Making Memories at a Dude Ranch

February 6th, 2014 by Bryan

Sometimes you want to get off the beaten track, and sometimes you want comfort. Sometimes you want an adventure to escape “real life”, and sometimes you want a little peace and quiet to relax. Well, on a dude ranch, you can have everything.  The noises of construction and sirens (and your boss) are left at home and replaced with the sounds of a gurgling stream, birds chirping, children laughing, and even silence.  If you have ever fantasized about leaving your daily commute behind and replacing it with horses on the trail, or natural experiences all around, then a trip to an authentic working dude ranch may be just what you’ve been looking for. Read the rest of this entry »

Our Mongolian Adventure

December 4th, 2013 by Bryan

I can’t fully explain why we wanted to go to Mongolia. Of all the places in the world, most people would rather visit another country. Many of our family members were amongst those that politely asked why, and our answer was something vague, such as “It just looks interesting.”

Our trip would take us on a two month journey through China and Mongolia, of which we spent almost three weeks in Mongolia. Most of that time was spent on a 15-day tour of the Mongolian countryside in an old beat-up Russian army van, now repurposed to carry tourists across the rugged terrain. We would spend most of our journey in this old nearly broken-down van while camping in the countryside, eating very fresh meat, and meeting the locals.

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Traveler

November 27th, 2013 by Bryan

You might not see your favorite traveler very often due to the very nature of travel – they are probably out in the world somewhere following their dreams. This holiday season, you can help them stock up on the best travel items they want and need to make the rest of their traveling year as adventurous as possible. We’ve curated our favorite and most used travel items to help you filter through the best new and consistently awesome travel products on the market. We like to travel, and we do it often, so we think this list is more than just fluff. The items here will keep you safe and comfortable while enjoying the amazing places at the far reaches of the globe. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Plan a Destination Wedding

September 23rd, 2013 by Laurie

A wedding is a very personalized and special occasion. More and more often, couples are choosing to have their weddings away from their home towns. Destination weddings can range from a few hours away, to an exotic, tropical beach setting that requires guests to travel by plane. Some couples choose to have small destination weddings and invite only a few close family members and friends, while others have extravagantly large weddings with 200 or more guests. Regardless of your chosen location, wedding size, or preferred style, there are some important things to consider with a destination wedding. Remember, guests are traveling great lengths to attend your special day so it is important to keep the details a convenient and affordable as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

Planning Your Honeymoon on a Budget

September 20th, 2013 by Laurie

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Weddings are an exciting, but expensive time in many couple’s lives. Many young couples who are struggling to make ends meet may decide to forego the traditional honeymoon in order to save money. Although this is a perfectly reasonable option for many, a trip, no matter how short and simple, can help a newly married couple escape the stresses of wedding planning and jumpstart their marriage in a fun and exciting way. It’s important to realize that honeymoons don’t have to be fancy or extravagant to be romantic. Check out our ten tips below to help you have a fun and meaningful honeymoon without starting your marriage in debt. Read the rest of this entry »

The Many Faces of Peru

July 26th, 2013 by Kaila

In our opinion, if you are going to visit another country to get an authentic experience, you must learn about the country’s culture. And the best way to learn about a country’s culture is to understand their past. If you are interested in learning about history and ancient cultures, Peru is the perfect place for you! Not only do they have a rich history, they also have modern attractions and world class outdoor activities as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Authentic Dude Ranches in the USA

June 21st, 2013 by Kaila

What sounds better than turning off your phone and rediscovering the beauty in nature around you? Nothing? Then start researching your trip to a mid-west dude ranch immediately. Ecotourism is a growing industry in the midst of the digital revolution because it gives travelers a slice of serenity to ease them of their busy, hectic lives. So, the Dude Rancher’s Association has brought together some of the country’s best dude ranches that offer a variety of activities, so there is something for everyone.

What is a dude ranch and what does it entail, you ask? Excellent question. A dude ranch is a ranch run specifically to entertain guests and give them an authentic ranching experience. Every dude ranch has their own unique activities to offer, but overall, there are some major attractions that one can expect at almost all dude ranches. Some of these activities include, “living off the land,” fishing, swimming, riding horses, hiking and viewing wildlife.

There are different types of dude ranches that can offer different activities depending on their locations. If one is looking for mountains, forests, rivers or valleys, there is a dude ranch in the perfect location to fit anyone’s needs. The Dude Rancher’s Association has a collection of ranches that cater to travelers’ different preference in activities, environments, sizes, budgets and length of stay. Read the rest of this entry »

A Foodie’s Guide to Vienna

June 12th, 2013 by Susanne Servin

Even though I now live in New York, Vienna will always be my home. Recently, I had the chance to return home and make a trip back to Vienna. Upon arrival, I quickly remembered all of the great things about it that I love, especially the food!
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Costa Rica’s Pura Vida

May 31st, 2013 by Shannon

Busy, busy, busy … why is everyone always trying to make you DO something? Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing at all. Some places seem perfectly designed for … well, nothing. Costa Rica is such a place where the art of “being” rather than “being busy” takes on a whole new meaning. You might even discover another side of who you are. So hang your hammock, grab a pina colada, kick back and discover Costa Rica’s Pura Vida. Read the rest of this entry »

New Year’s Travel Resolutions

January 29th, 2013 by Bryan

Now that we’re almost to the end of January, you’ve had time to give up on your diet and exercise routine and slip back into your old habits. Since those aren’t fun topics to discuss, let’s talk about travel instead! Now is the time of year when people everywhere start to plan their yearly vacations. Since we’re discussing New Year’s resolutions, I challenge you to make your next trip a little more interesting than the last with these travel resolutions. Read the rest of this entry »

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