extended period of time before entering a world of one-week-per-year vacations.
Written by Jessie on a Journey - see the post
7 pizza joints to try in New York City
New York City may be a pizza lover's dream, but if you don't know where to go it can be more of a tasteless nightmare. There are so many pizzerias in the city claiming to serve the best pizza it can be difficult to weed out the great pies from the downright awful. To help you save time on your next trip to New York City, we've put together seven of Manhattan's best pizza spots.
Written by Beers And Beans - see the post
Vacation?!? wait, aren't we always on vacation?
Despite common opinion, full time nomads are not on a permanent vacation. Even those not working full time like ourselves. Sure, life on the road has us constantly exploring new places, and the lines between vacation and normal life get awfully blurred. But there's probably no doubt that our own lives could not be mistaken for a vacation in the past few months.
Written by Technomadia - see the post
10 helpful tips for winter backpacking safety
With snowstorms and frigid temperatures taking hold across the country the past few weeks, many people have decided that it's time to hang-up their backpacking gear for the next few months. While backpacking in the winter offers new challenges, the opportunity to have a trail all to oneself to enjoy the views and quiet can be too much for others to let pass.
Written by The Outdoor Adventure - see the post
How to eat and drink on a budget while traveling in Europe
Food and alcohol are two things that can quickly wreak havoc on your travel budget if you're not careful. But that doesn't mean you should live off ramen noodles and hobo beer while you travel. In fact, in many cultures, the food and alcohol is just as important as the art, language, and traditions, so it would be a shame to totally avoid it. Luckily, there are plenty of options for the cash-strapped backpacker to eat well on a budget, and we've outlined these strategies in this guide.
Written by The Savvy Backpacker - see the post
Love at first bite in Dijon, France
Talk about a tease! Florence Bucciacchio, my host from the Dijon Tourism Office began my familiarization of Dijon with a visit to the Les Halles Market, but she wouldn't let me buy anything. "I've booked lunch for us at one of two Michelin Star restaurants in our city, and I don't want you to ruin your appetite!"
Written by Hole In The Donut - see the post
How to plan your trip to Thailand!
Everything I wish I knew before heading to Thailand for the first time. In here you will find all the info you need for a smashing holiday in the land of smiles, read on!
Written by Keep Calm and Travel - see the post
How to order food in a foreign language
I previously wrote about what to do when you are picking a restaurant and don't speak the language. I outlined rules such as looking for photos and where the locals are eating. While some of these apply, what happens if you are in a new city and are at a restaurant where there are no photos, no one speaks English and you have four options to pick from? I suggest you keep an open mind.
Written by Traveling 9 to 5 - see the post
10 free and cheap things to do in San Francisco
There is no doubt that San Francisco is an expensive place to visit. Luckily, some of my favorite things to do in the City by the Bay don't require a lot of cash. Here are some of my favorite free and cheap things to do in San Francisco:
Written by Ever in Transit - see the post
Boat vs TV - first impressions of living aboard a boat & differences from RV living
We've now been living aboard our boat Y-Not for 2 months, and it seems like a good time to share some of our initial thoughts on the lifestyle differences from our RV-life. This is by no means a competition between RV and boat life - we absolutely love RVing, and look forward to moving back aboard Zephyr seasonally. And these are just initial impressions, two months does not make us experts on the subject. But we did want to capture our thoughts while they were fresh in our mind.
Written by Technomadia - see the post
2 days in Paris: the perfect itinerary
Paris is easily one of our favourite European cities, and one that we return to time and again. It has so much to offer, from beautiful views to world class museums to fabulous food. We've visited a number of times, both for short breaks like the two days in this itinerary, as well as for more prolonged stays.
Written by Finding the Universe - see the post
My ultimate guide to solo female travel
Research before you go-weather, local customs, dress codes. Make sure you know the basics of what to expect before you step off the plane. You'll make better choices and get the most out of your trip. Is it your first time traveling solo? The most important thing to take with you is common sense. Always book your first night's stay regardless-you'll rest easily knowing you won't have to deal with finding a hotel while jet lagged. And always have a backup plan.
Written by The Blonde Abroad - see the post
Postcards from Russia
I really had no idea what to expect in Russia. As an American, "Russia" has always been one of those far-away places that you kind of learn about in school, but that never manages to sound like a particularly nice place to be.
