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Frugal Travel: Ten Tips for Living Out of a Truck

Posted by on 11:27 pm in Adventure, Blog, Guest Blogs & Traveler Interviews, Road Trips, Transport, Travel Accommodation, Travel Tips | 3 comments

Frugal Travel: Ten Tips for Living Out of a Truck

In 2015 my boyfriend Tyler and I traded our stable jobs in South Lake Tahoe for a couple years of hot spring soaked adventures. We hitchhiked through Cuba and Central America, and cycled 1800 miles along the Pacific Coast.

When we loaded up Baby Beluga, a tiny Mazda pickup truck, we figured we’d be exploring North American national parks in luxury compared to the previous months of stuffing our belongings in a backpack or panniers. Au contraire.

For anyone considering the option of traveling and living out of a truck, I hope these tips will allow you to maximize the good, dwindle the bad, and prepare you for the smelly!

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Tips for Traveling as a Couple Without Killing Each Other

Posted by on 1:10 pm in Blog, Couples Travel, Sponsored, Travel Tips | 25 comments

Tips for Traveling as a Couple Without Killing Each Other

Traveling as a couple is a lot different than traveling solo. You may share a house, finances, and day to day life, but when it comes to escaping your daily routines for a vacation, that doesn’t mean it’s going to always be a smooth and romantic ride.

In fact, “it can be a notoriously treacherous experience, fraught with stress, arguments, and differing opinions on hygiene, packing, and how much it’s reasonable to pay for cuddling an orangutan.” – JR Thorpe.

But there is so much magic in traveling as a couple if you can get through the trip without getting on each others nerves. And as Star Alliance are giving away two Round the World tickets, in business class, this month, we’ve put together tips and advice for traveling as a couple.

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Things to Know Before Booking a Seattle Hotel

Posted by on 4:37 pm in Blog, Travel Accommodation | 18 comments

Things to Know Before Booking a Seattle Hotel

Choosing a hotel is an important part of the planning process for any vacation. Whether you’re looking for the luxury of an upscale hotel or just a comfortable place to crash, there are many factors to consider before you book.

The hotel culture in one destination is not always the same as the next, but even if you’re only traveling domestically, you may notice slight differences in how hotels are run.

When it comes to Seattle, the following are a few things you should know before you book a hotel.

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The Daypack I’ve Taken With me Around the World: 5 Reasons ecbc is Every Travelers Dream

Posted by on 11:14 am in Blog, Equipment Reviews, Reviews | 44 comments

The Daypack I’ve Taken With me Around the World: 5 Reasons ecbc is Every Travelers Dream

There’s an art to packing hand luggage when you’re heading overseas, especially if you’re a tech friendly traveler who transports a number of electronics and cords. Between your laptop, iPad, camera, phone, chargers, adaptors, and cords for all of the above, most bags aren’t exactly functional for transporting technology.

So when I had the chance to get my hands on the Lance Daypack from ecbc I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve taken it with me on our current Round the World, and honestly, it’s every travelers dream.

As far as hand luggage goes, the ecbc Lance Daypack is a more functional, fashionable and comfortable way of transporting technology and everyday essentials than any other bag I’ve traveled with before. And I’ll go as far as to say it’s the best backpack I’ve ever owned.

A bag which works functionally in the jungles of Cancun and is sleek and elegant enough for a board room, here are 5 reasons you need an ecbc bag too.

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Dear Travelers to Iceland: Please Don’t Visit Until You’ve Understood These 8 Things

Posted by on 2:01 pm in Blog, Iceland, Travel Tips | 67 comments

Dear Travelers to Iceland: Please Don’t Visit Until You’ve Understood These 8 Things

In recent years, rumors have begun to spread about the existence of a small Nordic island nation in the North Atlantic Ocean; an island defined by dramatic landscapes, with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, lava fields, and elves. Yes, elves.

Rumors of this magical place are spreading like wildlife, and travelers have started arriving from all over the land. Though there is a delicate balance in maintaining the untouched and wild feeling of Iceland’s unique landscapes while making them accessible to tourists. Lava fields, volcanoes and thundering waterfalls might look super tough, but in fact they are very vulnerable.

