Category : Planning

old ladies in delhi, india
Planning, Posted by Amanda
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Finding the Perfect Travel Partner

Finding the perfect travel partner can be tough. Just because you are friends with someone doesn’t mean that you will automatically be a great fit if you decide to go on vacation together.

When I decided to go to India, I knew that I needed to find someone to go with me because I was warned that it could be very challenging to visit on my own.

I reached out to many people that I knew (Ok I reached out to EVERYONE I knew) and no one was interested in going with me. It turned out that most people in my network were not attracted to a challenging trip where the possibility of getting sick and swindled was a daily threat. This is where my partner in crime and partner for this website, Amy enters.

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Planning, Posted by Amy, Transportation
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How to Use Public Transportation in any City

Copenhagen was the first place I visited outside of New York and San Francisco that had a train system, and I was determined to figure out how to use it. I poured over the maps every day to learn all the stations and directions and how to get to every place my coworkers and I wanted to go. We took a lot of trains in Copenhagen because it’s an efficient way to get around.

Udgang Exit Sign in Copenhagen
A sign pointing to a wondrous, magical place. Or the Exit.
It seemed like every train station we were at had a sign pointing to “Udgang,” and I spent the entire week thinking about Udgang and what a cool and special place it must be for there to be so many signs pointing travelers towards it. I made a mental note to look up what Udgang was so I could make sure to see it before I left. Imagine my disappointment when I found out on my last day in Denmark that Udgang means… Exit.

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South Island NZ
Destinations, Meeting People, Planning, Posted by Amanda, Travel Activities
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Discovering New Zealand

A year and a half ago I took my first solo trip abroad to Vietnam and ended up meeting a ton of people from New Zealand, apparently that’s a place on the Kiwi travel circuit! After spending 2 weeks with them I was suddenly interested in visiting this country that they spoke so fondly of. To be completely honest, it had never crossed my mind to visit New Zealand before I met them. It always seemed like some unattainable country because it was just so far away.   But once I decided to quit my job and travel for an extended period of time, this was the first country that made it on to the list!

Since I didn’t know much about New Zealand I had to figure out what I wanted to do and see once I got there.

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Destinations, Family Travel, Miles and Points, Planning, Posted by Amy, Travel Activities
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How I Convinced My Family to Take a Crazy $60,000 Trip with Me

Three years ago, my parents and sister had never been outside of the U.S., except to go to Canada a few times. And Canada is basically the United States with people who say “eh” and apologize a lot. It doesn’t count. (Love you Canadians!) So I got this idea that I wanted them to take a trip with me. And not just any trip… a crazy, mind-blowing, once-in-a-lifetime trip.

I’d floated the idea of an African safari before, which is my ultimate dream trip, and my parents were not interested at all. They’re like “How about we just go to Florida?” Which is fair, but, a lot less exciting and without the lions.

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Planning, Posted by Amanda
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How To Plan for a Long-Term Trip

When I first decided that I was going to quit my job and travel for 7 months on my own I had no idea where to begin.  I didn’t personally know anyone that had done this before and hadn’t even thought to look at travel blogs.  Here is a list that I’ve put together that will help you to get the ball rolling.

Get a Guide Book 

After you decide where you want to go and glance over a few online sites to make sure that you are really interested in visiting that place, plan a visit to your local bookstore to buy a guide book.  Call me traditional but there is something about books that make me feel more comfortable and at ease knowing that all of the information is at my fingertips.  You can also buy these as digital books for your Ipad or Kindle but I like the idea of being able to bookmark a page so that I can easily go back to it at a later time. Also if you find yourself in a place with no wifi, spotty wifi or before a flight where they make you turn off your electronics you can still continue your trip planning.

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Zurich River and Buildings
Planning, Posted by Amy, Travel Activities
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How to See a City in 3 Hours

When you’re traveling it can feel overwhelming to see and do everything there is, especially if you don’t have a lot of time. Fortunately, there are two great ways to see a city quickly: walking tours and Segway tours.

I first discovered walking tours when I was in Sofia, Bulgaria for work and had only one morning I could slip away to sightsee. The Free Sofia Walking Tour was the #1 rated thing to do on TripAdvisor, it was only a few hours long, and it was FREE! I had to check this out.

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Planning, Posted by Amy
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5 Helpful Things to Know Before You Travel

Even though you only really need 3 things to travel (a passport, a flight, and a place to stay) there is some additional information you will need once you arrive and it’s helpful to have done the research ahead of time.

It can be very stressful if you are at a restaurant or in a taxi and realize you have no idea if you are supposed to tip your server or driver. I have been in this situation and wound up frantically searching for tipping etiquette online before my taxi reached our destination. Thankfully I was able to access the internet from my phone, despite being in a foreign country!

Here are 5 things to know before you travel. All of them can easily be found online using a search engine.

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Planning, Posted by Amy, Travel Activities
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The Best Travel Planning Websites

So you’ve decided to take a trip. Awesome! The best way to make sure your trip is successful is to hunker down and do some research. Luckily, the internet has a treasure trove of information on the entire planet.

Here are the sites I use for every single trip I plan, as well as some I stay away from.

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Accommodations, Destinations, Planning, Posted by Amanda
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Different Types of International Accommodations

Hotels are the first thing that come to mind when looking for international accommodations. This was especially true for me before I took my 7-month trip.  While hotels are always a nice place to rest your head (for the most part), you may be surprised to know that there are so many other options out there.  I’ve put together a list of a few different types of lodging that I discovered during my travels.

Hotels

If familiarity is something that’s important to you while traveling, hotels are the way to go.  In fact many hotel chains are international nowadays and can be found in most countries. Don’t be afraid to try some international hotels abroad that you would never try at home. 

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cliff view of coromandel peninsula in New Zealand
Planning, Posted by Amanda
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The Top 4 Essentials Needed For Planning an International Trip

For most of us, planning a trip abroad always seems a little bit daunting and prevents many from making the first move.  However, once you begin the process you will find that it’s not as hard as it sounds especially when you break it down to the basics.

 Passport

All international trips require a passport to travel so it’s a good idea to start the process of obtaining one a good 6 months prior to your trip as this can be a long process at times.  But I promise you, this is the most annoying part of the planning.  Once your passport is in your hands, you are good to go (no pun intended) and you will be set with future trips for at least a good 10 years.

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