Written by Hecktic Travels - see the post
Airstream kitchen remodel tour
The kitchen is a big feature to any house and a tiny house is no exception. I know technically we live in a travel trailer, not a shingled-roof "tiny home" you typically hear about. You'll see in this post, inside these aluminum walls is a big home in a little homes body. It's a custom-built luxury home / travel sized film studio on wheels. Take away all the hallways, basement and attic and you got yourself a tiny home.
Written by Hopscotch the Globe - see the post
My housesitting guide
I have been getting a lot of questions about housesitting lately, so I figured I'd do a post with my tips, experiences, information on which sites I use, etc.
Written by 1 Dad 1 Kid - see the post
The world's top 20 best family holiday destinations!
Planning your next family vacation and don't know where to start? Or just looking for some family travel inspiration? Then this massive list of the world's best family holiday destinations is for you!
Written by Where's Sharon - see the post
Let no one tell you how to travel
You're out drinking with friends and discussing the wonderful time you had in Bali during your recent trip when one of them asks, "Did you go to Ubud?" "No," you say. "But I really liked my time at Sanur and Lovina." "What! Those are the boring parts of Bali," he laughs. "Didn't you party?" "I did. I was in Kuta for three nights. It was so much fun. I especially liked Skygarden," you say. That had been a great night.
Written by Travel Andy - see the post
The time I quit my job again
I have no intention of quitting my job so soon after returning from Red Mountain Resort. Except, the words from the shaman and my reiki practitioner echo in my ears: remove what it is from your life that is causing you the unhappiness. And, while I am no longer unhappy, I certainly do not enjoy walking into the back office four days a week and doing the same annoying tasks, dealing with managing people who can't be managed.
Written by D Travels 'Round - see the post
Travelling solo with a cochlear implant around the world
'You're not going to travel around the world especially if you're deaf' A friend said to rain on my parade over a coffee when I revealed my intentions. I was still in my corporate job and I firmly declared what I would be doing six months later. I just gathered enough money to buy a round the world ticket and I was determined to buy it the next day. Talk about shooting dreams down now.
Written by The Deaf Traveller - see the post
In sickness and health, how to survive food poisoning while traveling
Over six months have passed and I think I can finally talk about my worst trip to date. I can tell you the exact moment the norovirus hit me on my last trip to Europe. I was walking into a hotel in the Frankfurt Airport, ready to go home the next day after dealing with a Croatian sailing trip from hell, and then something didn't feel right. Within the hour, the bathroom became my best friend and I thought it was very possible Germany would be the last country I would ever see.
Written by Suzy Guese - see the post
Teaching English in Thailand. My experience living and working in Chiang Mai.
Over 10 years ago, before I was a blogger, before I started my charity ( The GiveBackGiveAway), before I made $1m+ blogging, and before I visited every country in the world, I was stuck in Ireland. I had finished University in the summer of 2006, worked at a summer camp in the USA, traveled around the US and now I wanted to travel. But I had no money.
Written by One Step 4ward - see the post
5 must see floating markets in Thailand
A floating market is a market that is located next to a body of water and vendors sell things directly out of their boats. Though some of the main waterways have since been filled in to make way for roads, Bangkok was once known as the Venice of Asia due to its extensive network of canals.
Written by Go Backpacking - see the post
How to travel in Vietnam for two weeks
Vietnam has one big advantage for travellers trying to work out an itinerary - it's long and narrow. It pretty much means you do one of two things. You either go up the country or you go down it. Of course, you need to decide where you want to stop along the way and how long you'll spend in each place.
Written by Time Travel Turtle - see the post
How to travel and lose weight
I never even thought I could be one of those people and now I want to keep saying it out loud as much as possible so I continue to live up to it. I have always been an inconsistent exerciser. At best, I worked out 3-4 times a week, at worst I'd not really do a thing for several weeks in a row.
Written by LLWorldTour - see the post
Cat cafes in Asia
Yes, they're real. Cat cafes: places where you go to drink coffee and play with cats. They are popping up with incredible frequency all over Asia. They're interesting only because they kind of show the changing value systems that come with a rising middle class in Asia. Pets are now a sign of status, an indication of internationalization, of white collar sophistication. They are no longer food
Written by Vagabond Journey - see the post
Traveling on your own and yet not alone - 9 tips how to not be alone
For someone who always traveled with friends, family or his/her partner and is used to having people around at home and on the road it will be difficult at first to imagine that traveling alone can be a really great alternative.
