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Should You Bother Visiting the Mui Ne Sand Dunes in Vietnam?

Are the Mui Ne sand dunes a place for a spectacular trip into a wonder of nature or just a cheesy tourist trap? We tell all! Mui Ne, Vietnam used to be a quiet fishing village about 200 km east of Saigon. Now it is a bustling beach resort, which attracts Vietnamese weekenders from Ho […]

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World Elephant Day: 7 Ways to Help Elephants When You Travel

If it were up to us, every day would be World Elephant Day! To celebrate the world’s most amazing animals, we’re sharing the best ways to help elephants when you travel. As you know, I love all the animals! But when asked to pick a favourite, it’s elephants every time. And I’m not alone. Do […]

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Could You Handle Long-Term World Travel? We Answer Your Questions!

Are you wondering if you could handle long-term world travel? Would you thrive not knowing where you’re going to sleep every night, or would you cave after a few weeks and head back to the familiarity of home? Long-term world travel is not for everybody. Most people need the stability and predictability that comes from […]

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Best Hotels in Saigon: Ho Chi Minh City Hotels for Mindful Travellers

Finding the best hotels in Saigon is not an easy task! There are just so many great ones to choose from. If you don’t want to spend the next three hours scouring Booking.com for Ho Chi Minh City Hotels, you’ve come to the right place. Where to Stay in Saigon Fun fact: Though the official […]

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Best Mui Ne Hotels — A Mindful Travel Guide

If you’re looking for Mui Ne hotels, you probably already know that the big attraction in Mui Ne is the long stretch of soft sandy beach. In the winter months, it’s a hot spot for travellers from all over the world who come to warm their chilly bones. The spectacular Mui Ne sand dunes and […]

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Are Bluffworks the Best Travel Pants? A Mindful Travel Guide

If you’ve been searching for the best travel pants for men, you may have just found them! Find out why Bluffworks travel pants have earned a permanent spot in my luggage. When you travel year-round with just a carry-on suitcase, like I do, there’s no room in your luggage for unworthy clothing. Over the years, […]

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A Traveler’s Guide to Riding the Bus in Tamil Nadu, India

We might just die on a bus in Tamil Nadu. According to my Pocket Earth app, we are flying along this crowded country road at 65 kph. The driver is leaning on the horn and eschewing the brake as though Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves are on board, frantically attempting to disarm a bomb. Either […]

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Vietnam Travel Guide: How to Make the Most of Your Mindful Adventures

This is your complete Vietnam travel guide, with a focus on mindful travel, eco-adventures, and responsible travel. We have visited Vietnam six times in the last ten years and we love the country! This Vietnam Travel Guide includes our favourite Vietnam destinations, the best hotels in Vietnam for every budget, our favourite vegan and vegetarian […]

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Sleep in a Prison Cell at This Budget Hostel in London

Looking for a budget hostel in London? At Clink78 you get comfy beds, friendly staff and lots of great common areas to make you feel at home. Read on for our full review! Unless you’re from Tokyo, the prices in London are bound to make your eyes water, especially when it comes to finding a […]

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The Best Hotels in Phong Nha for Every Budget: Where to Stay in Phong Nha, Vietnam

Best Hotels in Phong Nha Phong Nha is still a bit of an undiscovered destination in Vietnam. It’s already a backpacker haven, but the flashpackers and the tour busses haven’t really invaded yet. Home to one of the world’s largest cave systems, you could spend weeks exploring underground in Phong Nha! There are also boat […]

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Transylvania Cycling Tour: Exploring the Villages of Biertan, Romania

Interested in a Transylvania cycling tour? Go! It’s a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the region. Here’s what you can expect… As we cycle down a dirt road through a small ramshackle village in Transylvania, a little boy runs out to greet us. He raises his hand for a high-five and we all comply […]

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Ephesus or Pergamon: Which is the Best Ancient Site in Turkey?

So you only have time to visit one great ancient site in Turkey? Which should it be? Ephesus or Pergamon? Stephen and I have been to Pompeii in Italy, Jerash in Jordan, and Palmyra in Syria — not to mention Rome and Athens. But when in Turkey, you can’t NOT visit Ephesus or Pergamon. That […]

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Your Guide to the Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Lisbon Portugal

If you’re looking for vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon, you’re in luck. There are so many to choose from — and lots of vegan options, too! Here’s your complete guide to our favourite vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon. Food in Portugal can be a bit tricky for vegans and vegetarians. Portuguese cuisine tends to lean heavily on […]

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The Best Hotels in Hue for Every Budget: Where to Stay in Hue, Vietnam

