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Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Blog, Culture, Feature, Free Resources, International Education, Study Abroad, Teach Abroad, technology and travel, Travel, Volunteer Abroad, Work Abroad | 0 comments

Best Travel Websites: Top Picks from The Traveling Advisor

Best Travel Websites: Top Picks from The Traveling Advisor

Travel websites are as common these days as hidden airline fees. How do you decide which ones to visit? I have selected my favorite travel website and shared them with you here. In order to land a spot in my top travel website list, I asked myself the following four questions: Does this website help me plan for my travels? Does this website challenge me to think about how or why I travel? Does this website connect me to interesting people, ideas, images, and places? Does this website appeal to me in general? Two tips on finding your own favorite travel websites; Don’t waste time on outdated sites or websites that try to sell you something every 30 seconds. On the other hand, sometimes it is worth paying experts or professionals to help you with a particular aspect of your journey. Click away and happy travels through the web! Best Overall Travel Website and Network: Matador Network What I like most about Matador Network is the excellent writing. This...

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Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Blog, Change, Guest Post, Relocation, Travel | 0 comments

How to Take Your Show on the Road

How to Take Your Show on the Road

Gigi Griffis of The Ramble and Content for Good shares with us how to move forward towards location independence in 2013 (for those who dream of such a thing!) Last year, after two years of owning my own business and over ten years of loving travel, I gave up my permanent address and hit the road full time with my growing business and my small dog. It probably sounds pretty unusual, but the truth is that there are lots of people out there just like me who are digitizing their businesses, packing their bags, selling their stuff, and hitting the road with gusto. Statistics say that by 2016, one in five Americans will be working outside an office. And outside an office doesn’t necessarily have to mean from home in your pajamas. If you’re willing to juggle time zones, give up some of the comforts of home, and get creative, it could mean anywhere in the world. But if working remotely—be it full-time or part-time—is your dream, how do...

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Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 in Culture, Most Popular, Road Trip USA, Travel, Travel Planning | 0 comments

Staying with Strangers: Hostels, CouchSurfing, AirBnB, StartUpStay, and More

Staying with Strangers: Hostels, CouchSurfing, AirBnB, StartUpStay, and More

Would you stay with a stranger instead of at a hotel? Would you host a stranger from another part of the country or world? I have many times with varying results. I’ve hosted German au pairs in Northern Ireland and camped out in Venice, Italy with two travelers from California. A friend and I stayed with an Austrian woman and shared stories about life while passing around a ram’s horn filled with Drachenblut (a specialty wine called Dragon’s Blood…and yes, there is more to that story). By coincidence, I recently stayed with ordained ministers in Pennsylvania and Nebraska discussing politics, religion, education, human rights, and volunteer work. Comfort vs. Connection I stay with strangers because sometimes I need a place to stay. I also enjoy interesting encounters and am open to nontraditional housing as a part of my travel experience. Here are just three examples of what I would have missed if I stayed in a hotel: dancing a tango in the gardens of the Art Institute of Chicago,...

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Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in Culture, Road Trip USA, Uncategorized | 0 comments

American Craft Beer Culture and Tips for Homebrewers

American Craft Beer Culture and Tips for Homebrewers

After driving more than 4,000 miles across the United States visiting craft breweries along the way, I’ve added words like sparged, wort, and flocculation to my vocabulary and picked up a few insights into American craft brew culture, trends, and tips for homebrewers (scroll down to see Tips for Homebrewers video below!). Quality  & Freshness Fermentation is often described as an art and a science, and rightly so. Brewers pay careful attention to every step of the process to achieve the desired style, flavors, color, and alcohol content. In order to maintain the integrity of a particular style of beer, Epic Brewing Company in Salt Lake City, Utah mimics the water chemistry in Germany, for example, by using a carbin filtration process. “The malt doesn’t know its not in Belgium!” says Steve Koonce of Epic and goes on to say how the brewery avoids ‘house flavor’* by removing mineral content from the water prior to fermentation. Maintaining consistency from “keg to keg, year to year” is important in the...

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Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in Blog, Free Resources, Road Trip USA, Travel, Travel Planning | 0 comments

Packing Like a Pro

Packing Like a Pro

Even for the veteran traveler, packing is a challenge. The ratio of what I want to take vs. what I know I can take is probably about 5:1, especially now that airlines are charging premiums for checked baggage. Some general tips: Take about half of what you lay out to take, bring one more pair of underwear than you think you need, and pack without a list at your own peril! My top 5 travel gear items for the budget traveler… Hanging bathroom organizer. I am at the duck-tape stage with the Victoria’s Secret hanging bathroom organizer my mom got for me almost 7 years ago. It has been all over the world with me and I have never found its match. On my flight from Colombia to Washington, DC. it saved my suitcase and wardrobe from an attack of bright red nail polish, which stayed mercifully self-contained in one of the pockets above. Backpacker’s backpack. To me, there is simply no contest between suitcase vs. backpack when one...

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