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4 Offbeat Ways to Meet People While Traveling

Whether you’re traveling on your own or with a companion, sometimes meeting cool locals can be the highlight of your trip. But what if you’re traveling to a new destination and don’t know anyone who actually lives there? Enter the internet. Meeting cool people in a new destination has never […]

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7 Safety Tips for Men Who Travel Alone

Traveling solo is an exciting experience, but it comes without the added protection of safety in numbers you might be used to having. While men might not face the same perils in solo traveling around the world as women, there’s still risk involved. Follow these tips to keep yourself, and […]

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Are You a Good Travel Buddy?

Not everyone is suited for travel. What is tougher is finding two people who can travel well together. What makes a good travel buddy? Here are a few things to look for. Where Are We Going Some folks like the beach, others the mountains. I have had several friends ask […]

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How to Deal with Culture Shock after Traveling

Travel is medicine. It is indeed a high unlike any in the world. A single dose will spread throughout, detoxing your body and soul, making you dream, desire, appreciate and simply smile more. But, there’s always an end to every high. There’s the end of an incredible journey, the long […]

How to Take Better Travel Photographs: 7 Easy Tips

How to Take Better Travel Photographs: 7 Easy Tips

The perfect set of photos from the trip of a lifetime is the best souvenir. Sure, it can be a bit of a pain lugging around more than just a smart phone for photos, and planning around the perfect times to shoot does require some flexibility, but photos are one […]

Safety Tips for Traveling in Cities

Safety Tips for Traveling in Cities

Whether you’re touching down in Bangkok or Barcelona, Sydney or San Francisco, chances are you’ll be spending time in a major city for at least part of your trip. With their vibrance and culture, cities are incredibly fun for independent travel, but they also come with their own concerns. Here […]

6 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Traveling

6 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Traveling

Sometimes failing at something is the best way of learning. And sometimes it helps to know that other people have made the same mistakes and that other people feel the same way about things. These are the six things I would love to tell my younger self before she’d set […]

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6 Tips for Health-Wise Travel

Up until recently, I perpetually made poor health choices while on vacation, starting with a McDonalds breakfast at the airport. Once travel became a huge part of my life I realized I needed to retrain my brain and fix this splurge. I consulted with ER nurse, fitness competitor, and fellow […]

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Who to Tip, When to Tip and How to Tip

Some say it stands for, “To insure promptness” but the internet says that’s incorrect and if the internet says its wrong well, who knows? It has become an expected expense when traveling or stepping out on the town so you may as well figure out who, when and how to […]

5 Tips for an Affordable Summer Vacation

5 Tips for an Affordable Summer Vacation

It’s summer! A time for running through sprinklers, juice pops in the warm sun, and family trips to remember for a lifetime—all of which, unfortunately, cost money. Luckily, it’s not too hard to have your fun in the sun and save on the price of said fun at the same […]