Category Archives Planning, Packing & Preparing

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Anyone who has excitedly counted down the days to an upcoming trip knows the ways in which travel can be good for you. The optimism and excitement that comes with a long-awaited vacation is hard to beat, and that post-trip feeling—whether one of relaxation after time spent connecting with nature or one of enrichment after a deep dive into a…

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Are you comfortable with the amount of time you spend looking at your phone? Between your cell phone, computer and tablet, what percentage of your day is spent staring at a screen? While we frequently justify the time we spend on our devices during the week—for work, communication with family members, everyday tasks—what about on vacation?  In addition to de-stressing…

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All around the world, spring is a symbol of rebirth. Temperatures are getting warmer and days are getting longer, making it the perfect time to celebrate.  Every culture has its own way of welcoming in the new season. Here are some spring traditions from across the globe.  1. Holi, India  Holi is arguably the most famous spring festival in the…

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There’s nothing that screams springtime more loudly than the blooming of flowers after a long winter. All around the world, you’ll find colorful blooms transforming everything from cities to deserts in the spring months. Check out some of the most beautiful blooms from the south of France down to Chile’s Atacama Desert and get inspired to plan some flower-chasing trips…

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Most people have had the unfortunate experience of postponing trips, canceling flights and putting adventures on hold for a while. No matter the reason, it’s never a good feeling when you can’t carry out your travel plans. But putting travel on hold can give you a great opportunity to start budgeting for future international excursions.  Imagine your dream vacation. Instead…

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Museums, statues and gardens often top the lists of must-see sights across the world. And while they typically have a lot to offer, they’re usually packed with tourists or charge pricey admission fees. That’s why we prefer to visit libraries.  With culture-rich architecture, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and a calm environment that offers a nice break during a vacation, libraries are the…

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Summer is usually the perfect time to take an adventure. Unfortunately, this year, travel (like many other things) is looking a lot different.  With so much uncertainty over the safety of travel during the pandemic, many people are choosing to keep their summer vacations a little closer to home. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t mentally getaway.  Travel podcasts are…

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