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Travel Itinerary Template: Keep Your Trip Organized With a "Cheat Sheet"

Travel Itinerary Template: Keep Your Trip Organized With a “Cheat Sheet”

For those of you who know me, it may come as no surprise that I'm a bit of a "type-A" ...
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How to Use Pinterest for Travel Planning

Recently we were telling some friends about how to use Pinterest for travel planning. Afterwards, we realized that there may be ...
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Best Travel Apps in 2018

Best Travel Apps in 2018

** The Best Travel Apps post was originally published in 2013 but has most recently been updated in 2018. It's ...
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International Travel Checklist - Be Prepared for Your Trip

International Travel Checklist – Be Prepared for Your Trip

Having an International Travel Checklist can save your entire trip.  The countdown to the big trip is always exciting, especially ...
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How to Buy Travel Insurance

Traveling is fun, but it can also bring about the unexpected.  And unless the trip is free, it's likely that you are ...
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Travel Bloggers share their Favorites

Liz and I are nuts for history, culture, architecture...and nature's beauty.  That's why we love travel!  And for us, UNESCO ...
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Who Says You Need to Be Rich to Travel?

I can't tell you how it pains me to hear these words "wow - you two must be rich to be ...
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Ultimate Travel Gift Guide for all types of Travelers

The holiday season is approaching fast, and you may be in need of some gift ideas for the travelers in the family ...
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10 Reasons for Solo Travel in Hong Kong (even solo female travelers)

10 Reasons for Solo Travel in Hong Kong (even solo female travelers)

This post was originally published in 2013, but was updated in 2016. Back when I was a single female (before ...
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Tips for Renting a Car in Mexico & Mexican Liability Insurance

Tips for Renting a Car in Mexico & Mexican Liability Insurance

This post has been updated in 2016 but was originally published in 2014. People were shocked when we told them ...
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Why Pokemon Go Sucks for Travel (and the Tourism Industry)

Why Pokemon Go Sucks for Travel (and the Tourism Industry)

By now, most people are aware of how Pokemon Go is sweeping the globe.  It seems inescapable.  Everywhere you turn you ...
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Making it Easy for Vacation Planners – a FREE Itinerary Template

Some of you who already know me, know that I've been a vacation planner all my life.  Yes, even as ...
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How to Count in Chinese & Chinese Hand Numbers 1 - 10

How to Count in Chinese & Chinese Hand Numbers 1 – 10

China can be a difficult destination for travelers who don't speak or understand the language.  In fact, the language is probably ...
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5 Expert Red Eye Flight Tips to Help You Survive an Overnight Flight

5 Expert Red Eye Flight Tips to Help You Survive an Overnight Flight

Long airline flights can be brutal, but they are a necessity if you are wanting to visit exotic lands far ...
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Tips for Planning a Trip With Friends

Do you want the freedom to explore your dream destination without the loneliness of solo traveling? Then consider planning a ...
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What to Wear on a Long Flight & How to Stay Comfortable – My Advice

Deciding what to wear on a long flight can be a struggle.  You want to be comfortable, especially if you ...
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What to Wear on a Flight – Fellow “Travel Nuts” Share their Flight Essentials

Recently, I wrote about what I like to wear on a flight, from my own personal experiences.  And while my ...
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Ultimate Guide to the Road to Hana Stops

Ultimate Guide to the Road to Hana Stops

The Road to Hana is one of the most iconic drives in the world.  But it's more than just the ...
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13 Travel Boards to Follow on Pinterest

With over 70 million users on Pinterest and even more boards, it can be a little tough to know what ...
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Why You Need Car Insurance for Mexico

Why You Need Car Insurance for Mexico

Getting car insurance for Mexico can be a confusing and daunting process, especially since there is SO much misinformation and ...
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Ultimate Guide to Shopping in Bangkok

The shopping in Bangkok is some of the best in the world, in fact, they have just about everything you could ...
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Inspiring Travel Pinners to Follow on Pinterest

Pinterest has over 70 million users!  With that many users, finding the most inspiring travel "pinners" to follow on Pinterest ...
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Most Comfortable Walking Shoes for Women Who Travel

I must admit, I hate shopping.  There I said it.  But the thing I probably loathe the most is shopping ...
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Flying Can Suck...But it Doesn't Have To

Flying Can Suck…But it Doesn’t Have To

Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or you’re taking your first flight, flying can suck. It doesn’t have to though. Here ...
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Conquer the Foreign Shopping Market Like a BOSS!!!

