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Travel in Luxury for $10 and a little luck

Passports with Purpose 2011 begins today! Ottsworld Travel Blog teamed up with Italian handbag company CAMENAE to allow you to travel in luxury. Help travel bloggers build a village in India! Donate towards an amazing cause and also pick up some great travel prizes, including the CAMENAE Deity Traveler.

Passports with Purpose – Build a Village, Eat Pastries

Giving back and travel are both big parts of what our No Vacation Required (NVR) lifestyle is all about. So, Passports with Purpose is a perfect fit for us.

Kauai – We’re Here!

We jetted off for Kauai on a blustery day. As much as we love that textbook Seattle weather, It’s always fun to embrace the drama of escaping the drizzle for some sunshine – especially when it is a month of sunshine in Kauai.

India Turned Me Into A Vegetarian

November 11th, 2010 marked the 50th day of my life as a vegetarian.  I didn’t seek the vegetarian lifestyle rather that it found me.  In fact, I didn’t realize that I hadn’t eaten any meat for the first month (it is easy to travel through India without eating meat), until someone asked me if I was a vegetarian.  Click here to read more.

Taking A Public Bus In India – When Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures

I decided to take a public bus for the first time during my travels in India. A four hour journey from Kayamkulam to Ernakulam in the state of Kerala may not seem like that much of an experience, but let me remind you, this is India! Click here to read more.

Traveling Solo – A Roller Coaster Of Emotions

Traveling solo anywhere for an extended period of time is a unique experience. It’s a time to really get to know the person you are. It’s a time to reflect and rediscover your likes and dislikes. Click here to read more.

Eating your way around Argentina

You probably already know that Argentina is known for its red wine and read meat, but there is so much more to food in this wonderful country.  The culinary options are endless, and Adam Seper of World Travel for Couples is here to outline all you need to know about eating your way around Argentina.

Uncornered Market Team Becomes Wanderers in Residence with Gap Adventures

The duo behind Uncornered Market (Audrey Scott & Daniel Noll) were recently announced as part of the inaugural group of Wanderers in Residence, a new partnership between Gap Adventures and a few travel bloggers. Nomadic Matt, Gary of Everything Everywhere and JD of EarthXplorer round out the rest of this group.

Thumbs Up for an American Past Time

People have been hitchhiking for more than 100 years, but in America it seems that fear is slowly killing the tradition, encouraged in some countries, frowned upon in others. Here, The Feral Scribe looks at public attitudes regarding hitchhikers, a little studied subculture of American travel.

My Indian Ashram Experience

It’s amazing where you will end up if you stop carefully analyzing situations and follow your instinct. That is how I ended up at Phool Chatti Ashram.
Click here to read more.

No Vacation Required – The Lowdown

Having recently promoted our tagline – No Vacation Required – to our site name, we’ve been talking to a lot of intrigued people about just what NVR means. As our new tagline professes, NVR is about living our dream life every day. It’s not about any one thing.

Landing at Quito’s Airport: Not for the Faint of Heart

Quito: A vibrant, colourful city surrounded by towering volcanoes and full of great food – what’s not to love? But rarely do people write about the descent into the city via airport, something that leaves your stomach feeling….not so stable. As Mariscal Sucre Airport will close next year, I wanted to showcase photos from the crazy landing.

Ten Things To Do in Vancouver

Vancouver is one of my favourite holiday destinations. The immense harbour, the towering trees of Stanley Park and the breathtaking mountains just a short drive away form a spectacular backdrop for Vancouver’s gleaming skyscrapers. Vancouver’s location, hemmed in by its magnificent harbour, is truly spectacular.

Blog trip St. Albans

Five European bloggers (myself included) will join Andy Jarosz (of the 501 places blog) in his hometown of St. Albans, just north of London, for a blog trip between 6 – 10 November. Read about the story behind this blog trip on St. Albans Blog Trip – Ingredients Locally Sourced.

