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TravelFinder is now Trading Places!

TravelFinder, which has been the source for travel inspiration, advice, destination guides and booking travel — has merged with Trading Places, the 6-year-old blog of travel writer and wanderlust junkie Shelley Seale. Combining my blog that gives deep insight into the places I travel — adventures, food, accommodations, local customs, people she meets, volunteering and learning […]

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Google Trends’ 10 Travel Destinations That Will Be Huge in 2018

Few companies have access to global trend data quite like Google. So when the tech giant released its annual Year in Search data report, featuring the most searched-for destinations in the world, we took note. Google’s data insight team mined the trillions of search requests in 2017 to find out which hot spots are on the […]

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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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Best Ways to Purify Water While Traveling: Filters, Purifiers, and More

I spend half my life in Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. So, I’m somewhat of an expert on how to eat and drink in questionable places without getting sick. In particular, I’ve learned the best ways to purify water while traveling. If you’re heading anywhere with questionable tap water, this is something you need […]

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Cairn Subscription Box: Like a Monthly Surprise Basket of Killer Outdoor Gear

Subscription box services are all the rage right now. There are boxes for cosmetics, cooking, craft beer, doomsday preppers. I admit that I’ve been intrigued by all of them. But, the most practical for my purposes — the one that really caught my eye — was Cairn (as this seems to be a point of […]

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Hylete 6-in-1 Backpack Is a Jack-of-all-trades … and Master of Them Too

Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. I hear the word “disruptive” bandied about these days in reference to new (or supposedly new) gadgets and gear that manufacturers think will somehow revolutionize whatever industry they happen to be in. A lot of these PR pitches find their way into my inbox … and subsequently into my […]

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This Clever Portable Travel Safe Keeps Your Valuables Safe on the Road

Join Vagabondish on Twitter and Facebook. When Kel and I started planning our huge cross-country road trip for 2018, we started pondering the best way to safeguard our valuables in the truck. We’ll be traveling with plenty of gear (especially electronics like laptops, digital cameras, smartphones, our passports, and the like). Obviously, keeping everything in […]

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