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27 Lessons Travel has Taught Me

Tuesday, 10 May 2011 | Views [31558] | Comments [2]

Unpacking my Bags Today is the first time since I left for my trip that I have officially unpacked my bag. I just calculated and if my math is correct that is 296 days. Now granted, I have gone through some times where I have sort of ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, food, friends, hostels, languages, locals, luggage, new zealand, partying, travel


Is Parting Such Sweet Sorrow?

Monday, 22 Nov 2010 | Views [1957]

Saying Goodbye I used to complain a lot about the frustrations of meeting people while traveling and then having to say goodbye. It used to kill me inside - the act of putting in the effort to get to know someone only to have them leave as quickly ... Read more >

Tags: friendship, inspiration, off the beaten path, relationships, travel


Have I Sold Out as a Backpacker?

Friday, 12 Nov 2010 | Views [2098]

I could have sworn I was a backpacker. I thought I knew what being a backpacker was all about. I was dead wrong... I came to this alarming realization just the other morning while staying in an extremely comfortable, uber-slick, state of the ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, hostels, off the beaten path, partying, travel


What is Your Favorite Place to Travel to?

Tuesday, 9 Nov 2010 | Views [4329] | Comments [2]

One of the most popular questions I get is about my favorite place to travel. Everyone always wants to know about my favorite destination. The truth is, I don’t have a favorite place. There are simply too many places in the world to pick just ... Read more >

Tags: australia, destinations, france, japan, off the beaten path, sweden, thailand, the netherlands, travel, world


10 Things to Check before Checking into a Budget Hotel

Monday, 25 Oct 2010 | Views [3065]

You're travelling for a long time and you're on a budget. That means staying at cheap hotels. In places with no standards of quality. Though a room might look nice, it could have problems that might become unbearable later on. So, before saying "... Read more >

Tags: accommodation, bed bugs, budget, budget travel, hostels, hotels, hygiene, off the beaten path, safety, travel


Where in the World is Lauren? A Reflection 3 Months In

Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | Views [1154] | Comments [1]

What I've Done I have been traveling for three months now.  As I reflect where I have been I am riding a 24 and a half hour train from Shanghai to Guilin.  How does one pass all this time?  Well, ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, off the beaten path, reflection, travel


Scam Watch: Double Agents, Drugs and Dodgy ATMs

Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | Views [2817] | Comments [1]

Imagine your travel budget as being a big plastic bottle of water. Now imagine that every time you spend money it is equivalent to taking a swig out of your bottle. You need to drink to survive, but you are always careful about just how much ... Read more >

Tags: cambodia, egypt, india, italy, laos, scams, southeast asia, travel, travellers


Backpacking Romance: ‘True Love’ In Its Purest Form

Tuesday, 14 Sep 2010 | Views [4351]

Love is Tough. It’s about compromise.   It’s about patience. It’s about loyalty. It’s about being there no matter how big the obstacle, how bad the circumstance, for better OR WORSE! Call me an emo, but maybe the J Geils band were ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, experiences, friendship, hostels, inspiration, love, passion, relationships, travel


Looking Back Fondly On Those I've Met On The Road

Tuesday, 7 Sep 2010 | Views [2296] | Comments [1]

The Traveller's Exchange So there are days that I have considered buying a recorder that would play the following information: “Hi I’m Lauren. From America. New Jersey. Math teacher. Traveling since July 1 st . Quit my job. Ha ha yeah ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, companions, experiences, gap year, off the beaten path, people, travel companions, travel. friendship


Giving it All Up to Travel the World - The Dream and the Reality

Thursday, 19 Aug 2010 | Views [5314] | Comments [4]

Leaving everything to travel the world is a liberating decision. Shaking off routine and the cloak of the familiar for the excitement of new experiences and the thrill of the unknown is the mantra of most travellers. But once you are on the road, ... Read more >

Tags: australia, ireland, itinerary, off the beaten path, reflections, scotland, travel, travel blues


How to Identify a Tourist Huckster

Tuesday, 17 Aug 2010 | Views [5452] | Comments [1]

The primary rule of travel, as immutable as the laws of physics, can be thus rendered: wherever there are tourists, there will be hucksters. They misdirect you to bad attractions. They over-charge your for services or souvenirs. They convince ... Read more >

Tags: hucksters, off the beaten path, safety, scams, tourist traps, tourists, travel


10 Travel Adventures in Restroom Etiquette - Not All Toilets are Created Equal

Tuesday, 17 Aug 2010 | Views [6723] | Comments [1]

As a backpacker, I love nothing more than to travel to different countries, meet different people, learn different languages, eat different foods, play different sports, and listen to different music. But for some strange reason, the ... Read more >

Tags: argentina, backpacking, bolivia, international, japan, toilets, travel


20 Tips for your Maiden Voyage - Travel Veterans Weigh In

Tuesday, 10 Aug 2010 | Views [2285] | Comments [2]

Every journey begins with a single step, but every traveller begins with a single trip. Do you remember the very first time you left home and arrived in a foreign place? We have all been there at one point, ... Read more >

Tags: advice, culture, language, money, off the beaten path, safety, travel, travel tips


Food Safety on the Road or How to Avoid Gastro

Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 | Views [2631] | Comments [2]

When you are traveling around the world, you want to try as much food as possible. You want to eat the local cuisine, dine at street carts, and try as many weird delicacies as possible. But in our desire to try new dishes, it’s important that ... Read more >

Tags: costa rica, eating, food, food safety, gastro, hygiene, illness, local food, parasite, travel


Backpacking Checklist: Dos and Don'ts on the Road

Tuesday, 22 Jun 2010 | Views [5267]

It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of a trip - where you are going to go next and just what you are going to do when you get there. However, when you're travelling there are certain scenarios that crop up that just wouldn't happen while ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, hostelling, insurance, itinerary, passports, safety, theft, travel, trips


From Apartment to Backpack: 11 Different Ways I Got Rid of My Possessions

Tuesday, 15 Jun 2010 | Views [1996]

Getting rid of everything has been hard .   No doubt about that.   I’m finishing up my 6 th year of living on my own and my place had acquired a lot of stuff.   Let me give some advice to those that are starting the adventure themselves.... Read more >

Tags: adventures, backpacking, finance, itinerary, planning, tips, travel, trip


Go Off the Beaten Path

Tuesday, 15 Jun 2010 | Views [1176] | Video

Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will ... Read more >

Tags: adventure, backpacking, budget travel, destination, inspiration, intrepid adventures, off the beaten track, shoestring travel, travel


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