Overseas Travel Checklist: What You Need Before Embarking on your Adventure

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Embarking on a journey across the world can be the adventure of a life-time, but it can quickly turn into a nightmare if you are not prepared to deal with unexpected situations. As much as we enjoy traveling, getting organized can be a pretty daunting task. While it may be possible to survive without your favorite T-Shirt or underwear, there is nothing more frustrating than forgetting your passport, or papers at home. This is exactly why it is vital to prepare a list of necessary items well in … [Read more...]

Tips for Packing for Overseas Travel with Children

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How does the old saying go? “A mother’s work is never done”. The same applies for either parent, really, when you’re planning and packing to travel overseas with one kid (or several…). It doesn’t even matter if we’re talking babies, toddlers, tweens, or teens here – chances are the situation is going to be complex either way. But before you start despairing, remember that your time abroad with the whole family is not supposed to be a source of this much stress. Quite the contrary: it should be me … [Read more...]

10 Essential Clothes Packing Tips for the Hopelessly Disorganized

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The hopelessly disorganized seem to be a species all their own: on the one hand, much like anyone else, they do enjoy traveling; on the other, though, their chronic inability to get organized often causes them to freeze up and/or fly off into a panic. If you belong in this very special category, check out our list of twenty vital clothes packing tips, which are guaranteed to bring order even into the lives of the most desperately messy travelers out there. Getting started: Method-focused … [Read more...]

Tips for Traveling Alone in Europe – For All Types of Travelers

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So you’re finally making your life-long dream of seeing Europe come true. Only you’re going it alone. That may put a damper on how excited you are about the trip, but it really shouldn’t. In order to make sure that you have the best possible trip across the Old World, we’ve scoured the Internet high and low. We looked at advice dispensed by the best travel bloggers out there. We asked friends with experience in this field. And for all those planning to travel around the world, we put together a l … [Read more...]

The Ultimate List of Traveling Alone Tips

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There used to be quite the massive stigma attached to solo travel. However, as socially accepted coupling patterns and other social norms change, so is people’s attitude toward traveling alone. According to the U.S. Travel Association, 2009 alone saw 22.2 million Americans (out of a total of 170 million) take a trip by themselves for leisure purposes. There are numerous travel companies and tour operators out there who have caught on to this shift in attitudes and are trying to cater to this r … [Read more...]

Your First Trip Overseas: Honing the Right Mindset in 7 Easy Steps

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Excited about your first trip across the border? You should be, because it’s going to be the kind of experience you remember for the rest of your life. However, you should bear in mind that there’s a right and a wrong way to travel abroad and it’s all about your mindset. Lucky for you, we’re here with tips on how to achieve the right attitude while traveling. 1. Things are nothing like at home This bears repeating into infinity: your first time traveling overseas is going to cause culture shoc … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Guide to Your First Trip Abroad

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Planning Planning for a first time traveling overseas may seem like a daunting task, but it’s not, once you break it all down to a few very basic questions and possible answers. Here are all the essentials you will need to consider: Where do you want to go? ·         Africa Great for: wildlife tours, the most ancient cultural heritage in the world (think ‘cradle of civilization’), incredibly rich cultural diversity. Watch out for: endemic violence, horrible infrastructure, diseases. ·   … [Read more...]

How To Decide Where To Travel

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What do you like to do? I’ve met a number of travelers over the years who were unhappy with their choice of destination. I suggest you choose based on activities you enjoy rather than any pre-conceived notion of popular tourist destinations, or the best airfares. If your idea of a good time is a six hour bike ride you probably won’t care for Hong Kong. Below are some examples of destination searches based on what you want to do and where you might want to do it. If you are a first time tra … [Read more...]

Around-The-World (RTW) Planning Inspires

There is a site, www.bootsnall.com, that specializes in RTW. I’ve done it a half dozen times.  Sometimes it was just the cheapest airfare, and only cost an extra day, so I did it to save money.  The first time I just happened to be going to a variety of places trip by trip, and it ended up taking me around the world.  But by far, the best experiences are from planning an around the world trip. And often some of the most fun is in planning the trip around the world, especially if you are doi … [Read more...]