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Bucket List Travel: Family or Group Vacay

For the indie traveler, avoiding chain companies, mass-produced tours and the well-trodden path is a top priority. One of the aspects of travel that’s less commonly discussed on alternative and independent travel sites — and that typically presents more challenges for visiting a place in a more un-touristy fashion — is family or group travel. […]

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Trailfoody Is the Subscription Snack Box You Never Knew You Needed

The subscription box service has exploded in recent years. It’s now possible to order everything from gourmet meals to luxury apparel to post-apocalypse survival gear. To be honest, I tsktsk‘d the entire thing in the beginning. That was until I received a subscription to Cairn’s monthly boxes. Now, I can’t get enough of them. It’s […]

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3 Best Adventures in and Around Quebec City

Oh, Quebec. Je t’aime. Both the province of Quebec — and Quebec City, in particular — will always have a special place in my heart. It was the site of my first-ever international trip in high school, and where my paternal grandmother grew up on a rural farm without electricity many, many decades ago. Funiculaire, […]

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“Wear” Your Photography Gear Mission Impossible-style with the SpiderLight Backpacker Kit

How to carry your camera while traveling is a perennial problem for travel photographers. Traditional camera straps are less than ideal — they’re often uncomfortable, leave your camera swinging precariously (rather than secured to your body somehow) every time you bend over, and easy for thieves to slice and swipe. Spider‘s brand of camera holsters, […]

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Vacation Rental Owners Opening Doors to Hurricane Harvey Evacuees and Rescue Workers

Thanks to the generosity of HomeAway® vacation rental owners and managers, select rental properties in Texas and surrounding states can be reserved for free or reduced cost to displaced victims of Hurricane Harvey. HomeAway is helping connect travelers to available properties through its Temporary Housing page: http://hmwy.co/TemporaryHousing. All service fees associated with booking these properties have […]

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TomTom Spark 3: A Next-level Fitness Tracker for Adventurous Travelers

TomTom has long been known for their ridiculously simple (and awesome) GPS devices. Once I finally ditched my printed Mapquest driving directions back in the dark days of the 1990s [shudder], my first foray into “high-tech” mapping was a TomTom GPS. So, I’ve always been fond of them. It’s no surprise really that they’ve evolved […]

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Baby, Baby, Baby, Light My Way: Car Camping With the Luminoodle Color

Everyone knows we’re huge car camping fans. But, sometimes packing and planning a car camping trip can become too much about the logistics and essentials. So much that it’s easy to forget about the fun stuff. The entry-level Luminoodle Light Rope is intended to be functional because, well, light is important when you’re camping in […]

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Poolside retreats to beat the heat: Why home vacay rentals are great family options

Here in Texas, we are in the midst of summer heat wave time, and school is about to start in a few short weeks. My family is doing what many families are: making an escape for a late summer holiday! This week, my entire family (sisters, brothers, mother, daughter and the kids) are heading to […]

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Best of Egypt: How to Explore 5,000 Years of Egyptian History in Just 7 Days

All of Egypt in just one week? It seemed like an ambitious plan — maybe too ambitious. But, that’s essentially what Lady Egypt Tours promised us on our recent luxury tour of Egypt. While our idea of vagabonding doesn’t usually involve organized tours, we knew that Egypt could prove difficult to explore on our own. […]

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I’m Going Traveling, Dammit! (When to Ignore the Bad Advice of Others)

Over ten years ago, I quit a great job to live and travel abroad. People told me I was crazy, and a few tried to persuade me not to do it. Given that a decade has since passed and my life is going pretty well, I think I’m qualified to say that those people who […]

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