For travelers, walking through a foreign shopping market is one of those things that you either love...or loathe.  Some travelers thrive on ...
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Sizing & Fitting a Backpack for Travel – What you Need to Know

Sizing and fitting a backpack for travel and to be completely honest, I knew absolutely nothing about travel and outdoor backpacks.  ...
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How to Pack a Backpack for Travel

After all the years that I’ve been traveling, I would like to think that I know how to pack a ...
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How to Choose the Best Backpack for Travel

How to Choose the Best Backpack for Travel

How do you choose the best backpack for travel?  To be completely honest, I knew absolutely nothing about travel backpacks.  ...
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Road Trip Games That Keep Everyone Entertained

Road Trip Games That Keep Everyone Entertained

If you are like us, then you love a good road trip!  But the excitement is not about sitting in the car ...
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Best Geocaching Road Trip Apps

Best Geocaching Road Trip Apps

Who doesn't love good road trip apps?  One of the things we love about Geocaching is that it can turn ...
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Southeast Asia Packing List - Our Recommendations

Southeast Asia Packing List – Our Recommendations

Southeast Asia is one of the most popular destinations for travelers in Asia, especially budget and backpack travelers.  It can ...
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How to Pack a Suitcase for Air Travel

How to Pack a Suitcase for Air Travel

How to pack a suitcase for air travel?  Well going on a trip can be exciting, especially for a couple ...
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Chinese Holidays - Celebrations & Dates You Need to Know

Chinese Holidays – Celebrations & Dates You Need to Know

If you are planning a trip to China anytime soon then you will need to know all of the Chinese ...
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Carry On Bag Size & What to Pack in a Carry On

Carry On Bag Size & What to Pack in a Carry On

With many airlines continuing to charge extra fees for checked luggage, travelers (including ourselves) prefer to take our luggage as ...
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Beach Packing List - What to Bring with You

Beach Packing List – What to Bring with You

When you are planning for a beach vacation, you don't want to have to worry about much of anything.  All ...
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Uh Oh!   Why You Need International Travel Health Insurance

Uh Oh! Why You Need International Travel Health Insurance

We know that many people travel on a budget.  In fact, we are one of them.  So we understand why ...
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Comply with Checked Baggage Size Rules - Flight Packing Tips

Comply with Checked Baggage Size Rules – Flight Packing Tips

Airlines are as strict as ever when it comes to checked baggage size rules.  Not only are carry-on bags being ...
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Know TSA Liquid Rules - Packing Tips for Your Toiletry Kit

Know TSA Liquid Rules – Packing Tips for Your Toiletry Kit

When you are packing a suitcase for air travel, it's critical that you understand the TSA liquid rules.  The last ...
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Tips for International Driving

Tips for International Driving

Worried about driving  a foreign country?  Need some tips for international driving?  If you are like us, the you love ...
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How to get an International Drivers License

How to get an International Drivers License

Who doesn't love a good road trip?  And when you are traveling, there is something really special about having the freedom ...
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Essential Travel Items for Under $20

Essential Travel Items for Under $20

In a world where we want to save money on travel yet still have the best experience possible, these essential ...
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Camping in Maui - Fall Asleep to the Sound of the Ocean...and Save Money!

Camping in Maui – Fall Asleep to the Sound of the Ocean…and Save Money!

