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WHY SOLO TRAVEL IS AWESOME AND WHY EVERYONE SHOULD TRY IT

I love to travel the world and I typically prefer to travel solo.  A lot of people think I’m crazy for traveling solo, especially as a female, and a lot of people who aren’t familiar with backpacking and solo travel think I’m literally alone for the duration of my trip.  But this couldn’t be further from the truth- just because I choose to travel solo does not mean that I’m alone all the time.

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Best Adventure Vacations for Couples

The best vacations for couples are the ones that break you out of your comfort zone, shake up your normal routine, and allow you to share the experience with the one you love. Certain trips seem to effortlessly exude adventure and romance; perhaps it is a whimsical waterfall, a night sleeping under the stars, a heart-pumping hike in the highlands, or an adrenaline filled bungee jump (for all you crazies out there). Whether you’re looking for an adventurous honeymoon, an anniversary trip, or a romantic getaway, these are the best adventure vacations for couples.

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How to avoid getting sick in Southeast Asia

First-time travelers’ concerns about traveling Southeast Asia will be eating spicy food, staying with many different people in the dorms, getting mugged, motorbike accidents, or getting sick. But the most common problem for first-time travelers in Southeast Asia is to get sick. There is nothing worse than getting sick on your travel. You are far from your home, your family, and your friends. When you get sick, you are not only becoming physically weak but also you will suffer from homesick and loneliness. But don’t worry! As I stay longer in Southeast Asia, I learned simple but effective travel hacks not to get sick in Southeast Asia. Here are my Top 5 tips on how to avoid getting sick in Southeast Asia for you.

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What To Do In Singapore – A 3 Day Singapore Itinerary

There is a lot of things to do in Singapore, being both a modern metropolitan city and a tropical island country. Singapore is very different compared to the rest of Southeast Asia, and it is by far the easiest country we have ever travelled to in Southeast Asia. It is a modern, well organized, and spotless city where everyone speaks perfect English. In some ways, it is more comparable to cities in the USA and western Europan towns than to other Asian cities.

Singapore is probably best known as “the country that banned gum and spitting” as it is illegal to spit on the street, sell or own chewing gum, and gum can only be bought with a prescription from a doctor.

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How To Fly With A Baby

I often get asked my top tips on how to fly with a baby. Whereas other posts of mine cover all the tips from booking to arrival, and information on particular stages you may be at, these tips are for those of you that have arrived on this page, not had a chance to look around the site but have booked your flight with an infant and then gone ok now what?

First of all, please let me reassure you, this is the easiest time! If you are flying with a toddler, then it gets a bit trickier as they are lot more mobile, and require a lot more entertainment.

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My Top 10 Worst Travel Experiences

I’ve been threatened with a metal pole by a tuk-tuk driver in Cambodia, punctured the petrol tank of the rental car in Kyrgyzstan in the middle of no where, spent a delirious few days sick in a bedroom in India with windows that looked out to brick walls, gotten attacked by a monkey in South Africa, hitchhiked for over 38 hours, and I’ve been groped multiple times. It seems that these experiences are as familiar to me as sketchy accommodation is to a broke backpacker. These are my top 10 worst travel experiences from over 3 years of solo travelling.

I take pride on how much beer I can drink being completely and utterly honest with you guys, which is why I’ve rounded up this list of my top 10 worst travel experiences. These are some of my favourite stories to share when people ask what I’ve been up to, and let’s face it, I’ve never really found myself excitedly talking about that coconut I drank on some island as I chatted to some hot dude… erm, never mind.

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10 COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT SOLO FEMALE TRAVEL

There are a lot of unknowns before you travel solo for the first time, like whether it’s going to be safe, how to find others to hang with, and how to choose where to go.

While solo traveling is an amazing chance to be the architect of your own adventure, to see the world on your terms, and to get to know yourself, it can be scary, exhilarating, and bemusing all at the same time.

5 WAYS TO DEAL WITH POST TRAVEL DEPRESSION

A few weeks leading up to our return to the Philippines, both of us were constantly on the verge of panic, hysteria or tears or a combination of all of the above. It seemed like there was a huge dark cloud hovering over us while we were in Bali, Indonesia – our last country on this trip. Every adventure, every view, every butt-numbing bus ride, every bite of nasi goreng needed to be savored and relished. We spent those last few weeks like we were about to be guillotined to death.

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The Ultimate One-Week Curaçao Itinerary

In the Southern Carribean lie a few small islands that form the remnants of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Once a vast empire, it now consists of The Netherlands and the tropical islands of Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten.

Curaçao is the biggest of the three and a popular tourist destination for mainly Dutch and American holiday makers. Here’s how to make the most of a week long visit to Curaçao.

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What you need to know before you plan a wedding abroad!

1) The legal bit

If you’re planning on getting married in Europe, the chances are you won’t be doing the legal/official bit during the ceremony (I’m referring to civil ceremonies here). For example, in Spain, you can only marry there if you’ve been a resident in the country for two years or are originally from Spain. In other countries, such as Italy, you can marry but this mostly needs to take place in an official town hall.

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How can you travel more as a family

This week we had a friend ask us how we can travel so much and I realized many others probably have that same question.  Unfortunately there is no one quick answer and there is no secret that allows us to travel.  We wrote a post recently about how we do family travel on a budget.

Traveling budget style is one of the ways we can afford to take so many trips.  We prioritize travel above almost anything else because we believe wholeheartedly in the benefits of travel for kids. We don’t eat out often, we drive one old car, we limit spending on non-essential items and are generally thrifty. 

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The perfect two week itinerary for Peru And Bolivia

The neighboring countries of Peru and Bolivia make for a perfect trip together. Chalk full of some of the world’s greatest natural and historical wonders, visiting both countries is easy to do for those with limited time. While Peru gets far more yearly tourists thanks to its culinary prowess and Machu Pichu Bolivia is vastly underrated. “The Salt Flats was the coolest thing I did on this trip!”

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Cruising as a family vacation the pros and cons

Have you ever thought about going on a family cruise and wondered whether you could do it without losing someone overboard? Or fretted that your kids would be out of place among a boat load of senior citizens playing shuffleboard and bingo? There’s no need to worry as the mainstream lines have transformed themselves over the last few years.

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5 Steps to booking a cheap flight online

Booking a flight can be one of the most stressful parts about travel! Airfare is expensive and, with variation in prices, we often worry that if we buy right now, prices could drop and we’d be the person who paid the most money for the flight. “Maybe if I wait just a little longer, prices will drop,” we say to ourselves.

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Self-guided walking tour Itinerary for 3 Days in Lisbon

Though very hilly, Lisbon is very walkable, and we hope you’ll use this guide to have 3 perfect days in Lisbon. But don’t worry if you only have one or two days in Lisbon. You can still fit everything from the three itineraries into two days, provided you’re in good shape and don’t care to spend time at museums or attractions with long lines.

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