Written by Off The Path - see the post
8 steps to freedom: how I quit my job and traveled around the world
The lessons that I've learned in 4 years of almost non-stop traveling. An experience that changed all my values. How I fund my trips and how you can do it, too!
Written by Just One Way Ticket - see the post
Pre-travel checklist: 24 things to do before you travel
Everyone knows the last few days before a trip can be hectic. Whether you are going to the beach for a weekend or traveling abroad for a month (or two, or three), it is easy to feel overwhelmed with all the tasks that need to be done. To help alleviate a lot of stress and last minute running around, we have created a handy Pre-travel Checklist.
Written by Extra Pack Of Peanuts - see the post
The unbrave girl's guide to traveling solo in Japan
In the past two and a half years of my living in Japan as an English teacher, I've taken countless solo trips to other Asian countries. I've temple-hopped through Thailand, jungle trekked in Nepal, spa-ed and binged on Bintang beer in Bali, shopped until I dropped in Hong Kong and eaten until I popped in Seoul.
Written by Unbrave Girl - see the post
Queen of the road: RVing ladies share their best driving tips
Since we started traveling by RV, we've noticed that in most RVer relationships, there's a tendency for one person to do most, or even all, of the driving. Now, that's just an observation on our part and not backed up by any statistics whatsoever. I mean, who really has time for that?
Written by Snowmads - see the post
The secret safari
Africa is on just about every one's list as places to see. With that said, one of the primary barriers that prevent folks from going on safari is the hefty price tag. Our initial search for safari providers yielded prices ranging from $1000 to $5000 a night! Ouch! Perhaps one of the best kept secrets to going on safari is Kruger National Park in South Africa. Envision a national park the size of England. It is the self-serve safari.
Written by 1000 Fights - see the post
5 ways to stretch your travel dollars
I've always loved to travel, but I don't like to spend money. I've even been known to agree a time or two when my husband has insisted we sleep in our vehicle in the parking lot of Walmart to save money- don't judge! It's not as bad as it sounds and it allows us to stretch our budget so we can travel more.
Written by Travel Inspired Living - see the post
28 music festivals in Belgium in 2017. you don't want to miss these!
Belgium is the land of music festivals. From spring until late summer you can attend a music festival every weekend and even more than one in July and August. Especially Flanders is a bit festival crazy, with even the smallest towns organizing their own festival.
Written by Wonderful Wanderings - see the post
Gear recommendations
Nearly every day I get asked for recommendations on various pieces of outdoor gear. It is hard to make general recommendations because every adventure is different, but here I am providing a look at my favorite basic overnight/alpine kit. This can change depending on the trip and if you have a specific question feel free to shoot us an email! You will also notice that many of the items listed are made by my sponsors.
Written by Melissa Arnot - see the post
How to listen to your gut
When you find yourself lost at the crossroads of a big life decision, people will often suggest that you simply "Trust your intuition," or perhaps "Listen to your gut." To me, this has always been confusing advice. I'm not sure about you, but my gut can only communicate in a language that sounds less like discernible words and more like an arrhythmic gurgling of digestive juices and gathering farts.
Written by Fearful Adventurer - see the post
Flying with a bike: What to know and how to prepare
We've flown with our bikes a lot. Throughout the years, our bikes have been boxed up dozens of times and then carefully unboxed in exotic locales like Pakistan, Yemen, Mali, and Alaska. Through all that boxing and unboxing, we've learned a few things about flying with a bike.
Written by Family On Bikes - see the post
The best way to learn Chinese
I recently sent out a survey asking what people were MOST worried about when it comes to traveling in China. I have to say, I wasn't too surprised when I saw the number one response:
Written by Adventures Around Asia - see the post
Transformation in the Amazon Rainforest
"What the hell am I doing here," I asked myself? "A month in the jungle with bugs, spiders, no electricity and the unknown? How will I survive?" Little did I know, that would be the least of my challenges.
Written by Adventures Of A Goodman - see the post
Is this America's most beautiful road trip?