Before tourists started arriving in mass, most Icelandic attractions had no need for infrastructure like car parks or ranger stations. So it’s extremely important that we are aware of our impact as travelers. As such, we have composed a letter to all those who are Iceland bound.

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A Guide to the Picturesque Towns of Georgia, USA

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A Guide to the Picturesque Towns of Georgia, USA

One of the America’s 13 colonies, and named after King George II of Great Britain, the state of Georgia is a fabulously diverse destination, featuring marshland and beaches, and bordered in the north by a great mountain range.

Known for its slow moving lifestyle, openness and impeccable manners, Georgia is host to numerous visitors throughout the year from various parts of the world. If you’re considering a Georgia vacation, or find yourself in the region, the following are tips on where you should go.

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Travel Stories: Moroccan Mishaps in the Sahara Desert

Posted by on 11:20 pm in Blog, Guest Blogs & Traveler Interviews, Morocco, Stories | 23 comments

Travel Stories: Moroccan Mishaps in the Sahara Desert

Morocco is one of those dreamy destinations that pull you in with vivid images of colorful souks, exotic culture and a diverse geography.

It has always been high on my list of places to visit, and once I was there it did not disappoint! From the fabulous shopping stalls in a maze of ancient medinas, to the strange sight of goats perched high in trees munching on argon seeds, this is a place which will captivate and amaze, and there is truly so much to see and do.

Though being an experienced traveler doesn’t guarantee a flawless experience every time. Even though we travel to the far corners of the earth alone and return home in one piece, this doesn’t mean we always walk away unscathed. I invite you to hold my hand and join me in a few of my Moroccan mishaps into the Sahara Desert!

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Traveler Interview: Author Sue Bedford on Tales of Miscalculation from an Overconfident Backpacker

Posted by on 11:43 am in Blog, Book & Film Reviews, Guest Blogs & Traveler Interviews | 19 comments

Traveler Interview: Author Sue Bedford on Tales of Miscalculation from an Overconfident Backpacker

It’s my favorite kind of travel read; a laugh-out-loud travel memoir that reveals backpacking’s awkward side. So upon picking up Sue Bedford’s new book “It’s Only the Himalayas and Other Tales of Miscalculation from an Overconfident Backpacker“, I naturally became engrossed.

Sue is a disenchanted waitress when she embarks upon a year-long quest around the world with her exasperatingly perfect friend, Sara. Expecting a whimsical jaunt of self-discovery, Sue instead encounters an absurd series of misadventures that render her embarrassed, terrified, and queasy (and in a lot of trouble with Philippine Airline).

Whether she’s fleeing from ravenous lions, dancing amid smoking skulls, navigating the torturous Annapurnas, or (accidentally) drugging an unfortunate Englishman, Sue’s quick-witted, self-deprecating narrative might just inspire you to take your own chaotic adventure.

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3 Ways to Become a Digital Nomad

Posted by on 9:29 pm in Blog, Travel Tips | 22 comments

3 Ways to Become a Digital Nomad

Recent years have seen the rise of the Digital Nomad; those lucky few self-employed thrill-seekers who travel the world with a laptop in their backpack, and think that working 9-5 is for suckers.

I’m sure you’ve heard all about them and you’re probably wishing you could do likewise. Being able to go where you please, when you please, and call nobody boss is a fantastic lifestyle in theory, but how does it work in practice?

We’ve looked at the three most popular ways to earn money while you travel for those wanting to pursue the digital nomad lifestyle.

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WIN two Round the World tickets in Business Class with Star Alliance! #StarAllianceRTW

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WIN two Round the World tickets in Business Class with Star Alliance! #StarAllianceRTW

As one of seven travel bloggers recently chosen to take a Round the World trip inspired by the new Star Alliance travel itineraries, we’ve been having a blast making our way through the jungles of Singapore, the shark infested waters of South Africa, with exotic locales like Istanbul, Venice, Vienna, Barcelona, Cancun, Buenos Aries and Auckland to come!

But now it’s YOUR chance to travel the world, and Star Alliance are giving away an epic prize this month: two Round the World tickets, in business class!

They’ve sent seven travel bloggers on their RTW journeys. If you can tell them correctly where we’ve all been, based on the photos shown on their site, you’re in the running for the chance to embark on your own trip of a lifetime!

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