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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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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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Crashing at Chattanooga’s One-of-a-kind Dove Men+Care Elements Treehouse

This job is not without its perks. In the last ten years of running Vagabondish, we’ve been fortunate to crash at some pretty swank hotels around the world. The Saxon in Johannesburg, Gili Lankanfushi in Maldives, and our Nile River cruise on the Best of Egypt tour with Lady Egypt all come to mind. But, […]

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5 Travel Games for the Road, the Flight, and Beyond

Bus and train trips, flights, delays in airports and train stations, hostels without TV or much light; the list of situations where a traveler has time to kill is long. That’s right — travel is not always exciting. There will be dull downtimes, and you may not always be able to read a good book, […]

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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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Can’t Sleep in Hotel Rooms? Here’s How to Turn Yours Into a Fortress of Solitude

I overnight in up to 20 different hotel rooms each month. So I’ve become something of an expert in “hotel stay-ology”. (That’s a real degree. University of Phoenix confirmed it.) According to a prominent study that I just made up for this post, we know travelers (want to) spend up to two-thirds of their vacations […]

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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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