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Are You Living An Adventure-Starved Life? 11 Ways To Shake Things Up

by Vella Mbenna, author of “Muddy Roads Blue Skies: My Journey to the Foreign Service, From the Rural South to Tanzania and Beyond“ Have you fallen into a routine of drudgery? Do you feel stuck there? You’re not alone. If we’re honest, many of us will admit that we’re kind of going through the motions — work, home, eat, TV, sleep, repeat — and living by default instead of design. Life isn’t bad; it’s just dull. Uninspired. Actually (and ironically), a bit lifeless. We shouldn’t just accept our ...
Tags: Travel, Startups, Facebook, Usa, Adventure, Georgia, Self Awareness, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Don, Foreign Service, Vella, Thinking Aloud, Self Development, Personal Discovery, Vella Mbenna

How to Pack For A Trek: The Ultimate Hiking Packing List

How should I pack for a hike? What should I pack for a multi-day trek? What is too much? And what is too little? How am I going to carry it all? Which hiking gear and essentials should I buy in advance and which can I buy on the ground? That's where this Ultimate Hiking Packing List comes in to answer all of those questions — and much more — to prepare you for your next adventure. After receiving numerous emails, queries and comments asking about hiking gear and how to pack for hikes and mu...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Featured, US, Travel Gear, Thailand, Santiago, Chile, Kyrgyzstan, Burma, Patagonia, Peru, Dslr, Mount Everest, Inle Lake, Camino De Santiago

Best Time to Buy, Best Time to Fly for Summer

If you need to know how to find cheap airfares and the best time to buy, and the best time to fly for summer travels, you've come to the right place. And don't miss the money-saving tips at the end. Best Time to Buy for Summer Best time to buy: Book plane tickets in the following shopping windows. Domestic tickets: Book tickets starting around 3 to 3 ½ months before departure; complete purchase by 2 to 4 weeks before departure. International tickets: Book tickets starting at 5 to 5 ½ m...
Tags: Travel, Denver, Southwest, Don, Daytona

Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 April 2019

An impression of the interior of the new Istanbul Airport, just now opened and the largest in the world. Good morningAn unplanned, but interesting (I hope) attached article today, being a review of a third emergency car battery “jump-start” unit.  Unlike the two reviewed last week, this one works well and I can recommend it with only a very little bit of “maybe” appended to the recommendation.I’m so pleased to no longer have a nagging feeling in the back of my mind about the car’s battery life –...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, New York, Science, London, Sweden, Australia, Russia, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Los Angeles, Newsletter, Tech, Georgia

An Emergency Car Battery Starter That Actually Works

This Imazing IM25 unit will probably come to the rescue the next time your car battery dies. Last week we reported on two small rechargeable batteries that claimed they could be used to jumpstart a car with a dead battery.  One of them utterly failed to do so, and the other one had ambiguous results.We suggest you should (re)read that review, because it includes a more general discussion on the topic of emergency starting a car with a dead battery.  What follows here is simply another review wit...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Amazon, Science, Cars, Tech, Don

The top budget hotels in Rome for 2019

Heading to Rome and looking for a nice, affordable hotel that won’t leave your trip budget in ruins? As part of our cheapo quest to find Europe’s best budget hotels for 2019, we’re excited to list our top 8 budget hotels in Rome. The hotels below have been selected from our list of recommended hotels in Rome. All of these have been visited and inspected by one of our editors, and chosen as a “pick” based upon the following criteria: • Location: Can you easily reach most of Rome’s central sights ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Rome, Accommodation, Paris, Italy, Mimosa, Dailycheapo, Hotel Advice For Rome, Rome Hotels, Peter, Ac, Don, Mary, Piazza Navona, Hotel Panda

10 Fun Things to do in Calgary

Calgary, still referred to by some as Cowtown is a fun, dynamic city with a young demographic. Even with the oil slowdown it’s got an energy to it that I love. There’s always lots going on in the city especially in the summer when  the Calgary Stampede and the Calgary Folk Music Festival come to town. I think these 10 fun things to do in Calgary are perfect for locals and visitors alike. Howdy Calgary The Calgary Tower You have to ride the elevators up to the observation deck on...
Tags: Travel, New York, Earth, Canada, Chromebook, New York Times, Elton John, North America, Alberta, Calgary, Don, Luke, Calgary Tower, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Neil Peart, LRT

Disney World Tips – What to Do and Not to Do

Do you want to save money while visiting Disney? My family and I have did visit to Disney World and here are some of the tips and tricks we learned. Visiting this magical park is an awesome experience, but the reality of it is that it can be expensive. So don’t wait until you get there to learn how to avoid paying extra. 6 Disney World Tips to Save You Money Top 3 Things TO DO Stay at one of their hotels Yes, they might look pricey but if you take into account that you won’t be paying add...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Disney, Orlando, Disney World, Don, Disney World Tips to Save You Money Top

