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Vegging Out in Chiang Mai

Vegging Out in Chiang Mai

As part of my first solo trip abroad, I was pretty excited to put together a little vegan food tour of Chiang Mai. Because I usually travel with Stephan, a meat eater who loves to explore each region’s native cuisine, we typically seek out local hotspots for him to expand his adventurous palate. While I fully support this endeavor – as I am by no means an adventurous eater – for once, it was super fun to plot out my…

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A Year Abroad: Our Budget

A Year Abroad: Our Budget

Making the commitment to pack up and spend the world sightseeing is an exciting prospect, but at the same time daunting and perhaps a bit surreal. We are not independently wealthy by any stretch of the imagination, but we are pretty diligent penny-pinchers and savers. Before we left on our long-term adventure, my mind continually questioned, ‘can we really do this on a practical budget?’ After months on the road, I learned that the answer simply – if not surprisingly –…

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How to Travel New Zealand by Campervan

How to Travel New Zealand by Campervan

Is renting a campervan the cheapest way to see New Zealand? No. Is campervan travel a great way to see New Zealand? Well, we certainly thought so. If you are looking to stretch your budget, you may want to consider renting a car and either packing a tent and sleeping bags or staying at backpacker hostels. If budget isn’t your number one priority, and you’re looking to spend several weeks exploring the more isolated countryside, you may want to consider…

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Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island

I love birthdays. I think they’re awesome, and I look forward to mine every year. That said, I know there’s a huge portion of the population who doesn’t agree with me… the people who think they’re no big deal and who have no desire to celebrate getting yet another year older. Well, for me, I feel like it’s the one day of the year when you can really feel special, have a reason to treat yourself, and embrace all that’s…

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Pooch Picks: Great gear for dogs

Pooch Picks: Great gear for dogs

Since my mom has posted quite a bit about her favorite travel essentials and how to pack for long-term travel, she asked if I’d like to similarly share my top picks for my fellow pup travelers out there. I came to live with my parents as soon as they returned from a year of traveling overseas (we met at my home in Chiang Mai, Thailand). And now that we’re a family of three, it’s time for mom and dad to…

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12 Travel Essentials for Every Personality

12 Travel Essentials for Every Personality

When packing for a typical trip, items that are at the forefront of most of our thoughts are the basics – clothes, underwear, a toothbrush, rain jacket. But when you are actually living out of a single backpack (think tortoise carrying his house on his back), packing takes on kind of a new meaning. Things that aren’t typically a consideration for a week-long retreat now become increasingly important – How can I segregate all things dirty and gross? How can…

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15 Useful Apps for the Savvy Traveler

15 Useful Apps for the Savvy Traveler

From maps to money to making reservations, these were some of the smart phone apps we found most valuable during our year-long journey around the world:  Although the first item is not technically an app, for us, it was an invaluable tool. Before embarking on our world tour, we switched our wireless carrier to Google’s Project Fi, which (for us) turned out to be a huge money saver. The service works by pinging off three major providers – U.S. Cellular, Sprint,…

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Crossing Land Borders: Southeast Asia Edition

Crossing Land Borders: Southeast Asia Edition

When we were beginning our journey, one of the things we were a bit curious about was crossing borders between countries in Asia. From what we’d read, it seemed pretty straightforward, with the biggest gripe being the occasional vague fee that some countries try to squeeze out of foreigners’ pockets. Of course, we still were a little hesitant, having no working knowledge of any of the languages. After crisscrossing half a dozen borders, our experience mirrored what we had read…

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Advice for Fellow Travelers

Advice for Fellow Travelers

Aside from some of the minor suggestions regarding sightseeing and saving dough, we thought we’d highlight a few of, what we considered to be, the most important tips to take with you when you head out for some long-term travel adventure: If you maintain some awareness of your surroundings and stay alert, it’s pretty easy to avoid getting yourself into a dangerous situation. Sure, there are corrupt people and risks everywhere, but there are also a lot of good people…

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The Packing List: Revisited

The Packing List: Revisited

When we left the U.S. in January, we kind of wondered how well we did in the packing department. We thought we had done a pretty decent job, but we still had our doubts. Did we pack too much extra crap? Not enough? Did we forget something critical? We did a ‘practice pack’ about six weeks before leaving on our trip, which turned out to be hugely important. It left ample time for everything to not fit in my original…

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