Whether you're a foreigner taking a dream trip around America or a US citizen seeing the West Coast for the first time, there are few more fulfilling ways to enjoy California than with a Pacific Coast Highway road trip. From dramatic coastal scenery, to world-class gastronomy and accommodation, to a great climate all year round, the PCH is one of the most iconic stateside drives for a reason.
Written by Leave Your Daily Hell - see the post
4 better and cheaper alternatives to hotels
It's no secret that I prefer airline miles over hotel points by a wide margin. The reason for this is that I when I'm traveling, I really enjoy staying at places that provide what I deem a more authentic experience.
Written by Extra Pack Of Peanuts - see the post
Can Americans travel to Cuba - complete guide
One of the hottest questions in travel right now is can Americans travel to Cuba? From the day we first decided to go and announced our trip, people have been asking us how it is possible for Americans to visit Cuba. Many people also seemed confused about travel to Cuba from the US and whether Cuba is open for Americans right now or not.
Written by Divergent Travelers - see the post
10 tips for taking your first solo trip
One of the biggest challenges of traveling solo is actually making the decision to go- to book your flight and pack your bag. The reality of solo travel is very different to what most people think, and maybe can be completely different than even you imagine.
Written by The Blonde Abroad - see the post
Five interesting European towns waiting to be discovered
Planning your itinerary for a European holiday can be difficult because of the seemingly endless list of places that you can visit. Whether you would like a relaxed holiday or be physically active, there is a unique destination off the beaten path that is perfect for every traveler, including these five fascinating European towns listed below.
Written by Aussie on the Road - see the post
The truth about solo female travel and safety
There's a sad story in the news that I've been wanting to discuss here. An American woman, Sarai Sierra, was found dead in Istanbul. She was traveling alone at the time. This story is indisputably tragic, especially since Sarai was a mother to two young children. Predictably, there was an outcry. Go onto any site covering this story
Written by Adventurous Kate - see the post
Prepare yourself - 15 things to know about Costa Rica before you go
Costa Rica's tourism is booming and though North Americans are still the main demographic, travelers from all over the world are choosing Costa Rica for their vacation due to cheap airplane tickets. We recently met some Germans in the Osa Peninsula and had a very interesting chat with them.
Written by Mytanfeet - see the post
15 typical Belgian dishes (+ where to eat this food in Brussels)
In Belgium, food is a big deal and yet the country is only just starting to be recognised as a gastronomic destination. Typical Belgian cuisine isn't that known abroad and beyond the classic "snacks", such as Belgian chocolate, beer, and waffles, most people couldn't name a traditional Belgian dish, let alone know where to eat it.
Written by Wonderful Wanderings - see the post
Mexico travel - 4 must-visit locations
Mexico is filled with must-visit locations. A perfect, affordable oasis, there is a lot to love in Mexico from Cancun to the Yucatan. The one fear for tourists is that they can't drink the water in Mexico.
Written by Travel Experta - see the post
Vietnamese cuisine
Vietnam's population is comprised of 54 different ethnic groups. In addition, China and France have left indelible marks on this southeast Asian country. It's no wonder Vietnamese cuisine is so incredibly diverse. The noodle soup pho is probably the most famous Vietnamese dish. While pho is quite enjoyable, it pales in comparison to other Vietnamese cuisine.
Written by 1 Dad 1 Kid - see the post
In the Marin Headlands, the perfect family day
There's something I can no longer say in front of my two children now: "San Francisco." They are so in love with the city that saying its name leads to annoying pleas to go there.now! The younger one thinks he sees the Golden Gate when we drive around Sacramento. But I can't blame them for their fascination with San Francisco. It's also my favorite U.S. city and never ceases to fulfill my travel lust. I can say the same for its surroundings.
Written by This is My Happiness - see the post
What important lesson will you learn from traveling?
When Lisa Niver was working as a teacher, she couldn't shake the desire to have more adventures. She wanted to scuba dive. She wanted to move. She wanted to see the world. Energized with hope and hunger, she moved to Club Med Copper Mountain, Colorado to work and ski. Then to the Bahamas to snorkel. Then on a cruise line for seven years, sailing all over the world - and getting paid for it. Then it was Asia, and the list continues.
