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Trail Ready Cocktails

Trail Ready Cocktails

Some people don’t understand that hammockers are not just lazy , work avoiding low lifes, swaying in the breeze with a cocktail, a sunset and a beach. The truth is that we’re a hardworking, active group of adventurers, climbing mountains, fording rivers, exploring new environments, with just our hammocks and [...]

Why My Wife Wants a Separate Seat When Flying

Why My Wife Wants a Separate Seat When Flying

Okay, I may not be the easiest guy to travel with but really, separate seats? I thought it was just bad luck or a lousy system that made the airlines seat us separately lately. That is until The Wife fessed up to her tricks. Here are a few reasons why. [...]

Things to Consider When Choosing a Hostel

Things to Consider When Choosing a Hostel

Ah hostels, the hit-or-miss dormitory/prison/horror film setting enjoyed by countless youth every year in Europe and beyond. Hostels are defined as group accommodations, where strangers occupy the same multi-bed rooms and share community bathrooms and kitchens. Every backpacker has a good hostel memory and a bad hostel memory. It’s part [...]

Easter 2013: Relax to the Max

Easter 2013: Relax to the Max

Every year, Easter rolls around at a time when rest is needed most. Situated conveniently after a teeming spring “break”, Easter sits at the time of year when the preceding months have left you exhausted, yet summer is still teasing from a distance. But let’s be not kid ourselves; at times, a day [...]

Best Airlines for Budget Travelers

Best Airlines for Budget Travelers

Once by sheer luck and a New York blizzard, I ended up in first class. As I rushed onto the plane in a traveler’s flurry, my arms burdened with coats, books, and boarding passes in an RFID blocking passport case, a poised flight attendant asked if I would care for [...]

6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Easter Island

6 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Easter Island

When I was younger, I was under the impression that Easter Island is where the famous bunny lived and that he, or she, I never really thought to ask, would run around coloring eggs and collecting candy. As it turns out, this is slightly less than accurate. Though I know [...]

How to Purify Your Water on the Fly

How to Purify Your Water on the Fly

Ok, so you’re traveling, right? Maybe you’re in Uganda or Mexico or Vietnam. It’s beautiful, but it’s hot and after hours of traipsing around in the sun, you’re ready for a comfortable chair and a cold drink. You walk into a restaurant with your Anti theft handbag, collapse into a [...]

Best Methods for Cultural Immersion

Best Methods for Cultural Immersion

The amount of places in the world that are truly unexplored is rapidly decreasing. What’s worse is that most places are completely globalized, washed clean of too many unique features, customs and ideas. Nothing is more frustrating than traveling to the other side of the world with your Ultimatesafe to [...]

How to Travel Without Paying For Accommodation

How to Travel Without Paying For Accommodation

While travelling on a budget, it can sometimes be hard to maximise your trip time without paying a whole heap of money for accommodation.  It can oftentimes be the big determining factor on where you go and for how long.  Going over past travel budgets, I have found that accommodation [...]

What Your Bag Identification Says About You

What Your Bag Identification Says About You

Stand by the baggage claim at any major airport and you can watch a magical parade of black, rolling suitcases, slowly cruising by under the nervous eyes of dozens of weary travelers. Interspersed among the suitcases are identical backpacks, stuffed to absolute capacity by excited young persons looking to explore [...]