Where to Stay in Campeche, on the Gulf Coast of Mexico

There are some corners of Mexico that seem to stay perpetually out of the spotlight, even though they have a lot going for them, like the fortress city of Campeche on the Yucatan Peninsula. If you do head there at some point, you've got three fine hotels to choose from. We just updated our review of one of them and reviewed another for the first time, so check out these options for your visit. There aren't a whole lot of air connections to Campeche from the U.S. and Canada, but you can get an ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Mexico, Canada, Marriott, Starwood, Gulf Coast, Mexico Hotels, Yucatan Peninsula, Travel Life, Luxury Latin America, Campeche, Yucatan, Cancun, Don, Merida

What Kind of Backpacker Are You?

Updated: 4/8/2019 | Originally Posted: 07/29/2009 Note: So much has changed since I originally wrote this post 10 years ago (also, isn’t it crazy that I’ve been blogging for so long?) that I thought that this funny little article needed an update. The Flashpacker is long gone. The Digital Nomad has risen. Others have remained the same. I redid this entire post on the curious species that is the backpacker after having embedded myself in their culture and learned their curious ways. *** You ...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Hollywood, Bali, Australia, Southeast Asia, India, Macbook, Prague, South America, Laos, Costa Rica, Queenstown, Hostelworld, Backpackers, Digital Nomad

10 tips for renting and driving a car in Spain

For the first few years I lived in Spain, I didn’t have a car. There’s really no need to get behind the wheel if you’re living in a city or visiting another city on vacation. But sometimes you get the urge for a road trip, and the Spanish rail and bus system doesn’t always reach the best off-the-beaten-path destinations. That’s when it’s time to hop in a car and see Spain from behind the windshield. Renting a car will get you to little villages, mountains, secluded beaches, and vineyards you’d n...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Cars, US, Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona, Tenerife, Driving, North America, Madrid, Car Rental, Barry, Seville, Dailycheapo, Sergio

8 Easy Tips to Live and Travel in A Campervan

Are you a traveler that goes to extreme lengths to explore the world? Have you thought of living the life of only roads? If your answer was yes to both these questions, we’ve got something for you. Many people travel in campervans and have even lived in them. However, there are some things you should remember. Instead of traveling in a car, you should try out campervans. They are more equipped for long road trips. So, here are eight tips to get you started on living in campervans. Do Some Res...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Ebay, Don

What’s it’s Like to Hike the Full Tour du Mont Blanc

Completely updated in April 2019. The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is one of the top long distance hikes in Europe, and in fact the world. It delivers superlative, pristine mountain scenery day after day for over a week. The hiker’s Tour of Mont Blanc is a 168 kilometre loop around the base of Mount Blanc, the highest peak in western Europe at 4810 metres (15,782 feet). Most hikers start just outside of Chamonix, France if they’re hiking the traditional counter-clockwise direction or they star...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Hiking, Time, Aig, Canada, Everest, Italy, Switzerland, Geneva, Alberta, Courmayeur, Mont Blanc, Chamonix, Don

The Atlas of Happiness: Discovering the World’s Secret to Happiness with Helen Russell

Posted: 4/4/2019 | April 4th, 2019 A few years ago, I read the book The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell. I think it originally came up as a suggested book on Amazon. I can’t fully remember. But, I stuck it in my queue, ordered it, and it sat on my bookshelf until it was time to read it. I couldn’t put it down. It was funny, well written, interesting, and an insightful look into Danish culture. It was one of my favorite books I read that year. Last year, I somehow convinced Helen to sp...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, UK, London, Greece, Happiness, Lego, Italy, Brazil, Finland, Un, Denmark, Norway, Vikings, Travel Books, Hostelworld

Should You Still Buy a Guidebook for Europe? Yes.

I’ll be the first to point out this irony: I started EuroCheapo, a budget travel website, back in 2001, and yet I still love traveling around Europe with a guidebook. Furthermore, I’m conveying this information to you — on a website. Ironies aside, I believe that when it comes to trip guidance, there’s room for everything. Websites, like the one you’re reading right now, are a fabulous platform for trip planning. You can “get educated” about the logistics, find the best deals (especially for hot...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Europe, Books, London, Berlin, Atlanta, Rome, United States, Paris, Italy, Athens, Tripadvisor, Lisbon, Louvre, Rick Steves

So, I Got Stabbed in Colombia

Posted: 4/2/2019 | April 2nd, 2019 Editor’s Note: I wavered on writing about this for a long time since I didn’t want to put people off on Colombia or perptuate the myth that danger lurks around every corner. As you can tell from my posts here, here, here, and here, I really love the country. I mean it’s awesome. (And there will be plenty more blog posts about how great it is.) But I blog about all my experiences – good or bad – and this story is a good lesson on travel safety, the importance o...
Tags: Travel, Colombia, South America, Bogota, Don, Best Insurance, La Candelaria, Common Travel Insurance Questions, Apple Watches, Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Dar Papaya

