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Earth Day: Connecting the World Through Voluntourism

Earth Day is right around the corner and you might be wondering how you can give back to good ol’ Gaia. While hundreds of businesses use Earth Day as a day of volunteerism, taking to the trail or a local rive to cleanup, replant of renew, many other people look […]

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7 Reasons You Should Go To Iceland

With limited daylight during the winter months and its relatively isolated location, Iceland doesn’t usually make top 10 lists when it comes to must-visit destinations. Which is a real shame, when you consider how much there is to see and do in this breathtakingly beautiful country. From where to find […]

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6 Ways to Have an Authentic Cultural Experience

There is a difference between tourists and travelers. Tourists tend to travel within their comfort zones. Sure, they’ll check out some sights (as recommended by the tour guide or guide book), but they’ll stick to international hotel chains they know and food types they’re familiar with. They’ll leave with a […]

7 Signs You Desperately Need a Vacation to Southeast Asia

7 Signs You Desperately Need a Vacation to Southeast Asia

You’re sitting there back home, thinking about whether you should book that flight or not. You’re not sure if it’s a good idea or if you should save the money for a rainy day. No worries, we know the feeling. Here are seven signs you desperately need a vacation, and […]

What to Pack in Your Spring Break Survival Kit

What to Pack in Your Spring Break Survival Kit

Believe it or not, there are things you need to pack for Spring Break that are just as important as a swimsuit and a cooler of adult beverages. So before you head for the beach, be sure to tuck away these items for the perfect survival kit. Sunscreen I know […]

Camsafe v17: Perfect for the Photographer on the Go

Camsafe v17: Perfect for the Photographer on the Go

When I’m looking for a bag to take minimal gear to shoot with, I often look to my Pacsafe Camsafe® V17 anti-theft camera backpack. If I’m travelling, I often pack this inside a roller. The Camsafe v17 is perfect for those day trips where I’m only going to be using […]

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7 Ways to Save Money at the Airport

For many of us, it’s hard not to go a little overboard spending money at the airport. You’re held captive, there’s not much to do, you’re desperate for distraction—and that key chain/bag of chips/paperback is looking very tempting right about now. Stop! Before you hit the airport, check out these […]

Yes I’ve Been to Hell and Back: Funny-Named Places You Really Should Visit

Yes I’ve Been to Hell and Back: Funny-Named Places You Really Should Visit

There are quite a few places that, while they may not be on most travel brochures, just their name makes a stop worthwhile. Yes There is a Hell Hell, Oregon; Hell, Michigan; Hell, Grand Cayman There’s three Hells I can find: one in Oregon, one in Michigan, and the other […]

The Squeaky Clean Beach

The Squeaky Clean Beach

‘ “Squeaky Beach” in Australia is named after the sound the sand makes when you run across it. The white sand is made up of quartz that are very clean, fine, and spherical. So yes the beach literally is squeaky clean!

Packing for 7 Days in 1 Bag in 5 Minutes

Packing for 7 Days in 1 Bag in 5 Minutes

I have watched in wonder as families wheel large luggage carts around in the airport. They seemed to have packed as if their cross country trip were by wagon train instead of by airplane. Similarly, I have watched as people board cruise ships with suitcases and trunks large enough to […]