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Planning a big trip

Best RTW Travel Planning Articles for Your Own Big Trip

Travel planning is half the fun and half the battle of getting ...
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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

International volunteering while on a Big Trip is a great way to ...

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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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I want to travel!

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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Candles on the Ganges

Letting Go on the Ganges

This story from my first big trip was first published in The Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 8. This is a shortened version. Our boat dropped anchor in the middle of the Ganges, and a slight breeze brought relief from the October heat. Two men interrupted the live, languid sitar music by scurrying like beetles [...]

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Travel’s Greatest Gift: Home

*A NOTE* I’ve gotten a few questions after this post from friends asking, “Does this mean you’re not traveling anymore?” The answer is hells no. I’ll always be a traveler, but now I’m one with a home. Travel is not my lifestyle , it’s actually my job as I work for a travel company now. [...]

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Dinner at Jims

How to Make Friends in Paris: A Guide

I’m sitting at a Paris cafe, using many kilobytes of my 300 megabytes international data plan whats-apping friends with messages like, “I just saw a guy in a 49ers cap and thought of you! :))” and sending emails like, “I really wish you were here in Paris with me. No really, not just an empty [...]

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Where to Eat in Paris: A Curated List of Restaurants to Try

Part of my intention with Paris trip is to experience La Bonne Vie, specifically the quality of the Parisian life (as opposed to the quantity associated with the American life). For me, that quality is seen in the restaurants in Paris. For my upcoming time in Paris, I looked to inspiration from authors, critics, residents, chefs, [...]

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