Category : Planning

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Planning, Posted by Amy, Transportation
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10 Differences Between International and Domestic Travel

Normally I’m cool as a cucumber packing for a trip, but right now, that’s not the case. I’m headed to Costa Rica for a few days and because it’s so close to the US, I’ve been thinking about it like a domestic trip. Only as things get closer, like packing-right-now-plane-leaves-in-3-hours closer, I’m realizing how unprepared I am for this international trip.

Here are 10 differences between international and domestic travel to be aware of and think about before you go.

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cambodia, Planning, Posted by Amanda, Southeast Asia
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Seven Days in Cambodia

Cambodia is an amazing country but many people don’t realize this until they see it first-hand! In fact, it’s usually not a main destination when traveling to Southeast Asia but is added on as a side-trip from Vietnam, Laos or Thailand.

A 7-day Itinerary

Here is a short itinerary for those that are interested in a quick trip. Cambodia should not be missed if you are already on that side of the world.

Phnom Penh: 2-3 days

Battambang: 2 days

Siem Reap: 2-3 days

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Budgeting, Planning, Posted by Amanda
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Creating and Sticking to your Budget

Have you ever dreamed of going to South Africa or Australia and then heard that it was ungodly expensive so you ditched the idea? You don’t have to be making six figures to go on vacation or do some long-term traveling; you just need to know how to budget. It may sound silly but when you are using multi-colored currencies of pink, blue, purple and yellow you can easily forget that you are not playing with monopoly money. The worst thing in the world is to buy a latte in Paris, only to find out later that it cost $7, trust me it happens and all adds up!

I’m going to give you a step-by-step guide (using a fake destination) on how I budgeted for my international trip and even came home with an extra $2,000 in my account.

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Food, Planning, Posted by Amy, Transportation, Travel Activities
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Planning a Trip to Prague

I am super excited that I was able to sneak a short trip to Prague in in-between two other work trips to Barcelona and San Francisco. I only have 2.5 days, and need to do some aweseomsauce planning to really take advantage of my time in the Czech Republic. This method of planning trip activities can be used for any place you visit.

Check back in a few weeks to see what my actual trip was like compared to the plan!

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packing, Planning, Posted by Amanda, Types of Travel
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How to Pack for a Long-Term Trip

When I decided to take a 7-month trip I was terrified at the thought of traveling with nothing but a backpack. Before I left I compiled a list of everything I thought I would need and it turns out that only half of it fit (after I packed my beauty supplies, some things are necessities that could not be skipped)! Even after removing a few things, it turns out that I still packed way more than was necessary. Here is the list that I put together after my return with the only items I really needed while I was away. I’ve added some links of some of my favorite products because they made life on the road so much easier and I absolutely loved them!  In a future post Amy and I will tell you why we love some of these products so much.  This packing list is a combination of necessities if you plan on staying in hotels, hostels or other basic accommodations.

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Planning, Posted by Amy, Types of Travel
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The Difference Between Travel and a Vacation

Recently at a wedding in Madison, my friend Val asked if I had any upcoming travel. I told her I was going to spend a week at a resort in Mexico in December. I added “I’m going to lay on a beach all week, so it’s not real travel.” Immediately, I started wondering what “real travel” meant, what I event meant by it, and if you could define such a thing.

Luckily before I could get too deep into a rat hole of my own thoughts, Val said something that was both simple and profound: There’s a difference between travel and a vacation.

“There’s a difference between Travel and a Vacation”

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Food, Planning, Posted by Amy, Travel Activities
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Exploring Food & Drinks While Traveling – Part 1: Food Tours

Food is such an important part of culture and experiencing food and drinks the way locals do can be one of the most memorable parts of travel. This is the first in a 4-part series on how to really experience food culture during your travels. Stay tuned for Parts 2 through 4, coming soon!

Part 1: Food Tours
Part 2: Cooking Classes
Part 3: Wine, Beer, Liquor, and other Drinks
Part 4: Other ways to Experience Food

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Accommodations, Planning, Posted by Amanda, Traveling Alone
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Finding Accommodations Mid-Travel

The first time that I ever looked for lodging while on the road was in Indonesia. A friend had told me about this perfect, incredible, fabulous, wonderful, amazing, cheap little place she found on this tiny island but there was one problem…..she forgot the name of it! Since it was such a small island, she told me that all I needed to do upon arrival was ask for a man named Ronni, who was the owner, and I would be pointed in the right direction. After walking around for 20 minutes barefoot up and down the beach in 95-degree heat, a 40lb bag on my back and asking about 30 strangers for Ronni, I finally found the man of the hour! And she was right, his bungalows were perfect, incredible, fabulous, wonderful, amazing and cheap!

Finding accommodation mid-travel does not always have to be this hard. Here are 3 easy ways to easily find lodging while on the road.

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packing, Planning, Posted by Amy
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5 Ways to Travel More Efficiently

After oversleeping, handling a small crisis, and making sure my house was in pristine condition for weekend renters, I had exactly 1 hour and 30 minutes to pack and make it to the airport in time for my flight this evening. I was so busy all day I didn’t even have time to brush my teeth.

This was a stressful situation, but because I’ve optimized every part of packing and getting to the airport, I actually made the flight with about 15 minutes to spare before the boarding door closed. WHEW!!

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Miles and Points, Planning, Posted by Amy
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A Step-by-Step Guide to Booking Free Business Class Flights with Credit Card Points

The miles and points world can be a confusing one – I spent months researching how and when I could get my family to Europe an Africa on business class award flights. However, there are actually some very simple ways to go from using your credit card to booking an amazing free flight. In this post, I go step-by-step and show you exactly what I did to book a free business class flight within Europe.

There are many different points programs and airlines, and the process for redeeming points and miles is highly dependent on the rules of each program. Sometimes it’s very complicated, but it can also be very quick and easy. In this example, I use Chase Ultimate Rewards points to book a Business class flight on United, and it took less than 10 minutes.

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