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Stereotypical Backpackers

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Vagabondish recently posted a great article about budget travel and the idea of “stereotypical backpackers” which we felt was worth sharing. It essentially states that just because you’re traveling on a budget and staying at cheap hotels or hostels does not mean that you’re a grubby and party-going backpacker. (more…)

Holiday Gift Guide for the Traveler

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Whew, now that black Friday and cyber Monday have passed, the rest of us can start our holiday shopping experience without getting trampled, elbowed in the face, or pepper-sprayed. If you have a loved one that loves travel, we’ve assembled the following list of travel related gear and gadgets to help give you some ideas on what to get for your favorite vagabond. (more…)

China on the Cheap

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

We arrived in China almost two weeks ago. The country has made a good impression so far. This is actually our second trip to China, our first being five years ago to the southern part of China (from Hong Kong to the Yunnan). After five years, this behemoth of a country is advancing in leaps and bounds. Economic growth can be witnessed everywhere. At the same time, ancient culture and personal experiences await around every corner.

After arriving in Beijing late in the evening, we found our hotel down one of Beijing’s many Hutong alleyways. These microcosms of Chinese culture, where locals live in close proximity to one another and share a tight-knit neighborhood, are slowly being torn apart and replaced with towering skyscrapers. While this is controversial, it adds to the dynamic and diverse nature of the city. Beijing as a whole is impressive. It’s huge and modern in some parts, but ancient and cultural in others. We visited Beihai park, where crowds perform Tai Chi in unison along the shore of an ancient lake with a modern skyline as a backdrop. (more…)

Bargaining Abroad

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

With summer fast approaching, many will be jet-setting to explore foreign and exotic places. While you may have set your budget and selected the cheapest airfare and hotel, you could get accidently get sucked into a financial hole simply by doing some souvenir shopping. To make sure that you don’t get ripped off and spend a small fortune on a matryoshka doll, learn how to bargain like a pro. (more…)

10 Free Things to do in London

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

London: city of bankers and the super rich. Well, it’s certainly that, but London is also a raggle taggle city of many other kinds of life and the kind of place where you never really know what’s going to be round the next corner. So if you want to see the city without the enormous expense, don’t be satisfied with the usual tourist hangouts, get around. (more…)

Photo Friday: India

Friday, January 7th, 2011

India is huge, fascinating, multicultural, and overwhelming. It’s also very inexpensive, so hopefully this week’s Photo Friday will tempt you to visit. (more…)

Travel Blog Roundup (Dec 16)

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Here’s some of the best articles from around the travel community in the last week. All of them are very inspirational and worth reading.

Photo Friday: Vietnam

Friday, December 10th, 2010

In 2006, we spent a month in Vietnam. We crossed the border from China in the north near Sapa, where we spent an amazing few days amongst the Hmong people and their beautifully terraced rice fields. Next we ventured down to Hanoi, and then spent a few days on a boat in the Halong Bay. Afterwards we made our way south, but for now we have plenty of photos to show of Northern Vietnam. If you find yourself wandering around Southeast Asia, don’t miss this amazing country, especially Sapa (sometimes spelled “Sa Pa”) and the surrounding areas. (more…)

Phil In The Blank

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Phil Paoletta is a guy after our own hearts, simply because he willingly chose to go to West Africa. If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you know that we spent 3 months in the region back in ’09. It’s an amazing place, and if you read Phil’s awesomely named blog, Phil in the Blank, you’ll get a sense of what it’s like. Don’t let his “loose stool count” scare you away. Seriously. Instead, focus on his love for drawing camels, his desire to eat more Yassa, and his willingness to suffer through long bus rides. We feel your pain, Phil. Really, we do.

By now you’re probably figuring out how this works: I asked Phil a bunch of questions. His answers were insightful, just like his blog. (more…)

Photo Friday: Cambodia

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Cambodia is one of our favorite places in the entire world. If you haven’t been there, put it on your list. Here are a few great pics of Cambodia from feleciacruz. (more…)

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