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Communicating on the Road

About this time last year, there was a news story that caught my eye: A backpacker from Washington State had gone missing in South America. Her family in the US hadn’t heard from her since Tuesday. It was the weekend. They were worried. And, with good reason. With all of the available technology today, in many destinations it’s not hard to stay as connected when you’re on the road as you do when you’re in your hometown. In many cases, you can even use your smartphone’s data plans abroad if you’re willing to pay for the privilege. So it makes sense that, when this backpacker’s family didn’t hear from her, they were perturbed. Luckily, in the end she was OK. […]

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Green Travel Tips

Traveling is a wonderful experience that enriches your life in many different ways. For example, traveling can open your eyes to alternative ways of living, help you make meaningful connections with others and create beautiful memories that will stay with you forever. Also, don’t forget that going on a trip is an efficient remedy against stress. However, those who favor a green lifestyle are worried about the negative side of traveling, since many kinds of transportation and other facets of travel can have a negative impact on the environment. But we say you can travel and live an eco-friendly lifestyle. So, let’s look at the following green travel tips to discover the world without damaging the environment. Just because you […]

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Taking a Different Look at Affordable World Travel

Have you ever thought about vacationing in far off places but dismissed the idea due to the high price? Are places you never thought of going to but would consider in a New York minute if the price was affordable? Money doesn’t have to stand in the way of your dream vacation. Let’s reconsider your holiday options. Holiday trips have been rapidly reducing in price due to the competitive nature of the travel industry. There are so many options available that you simply have to make a list of a few key destinations you’d love to visit and then some research online to find the lowest prices. For many people, it’s easiest to choose to return to the same vacation […]

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Dread Taking Photos on Vacation? Read Our Tips

Editor’s note: this post is written by D.C. Pelka, Beth’s longtime travel partner. He is an avid photographer who loves capturing the strange and normal aspects of travel, especially the small moments of local people’s daily lives. You can see some of his photos on our website’s home page. Thanks for sharing your expertise (and some photos) with us! What makes travel photography so special? For me it’s about sharing. Sharing holiday pics with family and friends is a great way to share experiences. Travel snaps also help us remember our stories, our adventures and moments because sometimes a picture is worth more that a thousand words. Taking travel photos helps connect us to a place and says, yes I […]

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Camping Holidays with Kids

When it comes to family-friendly holidays, one of the most exciting and fun options is a camping trip. Getting out of the city is a enjoyable bonding experience that creates fond memories for every member of the family, regardless of age. So, to ensure that family holidays go as smoothly and positively as possible, consider the following suggestions. For family-friendly holidays to go smoothly and enjoyably, a lot of preparation is necessary. In addition to making sure that everyone has their own sleeping bags, bedrolls, tents, etc., bring along additional blankets, pillows and chairs. Prepare as much food as possible at home so that it can be made ready with minimal preparation and is readily available when children return to […]

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How to Be A Kick-Ass Host

A while back I did a post on what traits a good guest has when visiting someone in another city or another country. Now, let’s examine the flip side of that. What does it take to be a kick-ass host? Here are some ideas: Your guests should come prepared to fend for themselves, but to be a super-duper host, you should make sure that you have some resources to help them along their way. A city map, bus schedule or handy brochure listing the opening times of local attractions will help them feel grounded and reflect well on your own hospitality. When I’m on an organization kick, I try to remember to put business cards of local restaurants and other […]

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Budget Travel Tips, Europe: InterRail

Since the Industrial Revolution the epitome of a great journey in Europe is a train trip. From the turn of the 20th century, intrepid travelers have been buying rail tickets and setting off to the thrilling sound of a train’s whistle. I recently began watching the wonderful documentary from the BBC on the Golden Age of train travel, Great Continental Railway Journeys. (It’s available on YouTube, and is a guaranteed dose of travel inspiration!) The presenter, Michael Portillo, follows a 100-year-old guidebook to visit some of the most sumptuous destinations on the continent and pay homage to the tradition of train travel. However much I’d love to stay in some of the Belle Époque hotels the show visits and do […]

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Is Backpacking for You?

Backpacking isn’t always a great idea. Despite its popularity, especially with young travelers, backpacking is a mode of traveling that doesn’t suit just anyone. For some, the mobility and convenience of packing light, sticking to a shoestring budget and throwing reservations to the wind is more appealing than booking a more reliable travel route and bringing your belongings in a blessedly wheeled suitcase. If you are thinking a wandering style of trip is appealing, before you load up your pack get a reality check of what life might be like on the road and of the challenges you might encounter once your trip is over. Price is a big factor, but one that some people choose to ignore, thinking backpacking […]

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