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Feb 13 2017

Two Weeks in Cuba

Two weeks in Cuba is the perfect amount of time to get a diverse view of the country. Our two week travel itinerary for Cuba will bring you through cities and small towns and provide plenty of beach time. We recommend spending at least four days in Havana as there is so much to explore in Cuba’s largest city. This itinerary begins and ends in Havana and takes you on an overnight trip to Vinales, on to Veradero and then two days each in Trinidad and Cienfuegos.   Cuba's surprisingly diverse terrain...

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Jan 30 2017

What motivates you to travel?

For the past few years, Eric and I have traveled mostly as a couple. We sold just about everything we owned, moved to Thailand, explored Southeast Asia together, moved back to the U.S. and have been making trips ever since. Our love for travel, though, began way before we met. For each of us, family trips were an important part of our childhood and a way to connect with immediate and extended family members. When my cousins and I were all young, we would meet up a few times a...

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Nov 16 2016

8 Stocking stuffers for the traveling gentleman

It's getting close to the holidays and Christmas shopping will be upon us soon. In an effort to ease the pain of shopping for the men on your Christmas list (men can be notoriously difficult to shop for), I've compiled a list of eight great stocking stuffers that any stylish traveling man will love. Manly men on the go need gifts they can take with them when they jet to their next destination.  Grid-It – $14 The Grid-It System is an elastic organization system for electronics and personal items made of a...

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How To Stay Organized While You Travel

When you’re living out of a suitcase, things can get pretty messy. If you’re living out of a small suitcase, every item should be packed strategically. Staying organized while you travel is a way to lessen the stress that comes with being on the go and will help you look and feel your best. Since you are carrying your mess with you, let’s focus on that suitcase as the most important place to start with organization.     Keep your suitcase organized with these 5 tips   Pack your “just in case” items first so...

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Apr 09 2016

Where to eat in Penn Quarter and Chinatown D.C.

It seems every week there is at least one new restaurant in D.C. Some last longer than others, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t hundreds of amazing spots to choose from. The Chinatown/Metro Center area is full of examples. If you’re attending an event at the Verizon Center, visiting one of the museums in the area or just looking for a great neighborhood for meals, don’t skip this location.   One of my favorite things to do when I visit The District (and when I visit anywhere) is eat. My most...

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Mar 02 2016

What Not To Wear In Southeast Asia

Many people come to the region and all they think of when wondering "What should I wear in Southeast Asia" is “It's hot.” Well, it is hot, and often humid, but it is also conservative. We know the heat can be intense, and we are sweating, too, but it’s no excuse to be disrespectful. In big cities and places where tourism is a major part of the economy, locals are accustomed to seeing people walking around in booty shorts and barely there tank tops (I’m referring to men and women...

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Jan 21 2016

What to do in Napa: Three Day Itinerary

As we sat at a winery built to resemble an Iranian Palace, I had a seemingly ridiculous thought that Napa was not as uptight and ritzy as I had expected. Maybe the warm hospitality and the earnestly relayed story of immigrants living the American Dream made the imported travertine feel somehow obtainable. Or maybe a few days of wine tasting with a private driver, visiting an Italian castle and staying in one of the top BnBs in the country had clouded my judgement.   But now, a few days and an entire...

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Jan 19 2016

9 Ways to Beat Jet Lag

Ah, the long haul traveler’s worst nightmare. Or at least close to worst. Jet lag is a plague everyone crossing time zones has to deal with. Our latest trip from the West to the East Coast of the Unites States reminded us that even a few hours difference can throw you off for days. Not to mention flying across the world and being thrown 12 hours into the future. You’re hungry in the middle of the night, you can’t sleep or you sleep all day, you’re disoriented and maybe grumpy....

