Find your home away from home

So, you’ve decided to travel, you have a destination in mind, but you want to have a home base to take day trips from, a calm and cozy place to come back to after a long exhausting day of exploring unknown streets and tasting crazy things. But hotels are boring, stale and overpriced. AirBnB could work, but there’s a service fee, and depending on the … Continue reading Find your home away from home

How to travel for FREE!

If you dream about traveling, whether it’s across the country or around the world, now is the time to do it. But you’ve probably made the excuses to yourself and to others that you don’t have money to travel, right? Well, let me say this: even if all you’ve got is the weekend, you can still really pack in a lot of incredible adventures by … Continue reading How to travel for FREE!

How to find COOL (and cheap) stuff to do wherever you go

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SpottedByLocals.com

Looking for those “hidden gems” in the city? Well, here they are. This site offers eclectic, up to date stuff to do, see, eat, drink, explore (with photos!) as revealed by people actually living in that city. There are also downloadable city guides (pdf) for 3 euros. For now, the site includes 51 major cities in Europe and North America. Go here when you realize that your guidebook is not at all hip or in the know.

CouchSurfing.org

Don’t worry, if you’re not yet comfortable with the idea of sleeping in the house of someone who isn’t your friend or relative. All you have to do is sign up for FREE and fill out a basic profile that will allow you use all the fun features of this site. Each city has its own community page, so you can check out the ongoing list of activities, happening that day or coming up soon. You should also search through the city’s various Group links, which always center on things like Live music, Dancing, Sports, Going out, Vegeterian/Vegans-you get the point. It’s kind of like their own little version of MeetUp. Members passing through the city also post on this page to say things like, “Hey, I’m in town for a few days, anyone want to meet up for a drink or a walk around the city?” See, no need to host someone–just a fun way to meet new people and spend a day filled with food, drink, dancing, walking, conversation, whatever! Then there’s the “Meet Locals” button, which basically connects you the database of local members, so it’s kind of like a platonic eHarmony, and you can contact anyone who you think looks cool and shares your interests.

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A million excuses not to travel–and how to shatter them all into a million pieces

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Sure you might have a MILLION EXCUSES–but you also have only ONE LIFETIME. You decide. These excuses are just a few of the ones that get thrown around the most:

1) You tell someone who is traveling or has just returned: Oh, I’m so jealous, I wish I could do that! You CAN do that, you just haven’t considered all your options to make it happen. What options? Well, that’s why this blog exists, to help you figure out what travel options are best for YOU.

2) You beg traveling friends to send lots of photos or emails of their journey so you can “live vicariously” through their experiences. This makes me sad. But there’s NO time to be sad because you’re on a mission! It’s high time you stopped wallowing and galloped away on your own freaking fantastic adventure so you can then barrage your friends’ inboxes with 500 photos to prove it. More on that later…

3) You work a full time job with just 15 days paid vacation a year. Um, hello, what about weekends? Especially the longer 3 or 4 day weekends! And what about “sick days”? Don’t tell me you’ve never called in sick because you had a hangover or your cat was throwing up. At least frolicking about on a mini travel adventure would be a lot more fun and memorable!

4) But where the hell can I go for a weekend that would be even remotely interesting? Okay, this is a truly ridiculous excuse. If you’re able to take a flight, then I don’t wanna hear it. Skip to the next excuse below. If you are planning to travel by car, bus or train, then STILL–what are you talking about man! I know a girl who works, full time, in a big city in Texas, and each weekend, she and her boyfriend go check out some fun little tiny Texas town–and they have made some wild discoveries. Remember, it’s the journey….well, you know. When I was living in Prague, I’d sometimes show up at the nearest bus or train station, check the schedule, see what towns were just an hour away and buy a ticket to some random place I’d never heard of. Fun times and mystery guaranteed. Plus, you save money because you aren’t going very far.

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