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Something that you rarely hear about when people tell tales of travel is just how much free time you have. Hours on plans and trains (and waiting for them), nights in hostels waiting for the noise to die down, meals eaten alone, etc. Not to say that this free time is a bad thing – these are the times when I meet people, think about the experiences I am having and take the time to people watch. This is also the time I read… book after book after book. I probably read more in a week on a trip than … Read More

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Money Management Part II: It’s all about the Lincolns

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As I discussed in my last post, one of the most stressful parts of traveling is budgeting your money. Usually when I travel, I feel like money is just flying out of my hands left and right which is not a pleasant feeling at all. This stress can usually be mitigated in two ways: 1) by effectively tracking your spending and 2) by spending less. Since I usually spend around $20 or less a night on lodging, every sent cent counts when traveling. This means looking for ways to cut costs for all possible travel expenses. There are a few … Read More

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Money Management Part I: Tracking Your Spending

One of the most stressful parts of traveling is budgeting your money. Usually when I travel, I feel like money is just flying out of my hands left and right which is not a pleasant feeling at all. This stress can usually be mitigated in two ways: 1) by effectively tracking your spending and 2) by spending less. I feel much better when I can account for where my money went and know that it wasn’t wasted. Nothing is worse than finishing a day with an empty wallet and not remembering where it all went. I’m not going to lie, this … Read More

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8 Tips for Filing a Complaint with a Travel Service Provider

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Photo: Lindyy, through a Creative Commons Attribution License Nothing is more frustrating than shelling out money for a hotel or flight and feeling like you didn’t get the service you were promised. Worse yet is when you feel like you were swindled or overcharged by a deceitful company. It can oftentimes feel like you are alone – one person against a huge company. The key to getting your voice heard is to communicate effectively with the company. The 8 tips below give some thoughts on how to get the best response. However, before you file a complaint, make sure you … Read More

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5 tips for when the weather doesn’t cooperate while traveling

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  Phnom Penh in the rain   As you may have heard, the East Coast got some weird weather this weekend (also known as Snoloween). I couldn’t help but feel bad for the poor tourists who must have come to DC expecting a nice fall weekend monument tour and instead had to trek through snow and sleet. I had actually planned to head down to the national mall on Saturday, but because of the weather decided to reschedule for a weekend with sunnier skies. It was nice that since I live here I had this option – obviously when you … Read More

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6 Tips for visiting the "BIG" sites

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  Angkor Wat under construction Angkor Wat in Cambodia is legendary. An ancient city, lost to the western wall and “found” in the modern era. Partially reclaimed by the jungle, the ruins reputation is known throughout the world and tempts thousands of visitors form hundreds of miles away. It is for sure the highlight of any trip. Its also an exhausting two to three day touring extravaganza, populated with picture taking tourists and pushy local touts. Most travelers fantasize so much about their visits to the BIG site seeing spots: Petra, the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, etc that they sometimes skim over … Read More

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Earning Frequent Flyer Miles Without Ever Leaving Home

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ABC’s new Pan Am show I recently started watching ABC’s new series Pan Am….I’d like to say that I had hopes about this show, but the truth is I expected it to be mediocre and so far it has been. I was hoping for something along the lines of “Mad Men” meets the “Amazing Race”…but it was more “Sex and the City” meets “a really boring flight I once took.” I did get a few giggles out of the first episode being called “Pilot.” This was pretty obviously unintentional but you know…pilot…get it… okay I’m done. Anyway, watching an entire show about … Read More

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Trip Planning 101 Part IV: Booking Hotels/ Transportation

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There are many options when it comes to transportation while traveling This post is part of a series on planning a trip. The other posts covered choosing a location, booking airline tickets and Creating an Itinerary. I feel like if you’ve been reading this far you should have at least gotten to Trip Planning 201… and yet here we are in another 101 class….. After determining your itinerary,  you have to decided where you will stay and how long you will stay in each place. Moving hotels too often can be exhausting, so its often better to choose a ‘home base’ … Read More

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Trip Planning 101: Part III – Creating an Itinerary

The Tunisia to Iceland flight can be a killer… This post is part of a series on planning a trip. The other posts covered choosing a location and booking airline tickets. When traveling for a limited amount of time and on a limited budget, I find that its always helpful to plan out an itinerary ahead of time. As I’ve mentioned before, some people like to travel with lots of flexibility in their plans and more power to them. This guide is probably not for those people. Although, sometimes the best experiences can come from last minute changes to plans and decisions on … Read More

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Trip Planning 101: Pt. II – Buying Airplane Tickets

This post is part of a series on planning a trip. The last post covered choosing a destination. Once you have chosen your destination you can start on the biggest road block – buying plane tickets. For me, this is often the “pulling the trigger” moment which can be nerve wracking. Tickets can be a huge chunk of money and are for the most part non-refundable. Searching For Ticket Prices To help ensure that you make the best decision possible it’s a good idea to do a little research and price comparison. This will be easier if you have very … Read More

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