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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

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The cost of the Japan Rail Pass is listed in Japanese Yen and the converted into the local currency of wherever you are buying it. Therefore the exact cost of the Japan Rail will vary depending on current exchange rates. At rates as of January 2013, the cost of the basic (economy) pass in USD

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There are four types of New York City subway tickets available. 1. Single Ride $2.50 per ride if you buy a single ride ticket. There are no zone restrictions in New York City. You can ride all day (including to Brooklyn or Queens) for a single fare provided you don’t exit the system. 2. Pay-per-ride

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Something I haven’t shared before on this blog is that, for the last four years, I’ve spent around a month a year medical volunteering as a doctor in Cambodia. It was a lifelong dream of mine to work as a volunteer doctor in a developing country. It’s been an amazing experience and I feel incredibly

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fog christ the redeemer rio

Some other travel bloggers have started a fun game of travel blogger tag. We’re all writing articles about our biggest travel regrets. Bethaney from Flashpacker Family wrote about her biggest travel regrets and tagged me to write next. Here are my biggest travel regrets. Fog Covered Christ the Redeemer. In my early 20s, I went

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How Much Does Cost to Travel in Japan?

Japan has a reputation for being extremely expensive, but is this reputation justified? Here’s the answer, based on detailed budgets shared by four top travel blogger couples. 1. Around the world travelers Dave and Vicki spent 16 days in Japan at the end of 2012. Their average spend was $73 per person per day. –