Where to Stay in Hue / Best Hotels in Hue, Vietnam The attractions of Hue are subtler than those of nearby charming Hoi An or bustling Hanoi, but visiting Hue is a traveller’s best opportunity to understand how typical Vietnamese people live. It is also a fantastic destination for vegans and vegetarians who want to […]

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The Best Hotels in Izmir for Every Budget: Where to Stay in Izmir, Turkey

If you’re looking for the best hotels in Izmir, Turkey, a laid-back city on the country’s Western shore, here are our favourites. Whether you’re on a tight budget, have a little more to spend, or want to splash out on all the little luxuries, we’ve found the best apartments, hostels, and hotels in Izmir for […]

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11 Adventurous Women Who Will Inspire You to Live Your Adventure, Too

I want to introduce you to someone — 11 someones, in fact. These are 11 adventurous women whose stories are guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing, to get your passions riled up, and to prove that anything is possible if you want it badly enough. I spent last week at the World Tourism Forum […]

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Countryside and Culture: What to Expect from a Hoi An Scooter Tour

There’s no question that the best way to get around Hoi An is on two wheels. I spent many happy days cycling around the ancient streets of this UNESCO World Heritage city. Merrily ringing my bell, I derived a little too much pleasure at the sight of unwary tourists diving out of my way. But […]

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11 of the Most Romantic Cities in the World to Inspire Your Wandering Heart

We write a lot about the ways that travel is chaotic, uncomfortable and challenging. We’ll let you in on a secret… Travel can be amazingly romantic. Wandering cobbled streets, inhaling divine incense or the scent of exotic spices, gazing out on spectacular views, or snuggling beside a toasty fire… So if you’re a dreamer, a […]

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vegetarian food in hoi an

The Myths and Legends of Vegetarian Food in Hoi An, Vietnam

By the time I went on a tour of vegetarian food in Hoi An, I had been in Vietnam for almost three months and in Hoi An for a week. Even though I thought I had tried everything vegetarian that Hoi An had to offer, Kam from *Hoi An Food Tour introduced me to lots […]

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best hotels Hoi An

The Best Hotels in Hoi An for Every Budget: Where to Stay in Hoi An, Vietnam

Where to Stay in Hoi An / Best Hotels in Hoi An, Vietnam Hoi An Vietnam may just be the most charming city in South East Asia. The narrow streets and buildings of the ancient city provide endless diversions for the traveller who likes to walk and wander while the restaurants and bars are varied […]

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vegan restaurants in hoi an

Hoi An Vegan Restaurants: Your Guide to Vegan Food in Hoi An, Vietnam

I just finished writing a post about how Hue is the best city in Vietnam for vegans. But now that I’m writing this I realise that Hoi An vegan restaurants might be even better! The ancient town of Hoi An somehow manages to be charming and touristy at the same time. The pedestrianised streets are […]

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The Best Hotels in Hanoi for Every Budget: Where to Stay in Hanoi, Vietnam

Where to Stay in Hanoi / Best Hotels in Hanoi, Vietnam Hanoi is littered with guest houses, hostels, and hotels. It can take hours to filter through all the reviews, understand the various neighbourhoods, and figure out where you’ll get the best hotel bang for your buck. Here’s your shortcut to finding the best hotels […]

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Hue Vegetarian Restaurants: The Best City for Vegan Food in Vietnam?

Could Hue vegetarian restaurants be the best in Vietnam? We think so! If you’re after authentic vegetarian and vegan Vietnamese dishes created for locals (instead of bland tourist food that’s been de-meated), then you’ll love the huge variety of vegetarian restaurants in Hue as much as I did! Note: In Vietnam, there’s not much distinction […]

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Your Pre-Flight International Travel Checklist

If you’re about to book a flight, this international travel checklist should be an essential part of your trip! Click to download a printable version of the international travel checklist → Around the time you see this post, I will be landing at Heathrow Airport in London after travelling for more than 24 hours, hopping […]

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Inventive Holiday Gift Ideas for Travelers on a Tight Budget

People are always looking for great gift ideas for travelers. But how should we travelers give back? How do travelers handle gift-giving when we’re away during the holidays? How do we manage our gift budget when we’re trying to save money for travel? And how can we politely explain to friends and family that all […]

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family adventure holidays

Family Adventure Holiday Ideas in the USA and Beyond

This post was made in collaboration with Trek America Think there’s no such thing as a family adventure holiday? You’re not alone. Stephen and I are always meeting people who tell us they’d love to have more adventure in their lives, but they can’t—because they have kids. Having kids is no excuse to miss out […]