Written by We Said Go Travel - see the post
Insider's guide to Costa Rica's best eco-lodges and hotels
Costa Rica is a very magical place and part of this magic comes from their respect for nature. I was happy to learn that there are many laws in place to protect endangered animals and that, laws aside, locals really do care about their fellow inhabitants. Not surprising, this respect for nature seeps into businesses large and small, including the hospitality industry.
Written by Bohemian Trails - see the post
Where to stay in San Francisco - a guide to the best neighborhoods and accommodation
Choosing where to stay in San Francisco can be difficult. With so many neighborhoods to choose from, selecting accommodation can be overwhelming for the first time visitor.
Written by The Planet D - see the post
First time solo travel: tips for newbies
Are you planning to travel solo for the very first time? Are you a little anxious about it? Some people don't give their plan to travel solo a second thought. Others live with anxiety at every stage of the planning process. For others still, it only comes on at the 11th hour. They are about to leave and start to panic.
Written by Solo Traveler Blog - see the post
All the mean, nasty and godawful hateful things people say to me online
Guys, why do people troll on the internet? Why are blogger hate comments a thing? Let this be the philosophical question of the day. Please, god, why? WHY? WHY?
Written by Young Adventuress - see the post
5 things to love about San Jose, California
Over the last few years, I've noticed something exciting happening in my hometown, San Jose, California. While my city has never had the coolness cred of our neighbor to the north (San Francisco), San Jose is having a bit of a moment.
Written by Ever in Transit - see the post
Why travel solo? 12 reasons and a personal note
Why travel solo? Eight and a half years ago, when I started Solo Traveler, I was asked this question all the time. But we get it. All of us who travel solo understand why we choose to explore the world alone.
Written by Solo Traveler Blog - see the post
6 simple tips to help you eat healthy on vacation
It's that time of year when I renew my perennial goal to make healthier choices and lose weight. I've been dutifully logging my calories and activitieseach day, and it seems that just when I get the hang of making healthy choices at home, we leave town. Eating healthy and nutritious meals on the road can be a real challenge.
Written by Tips for Family Trips - see the post
Let's explore more of our universe by visiting one of these famous observatories around the world!
There are so many observatories around the world, but for Space Nation Orbit, I wrote an article about some of the most amazing observatories that you can actually visit yourself. Which one of those have you been to already?
Written by The Travel Tester - see the post
7 sure fire ways to save money on hotels
In the Internet Age, there are many ways to save money on hotels. There are amazing deals out there and you may find them via the Web. Today, we want to share 7 sure ways to save money on hotels. We want to empower you as a consumer by showing you how to make the cost of travel accommodations a lot more affordable. Try one of our tips or experiment with all of them.
Written by True Nomads - see the post
17 cool things to do in Rotterdam in a weekend
Rotterdam in the Netherlands was named one of the places to travel to in 2016 by Lonely Planet and having spent a weekend there, I can see why. This is a city unlike any other European city I've ever visited.
Written by Wonderful Wanderings - see the post
How i made over $100k a year teaching overseas
Teaching overseas can be very lucrative- I earned a six figure yearly salary teaching abroad. Here's how I did it, and how you can, too. If you follow my adventures on Instagram or Facebook you'll know that I travel a lot. On average, I travel anywhere from 3 to 5 times a month; last year I journeyed to 27 countries for both work and play.
Written by Oneika The Traveller - see the post
How to turn an extra phone into a complete hotel room security system
Your valuables are often vulnerable in hotel rooms and while some Airbnbs may be watching you, keeping an eye on your stuff while you're out for the day hasn't been easy. The Haven app however, is designed to be a complete surveillance system you can install on a spare Android phone to be your eyes and ears when you're not around.
Written by foXnoMad - see the post
8 places you need to visit if you love nature
Mother nature can rock so many different looks, it's so easy to get jealous of her beauty. Lucky for us, the earth is an accessible playground, as long as you have the funding. With funding put aside, where would you go to behold the natural wonders of the planet are lucky to have?
Written by Travel Experta - see the post
My best overnight train ride was in Thailand
We made our reservations beforehand and got into our Second class AC (air-conditioned) coach on a wet June evening. The problem with reserving seats on Thai trains is that their system is a little complicated and you can't just go on their site and book a ticket. You need to email them beforehand and then on the day of your journey, collect the physical ticket from the station for a fee. And apparently, there have been instances when the railways have been really late in replying to emails.