Weirdest Wisconsin obsessions

There are some things people everywhere are weirdly obsessed with, like cat videos and Game of Thrones. Other obsessions are solely for Wisconsinites. From the specific characteristics of our favorite sausage to anything having to do with water, here are 11 things Wisconsinites are weirdly obsessed with. 1. Harley-Davidson It’s not just about the bike. It’s the T-shirts, leather jackets, hats, pens, the paint job on your hog, and the quantity of your chrome. For Wisconsinites, Harley-David...
Tags: Travel, Cook, Wisconsin, Harley Davidson, All, Don, Packers, Miller Lite, Wisconsin culture

How to Make Sure Your “Budget” Airline Ticket Is The Real Deal

Airline tickets on low-cost carriers can be extremely affordable at first glance. But that’s before the addition of a cauldron of hidden expenses that can ensnare the unsuspecting traveler. Paying for your flight, for example, should not be an “optional extra”. The good news is that you can avoid these add-ons. With a little inside knowledge – and time – it is possible to travel for the advertised price of a budget flight. The key ingredient to inexpensive flying is flexibility. Can you move you...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Featured, Berlin, Ryanair, Sydney, Easyjet, Flights, Budget Travel, Don, Barnaby Davies, Belfast Bratislava, Mastercard Prepaid Debit Card

Getting Naked in Japan: The Addictive Japanese Onsen Experience

If you’re okay with getting naked in public then you’ll love the Japanese onsen experience. It’s very addictive. In short order you’ll find a way to carve out the minimum 30 minutes you need to visit an onsen. But many or even most westerners are going to have to get over their aversion to getting naked in public, myself included. The Japanese onsen experience – Photo credit: @MarkEdwardHarrisPhoto on Instagram What is a Japanese onsen? A Japanese onsen is basically a public-style ...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Japan, Canada, Sue, Alberta, Don, Facebook Twitter Instagram, Leigh McAdam, Adventure Travel Trade Association, Onsens, Sea of Ohkotsk, Hokkaido Kitakobushi Shiretoko Hotel Resort

Thank you, Shatrujeet!

I am starting a new project today. Each day, for the next 100 days, I will write a post acknowledging people that have helped me become who I am. I got inspired by Shatrujeet's series, a100peopletothank. So, the first one is, N Shatrujeet! Who else?I first met Shatru (I call him that) when I was at Creativeland (CLA). This is 2008 or 9. Don't remember the exact year. While I was part of the planning function, he was there to develop some original content for some division at CLA (I don't recall ...
Tags: Travel, Writing, Project, Gratitude, Don, Vikram, CLA, Thankyou, Shatru, Shatrujeet Nath, Shatrujeet, Creativeland CLA, Gravity Shatru, Gaurrav Dhar

Travel Photographer Of The Year Flies Into London

Free Open-air Exhibition Of World-class Images, March 28 – April 30 We’ve been building through the night and are delighted to confirm that London gains a stunning, FREE, open-air photography attraction – the latest winning images from Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 are now on display at London Bridge City SE1 2DB – adjacent to City Hall and the Scoop and opposite the Tower of London. This gorgeous exhibition of world-class contemporary travel photography will be viewable 24 ...
Tags: Travel, London, Thames, Fujifilm, Westminster, Photography Tips, National Rail, Travel Guides, London Bridge, City Hall, Travel Photo Collections, Don, Swarovski Optik, Paramo, London Bridge City, TPOTY 2018

10 Tips for the Ultimate Summer Vacation

Ultimate Summer Vacation Cheap flights to a perfect destination is how it starts, then we add 10 tips for the ultimate summer vacation to make the trip even less expensive. It's a little smoother and a lot more fun. A list of perfect vacation destinations 1. Find a Cheap Flight There are three proven ways to do this: 1. Avoid peak summer pricing by flying before mid-June or after late August. 2. Fly cheaper days which are usually Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday in the U.S. (weekdays for i...
Tags: Travel, Sweden, Disney, Atlantic, State Department, Caribbean, Yellowstone National Park, Frontier, Don, Park City Utah, Centers for Disease Control

Brazil Experiential Travel Guide: 18 Things to Do, See and Eat + 2 Week Itinerary

Are you interested in traveling to Brazil, but only have a limited amount of time? Maybe you have a couple of weeks and you feel overwhelmed by Brazil's size and variety of destinations. Don't worry, we've been there. That’s why we created this Brazil Experiential Travel Guide to get you started in organizing and planning your own trip. Admiring Rio de Janeiro: jungle, coast and city all in one. Early in our around-the-world journey, we spent fifteen months traveling through Latin America...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Japan, Australia, Eu, Unesco, Paraguay, West Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Rio De Janeiro, South America, Christ, Latin America, Mother Nature, Bolivia