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Dec 14 2015

Christmas Gifts for Travelers

If you have a frequent traveler or someone with an upcoming trip on your Christmas list this year, you may be tempted to get them something that will be useful for them on the go. Has your sister been talking your ear off about how excited she is to take pictures on her trip to Germany over Christmas? Or maybe your best friend mentioned they want to upgrade their headphones before they have to fly across the country?   Traveling is always exciting and there are tons of gadgets to help make...

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Dec 08 2015

Best Spas in Chiang Mai

When travelers visit Thailand, a traditional Thai massage is often at the top of their list of must-do activities. Anyone who has spent an extended period of time in Southeast Asia has felt the pain of realizing they can no longer afford multiple massages or spa visits each week. Nothing will spoil a traveler like the availability of $5 foot massages on every corner.   We encourage anyone taking a trip to Thailand to go one step further and treat themselves to a proper spa experience. Getting a Thai massage on a thin...

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Sep 28 2015

5 simple tips to travel healthy and help you wake up and go

It is always exciting to travel to new places and experience new things. Here are a few tips to keep yourself healthy in order to enjoy your travels to the fullest!   1. Stop! Don’t order that Gin and Tonic on the plane   It’s always very tempting to order a mid-flight cocktail, especially since alcohol can sometimes help you fall asleep quickly. However, alcohol will actually disrupt your sleep and leave you less rested, probably more irritable, and with a slightly weaker immune system. Catching a cold or feeling the effects of fatigue is never...

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Sep 17 2015

How To Minimize Your Makeup Bag For Travel: Stowaway

Here’s a health tip for travel you may not have thought of yet: throw out your old makeup. You might not think it’s necessary or insist you don’t really hold on to all those products for that long, but take an honest look at your cosmetic bag.   When did you buy your favorite lipstick?   Even if you use it often, chances are slim you will finish the full tube before it expires after about a year.   New makeup brand Stowaway is breaking the mold by churning out quality cosmetics in travel sizes only! So...

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Sep 03 2015

An Adventure Along The Columbus Ale Trail

I recently took a weekend to escape the hot humid summer here in Virginia and traveled over to the trendy city of Columbus, Ohio, to check out the booming craft brewery scene. It had been a busy few weeks for me so I was excited to relax, sip on some cold brews, and learn a bit about beer.   [gallery type="rectangular" ids="4809,4811,4813"]   I hopped on a short flight from IAD to Port Columbus Airport and to my surprise, I received an upgrade to United first class. This doesn't mean much on a commuter...

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Jun 16 2015

The Five Stages of Losing Your Data

Recently, from our hard drive, which we rely on to store all our data from our travels, came forth a terrible death rattle. It clicked and whirred and simply refused to register and thus began our panic. The possibility of losing all this information, which was mostly photos, has taken us through a range of emotions. As we move through “The Five Stages of Losing Your Data” we are doing our best to find a bright side (care to help us out with that one?) and pass on the valuable...

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Mar 19 2015

Flying With AirAsia Thailand

While living in Chiang Mai, we got to explore a lot of Thailand including several trips to Bangkok and a two week trip to the Southern part of the country. To get the most out of our trips, we wanted to spend as little time and money on transportation as possible. We have flown with AirAsia Thailand a dozen times and we are always pleased with our service. Recently, we flew with AirAsia Thailand to Bangkok and then on to Hanoi. It was our first international flight with the airline and...

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Carry-on Essentials: What To Pack To Stay Comfortable on Long Flights

Long flights may signify the beginning of a well-deserved vacation, a short business trip or a big move. No matter where your plane is taking you, the flight itself is seldom a highlight of your trip. However, just because you are stuck on an airplane for hours doesn’t mean you have to be miserable. We have flown around the world from Los Angeles to Bangkok and back to D.C., and a little preparation helps make our flights not only tolerable, but smooth and comfy! With a few carry-on essentials packed in your bag you will...