A Day in Sydney: Travel Tips

Situated on a stunning emerald-blue harbor, Sydney is a city filled with buzzing street side cafes, eclectic museums celebrating Aboriginal culture, great outdoor activities, excellent bars and restaurants. Sydney is a cosmopolitan city that is great for a foodie, a city-breaker, a beach bum, a backpacker, and if done right – a budget traveler.

Sample Photography Kits for Travel – $1k to $13k

Wide World has just released a list of sample travel photography kits, as recommended by various sports, adventure and travel photographers. I particularly like the look of the cheapest kit: a Lumix GF1 with F1.7 Pancake lens. Well worth the read, even if you just want to see what the pros are using.

Hot Travel Destinations for 2011

‘Hot Destination’ lists are a dime a dozen these days, so I was surprised when I read this list that the destinations are actually quite unique. Wide World is an adventure-ish travel/sports online magazine, so it’s great to see they’ve stuck to their knitting and given us some pretty cool places to think of for our next trip.

Day Hiking Trails in Paris

Easy Hiker is starting a series of articles featuring easy hiking trails found a few minutes away from Paris, trails that are ideal for a day hike or a week-end outing. Take a “nature break” from all the hustle and bustle of sightseeing you’ve done in in the City of Lights. First up is in the nearby Parisian suburb of  St Germain-en-Laye.

Flying GMG Airlines Through Bangladesh

If you’re considering flying GMG Airlines between Malaysia and Kathmandu to save a few bucks over Thai Airlines or Nepal Airlines, you might want to reconsider. The author shares her story of a ten hour layover in Dhaka, Bangladesh that made her rue her cheap ways. Sometimes it’s better to pay a little extra and keep your sanity.

Avoiding Touts and Scams in Kathmandu

In addition to featuring a great slide show of the sights around the Thamel backpacker district of Kathmandu and a video that shows what it’s like to walk through the crowded streets of the capital city of Nepal, this article exposes a common scam used by touts who trap visitors into using them as guides.

Top 100 Travel Blogs

Every week adventure travel blogger Brendan van Son compiles a list of the top 100 independent travel websites.  This list is different from many others out there because although there is a minimum Alexa score threshold, Brendan judges blogs based on criteria such as ‘layout, crisp photos, great writing skills, and good visual attributes’.

Hostels Vs Hotels

Hostels Vs Hotels. Which do you think is better? In this article I compare the two, and find out which is really better for the budget backpacker… You can find out more by visiting my new(ish) travel blog Living in a Hostel.

Requiem for a Job: A Corporate Exodus

Get the backstory on Traveling Savage’s corporate exodus as he begins the first of eight one-month trips around the world in the next two years. Before heading to Argentina next week, the difficult decision to leave a good corporate job needed to come to fruition.

Diwali is India’s biggest festival

Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, is the biggest festival of the Hindu calendar year — and that’s saying a lot, as there are festivals all year ’round in India. People hand out sweets, go to parties, attend religious pujas and light diyas (tiny candles) and fireworks on the night of Diwali itself, which this year is Nov 5 (the night of the new moon).

Influencers in Travel

A new website called Influencers in Travel was launched today. The site uses Klout to measure the influence of travel names in social media and ranks them accordingly. An increasing number of companies (e.g. PR and online marketing firms) use Klout to gauge the reach and influence of bloggers.

A Case For Travel Insurance

Before we started traveling deliriously, we didn’t give much thought to travel insurance. We knew it was out there, but – for us – it was just a bothersome entity that served only to make us feel paranoid about everything that might go wrong. What if a dog bites one of us? What if I step on a rusty nail? (Cue the ominous music.)

10 Tips for Better Adventure Photos

Photographer Scott Woodward – whose work has appeared in National Geographic Magazine, Travel + Leisure, Discovery Channel Magazine and The New York Times – reveals his snapping secrets over at WideWorld on how to make better travel and adventure photographs.

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