Weekly Roundup, Friday 29 March 2019

The two subtle changes to the Pilot Primary Flight Displays in the 737 MAX. Good morningDid you wake up to notice anything different in the world this morning?  No, neither did I.It was to be today that saw Britain leave the EU, subsequent to its referendum to do so in June 2016.  Notwithstanding almost three years to plan, prepare, and actually implement their departure, they are in a state of appalling disarray, as indicated a couple of days ago when their Parliament voted on eight different a...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, Asia, Europe, Science, Steve Jobs, Scotland, Singapore, Miscellaneous, US, Newsletter, Tech, Eu, Conservative, Chicago

Travel News: March 29, 2019

Royal Caribbean in partnership to redevelop Freeport cruise port, Grand Lucayan Travel Weekly A partnership involving Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has purchased the largest resort on Grand Bahama Island and will redevelop and expand the cruise facilities in Freeport. At a ceremony, the government’s Lucayan Renewal Holdings signed a letter of intent with Royal Caribbean and Mexico’s ITM Group for the sale of the Grand Lucayan Resort.   Google’s Hotel Search Now Includes Vacation Rentals Food & W...
Tags: Travel, Google, Usa, Mexico, Netherlands, Tripadvisor, Iceland, North Sea, Cnbc, Expedia, Royal Caribbean, Wow Air, News And Deals, Don, Freeport, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd

How can using limo service for your special occasion make it memorable?

If you are looking for a transportation service for your special day, then you should try to hire a limousine. When you have experienced and trained chauffeur by your side, you don’t have to worry about anything. The only thing which you need to do is sit back and relax. Hiring a limo cab can be an exciting experience. You can easily hire it for your special occasions to reach the location in style and on time. It has become easy and affordable for the people to hire a limo cab and celebrate th...
Tags: Travel, Travel Blog, Don, BLS, Limousine

20 Fun and Interesting Things to Do in Los Angeles with Kids

LA is the second biggest city in the USA, and as a visitor it seems like there are endless things to do in Los Angeles with kids! Over the years we’ve been able to visit Los Angeles several times. Firstly solo, then as a couple, and now with our two daughters, Kalyra and Savannah. To be honest we weren’t initially big fans, and it’s taken a while for LA to grow on us. Sometimes you have to visit a place a second or third or even forth time before you can appreciate it. I think it’s because we c...
Tags: Travel, Usa, New York, Hollywood, Beyonce, California, Jay Z, La, New York City, US, Los Angeles, Chicago, Katy Perry, House, Connecticut, San Diego

30 Fun Things To Do In Cancun: Mexico’s Gateway To The Yucatan

Best Things to Do in Cancun, Mexico! Cancun, Mexico Cancun is the official party capital of Mexico with great beachfront access to the Caribbean Sea. But there are so many more things to do in Cancun besides the beaches! Known as the gateway to the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun is often the first travel experience that most Americans have in Mexico. In fact up to 40% of American travelers are picking Mexico for their vacation. I’ll be the first to tell you that Cancun is not my favorite place i...
Tags: Mexico, Unesco, Things To Do, Canada, United States, Vw, Mexico City, Las Vegas, Disneyland, Google Maps, Caribbean, Travel Guides, Ixchel, Puebla, Maya, Yucatan Peninsula

Here’s everything Apple announced today

Even after last week’s stream of hardware releases — a new iPad, new iMacs, and new AirPods all back-to-back — Apple had more to announce. The company announced a bunch of new stuff at a two hour event this morning, primarily focusing on its new premium media subscriptions. Don’t have time to catch up on all of it? Here are the highlights: AppleTV+: Apple is building an ad-free subscription video service. It announced a ton of new original content from names like Oprah, Steve Carell, JJ Abra...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Amazon, TC, US, Samsung, Roku, Cbs, Vizio, Apple News, Don, Sony LG, Zack Whittaker, Portland Chicago, Apple Media Event 2019, HBO Showtime Stars

Cheap Flight, Expensive Destination: How to Cut Costs on Your Entire Vacation Trip

Cheap Flight, Expensive Destination: You found a cheap flight to a great destination but the food and lodging are going to be expensive. A good example of a cheap flight, expensive destination might be Iceland; there are several discount airlines with very good deals to Reykjavik but some travelers say the meals and hotels can be pricey. The good news is you can cut costs on vacation trips in big ways and small. Find a cheap flight To find a cheap flight, you must use a multi-airline airfare ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Disney, Rome, Paris, Ryanair, Airbnb, Venice, Easyjet, Iceland, Disneyland, Florence, Reykjavik, Don, Florence Italy

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