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How to Choose the Perfect Travel Buddy

Originally posted on Becca's Journey:
Solo travel isn’t for everyone and sharing the experience with a friend can bring you closer together and leave you with long lasting memories… or it can be a total nightmare. I’ve travelled with a few different people over the past few years and here is my guide to ensuring you have the perfect travel partner. Budget: If you both have similar budgets it will be a lot easier to choose places to eat, accommodation types and activities. For example if you’re on a tight budget then you’ll obviously be staying in cheap hostels and seeking out cheap meals and free or cheap activities. However, if your travel buddy has tons cash to splash, then it’s going to be awkward when they really want to do something that you can’t afford. Sleep: I like to sleep in and generally when I’m travelling I still like to sleep in a little bit, especially if I’m out late. If you like to sleep for half the day and your travel bud…

22 Travel Tips We Learned the Hard Way So You Don’t Have To!

Originally posted on The Adventures of Paul and Sue:
Throughout our travels we have made plenty of mistakes. Here’s a list of travel tips we’ve learned the hard way so you don’t have to! Tell your bank where you’re going so you can use your bankcard there. Get good walking shoes.  Shop at local supermarkets and cook for yourself. Locals don’t eat out all the time and neither should you! Buy a small backpack, forcing yourself to pack light. Always pack as light as you can. Pack a needle and thread.  When you go out, take only the bare essentials. Bring the amount of cash you plan on spending. Don’t bring your bankcards and passport with you every time you leave the place you are staying. Make extra copies of your passport, flight info. and other important documents. Put these copies in different bags and if you’re traveling with a buddy; carry a copy their documents and vice versa. If something happens you will be able to get a new passport easily. Pack a flashlight or headlamp.…

Traveling Is My Therapy

Originally posted on Sublunar Reflections:
I do my best thinking when I travel. Whether it’s a short commute to work or a bus ride out of town for the weekend, I feel like that absence from being somewhere, that constant state of motion, really helps me to focus. When I’m traveling I can let my mind wander, let my thoughts come to me naturally. I can give up control for a few minutes while someone else drives and just feel. I remember once, when I was living abroad in Belgium, I was having a particularly bad day. In that moment I felt my homesickness as a sharp ache, a heavy feeling on my heart that I couldn’t seem to shake. So I got up, left my house, and even though I had no where in mind to go, I took the tram from the end of my block all around the city. The whole time I felt like I was on the verge of tears, but watching the scenery streak by out the window for…

City Review: Mumbai

Originally posted on travelux:
Mumbai is one of the most populated cities in the world and the biggest city in India in general. Before 1996, the official name of the city was Bombay, which is the name most people living there still prefer. Mumbai is definitely a wide-spread city and depending on where you stay, there are many things to see. Our city review of Mumbai gives you an impression of the most visited and popular spots in the city! Find more content about Mumbai on our city page! Admittedly, our planning may not have been ideal as we only had one day effectively in Mumbai. Getting around with Uber was our motto, which worked out so-so. Depending on the English skills of the drivers, they sometimes found us, sometimes not. In the end, this cost us a lot of time, but hey make the best of it! Walking along Marine Drive Marine Drive is right perfect for strolling around as we were able to enjoy skyline views of the Indian city! Walking is something rather…

There And Back Again: Hobbiton Tour, New Zealand

Originally posted on Read at Midnight:
I haven’t updated the blog in over a week, but I promise I have a good reason for it! I spent the last week in New Zealand visiting friends and family. While I was there, I finally got to visit the Hobbiton set in Matamata. My partner and I are huge fans of the Lord of the Rings movie (we have rewatched the trilogy every year since we started dating), so it was a delight to visit The Shire. Our tour guide told us that March is one of the best time to visit – as the various flowers and foliage are in still vibrant, yet you miss the summer holiday crowd. We booked our tour the day before via the official website. The cost of these tours are $79NZD per adult (as of March 2016). As far as we could tell, the only way to gain access to the site is via these official tours, as you cannot drive directly there. We chose to drive into Matamata (around 2.5 hours from…

Tips On Packing For A Cruise!

