Kathryn

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I’ve been looking into buying a car in the US/Canada for our upcoming trip. What’s struck me is how confusing it is to do something like this that seems so basic to do at home. So, I thought I’d write up some info for people coming to New Zealand for travel or working holidays who

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The Benders Are New to Sponsored Travel But Are Becoming Experts Fast

This is the third post in our series about sponsored travel/press trips/media stays. This time Erin from Travel with Bender answers our questions. 1. Do you do organized press trips, independently organized stays, or both? So far we have only indulged in independently organised stays, but am totally open to an organised press trip. 2.

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Kathryn and I are trying to figure out our division of labor now that we’re embarking on life as digital nomads. Asking around, it seems like other traveling couples either (1) have one person that does all the trip research/planning/organization, or (2) each partner has responsibilities they take care of, and these stay the same

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Got Questions About Sponsored Travel? We've Got Answers.

If you missed yesterday’s intro, I am doing a series where I ask more experienced bloggers about sponsored travel. This is the second post in the series and features answers from the lovely Barbara Weibel of Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel. 1. Do you do organized press trips, independently organized stays, or both? I

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Kathryn's spears purchased on her trip to Malawi

Spot the souvenirs from a trip to Africa for sale at our recent garage sale 1. Packing too much. Everyone is going to tell you about this one so let’s just get it out of the way. 2. Thinking you need to take a giant backpack. Especially if you’re small and female, you might want

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The Globetrotter Girls Talk Sponsored Travel

When I started 30Traveler my first/original travel blog 3 years ago, it never occurred to me that a travel blog could become a business. Since November 2012, I’ve been moving in that direction. As regular readers will know, I am leaving on open-ended travel from May, so I’m starting to think about asking for sponsored

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5 Tips for How to Get Beyond the Surface When You Travel

1. Find a reason to go to non-touristy neighborhoods. The things that take me to non-touristy ‘hoods are hunting down vegan restaurants and visiting locations from TV shows, which are both activities I like to do while traveling. Find a reason that suits your interests. 2. Stay longer. If you stay more than a month

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AirNZ Standby Tickets - Review

A couple of weeks ago, I needed to head up to Auckland at the last minute (from Christchurch). The flights were pricey so I bought a ticket up and decided to try AirNZ’s newish standby option for the return Auckland-Christchurch flight. I flew up on a Thursday morning and then attempted to fly home on

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our pre trip garage sale

We’re leaving soon on our open-ended trip. Today we had our 2nd garage sale. I thought I’d share some of the things we learned. We’re packing up a 4 bedroom house. We had garage sales two Saturdays in a row and we’ll have one more a few before we leave. Our first garage sale was