How to Do Europe in Two Weeks or Less

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The fact is you can’t do Europe in two weeks. You can only be in Europe for two weeks, which, though it may not carry as much weight on a bucket list, is as good a way as any to spend a vacation.

And besides, vacations are for enjoying, not for checking things off lists. So before you book that Eurorail pass and start planning 15 countries in 14 days, just take a moment and think about how much fun you’re actually planning to have on this trip. Continue Reading…

How to Travel on a Budget in Paris, New York and London

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Paris is a fun place to spend money. But it’s no less interesting on a budget. It might be exciting to shop your face off on the Champs-Elysées, but you’ll have a much more interesting time cruising up and down the car-free, cobblestone streets of le Marais.

Of course, the same can be said of New York City and London. Many of the world’s greatest cities are best explored on foot, coffee and camera in hand (or possibly tucked into a fanny pack). In Paris you can stem your appetite for most of the day with espresso and croissants. In London you can cool it with a pint. And in New York it’s trendy to go hungry anyway. Continue Reading…

Essential Steps to Planning Your First Round the World Trip

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Close your eyes for a minute and imagine this: It’s 8 a.m. You roll to the edge of the bed and flick your eyes open. The sun is coming in full strength through the window, only it’s not your bedroom window, just a hole in the wall really, with shutters flung open and warm breeze streaming through. Possibly, there are birds singing or water lapping at a dock not far away.

Slowly it dawns on you. You don’t have to go to work. You don’t have to check your email, file any paperwork or answer any calls. Heck, you don’t even need coffee. You’ve escaped the rat race. You’re free now. The world is yours.

This could be you. Continue Reading…

The Travel Junkie’s Ultimate Bucket List

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The traveller needs a special kind of bucket list. She doesn’t need to make a list of the Seven Wonders of the World and mark them on a map. She’s probably seen most of them already, or else she knows more interesting places worth seeing, ones that don’t come with casinos and chain restaurants.

The traveller needs the kind of list that challenges and excites the mind. He knows where to find adventure outside himself, but sometimes neglects the adventures that can only be had within. Enter the alternative bucket list. Continue Reading…

Vietnam on a Shoestring – A Budget Traveler’s Guide

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Although for many Westerners Vietnam still conjures memories of a decade long conflict that decimated the land and its people, it is a country rich in culture and full of natural beauty. With a favorable exchange rate, cheap cost of living and a wealth of opportunities for adventure, we take a look at some of the best places to see when traveling to Vietnam on a shoestring budget.

A country of wild extremes and natural beauty, Vietnam is home to miles of unspoiled beaches along the coast, stunning hills and valleys in the north and the majestic Mekong Delta and Halong Bay. With a huge range of activities and sights to see, Vietnam is a budget traveler’s ideal destination. Visitors can conceivably experience Vietnam for around $25 USD per day whilst living quite comfortably. So what are you waiting for? Read on and start packing your suitcase in preparation for your Southeast Asian adventure. Continue Reading…