Written by Travel Andy - see the post
Travel safety: how to never get pickpocketed again
During a portion of the tour when we were off the bikes, a woman I'd been chatting with got pick-pocketed in broad daylight. She had zipped her iPhone in her jacket pocket, and a thief had sneakily unzipped it and retreated with the goods. Luckily, a group member spotted it happening and the phone was retrieved.
Written by Jessie on a Journey - see the post
Dreaming of my own private island in Aruba
Aruba is a Caribbean gem. The white sand beaches and crystal-clear blue water make it a legitimate standout. If you thought the Caribbean was all lush tropical foliage, you're in for a surprise when you see Aruba's desert landscape.
Written by Daves Travel Corner - see the post
Unique eats and eateries of San Francisco
More than just a travel guide, Unique Eats and Eateries of San Francisco is about all of these things: good food, making memories, and the curious and sometimes funny back stories and histories that simmer behind some of San Francisco's iconic dishes, historic restaurants, artisanal shops, and other dining destitations.
Written by We Said Go Travel - see the post
10 reasons to choose an outdoor vacation with your kids
I've been on lots of different kinds of vacations with my kids over the years - we've taken beach holidays, road trips, stayed in resorts and also camped. No matter what the kind of holiday we choose I always try and incorporate some outdoor time and activities but I have to say that some of the best holidays we've had have been those that are outdoors from the start! Here's some of the reasons why I think you should choose an outdoor vacation with your kids:
Written by Family On Bikes - see the post
Travel to northern India: the good, the bad, & the ugly
Each of us notices something different upon a return to what is familiar. For me, clouds. For my mother, sitting in traffic on that drive back home, the quiet. No horns, no yelling, no whistles being blown and no cows, goats or camels in the road. Turning to stare out of the window, she smiled "I kind of miss the cows though."
Written by Legal Nomads - see the post
Everything is possible: this guy has cycled for more than 50.000 km around the world!
These were the main triggers that pushed Dino Lanzaretti (renamed by me "the Gladiator") to pedal the highest, loneliest and most difficult roads in the world, and these are the things that made him a source of inspiration for me and for all the people who have met this incredible guy!
Written by Keep Calm and Travel - see the post
Family road trip tips for a fun and stress-free journey
Depending on how you prepare, a road trip with kids can feel either like a terrible chore or a fun-filled adventure. Before you hit the road, be sure to read our family road trip tips. These suggestions will help keep parents sane and kids content during your journey.
Written by Travel Mamas - see the post
The perfect Cuba itinerary: two weeks in Cuba
Cuba is a surprisingly huge island and while two weeks may seem like a long time to visit an island, you will find yourself hard pressed to cover even half in that number of days. Our perfect Cuba itinerary may seem slow because we wanted to take a close look at Cuba so we opted to limit our exploration to just the West and West Central areas.
Written by Divergent Travelers - see the post
Life as a Paris expat
When Charles Dickens wrote the line, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," he must have been living abroad. In fact, there's a strong chance he was working in Paris as an au pair.
Written by Ashley Abroad - see the post
A walk in Washington DC - 12 must see monuments and memorials
We didn't expect to love Washington DC but if there's one thing we learned in our travels it is that anywhere can surprise you.
Written by The Planet D - see the post
13 questions not to ask a travel writer
It never fails when I'm meeting someone for the first time and they find out what I do for a living a firing squad of inquiries is forthcoming. I can almost predict how the interrogation is going to go down: "what's your favorite country?" "I'm going to Jamaica soon, what should I do there?" and "Can I have your job?"
Written by Camels And Chocolate - see the post
Global glimpses: Machu Picchu, Peru
It had been my dream to visit South America for years before I finally made it in 2001. It was a three-week jaunt around Peru with a friend. Two days before our flight from Lima back to New York, en route from Aguas Calientes near Machu Picchu to Cusco, our train broke down. So we decamped and waited for hours. and hours.and hours.
Written by Ever The Nomad - see the post
Romance, Leeches and Elephants?
Thailand is likely best known for its inviting beaches and vibrant cities. One of the best kept secrets of old Siam is its rain forests. A short and affordable drive from either Phuket or Krabi, is the crown jewel of the Thailand forests, Khao Sok National forest. Khao Sok is perfect for the active couple. There is so much to offer!