As one of the top travel destinations in the world, Hawaii never fails to disappoint.  However, those magnificent beaches, romantic ...
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Best Bag for Traveling

What’s the Best Bag for Traveling? We Asked Fellow Travel Nuts

Finding the best bag for traveling, which suits both your taste and travel lifestyle, is essential for all travelers.  Depending on ...
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Exotic Places You Can Visit Without a U.S. Passport

Exotic Places You Can Visit Without a U.S. Passport

Did you know that there are exotic places you can visit without a U.S. Passport?  Not having a passport can ...
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Our Favorite European Road Trips & Car Rental Tips

Our Favorite European Road Trips & Car Rental Tips

We love a good road trip!  Road trips are a popular way to travel here in the States, but even ...
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How to Get Your First U.S. Passport in 5 Easy Steps

How to Get Your First U.S. Passport in 5 Easy Steps

Do you see amazing photos of places you want to go visit, but are discouraged because you don't have a passport?  You ...
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Make Vacation Videos That Don't Suck!  Our Experience With Dream It Reel

Make Vacation Videos That Don’t Suck! Our Experience With Dream It Reel

In today's world of technology, more and more people have moved from taking still photos to videos.  Portable devices such as GoPros and iPhones ...
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VPN in China - No Google or Facebook without it

VPN in China – No Google or Facebook without it

When we decided to come to China to live and work for a while, we knew that we were going ...
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The Impact of Brexit for Travellers

The Impact of Brexit for Travellers

With summer holidays here, many people around the world are wondering what impact Britain’s decision to leave the European Union ...
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5 Tips For Checking Your Travel Backpack at the Airport

5 Tips For Checking Your Travel Backpack at the Airport

While we typically carry our backpacks with us wherever we go, for long haul flights, we sometimes choose to check ...
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Must Have Travel Apps for China

Must Have Travel Apps for China

As mentioned in our previous post about our favorite travel apps, technology has really helped to enhance our traveling experiences ...
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How to Get a Visa for China

How to Get a Visa for China

Oh China, this once mysterious and isolated country is now one of the most popular travel destinations in the world.  China ...
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Save Money on Your Next Vacation, With Geocaching #TravelCaching

Save Money on Your Next Vacation, With Geocaching #TravelCaching

We love travel and we love to save money on vacation.  And of course we love exploring all the different ...
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The Best Men's Pants to Travel the World...and Make Money!

The Best Men’s Pants to Travel the World…and Make Money!

As we were preparing to embark on our around the world trip, we knew that traveling light would be the key. However, ...
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7 Most Irritating Airline Passenger Pet Peeves #FlightEtiquette

7 Most Irritating Airline Passenger Pet Peeves #FlightEtiquette

We all have things that annoy us in life.  But air travel can be particularly annoying.  Don't get me wrong, ...
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The BEST Way to Save Money for a Disney Vacation: The Disney Vacation Account!

"Yes!" That's what I shouted when I read in the news that Disney has launched a new vacation savings tool ...
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5 Things to Avoid in Bangkok Thailand

5 Things to Avoid in Bangkok Thailand

Bangkok is a bustling city that is full of culture, history, and modern life. It's a destination that most travelers ...
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5 Tips for Planning (and Surviving) Christmas at Disney

5 Tips for Planning (and Surviving) Christmas at Disney

Spending Christmas at Disney is a truly wonderful experience for the whole family. We are firm believers in the lasting ...
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Spending Christmas at Disney Resorts is the BEST!

Spending Christmas at Disney Resorts is the BEST!

As we mentioned in our post Why You Should Stay at a Disney Resort, there are a number of benefits ...
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13 Gifts for Travelers that Everyone Will Love

13 Gifts for Travelers that Everyone Will Love

Do you have a traveler in your family?  Or a good friend who loves to explore the world?  Whether it ...
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CDC Travel Vaccines - Getting "Shot Up" in Thailand

CDC Travel Vaccines – Getting “Shot Up” in Thailand

Save money on your Travel Vaccines by traveling to Thailand?  For many travelers from developed countries who aspire to see ...
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Airbnb Review: What We Have Learned by Staying with Airbnb from New York to Hawaii

Airbnb Review: What We Have Learned by Staying with Airbnb from New York to Hawaii

During our travels around the world and across the US thus far, one type of accommodation has really stood out ...
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Long Term International Travel Tips: Don't Overlook These Pesky Details!

