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Minds Blown by Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

Heading out of Colorado for the last part of our camping road trip, we were exhausted and brain dead (but inspired!). So what did we do? We leaned even further into the madness by frying ourselves in the unrelenting sun of Arches National Park and forcing ourselves to explore Canyonlands National Park at sunrise.

Road Tripping with Our National Park Passport

Let the road trip begin!

We flew into Las Vegas and immediately set out on a small-scale road trip that will have us camping and exploring our way to Colorado. You know we can’t go too long without getting a hit of the great outdoors. So, by the time June rolls around, we’re eager to schedule some camping and hiking.

It’s Official, We’re Not Security Threats

We’re always excited to get back to our home base. This time, though, we were especially eager because we were looking forward to trying out our Global Entry Trusted Traveler memberships upon landing in the United States.

Last Friday Night (Dubrovnik Edition)

Our love affair with Croatia continues. So much so that – as was the case in Spain – we uncharacteristically became beach/water guys. I guess it’s that we wanted to experience everything. And when, last Friday, that included the opportunity to have our own private swimming/sunning spot for the day, we couldn’t pass it by.

What in the hell is happening to us? Continue reading →

Get Croatia on Your Travel Bucket List

Before even getting off the plane, we knew we’d like Croatia. Our short flight from Spain took place on a particularly clear day, and we could see the jagged, verdant coastline as we flew along it into Dubrovnik.

Staying Fit and Healthy While Traveling

Lately, we’ve been trying to keep things in balance because – as we’ve been saying – the travel dominos have started to fall. We’ve begun a string of travel that, interspersed with everything else in life, will have us on the move for a good chunk of time.

How to Barter Like a Guilty Tourist

We have vacated our dream rental apartment in Barcelona. As I write this, we’re sitting at the airport having a pre-flight, early morning cup of coffee. Yes, we’re back in the game with airlines and their nefarious ways. This time, with a real heavy-hitter, Vueling. You’ve probably heard of Vueling. It’s the airline that hasn’t met a fee it doesn’t like to impose.

Human-Powered Flight Search

Get the absolute best flights online. For a finder’s fees, flight hackers compete against each other to find you the best and cheapest flights.

The Best Washington DC Memorial

For years now – with every visit to Washington DC – we tease it. Well, it’s now time to “put a ring” on our pick for the top memorial in this attraction-rich city.

Requisite DC Cherry Blossom Festival Photos

We’re here in Washington D.C. for a bunch of reasons in addition to the advocating we talked about last time.  Despite the fact that nothing about our jam-packed visit has anything to do with the much ballyhooed Cherry Blossom Festival, we happen to be here in the midst of all the pink and white hubbub.

World, Here We Come – Our 7 Super Shots

Months ago, Michael over at Strux Travel was the first to tag us to participate in a project that asks participants to showcase 7 photos – super shots – that fall in the categories listed below.  

Tomorrow, our 2012 travel dominoes start to fall at breakneck speed. We’ve got some fun journies on the horizon. In honor of this upcoming round of amazing adventures, here they are – our 7 super shots from past travel.

A Travel Dream – Show Up at the Airport and Go Anywhere

Last Friday – armed with ‘buddy passes” from our airline friends, a small bag and our mobile office (a backpack) – we showed up at the airport and decided to go to, um, anywhere. Every traveler’s fantasy.

Luxury on a Budget in Rome

We’re back from Vegas, resuming a slower paced, blur-free life.

Here it is, the end of January, and we’re feeling way behind in our efforts to get our travel mapped out for 2012. We’re just starting to make progress brainstorming the outline of possible itineraries. One thing looks fairly certain. No Europe.

10 Tips On How to Find a Cheap Flight

I’m sharing 10 tips that I’ve collected over the years to help you save on flights. Now I am no travel expert when it comes to the best travel secrets out there. However,  I’ve been blogging for a few years, believe it or not, and I’ve read a lot of articles on travel and listened to hundreds of suggestions and I’ve come to learn one thing. What I am good at is organizing those suggestions and tips from other travel experts.

Off The Beaten Path is a Mindset

…we struggle with the whole idea of off the beaten path travel. Isn’t there the opportunity for something “new” where ever you are? Can’t something seemingly ordinary end up being momentous? Any experience – travel related or otherwise – is what you make it. That’s the conclusion we came to at least.

