Why January & February are the Best Months to Travel

Why January & February are the Best Months to Travel

Whether you love them or loathe them, the holidays will soon be over.  This post-holiday slump can be a bit of a hit to the system with grey days and not much fun on the horizon.

But it doesn’t have to be this way, travelers!

Planning for a January/February adventure is just the ticket to get the excitement pumping again, and it just happens to be the perfect time of year to travel.  

How fabulous is that?!

So… which travel-fun category do you fall into?

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The Last Traveler's Gift List You'll Ever Need

The Last Traveler's Gift List You'll Ever Need

Hi travelers!  The holidays are upon us which means you’ve likely been inundated already (for the past month or so even?) with holiday-themed everything.  Gift lists are no exception, to be sure, so when I thought about writing one I hesitated.  

However.

Gift giving (after trip planning) is kind of my jam.  I LOVE thinking up personalized gifts for people and then watching them open them up at the holidays!  So, what you will see on this list are a few of the regular, easy-to-grab gift ideas.  What you will also see are fabulous gifts that take a decent amount of knowledge, listening and understanding of your giftee to pull off.

And aren’t those always the best?

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How to Have the Most Unforgettable Travel Experiences of Your Life

How to Have the Most Unforgettable Travel Experiences of Your Life

Hi travelers!  You know those experiences, in travel or in everyday life, that just stick with you?  What is it about those times, and how can you create more of them?  Read on for my top tips on how to enjoy more unforgettable travel! 

Know the Difference Between a "Gut-Check No" and Nervous Excitement

Here's the scene:  my friend Dre and I had just bussed it from Quito, where we were living, to some remote hot springs about two hours north of the city. Our afternoon was spent relaxing in those sweet simmering springs and having swimming races with some local kids.  Every once in a while we'd lean back on a boulder or some such thing, check out the blue Ecuadorian sky and sigh with contentment.  This was the life, man. 

As I tend to do, I had planned the early afternoon return down to the minute.  "The bus swings by at 5 PM so we have to hike back down the hill to meet it on the road.  That means we have to be out of the springs by 4:30, blah blah."  I don't mean to cast a wide net here, but it is fairly well known that things in Latin America do not always happen on time.  Thus, when Dre and I arrived at the appointed spot at 4:50, smiling and proud of ourselves for being punctual, we naively waited for our bus for over an hour with nothing passing our way except for a few old Chevy's.

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How to Stay In the Moment When You Travel

How to Stay In the Moment When You Travel

Hi Travelers!  Do you ever arrive at your destination after planning, saving and researching for months… only to think about the next place you’ll go?  Do you ever find yourself walking down the street of some far flung location, planning the next time you’ll come back to the SAME EXACT PLACE?  What is this craziness?  If you’ve found yourself participating in this madness, read on for some tips on how to stay present when you travel...  because you deserve to enjoy your vacation, do you not?  (Yes, you do!)

If You Like to Plan, Then Plan

If you are a go-with-the-flow type of person, go ahead and skip ahead to the following tip.  If you are like me though, a Type A lister-supreme obsessive, you’ll need to hear me out on this.  If you are a planner, you MUST PLAN.  When you have this need inside of you and it goes unmet, your fun little planner brain will make sure it gets its planning pleasure somehow, some way.  Are you on the train in India, enjoying some tea and looking out at the countryside?  Too bad, time to plan your next stop!  Are you hiking the sacred Inca Trail to Machu Picchu?  So sorry!  You’ll need to figure out which restaurant you’ll be eating at when you reach Aguas Calientes.  

You must be yourself- and if you don’t, your self will surely find a way to pop up.  Embrace your inner organizer!  Plan your trip ahead of time.  Even if it is just a rough outline of stops and major sights (yeah right) a plan will take some of the pressure off of getting it all in.  Ignore the crazy fools who say just to roll with it.  Plans rock!  Plans for President!  When you are a planner, plans help you stay present.

 

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Traveling with Small Children? Here's How to Survive

Traveling with Small Children?  Here's How to Survive

Hi travelers!  So often I speak to pregnant women or families with young children and they bemoan the lack of travel in their lives.  But what if you could continue to live your travel dreams even with your brilliant tots? 

To find out how we sat down with Lizz N., traveler-with-kids extraordinaire, to learn the best tips and tricks for traveling with the little ones. 

1.)  Hi Lizz!  Please tell us about yourself and your family!

Hi! I’m an American living overseas for the last six years with my diplomat husband and two young daughters, Cora (3 ½) and Zella (1½). I work for a small Agroforestry NGO doing East Africa Communications from the field.  We have been based in Nairobi, Kenya for the last two years and we really enjoy life here. The weather is perfect year-round and there is beautiful scenery and wildlife just outside our door.  My oldest daughter gets dirty while exploring at a forest school and we can drive an hour away to camp among zebras and giraffes on the weekend. Life is good!

 

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