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Best RTW Travel Planning Articles for Your Own Big Trip

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A Travel Pep Talk: You Can Live Your Travel Dreams

“Believe in yourself and you can do anything.” Or “Put your mind ...
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Best International Volunteering Advice, Resources, and Experiences

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Visiting Bhutan: Top Ten Travel Highlights

Visiting Bhutan is like taking a breath of fresh air. The inhale fills with alpine energy and the exhale floats on the valley wind. The landscape is full of mountainous valleys, glacial rivers, and terraced rice fields. It’s a country that has a benevolent monarchy and a newborn democracy. Bhutan is most famous for the […]

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How to Become a Travel Writer: An Interview with Jill Robinson

It’s the dream isn’t it? To get paid and travel the world? To escape the cubicle life and go out into the great world and somehow make a living at it? I get many questions from travelers on how to work in the travel industry. Being a travel writer is one of the ways to […]

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How to Talk to Your Boss About Taking Time Off To Travel: An Expert’s Advice

Photo on Flickr by David Uy Pinterest board of all the places you dream about: Pinned, shared, and followed. Lonely Planets – stacked on the shelf, organized by region. Travel magazines AFAR, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler– torn up and dog-eared, a page or two tacked to a board or on the fridge. Screen saver […]

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Frequently Asked Questions about Long-Term Travel: What You Need To Know Before Planning A Big Trip

Job, money, health, and family… These are the topics of frequently asked questions I typically get when I share my big trip story at events or in casual meetings. This post includes my answers. They are not the only answers, but I hope they give you enough information to feel confident to plan your big trip and […]

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4 Ways to Get the Most Out of a Big Trip: Plan for Lasting Happiness

“Follow your bliss,” wrote modern philosopher Joseph Campbell.  And we do – big trip travelers know that our bliss is out there in the great big world and we travel to find it. There’s bliss residing just in the fact that we are out there and traveling. Our bliss is on the Andean mountaintops of […]

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Make Friends and Eat in the Homes of Locals with CozyMeal and EatWith

It was just before the dessert course and the thumpy EMD music got a little louder. It was loud enough for me to join our host Rebecca in a little post-dinner dancing. We moved around the long, rectangle dining table, pulling our dinner companions up to their feet to dance with us. All 11 of […]

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Is it Safe? And Other Questions and Answers about Traveling to Mexico City

“So how you’ve been?” – Friend “Oh great, I just got back from two weeks in Mexico, including one in Mexico City. It was wonderful. Mexico City is a fantastic place to visit. It’s got it all – food, art, history, easy to get around… I highly recommend visiting there.” – Me “Really? Is it safe?” […]

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How to Plan a Big Trip

When I left one life to travel the world on my first big trip to India in 2008, I had the Lonely Planet guide for India and a picture book called India Unveiled. I was a seasoned traveler in the US, Europe, and Asia for 10 to 14 day vacations, but never on a big trip of […]

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Travel Was Just the Beginning: My Big Trip Story

I was always a traveler. When I was a little girl my parents introduced me to adventure. First on the wild rivers as my Dad’s canoe co-pilot and then in camping trips in state parks. Then, on summer vacations, we loaded up the minivan and went all over the U.S.- 42 states in all. These trips gave […]

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Where to Eat in Mexico City: 5 Essential Eating Experiences

Where I’m from in the Midwest, “Mexican” food is usually large platters of tacos, enchiladas, and something called “chimichangas” covered in some cheese sauce, shredded lettuce, and sour cream. The margaritas are blended and it’s Miller Lite on tap. When I moved to California, I discovered taco trucks and homestyle Mexican restaurants like Molcajete and Kúuup in […]

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