Originally posted on Me, Myself and Everything Else:
In a little less than 2 weeks we are heading out for vacation! You may remember me posting about the cruise I was going on for New Years and how we had a less than perfect trip. We missed the whole cruise because of flight cancellations. Luckily the insurance had been bought so we were able to book for another time. You can read that post here. Fast forward almost 3 months later and our trip is finally almost here! We are going with Nick’s parents, his sister and her boyfriend. We have gone on a cruise the past two years with them and they are pretty much my most favorite vacations. They are the epitome of relaxing and I’m surrounded by some of my favorite people. Needless to say work is getting VERY tough right now! I just want it to be here already! On top of all of that, this is the first year we are changing up the boat we are going on AND…

A Day in Uluwatu

Originally posted on TRAVELLING THE WORLD SOLO:
I awoke after a day exploring Balinese temples and the Ubud area bubbling to the brim with excitement! My best girl Tessa had landed in Bali and I was going to get to spend the day exploring Uluwatu with her. Her boyfriend Benno would also be joining us – but as he’s a pretty good egg, I wasn’t dreading being a third wheel like I normally would. After a morning swim in my little plunge pool, I took a leisurely 10 minute stroll from my villa at Daluman to where she was staying – Acacia Villas. It was located in a bit of a rabbit warren and thus could have proven difficult to find – but Google Maps had my back! Her villa was luxurious. As she was travelling in a group of six people, they were able to splash out and get something extra extravagant and split the costs. Gotta love luxury on a budget! Our first stop of the day was the absolutely drop dead gorgeous…

Exploring Connecticut: Kent Falls

Originally posted on The Picky Eater Travels:
I recently went to Kent Falls located in Kent, Connecticut with my friend, and I visit here about 2 times a year in the warmer months. However, with all the nice weather recently I decided to be daring and visit during February. Looking back at it, that might have been a bit of a mistake. First of all, there was ice all around where the falls was so you couldn’t walk directly to the bottom of the falls unless you want to look like a penguin sliding on your stomach all the way to the falls. Even some of the stone steps were covered in ice, but it made it a little easier with a hand rail there to hold on to. And lastly, I almost got lost in the woods because of all the rain recently there was mud everywhere on the other side of the trail so it made it difficult to spot the trail or to even cross it. However, this seems like something that…

Midnight Swims in Bali

Originally posted on TRAVELLING THE WORLD SOLO:
Moving my home base from Adelaide to Darwin was something that happened very quickly and something I did for many reasons. Darwin is literally on the other side of the country from Adelaide and the two cities are worlds apart. Darwin is as close to Singapore as it is to Adelaide and as a result – it is a total melting pot of culture. So what prompted the change? I have felt the need for a long term sea change for years now. Adelaide is a wonderful city, but to me it felt stagnant and monotonous, like nothing could ever really surprise me. My ultimate goal is to work with MSF (Doctors Without Borders) and with the Royal Darwin Hospital being the closest tertiary hospital for an enormous catchment area spanning three states, numerous islands and many remote communities – I knew it would be the place to really get stuck into midwifery, get exposure to things I otherwise wouldn’t and learn as much as possible. Lastly, Darwin…

Destination: Pau & Toulouse, France

Originally posted on The Finicky Cynic:
Hey, there! Welcome back to the second installment of my travels during this February vacation! After an awesome (and also alcohol-filled) weekend in Bordeaux (liked that alliteration that I did there?) 😉 it was time for me to leave and head on to other wonderful destinations in Europe. My next stop was an afternoon in Pau, a smaller city located about two hours from Bordeaux, near the border of France and Spain. I had chosen to pass through this place, just because I knew two people who had studied there and have heard good things about it. Was glad that I went, because it was gorgeous. Took a BlaBlaCar there from Bordeaux (*side note: my driver was female and incredibly cute). 😉 Arrived there close to noon, and unfortunately to bad weather; I didn’t know that rain could be so vicious, even in southwest France! I waited in the train station for the rain to at least lighten up before I went exploring- after all, I only had a few…