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hanoi vegetarian food

Hanoi Vegetarian Food: The Complete Guide for Vegetarians Visiting Hanoi

You would think that in a city where fresh tofu, noodles, and every green herb under the sun abounds, finding Hanoi vegetarian food would be a snap. But when I first got to Hanoi, I was frustrated and disappointed at almost every meal. It was just so hard to find good, inexpensive vegetarian food in […]

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How to Avoid Homesickness (& Feel at Home Anywhere in the World)

Learn how to avoid homesickness, no matter how far you travel. What does an incurable traveler like me know about homesickness? A lot, actually. Just like you, I love that feeling of sliding into a familiar and comfy bed at night. I love knowing exactly where everything is in the kitchen without having to think […]

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how to pack light

How To Travel Light with Just a Carry-On – A Mindful Travel Gear Guide

Learn how to travel light and pack smart for any trip, long or short, hot or cold. If I had my way, I would never travel light; I would totally take way too many clothes with me when I travel. But, in that fantasy world, I wouldn’t have to look after my luggage, pack or […]

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19 Reasons to Visit Sri Lanka This Year

Should you visit Sri Lanka? Until Stephen was invited to teach at a yoga retreat there, I had never even considered a visit to Sri Lanka. To tell the truth, I could barely have found Sri Lanka on a map; the little island nation just wasn’t on my radar. I had absolutely no idea what […]

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A guide to the best Tamil Nadu hotels and restaurants.

Tamil Nadu Hotels and Restaurants: Where to Sleep and Eat in South India

Finding the best Tamil Nadu hotels can be a tricky prospect for those of us who are used to going online, looking at a few pictures, reading some reviews, and then clicking “Book Now”. The problem starts with the online booking engines. None of them have a comprehensive selection of hotels in a given area […]

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A Traveler’s Guide to Chennai’s T Nagar and Pondy Bazaar Shops

If you want to take advantage of Chennai’s best shopping, then visit our picks for the best Pondy Bazaar shops and use our tips for cheap shopping in Chennai to get the most from your money! Taking stock of the contents of my carry-on before leaving for India left me with only one conclusion… I’d […]

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A Traveler’s Guide To Using The Autorickshaws in Chennai

Pop! Bang! Thwap thwap thwap. Our once-spirited ride, a bright yellow autorickshaw that had been racing through the streets of Chennai, India slowly limped to a stop, only two-thirds of the way to our destination. The driver gamely tried to carry on, but it was no use, he’d gotten a puncture crossing a bridge over […]

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9 Ways Traveling In India Will Surprise You

We have written before about the challenges travelers face when it comes to getting advice from friends, relatives, and complete strangers before heading out on any adventure. Traveling in India is no exception. Because I am a yoga student and teacher, many of our friends and acquaintances have travelled in India. So we have had […]

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Should You Go On A Yoga Retreat?

Should you go on a yoga retreat? Yes, I know, it’s a modern question, only for those of us privileged enough to have the time and freedom to contemplate it. Here’s my attempt to help you find an answer. The first step is to ask yourself… When’s the last time you sat around doing nothing? […]

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Budget Berlin Vegan: 10 Places to Eat Vegan in Berlin for Less Than €10

Looking for the best Berlin vegan restaurants where you can eat on a traveller’s budget? Here’s our guide to our favourite budget Berlin vegan food! In 2013, when we were last in Berlin, there were a couple of good places for a budget Berlin vegan food. Since then, the Berlin vegan scene has gone totally […]

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How to Beat Jet Lag: 8 Techniques You Can Actually Use

You have the power to beat jet lag before it beats you. We promise. Jet lag is a nasty, ugly monster. But it is not unstoppable. Sure, if you let it, jet lag will stomp all over your entire trip, rip your plans to shreds and leave you curled up shaking in a dark corner […]

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The 5 Best Travel Apps to Take Absolutely Everywhere

There are approximately 8 bajillion travel apps in the world and at least four thousand of those sound pretty damn cool. But there are only a few that count as the best travel apps – the ones we used almost every day of our two-year bike tour and continue to use on a regular basis […]

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How to Find Happiness at Work Even if You Hate Your Job

Are you reading this at work? Are you bored out of your skull, looking for any distraction? Do you have a plan (or at least a major dream) to get out of the rat race and see the world, but it just requires a little (or a lot) more time in a job you despise? […]

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Killer Travel Tips for Planning a Trip from 11 Expert Globetrotters

When we need advice or travel tips, we turn to the experts. No, not the guidebooks or travel TV… travel bloggers! Here are 11 essential travel planning tips from our favourite travel bloggers. This is required reading for anyone planning to travel. Read on to become an expert travel planner! Pssst. Can I let you […]

