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Travel Tips for the Minimalist Traveler

When you’re looking for travel tips online, what do you usually search for? Most likely it’s how to get the cheapest accommodation, which landmarks you should visit, what are the traditional foods you should try - that sort of stuff, right? But consider the following. You’ve done all your research, you have the best itinerary, you’ve even planned out what to eat and how much everything will cost. Then you get to the hard part:…

100 of the Most Useful and Practical Travel Tips

With travel to 60 countries under my belt I thought that these 100 travel tips - garnered from my mistakes, time on the road and talking to fellow travelers would be of interest.  The travel tips are all broken down by category. General travel tips 1. Planning a trip is half the fun. Think hard about what you're trying to get out of it; talk over the trip with your travel companion(s) so you're all…

Quebec City in Winter – 7 Reasons to Visit

Why visit Québec City in the depths of winter you might ask? The city receives up to 400 cm (13 feet) of snow per year and the average daily high in December, January and February is only -5.9°C (21°F). Not quite the Caribbean vacation many envision. And yet Quebec City in winter is a wonderful spot to visit. The city has an infectious joie de vivre and there's plenty to do from outdoor adventures to…

What to Do in Big Bend National Park

In typical Texas fashion, Big Bend National Park is massive. Over 800,000 remote acres are tucked into the western section of the state, much of it just across from the Mexican border. Elevation ranges run from 2,000 feet at the Rio Grande River to nearly 8,000 feet at the top of Emory Peak. Massive canyons, vast expanses of desert, forested mountains and 118 miles of river frontage along the Rio Grande make up Big Bend…

View Of The Harbour From The Parks Canada Office

Why Visit Canada in Summer – 12 Reasons

Are you starting to think about what you'd like to do this summer? How about exploring Canada, the second largest country by area in the world? I know as a Canadian I think it's more glamorous to head to Europe. But there are plenty of reasons to spend more time exploring my own back yard - especially during what most Canadians would consider the best months of the year. Why visit Canada this summer? Why visit Canada…

Enormous Flood Plain - Can't Imagine The River During The Spring Melt

Mendoza to Santiago Bus Trip Across the Andes

Crossing the Andes on the Mendoza to Santiago bus, or vice versa, is a superb way to see some stunning countryside. It's also a heck of a lot cheaper than flying. It's only going to cost you $US30-35 one way for a reserved seat. Plan to do the Mendoza to Santiago bus ride during the day so you can enjoy the views. This post includes some affiliate links. If you make a qualifying purchase through…

27 Crazy Curves

Tips for Long Distance Bus Rides

On a recent trip to Chile and Argentina our group of four took three long distance bus rides - ranging in length from 9 hours to 14 hours. I wanted to share what I learned. You'll find that most of this information is useful anywhere in the world. I hope these 30 tips for long distance bus rides that pertain especially to South America are helpful to you.  This post includes some affiliate links. If…

Sunset Over Stanley Park

Vancouver Airport Layover: How to Use the Time

If you have a long layover at the Vancouver Airport (YVR) then why not take advantage of it. Below you will find 10 ways to make the most use of your time.  A long layover at the Vancouver airport can be a good thing - it's all a matter of attitude. You could sit with a vacant look on your face and watch TV. You can shop. You can eat. You can read. You can…

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