Long Term International Travel Tips: Don’t Overlook These Pesky Details!

Planning a great vacation can be a lot of fun, but there are always those important details that you can't ...
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What to Pack in Your Day Travel Bag

What to Pack in Your Day Travel Bag

As mentioned in our previous post about what to Look for in a secondary / day travel bag, there are ...
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What to Look For in a Secondary Day Travel Bag

What to Look For in a Secondary Day Travel Bag

Travelers often will put in a lot of thought into finding the right secondary day travel bag.  They want to be sure ...
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Secondary Travel Bag – Mountainsmith Tour FX Review

Having a great secondary travel bag is essential for all types of travelers. This is especially true when you are ...
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Guest Post:  Road Trips With Young Kids - by Dave D.

Guest Post: Road Trips With Young Kids – by Dave D.

When you are young and carefree road trips seem like one of the best ways to explore the world. With ...
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Tips for Driving in Mexico

Tips for Driving in Mexico

While it’s true that some parts of Mexico should be avoided, other areas are about as safe as driving elsewhere ...
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Top 10 Expert Walt Disney World Tips From a Former "Magic-Maker"

Top 10 Expert Walt Disney World Tips From a Former “Magic-Maker”

Walt Disney World is the ultimate dream for most families who are looking to go on vacation and having a ...
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Budget Travel Tips: How to Get a $3k Vacation for Only $1k!

Budget Travel Tips: How to Get a $3k Vacation for Only $1k!

The biggest complaint about not being able to travel is due to a lack of money.  However, we believe that ...
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Budget Travel Tips: How to Get More for Your Vacation Budget

Budget Travel Tips: How to Get More for Your Vacation Budget

People are always surprised at how much we get to see and do on our trips.  They wonder how we ...
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What Makes the Best Travel Souvenirs

What Makes the Best Travel Souvenirs

I confess, I do have a box full of shot glasses and even a few fridge magnets.  Having grown up ...
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Money Travel Tips you Need to Know

Money Travel Tips you Need to Know

Whether you are traveling domestically or internationally, managing your money while you are traveling can be a bit stressful.  This ...
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Couples Travel Blogs to Follow in 2014

As we kick off another awesome year, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite travel bloggers that ...
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Family Travel Blogs to Follow in 2014

Family Travel Blogs to Follow in 2014

As we kick off another awesome year, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite travel bloggers that ...
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Keep Your New Years Resolution…to TRAVEL!

If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say "I want to travel, maybe this year." - ...
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Our First Airbnb Experience

Our First Airbnb Experience

We’ve heard a lot of talk over the last year or so about Airbnb, and how it can be a ...
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Confessions of a Former Solo Traveler

I feel guilty.  Yes, I do.  Not that I've done anything wrong, but I have these thoughts sometimes.  You see, ...
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5 Tips for Creating Unique Travel Experiences

When people travel to a new destination, they often get caught up with the typical tourist sights.  Running around snapping ...
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Budget Travel Tips: Audio Walking Tours for Your Mobile Device

Modern travelers are lucky to have so much helpful technology at their fingertips.  In particular, budget travelers have the opportunity ...
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Budget Travel Tips: Tourism Boards are Awesome!

For us, travel is all about the experience – whether it’s dining out, chatting with locals, participating in cultural experiences, ...
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5 Perks of Staying in a Hostel

5 Perks of Staying in a Hostel

Josh and I enjoy a variety of accommodations when we travel.  However, we have realized that when we first decide ...
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5 Steps to Save Money for Vacation

5 Steps to Save Money for Vacation

People often think that you need to have a lot of money in order to travel, but that's not actually ...
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5 Ways to Maximize Your Time Off Work for Travel

5 Ways to Maximize Your Time Off Work for Travel

People are always asking Josh & I “how do you have so much vacation time off work to travel so ...
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What is a Hostel?  5 Myths You Shouldn't Believe

What is a Hostel? 5 Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

Being the frequent travelers that we are, we often get asked how we can afford to travel so much.  And ...
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