Written by 1000 Fights - see the post
25 best travel movies of all time (you need to watch these!)
These are some of the best travel movies ever (in my opinion). You can watch these films over & over again, and never get sick of them. Do you have any favorite travel movies?
Written by Expert Vagabond - see the post
How to take a Maui Ziplining adventure
The idea of careening down a wire through the jungle may sound terrifying. It did to me. But when my 13-year-old son requested to zipline on a recent trip to Maui (having asked for nothing else on the vacation), what could I do but oblige? The thing is, it didn't occur to me that if I took him ziplining, I'd have to do it as well!
Written by My Itchy Travel Feet - see the post
Financial case study: Fiona Harper, freelance travel writing
In this financial case study, Fiona Harper shares some great advice based on 15 years of freelance travel writing experience. Read on to get her take on work-life balance, setting rates, and the inner challenges of an outwardly glamorous lifestyle.
Written by The Professional Hobo - see the post
Southeast Asia food travel guide
You Know You're in Southeast Asia When.well, there is just something about the region. It's no secret we love Southeast Asia, and when we first stepped foot back in the area in early 2013, we knew we were in the right spot. Yeah, it's a cheap place to live and to travel, but more than anything, for us, it's all about the Southeast Asia food!
Written by With Husband in Tow - see the post
10 travel items you should never forget to pack
The last thing you want to experience as you travel abroad is the heart stopping, all-consuming panic that sets in as you realize you've left something vital behind. Whether you'll be hotel hopping your way through the Caribbean or shacking up in a hostel with 5 other bunkmates, having the following items in your luggage is a surefire way to ensure travel success.
Written by Goats On The Road - see the post
Hong Kong travel guide
Hong Kong has been a favorite of tourists for decades, offering a glimpse into a lifestyle vastly different from what we in the west see as standard. The area is particularly well-known for its business reputation; but Hong Kong has got plenty to offer the standard tourist too.
Written by Go See Write - see the post
Somewhere in time - I can't survive if this is all that's real - Maui, Hawaii USA
Happy it's over yet incredibly sad that it's gone. I don't like the change it brought. Personally, it was the most tragic year of my life. Something that happened in early autumn that I can't even bear to write yet. If I write it then it becomes more real so I just can't bring myself to do it.
Written by Beers And Beans - see the post
One day in Dublin
Traveled every single country in the world, from Yemen to Somalia, but I hadn't traveled my own country - that was an embarrassment I had to put right. So I invited one of my best buddies, Josh (the co-founder of our charity, GiveBackGiveAway.com), drew up an awesome 2-week road-trip itinerary and got ready to go, first though, how best to spend just one day in Dublin?
Written by One Step 4ward - see the post
Welcome to the New Age
It's because of our friends Judd and Amanda that we became fixated on the idea of buying crystals. During our stay in Portland they told us of their own personal hunt for the perfect crystals. "Judd wears his around his neck," said Amanda, and Judd tugged a fabric string under his shirt to reveal a pouch heavy with the weight of magic stones.
Written by So Many Places - see the post
Southern California Dreaming: road trip
Exhausted from 2 hours of being the "Captain" of a two-man orange kayak in the Pacific Ocean, I grabbed my pre-made lunch in the hot burning sun and plucked up my backpack to find a spot in the shade.
Written by Points and Travel - see the post
Honey, I shrunk our RV: we travel in a van now!
We're not anti-bigger RVs now - far from it! We really enjoyed leasing the Trek motorhome for our voyage to Alaska last summer. There was plenty of storage space for bringing all the supplies we needed, more living area to entertain or stay indoors in bad weather (and we experienced quite a bit of it that year!)
Written by Snowmads - see the post
Step by step guide: travel to India made easy
Not everyone feels called to travel to India, but those who do feel it strongly and tend to have a huge desire to explore India. Traveling to India can be incredibly life-changing (I know it was for me) but it doesn't come without its struggles.
Written by Hippie in Heels - see the post
9 extraordinary ways to experience Colorado's winter
Colorado is blessed with enough fleecy snow to make even Elsa jealous! Admiring the winter holiday is easy when there are many traditional winter activities to indulge. However, there are also more contemporary ways to experience the beauty of the winter. Grab your coat, check the event calendar, and let's venture into Colorado's winter wonderland!
