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The Amalfi Coast, Italy - The Best Place I've Been
So far, I’ve been to 43 major cities, 28 states, 9 countries, and I have no intention of stopping any time soon. Until the Grim Reaper pays me a visit, I’m going to travel as far as I can while I can.
When I tell people “I am a full-time RVer,” almost 95% of the time I get a quick eyebrow raise and some praise. A lot of them will say, “Wow! I wish I could do that” or “I bet that is a cool lifestyle.” Overall, I receive many supporters. However, that 5% erks the $h!t out of me and have equated me to being “Trailer Trash.”
Route 66 still has Kicks!
Featured in the John Steinbeck classic "The Grapes of Wrath", the Dust Bowl era was a time of major migration to the west. Steinbeck dubbed Route 66 "The Mother Road" and the nickname stuck. It is a wonderful escape that takes the traveler to many times and places. For automobile buffs and history buffs, Route 66 is a must-travel, bucket list item. I bought the shirt pictured below during one of my relaxing drives across the country. The section of Route 66 between Kingman and Oatman, Arizona, known as the Arizona Sidewinder is exhilarating. Before I get farther ahead of myself along the route here, I'll backtrack to the beginning in my home state of Illinois.
How to Live in a Van
It’s easier when you’re by the river. Find a spot with moving water. Wash your clothes over a rock. Skinny dip when you feel dirty. Cut your hair. Remember how much money you used to spend on shampoo. It felt like a different life then.
From 30,000 Feet
Looking back on my last plane flight - my only plane flight - I remember what it's like to cross paths with people in a small, cramped area with the inability to ignore your neighbor with any great success.
Vote with your dollar in Cuba
Cuba is like a moment paused in time. Beyond the retro cars are crumbling buildings and aching hearts, a cruel reminder of how much communism affects the lives of locals.
Solo Travel, Not So Solo Anymore…Everyone is doing it.
Solo travel has never been more popular. You see it all over social media. People on their own traveling the globe. Did you know 1 in 4 millennials is planning to travel solo? 84% of these are women.
The 11 Best Hidden Secrets At Disneyland
It's no secret that Disney Parks are full of a spectacular amount of detail. With a variety of themed lands and sometimes multiple parks to see in just a few days, you might think it's impossible to see everything. While that might be true, there are some long-standing hidden gems that are worth taking the time to try and find during your next visit.
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Travel Do's and Dont's
Walk a mile, or a thousand, in someone else's shoes. Travel Do's and Dont's from those who have been there, done that.
Wander smarter, and talk shop with those who've been down that road before.
The world is yours for the taking. Where will you backpack to next?
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When Shit Goes Wrong Traveling. How Do You Get Out of the Slump?
Intro Sometimes, because writing is a form of therapy for me, I will read back my travel journals and be shocked at how much I’ve complained and moaned.
Confronting The Past in Hanoi
“Oh my God,” gushed the teenaged street vendor as my wife and I walked along Hang Dau Street, the Street of Shoes, in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
Thailand travel notes
In Chiang Mai, faith blooms like parrot flowers Driving upprices and all people doing business is a very likely development trend in other county town which is developed entirely by tourism. However, in this small town in northern Thailand with more than 300 temples, the beliefs of Chiang Mai people are not only worshipping and chanting in temples, but also the desire to do good is permeated in daily life. I have also met some hawkers who charge high prices. But what I have encountered more are the beautiful hearts like the blooming parrot flowers here.
Wine Trains to Experience in the United States | Andrew Hutchings Long Beach
Trains are one of the most timeless ways to travel. Sipping wine on a train that is trekking through the backwoods scenery of the United States is a great way to explore the country. There are some specific wine trains located in the United States that every wine connoisseur should experience at least once in their lifetime. Discover a few of these below.
One Fun Day in Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Netherlands boasts the largest port in Europe and it’s located in Rotterdam. The city’s architectural wonders are sure to pull you in. Thanks to the reproduction of the town after the Second World War, before that, the city was like a small town and had narrow streets. Rotterdam is also an attractive place to explore. The architecture is characterized by bold design and high-rise buildings, while the busy seaport helps to infuse the city with a strong work ethic and down-to-earth attitude.
How to Shop Like a Local in Bangkok
Bangkok is one of the best shopping destinations in the world. With shopping malls and street markets all over the city, Bangkok brings you a unique shopping experience. The best thing about shopping here is that you don’t have to empty your pockets; everything is so cheap, and there are discounts and price slashes. What’s more, there’s literally nothing you can’t find here. Here’s how you can shop like a local in Bangkok.
Top Offbeat Places in Goa
Even the formerly quiet by-lane of North Goa now sees its fair share of tourists. But that doesn’t mean you can’t escape the crowds and enjoy some really unique experiences on your holiday in Goa. Here are our 8 favorite offbeat things to do in Goa:
When Should I Go Trekking In Nepal?
Looking to go on a vacation that would ease up the hard touch of work? Do you find hiking a thing of interest? Or are you just the type that likes to trek for the fun of it? Then believe when we say there’s really no place that can match the adventure atmosphere of Nepal. Housing the Himalayas and so many more of the mightiest mountains in the world, we’re talking about an annual attraction of about 200,000 trekkers according to statistics and proven facts. This is just incredible.
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