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Feb 08 2015

How To Get A Myanmar Visa

Due to the rise in tourism in Myanmar and the continued improvement of government organization, applying for a visa for Myanmar is now as easy as paying a bill online. The new e-visa program does not require a visit to an embassy, it sends a visa via email and is approved within 3 days. The Myanmar visa can be applied for directly on the Ministry of Immigration and Population’s website at http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/ The Myanmar visa is currently available for residents of 50 countries and the list can be viewed at http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/NoticetoTourists.aspx All you...

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Feb 07 2015

What to do in Mandalay, Myanmar

Mandalay is the second largest city and the last royal capital of Myanmar. It is a bustling city but very different from Yangon. It lacks the unique colonial architecture, clean roads and semi-organized traffic intersections, but has a unique history and will provide a memorable experience. Explore traditional craftsmanship, holy Buddhist sites and take a day trip across the river to see the full spectrum of Mandalay's attractions. Get to know the city's unique character with this list of what to do in Mandalay. Silk Weaving Workshops We visited the Shwe Sin Tai...

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Feb 04 2015

What To Do In Yangon, Myanmar

Yangon is the busiest city in Myanmar, and because of its status as the former capital city, it is bustling with culture, good food, and beautiful architecture. On our visit we worked closely with the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism to bring you a listing of the best attractions and cultural destinations in this historic city. Just visiting Yangon is an experience in itself but there are a few key places that you must see during you visit to this culture rich city. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="3271,3269,3308"] 1. Shwedagon Pagoda The Shwedagon Pagoda will always...

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Dec 20 2014

What To Do In Singapore: Highlights From Five Days In The City

Have you ever heard that one day in Singapore is enough? Well whoever said that to you has no idea what they missed. Are you wondering what to do in Singapore? We spent five days in the city country and we can’t wait to get back to experience all the attractions and neighborhoods we couldn’t squeeze in. If you can, spend more time in this amazing place! There are so many things to do, eat and see that we guarantee you won’t get bored. Here is what you can do...

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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide For Travelers

For the travelers on your list this holiday season, we broke our guide into categories: stylish, frequent, tech, and adventurous. Whether you're looking for something for a friend who constantly travels for business or your cousin off on her first backpacking trip, this is the ultimate holiday gift guide for travelers. The Stylish Traveler Style doesn't stop when you leave for a trip. Stylish travelers are always on the lookout for travel accessories and clothing that don't look like travel items. Utility, organization and multiple-use products will be at the top of...

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Dec 06 2014

How To Unlock Your iPhone For Travel

There are many preparations that you need to make when planning for a trip. If you happen to be traveling to another country an important and overlooked preparation is making sure that your phone is able to work with a foreign cellular service carrier. For vacations of only a few days, buying a cheap disposable phone or only using your current phone with wifi is a simple option, but if you are traveling for a while or if you need reliable internet, like us, then knowing how to unlock your iPhone...

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Nov 28 2014

Two Days In Singapore With City Pass

When we started planning a trip to Singapore, we were told by many of our friends who had been there before that one day would be plenty of time to see everything. However, the more research we did, the longer our list of must-dos grew, and the more we wondered if we would end up having enough time. We had a total of four days in Singapore, and we spent two of them touring with a City Pass. If you are wondering what to do with two days in Singapore...

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Nov 03 2014

Krabi Airport Shuttle Bus: Not The Quickest Option

We flew in to Krabi airport and didn't know at the time that only private taxi and bus companies operate there. We figured we would walk out to a taxi line and hop in the next one, like we do at pretty much every other airport. Getting to from the Krabi airport to our hotel proved to be quite different, however. In short, you either have already arranged pick-up through your hotel or you have to hire a car, rent a car, or take a shuttle bus. You won't be...

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10 Ways to Meet People While Traveling

Whether you travel solo or with a friend, meeting people abroad is still one of the best parts of traveling. The person you share a laugh with on a beach in France could be someone you keep in touch with for life. Even if your chance encounters don't amount to anything more than a conversation over a few drinks, it is worth putting yourself out there a bit to meet fellow travelers on the road. Here are 10 ways to meet people while traveling. 1. Go on tours I know, I know, you hate...

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