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Your Simple Guide to Travel Planning Like an Expert

Do you want a complete roadmap for planning your next trip? *Update: The Travel Planner’s Cheat Sheet is no longer available. Make sure you don’t miss our next great freebie by signing up right here. Lots of wannabe travellers never even make it to the airport. Let’s face it, you might have big dreams, but […]

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Feeling helpless to help the Syrian refugees

Sometimes we take our freedom to travel for granted. It’s so easy to do. When we’re planning a trip, we never have to stop and think, “Will our government let us leave?” We have never been barred from boarding a train or a bus in a foreign country because of our religion or our skin […]

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Here’s Your Complete Pre-Travel Downsizing Guide

I’m not going to lie. If you want to pack up your life and take off around the world, there’s a lot to be done beforehand. It’s hard work to get everything slotted away so you can go away worry free. Downsizing takes planning, dedication and organization. I am a consummate organizer. Lists, timelines, and […]

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How to Save Money for Travel the Grown-Up Way

If you’re a wannabe traveller or already a traveller, you’ve probably heard all the little tips out there for saving money. Cut down on your Starbucks runs, pack a lunch for work, cut your cable bill… These tips are fine and they can be an essential part of saving money for travel. But, as grown-ups, […]

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Busses, Planes, and Trains: How to Get Around While Travelling

Deciding how to get around is a huge part of trip planning. Transportation choices can make or break your budget and can also lead to some amazing (and very strange) experiences. Your chosen transport also defines how quickly you will go, so it will impact, and be impacted by, the places you want to see. […]

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The Simple Travel Budget Formula (for Busy People)

People talk an awful lot about money-saving tips, budgets, travel hacks and credit cards to use when planning a long-term trip. Ever notice how no one ever comes right out and tells you exactly how much your darn trip is going to cost? Why is it so hard to come up with an accurate travel […]

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Why Do You Want To Travel? Get Motivated to Get Out There!

In all the hustle and bustle that comes with deciding where you want to go, how you’ll save the money, and how to get there, it’s easy to forget the most important question about travelling: Why do you want to travel? Sure, you can go have a grand old time on the road without ever […]

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How To Find Yourself (and Make the Most out of Being Lost)

When you’re travelling, if you’re having any sort of adventure at all, you will get lost. It’s inevitable. It’s easy to get lost in life, too. Even if you’re a grown-up, one minute you can be wandering along blissfully through your life and suddenly you don’t have any idea how you got where you are. […]

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What to do When You’re Too Busy to Travel (or to Even Think About It)

Life is just like a kitchen junk drawer. We all have one, right? It’s where we cram the microwave operator’s manual, paperclips, hair elastics, home insurance papers, old receipts, a half-eaten granola bar, and the TV remote that’s been missing for months now. And even though it’s already full, somehow we always manage to find […]

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Please Don’t Travel: Why Real Travellers Want You to Stay Home

I’m about to let you in on a secret that every traveller knows (but will never tell you). We want you to stay home. That’s right, even though we share tips on My Five Acres about getting out and living a life less ordinary, in reality, we want you to stay right where you are. […]

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How To Ease Into Adventure Travel

“I don’t think adventure travel is for me. I like reading about other people’s adventures, but at my age/weight/level of health/number of kids it’s just never going to happen. I doubt I’d even like it, and besides, I couldn’t go that long without blow-drying my hair.” Are you slowly nodding your head in agreement right […]

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11 Travel Mistakes We Made and How to Avoid Them

Is there any such thing as a “mistake” when you’re travelling? Or is every bump in the road just another lesson to learn, another opportunity for adventure? If there are mistakes, we have made most of them. These are the top 11 mistakes we made on our 2-year cycle trip – with tips on how […]

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Do You Qualify for The Good Guy Discount?

We all know them. There are those people, almost always guys, who seem to attract free stuff or great deals all the time. Stephen’s best friend routinely gets offered stuff: they’ll give him a bonus burrito at the burrito shop, upgrade his seat on the plane, or let him on the flight without paying for […]

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Everything I Know About Travel I Learned From A Room With A View

Have you ever felt out of control of your own travels, pulled from town to town and sight to sight by some unseen force, meeting only other tourists, seeing only what you’re “supposed” to see? You’re not the only one; I’ve been there and it is brutal. It would seem easy to blame our modern […]

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Your 5 Best Excuses Not To Travel, Busted

Back in bygone ages, when I was not yet 30, I remember having a conversation with a musician friend. His band was pretty successful, enough so that his job title was Rock Star. Somehow, we ended up discussing my goals. (This was odd since Rock Stars usually only talk about themselves.) “What do you want […]