An Interview With Dave And Deb Of ThePlanetD – Canada’s Adventure Couple

For Canada’s Adventure Couple, Dave and Deb, travel is their full-time gig.  As most of us would say, “they’re living the dream.”  Which is true, they really are.  The couple, who both used to work in the film industry, became inspired by travel during their trip to Thailand back in 2000.  From then on, travel defined them more than their careers, and they searched for ways to turn their passion into a lifestyle.  Since their first trip to Thailand, they have climbed, paddled, hiked and biked their way through 5 continents doing everything from cycling across Africa, to driving across Mongolia. Not to mention, their adventure travel blog is on top of the charts, and I can truly say the couple inspire me each and every day.

Tushita Meditation Centre – McLeod Ganj, India

While exploring India for three months on my own, I made a last minute decision to take a trip to McLeod Ganj where I spent a couple of weeks studying Buddhism and Tibetan history.  The first week of my stay in Mcleod Ganj was spent at the Tushita Meditation Centre for the study and practice of Buddhism from the Tibetan Mahayana tradition.

Budget Greece – Discover The Beauties Of Greece Without Burning A Hole In Your Wallet

Once upon a time, on a place called earth, lies a Western European sanctuary bordered by the Mediteranian, Aegean and Ionian Seas.  This is a magical land full of adventure and beauty and can be easy on your wallet if you are careful.  The natives that inhimbate this land may refer to it as HellasEllada or Hellenic Republic, but I just call this place Greece.

The 30 Day Challenge

Scientists have suggested that, with a little willpower, it takes roughly 30 days for a person to form a new habit.  This really interested me, since I love trying new things, and I love challenges.  I also believe it is very important to constantly develop your person.  So, this is why I have chosen to take on 12 different challenges this year.  Each month, I will commit to a new challenge which I will do for 30 days straight.  Each week I will post my progress.

A Year In Travel – How I Spent 2011 Traveling The World

This year has been one of the best years of my life. Why? It’s because I spent half of it traveling the world. This year, I went through a transformation that I could have never anticipated. Although I have done a lot of world exploration in the years previous, 2011 and some of 2010 was the longest I have hopscotched the globe and expanded my mind on an entire new level.

Choosing The Right Hostel/Guesthouse Part 2

The internet is a crazy place and if you aren’t careful, you can definetly get lost in cyber space.  It takes time to find websites that you can rely on to give you the best travel advice.  However, when it comes to finding a great hostel/guesthouse online, I know I can rely on….

Backpackers Guide to Central Europe

Budget backpacking isn’t just about South East Asia or South America. Those looking a little closer to home can get their culture fix and pit their wits in some challenging environments, while also enjoying some of the most stunning scenery anywhere in the world. Central Europe has been a favourite amongst backpackers for a number of years due to good value accommodation, cheap cost of living and some very diverse cultures.

5 Travel Deals / Trends We Want More of in 2012

Looking back at some of the travel deals we got in 2011, there were some big standouts – like the remote cabin we scored in Alaska for about $50 a night.

Below, we’re highlighing five deals (okay, 3 deals and 2 trends) that really rocked our world. We want to see more things like this in 2012.

Cabo Polonio, Uruguay

Want a place where you can literally get away from it all? Here is the spot for you, because this little beach village has no electricity. It was one of my favorite little spots I discovered on my RTW trip and I spend about four glorious days there, totally off the grid. Literally.

Angkor Wat Photo Essay

Angkor is one of the best places to take photos anywhere in the world. It is literally almost impossible to take a bad photo there and here are some of the best ones I took during two trips that I had there this last fall. It is one of my favorite places in the world.

New 7 Wonders Scam

The New 7 Wonders of the World is one of the biggest scam operations going on in travel today. This post is the result of me pulling every bit of information I could find out about it anywhere on the web. Suffice to say that it is must reading.

Ultimate Train Challenge 2011 — the Wrap Up

September saw the Ultimate Train Challenge. Lisbon to Saigon, all by trains, all in 30 days. It was an amazing and exhausting journey, but totally one of the best things I have ever done in my life. Come check out the final wrap up of this adventure.

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