Travel Tip #44: Snail Mail Delights

Send Postcards to Loved Ones Back Home

With smart phones and seemingly ubiquitous Wi-Fi, staying connected while traveling has never been easier. Not that long ago, you said good bye to your friends and family before you left and that was the last they heard from you until you called them from a payphone at the airport asking for a ride home.… Continue Reading →

Travel Tip #43: Don’t Be Afraid to Say No

Stop Sign

Listen to your gut – it’s gonna tell you what to do

It’s easy to be starry eyed when you travel. After all, you’re feeling relaxed and invigorated by your journey, and of course, you want to keep an open mind. But what happens when your gut tells your mind to shut up and get the hell out?… Continue Reading →

Travel Tip #42: Finding a House Sitter

A good pet sitter can save you time, sanity and money

As you can see, we have three adorable (and high-maintenance) pets. So when we go adventuring, we need to find suckers awesome people who will take care of them for us. Here are our tips for building a successful pet sitting relationship, so you don’t have to worry about your furry family when you’re off climbing mountains and drinking beer.… Continue Reading →

Travel Tip #41: Consider Renting a Car

Renting a Kia Optima Hybrid

The Pros and Cons of Car Rental While Traveling

Travel is about experiencing all that the world has to offer. It is about letting go of your inhibitions and preconceived notions. It is about making every minute of everyday count. Travel is supposed to be about getting away from your normal daily routine and waking up each day wondering where you will end up.… Continue Reading →

Travel Tip #40


Bring a First Aid Kit

Stowing a few small items in your dopp kit to make a travel-size first aid kit can save you a lot of pain and misery when you are away from home. This kit is not meant to substitute proper medical attention; a good rule of thumb is that if an injury looks or feels serious, it is serious.… Continue Reading →

Travel Tips Hit the Road


Check out our guest post on Life of Something New

Want your travel tip today? We’re guest posting over on Life of Something New as part of the Conquer YOUR World Series. Our entry is all about planning your vacation while maximizing your cash. While you’re over there, get comfy and check out some of Halley’s posts about traveling and changing your life.Continue Reading →

Travel Tip #39

Bring Your Own Over-the-Counter Medications

Over-the-counter (non-prescription) medications are handy to have at home and can be especially useful when traveling. When you are on the go, medications may be less available than you are used to, so it is better to bring a small stash with you than to have search for them while traveling.… Continue Reading →

Travel Tip #38: 4 Tips on Picking a Restaurant on the Fly

Kindra drinking coffee

Picking a restaurant while you are traveling can be tough — especially if you get cranky when you are hungry! Here are four tips to steer you in the right direction:

  1. If there’s no one there  — beware!
    This is hands down the most important tip, whether you are traveling at home or a foreign country.
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Travel Tip #37

leaning tower

Reserve Ahead of Time for Popular Attractions

When traveling, you want to see and experience everything a place has to offer in the short time you are there. You want to sample the local cuisine, buy crafts and such at small shops and stroll the main streets and back roads. You also probably want to visit major monuments and museums whose pictures splash across the covers of every guidebook and textbook about that place (Hey, the Leaning Tower really does lean!).… Continue Reading →

Travel Tip #36

Bring Activities for Downtime

When you are an independent budget traveler, you are often faced with a lot of downtime because you are at the mercy of someone else’s schedule. You will have to get to the airport early, remain seated with your seatbelt fastened, wait on the platform for connecting trains and sit on the airport shuttle bus while the driver waits for more passengers.… Continue Reading →