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11 Travel Destinations I Can’t Wait To See Again

There’s one thing that almost everyone asks me about my recent travels. What was your favourite country? Obviously, I can never choose just one, so here are 11 travel destinations I can’t wait to see again. Croatia With an abundance of walled cities overlooking the stirring Adriatic coastline, the romance of Croatia continually calls to […]

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How To Set Goals That Stretch

You’ve heard of setting stretch goals, right? A stretch goal, usually used in the world of corporate goal-setting, is a goal that’s so big, it’s nearly impossible – if you reeeeally stretch, you might just get there. Stretch goals are supposed to be this great carrot, urging you on to ever more and more productivity. […]

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An Expert’s Guide to Quitting Your Job

If you’re going to embark on long-term travel, or any life-changing dream-chasing scenario, there will come a time when you may need to quit your job. It might not something to brag about, but I have quit more jobs than most people hold in a lifetime. I am an expert quitter. I have also quit […]

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The Secret To Making The Right Decision Every Time

The decision to trade life as you know it for an open-ended trip around the world is a biggie. Actually, let’s upgrade that to a huge-y. It looms in front of you like a razor-wire-topped wall, the only thing standing between you and the rest of your life. If you choose adventure, there are a […]

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It's not about the choices you make; it's what you do after the choice is made that makes a difference.

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Nomadasaurus: 5 Misconceptions About Long-Term Travel

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If you’ve never been on a long trip, you probably assume these five things are true. Find out why you’re wrong by reading my new post on Nomadasaurus.

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What If You Don’t Know What You Want?

Last week, I wrote about The 3 Steps To Turn “I Want” Into “I Will”. That’s all very well if you have a particular goal in mind, but what if you don’t know what the heck you want? What if, when you close your eyes to dream about the future, you just see a big […]

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Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.

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The 3 Steps To Turn “I Want” Into “I Will”

You have a huge, awesome dream. It’s been lurking in the back of your mind for months, years, maybe even decades. Wait, let me guess. Does it involve quitting your job and heading out into the world for a long-term travel break? Even if it doesn’t involve travel – even if you want to write […]

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2.5 Minutes of Inspiration

This video by Holstee falls right at the intersection of biking and living, and I love it. (Though I would change “Stop watching TV” to “Stop checking Facebook”.  ♥

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Kick-Start Your Escape

So you followed our bicycle trip faithfully. Maybe not every day, but enough to remember the triumphs and the drastic failures. Maybe you even lived vicariously through us, while sitting in your humdrum cube at your humdrum job, imagining how great it would be to have a little more beating-drum and a little less ho-hum […]

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Live Simply

One of the trends that Stephen and I have been noticing on our return to the civilized world – the world where most people have actual beds to sleep in and showering is a daily activity – is how complicated everybody’s lives are. On our trip, life was blissfully simple. The biggest daily tragedies were […]

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Be Bold

The other day, I was agonizing over a huge decision. It came out of the blue – I didn’t expect to have to think about this issue at all right now – but here it is, on my doorstep, waiting to be decided. I had had a meeting with a recruiter, who had contacted me […]

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Need Something? Just Ask

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Stephen’s latest Huffington Post blog is live. It’s all about getting what you want and need while travelling (but could totally apply to everyday life as well). Please read it and share it!!

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HuffPo: How To Get Along With Your Travel Partner

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My new blog post for The Huffington Post is about How To Get Along With Your Travel Partner. A daily challenge for both of us, I assure you!

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Croatia or Italy: A Guide to Choosing the Best Country for Travel

Are you wondering whether to visit Croatia or Italy? We’ve spent plenty of time in both… read on as we help you make your decision between Italy or Croatia! It’s probably a terrible idea to compare countries. Our Italian friends will protest, our Croatian friends will groan. Even so, we decided it would be fun […]

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I’m So Not Afraid of That

The world is divided into two types of people. First, there are the type of people who, when you tell them you’re going on an open-ended bike trip around the world, say: That’s amazing! I wish I could do that! Today’s post is not about those people. It’s about the second type. This type, when […]

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When Is a River Not a River?

Maybe people in cities with real rivers feel sorry for us Angelenos. But I think this glorified culvert is a perfectly pleasant place to spend the day.  ♥

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Can You See The World Without Destroying It?

Next year, a chapter in my life is drawing to a close. Partly out of necessity and partly by choice, I’ll be leaving the City of Angels. I’d be super bitter about this (I love LA) except… I’m going to spend next year travelling. I love travelling. The constant change, the unpredictability, the battle to […]

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