Visas and Vaccinations

Any time I leave the country, I check the visas or vaccinations required at my destination. It can sometimes be confusing to determine whether or not you are required to have either. Well, lucky you, I am both programmer and avid traveler! I have created an interactive map that you can use to figure out whether you need to get a visa or vaccination for your next trip.

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Planning A Group Trip

I am a staunch solo travel advocate, you already know that about me. If I’m not solo, I’ve probably met up with a friend abroad to spend a few days, or am taking a trip with my boyfriend. But every once in a while, I do the unthinkable. Go on a group trip. Even if it’s just four or five people, planning is a challenge when your friends are busy badasses like mine are. But it can be done. Follow these steps to make it as painless as possible and ensure that the trip goes off without a hitch.

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Volunteer Travel: A Beginner’s Guide

The new year is approaching, and you might be thinking about your goals and resolutions. Is giving back to the community one of them? The idea of volunteering as a means of travel appeals to many. I recently mentioned it as a way to find free accommodation, but there is a lot to consider when you choose to do volunteer travel.

What cause do you want to give your time to? What part of the world needs or calls to you most? And that doesn’t even get into the nitty gritty of the process, including ethical volunteering, visas, etc. I’ve gathered some information and resources that can get your started on your volunteer travel journey.

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Building a Travel Budget Like a Boss

So you’ve chosen your holiday destination and know when you want to go, now it’s time to determine cost and start saving! If you’re anything like me, you’ll have an Excel spreadsheet that details every expense down to the cost of postage for all those postcards you bought. Or, maybe you’re more laid back about what you’ll spend where. Either way, don’t ignore making a travel budget! The last thing you want is to face post-vacation blues and an unexpected credit card bill. Or to constantly obsess over the cost of each thing you do on your vacation.

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Top 5 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Perfect Accommodation Style

Today’s post was written by guest blogger Karen Stephenson. You can find her on Instagram at @wren_stephani

So you’ve picked where you want to go on your next trip. The next step is lining up your ideal accommodation. It is usually best to organize this before you book in all your activities. Otherwise, you may find yourself without shelter, or worse yet, blowing your budget on overpriced accommodation because you were already restricted on dates.

Before we get into the confusion of the best websites to use to book holiday accommodation, you should sit down and decide what type suits you best. This will depend on your personal travel style, as well as the location you have chosen. For a long time, we only had limited hotel options and hostels for gap year travelers. But in recent years, with the growth of companies like Airbnb, you can basically rent a converted shed at your destination.

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Souvenirs: Bringing Them Home

If you’re like me, you love finding beautiful souvenirs abroad. I try to make sure I only pick up things I will actually put on display at home, but usually end up with so much extra that I make care packages for friends and family. But there’s a lot to keep in mind when you’re out searching for that perfect gift to bring back for your best friend. Below are some tips for planning your souvenir haul while keeping your baggage weight low and customs officials happy.

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Itinerary Planning

Plane tickets are booked! Now, what are you going to do when you get there? You are starting with a blank itinerary, which is both exciting and daunting. Make it easier to figure out what to do next by going through my top tips for itinerary planning. I tend to open up a document on my computer to list everything out by day, but you can plan it out using the medium of your choice.

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Medication Abroad: What You Need To Know

Do you try think of every possible situation when you’re packing your bags? “Might have a headache”, in goes the Advil. “What if I eat something bad?”, throw in the Pepto Bismol. “Definitely could see myself getting blisters”, add a whole pack of Band-aids. Ok, so that last is one I still do, but that’s because I know I’m getting blisters, there is no ‘if’ about it! But do you really need to pack your entire medicine cabinet each time you leave the country?

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11 Books To Read On Your Next Trip

I’m a big reader. I resisted the Kindle for a few years, but it is now my constant companion. Even if I’m just going to grab coffee with a friend, it comes along in case I am early or they are late (or, usually, both). And when I am traveling, it always has at least three books loaded. I’ve put together a list of books that you might like to take on your next adventure. They are all travel related, and will hopefully inspire you ‘on the road’ (which did not make this list). 

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What to Pack in your Carry-On

There is a science to packing, as I’m sure you are aware. But there is an art to packing carry-on bags in a way that allows ease of access to your belongings whilst maximizing how much you can bring. Let’s talk about what you should bring on the plane with you.

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