Written by Daves Travel Corner - see the post
Wild Atlantic way - Ireland's first long distance drive
If you're looking for places to visit in Ireland other than Dublin or Galway, you should definitely consider driving the World's longest defined coastal route; Wild Atlantic Way. Think of the Great Ocean Road in Australia, but several times longer. The route starts in South West Ireland in Kinsale and ends in the North, Donegal, covering an impressive 1,553 miles along the Atlantic coast.
Written by Travel Experience Live - see the post
Enjoying Prague food
Prague is a large, international city, and its dining options reflect that diversity. When you set out for Prague food, you won't go away hungry. In fact, you might find your clothes have shrunk a bit.
Written by 1 Dad 1 Kid - see the post
Things to know before traveling to Zanzibar
The tropical paradise of Zanzibar is found lying a short distance off the Tanzania coast at the crossroads of Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Zanzibar boasts some of the world's best diving amongst rainbow coral reefs, the quaint customs and cuisine of the Swahili people, and the Indian Ocean's spotless beaches.
Written by Wandering Trader - see the post
Trip planning
For some travelers, trip planning can be a time consuming, tear your hair out process. From packing your bags to searching for the right hotel, plotting your next adventure eats up the clock and leaves you mentally drained before you even set foot out the door. If you don't have the time to scour hundreds of hotel reviews, flight routes, car rental options and even tours and activities to sign up for, allow me to get you there.
Written by Suzy Guese - see the post
7 outdoor weekend trips from Seattle
Seattle is a gateway to outdoor themed vacations. In my opinion, adding outdoor recreation to your Seattle vacation allow you to experience more than touring museums and city sights. Get your hiking boots, climbing shoes, or skis and get ready for some outdoor adventures in Washington!
Written by Angela Travels - see the post
5 tips to trim down for Trump
Hello out there to my fellow plus-sized lady-peeps! I know last week you were probably pretty sad about this whole election thing. But it's time to wipe away those tears because we've got work to do! Don't worry! I'm not talking about dismantling the patriarchy! That sounds super hard! I mean, if us curvies can't even get our chocolate cravings under control how can we be expected to tamp down thousands of years of sexism? LOLZ, AMIRITE?
Written by Unbrave Girl - see the post
Cloudy with a chance of hurricanes in New Orleans
This year has been a stormy one, both literally and metaphorically. From Cuba to Texas thousands of people are still recovering from hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Less than a month ago, Puerto Rico descended into a humanitarian crisis in the wake of hurricane Maria
Written by Girl vs Globe - see the post
Waterfall hunting: a dog-friendly adventure in Colombia
After two years traveling by bicycle internationally with our dog, Sora, my partner Dave and I have successfully mastered the art of traveling with a dog. We have our spiel nailed down for convincing hotels to allow us to stay with her in the room. We know that the vegetarian restaurants generally allow us to bring her along, and, most importantly, we know how to find the best dog-friendly outdoor activities.
Written by Hecktic Travels - see the post
You can travel indefinitely for USD200 a month
It's possible to travel the world for as little as USD200 a month. I'm not saying it. Alex says it and he has been doing it for more than a year now. Lampros Alexis from Greece is on a mission to travel around the world on his solar-powered bicycle, which can also be pedalled when it isn't powered enough.
Written by Travel Andy - see the post
How to meet people as a solo traveler
Traveling solo is one of the best ways learn about yourself, but also to meet like-minded travelers. People are open-minded and curious, and often gung-ho to have new and thrilling experiences. However, it can also be a challenge to find fellow adventurers at first.
Written by The Blonde Abroad - see the post
10 mistakes to avoid traveling in Costa Rica
We love talking to other travelers in Costa Rica to hear about their experiences and thoughts. Our goal is to get as much feedback to constantly improve our blog so whenever we have a chance, we ask them what they think of the country, where their favorite place is and if they would come back.
Written by Mytanfeet - see the post
Yukon, Ho! The appeal of the North
Both books involve dogs, in immensely savage situations; not necessarily the most pleasant intro to the Far North. Jack London's genius was that he was able to illustrate man vs. nature in relateable ways for a child raised in Minnesota. I didn't understand animal abuse, and the passages where the dogs suffer made me cry as I read before bed. But I did understand snow, a lot of snow - enough to know that I didn't want to be caught out in it
Written by C Around The World - see the post
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