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How to Spend Money Abroad – Tips on Accessing and Using your Traveling Cash

It sounds like a country-western song, but you need money to make it on the road. Food, lodging, transportation, activities, each require you to pay and pay alike. Unfortunately, to best know how to spend your money practically requires a degree in economics. With fees, limits, percentages and acres of fine print it’s extremely difficult […]

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The 12 Best Free Activities Around the World

If you’re someone who thinks you can’t do anything fun for free, let me be the first to tell you otherwise. While the activities may not be as white-knuckle as zip-lining across a jungle canopy or tumbling down a hill inside a giant plastic ball, there are a host of different things you can do […]

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6 Common Around the World Trip Planning Mistakes (and how to avoid them)

Working with travelers over the years helping set up their trips-of-a-lifetime, I’ve managed to pinpoint some of the more problematic issues they subject themselves to before they come to us. Most of the time their research is spot on and the trip looks wonderful – they have realistic goals and are honest about their expectations. […]

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What Does Your Trip Say About You? – A few things to consider before venturing out

There’s little doubt it’s a great time to be a traveler. With so much available to the modern nomad it’s amazing everyone’s not dumping their possessions and flagging down the next nonstop to Points Unknown. Because travel is currently so accessible and cost-effective, you may want to take advantage of this time. But being among […]

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How to Beat Jet Lag Once and For All

Jet lag’s the worst. And because so many factors affect its severity, you never know how bad you’ll get it. Some travelers will claim not to be affected hardly at all by the change in schedule, while others will admit to being steamrolled by it for days or even weeks after arrival in a new […]

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12 Destinations Where Your Dollar Will Go Further in 2016

Updated October 19, 2016 So where’s the US dollar worth the most? The website Saving For Travel has a handy tool to help travelers know what expenses will be like (on average for budget travelers) in different countries around the world.  Another good site for budgeting your expenses is Numbeo.com  – use it to compare the cost […]

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The Mandarin Survival Phrasebook (instructional video)

It’s always good to memorize a few words of a country’s language before setting off on your trip, if not only to appear polite when your visiting. Mandarin Chinese is arguably one of the world’s most difficult languages to learn as an English speaker. Fortunately The Travel Linguist has taken it upon themselves to help […]

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International Plug and Socket Shapes (Map)

While the electricity conversion problem has mainly been solved for modern travelers — most electronics these days have plugs that convert voltage within the plug itself automatically (check your manual) — there’s still the dilemma of physically fitting the plug into the outlet. For international plug and socket shapes, this isn’t likely to change any […]

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10 Common Stops on an Around the World Ticket (and where you should go instead)

There’s a lot to be said for Number 2 on an around the world ticket. It can even outshine Number 1 simply because it’s passed over by those looking for “the best”. Number 2 is your own private thing, the choice without the noise and chaos that comes from being on top. Let it be […]

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AirTreks vs. the Alliance Round the World Ticket

So you’ve decided to travel around the world, and through some cursory research you’ve discovered that the airline alliances’ have special round-the-world fares. Which may be the reason why you ended up at AirTreks—because you knew there were alternatives to this market-rate published ticket. While there may be reasons for using the airline alliances to purchase […]

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Your Planning Timeline – From Inspiration to Departure

No one said planning a big trip was easy. It can be a nerve-racking endeavor, especially if you happen to be a terminal procrastinator. A good way to manage the planning process is to set an RTW planning timeline, thereby organizing your errands into time periods and setting up your launch in a practical and […]

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The All-Important Indian Tourist Visa

India, land of Bollywood, divine curry, divine cows and scents you will never ever forget, no matter how hard you try. It’s also a huge draw for those that love to broaden themselves with new and unique experiences. India does however absolutely require a visa to enter its borders. Passport control will send you back […]