Travel Tips

From budgets to philosophy, everything an aspiring nomad needs to know on the road.

Packing List for Kids on Long Haul Flight Nap

34 Great Packing Tips for a Long Haul Flight with Kids

Does the thought of a long haul flight with your little kids leave you in a cold sweat? It shouldn't. We've taken flights from Vancouver to Hong Kong, hopped between islands in the Philippines, and flown from Canada to Cancun to Costa Rica as well as Calgary to Cuba and all over North America with two little ones in tow. The kids are now seven and three, but we flown with them from the time they were still breastfeeding and in diapers. Here are our top tips for taking long flights with little ones...

Couch Potato Roundup: Five Interesting and Offbeat Travel TV Shows

Put your feet up, pop some popcorn and indulge in some great travel TV shows with us. This installment of our couch potato roundup features largely undiscovered gems. All of these shows are darn entertaining, and range from enjoyable and educational (Last Chance to See) to downright disturbing, but fascinating (Vice Guide to Travel). Check them out...
Tech We Like To Travel With

Tech We Love To Travel With

In this day and age, anyone that travels seems to be defined by what they bring (or don't bring) on their travels. As a result, this digital age has brought another term to the backpack scene: flashpacker. Flashpacking is simply backpacking with more technological toys. It also usually refers to travellers with a few extra dollars to spend while on the road. The term affluent is sometimes associated with it as well however in this day and age almost everyone has a few tech toys with them. As such I suppose you can call us flashpackers but in truth, I like to refer to us simply as travellers or even nomads since we tend to follow the seasons. Our little ones tell everyone we're Barefoot Nomads and to be honest, it puts a smile on my face every time they say it. When we first started seriously travelling back in '02 one of the first places we stopped was Singapore. At the time Singapore was said to be miles ahead of the West in terms in technology. It usually took a few months for products to show up in Canada and the US that were already collecting dust on the shelves in this Asian country. As such, we had decided to pick up both a digital camera and a new laptop while we were there. Though we were far from pioneers at the time, a traveller with a decent laptop was still a rare sight. These days, finding a serious traveller without a laptop is a rarity and digital cameras are cheap and plentiful. Some of the equipment the typical backpacker takes and uses could probably...
La Paz Waterfall Gardens Costa Rica

8 Fun Things To Do With Kids In Costa Rica

Costa Rica is the land of waterfalls, volcanoes, abundant wildlife and beautiful landscapes, making it the perfect place to immerse your kids in nature and outdoor fun. Here are 8 fun ways to enjoy Costa Rica with kids. Check out La Paz Waterfall Gardens The La Paz Waterfall Gardens are a fantastic way to see Costa Rica's wildlife and lush rainforest up close. There are over ten animal exhibits, where you can see monkeys, snakes, frogs, birds of every color and size imaginable and jungle cats. Don't miss the ...
Travel With Kids Playground

10 Reasons Why Travel With Kids is Amazing

If you've considered traveling with your kids, you've probably run into the common belief that traveling with kids can be a nightmarish experience. Before we had kids, countless friends and relatives told us to enjoy travel while we could, assuming we'd stop traveling when our kids arrived. But we persevered, and as a family, we've visited Cuba, Hong Kong, Hawaii, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Mexico, Canada, the Philippines and Costa Rica. We've traveled through diapers, the terrible twos, toilet training and all the way to first grade. After all that, I'm here to announce loud and clear: It is possible to ...
Career Break Longasta Beach Costa Rica

How An Extended Career Break Can Cost Less Than Your Last Vacation

You've probably seen articles by single backpackers about how to travel the world for $500 a month. Sure, it's possible, if you stay in dorms or hostels in Thailand and live on street food. In fact, it can be a great experience, but it's not right for everyone. If you're a family like us, or you just want to travel with a little more luxury, is it still possible to afford to travel for months at a time? It is possible. In fact, you can take a career break and travel for a couple of months for less than the cost of a typical vacation. I'll explain how we do it. Charles and I are always asked how we can afford to travel for months at a time, especially with two little kids. As a family, we've traveled for months through Mexico, Costa Rica, the US, Asia and the Philippines. Trust me, we're not lottery winners, or independently wealthy. We have to to work for it, just like everyone else. We've learned some great tricks that might just help you take that dream long vacation. Stay with me, and I'll explain how we do it.

How To Make A Free and Flashy Travel Slideshow With TripWow

If you've got a burning desire to outdo everyone at your next family reunion, TripAdvisor's TripWow may just be the slideshow for you.

TripWow's free, and much more than your boring PowerPoint style slideshow. Admittedly, it's pretty over the top, but you can create a flashy mashup of your travel photos online in just a few minutes, complete with maps and music.

The process is pretty simple. Go to TripWow, and choose your slideshow theme, photos and music. You can use your own music, if you prefer, and grab your photos from your computer, Picasa or Flickr.

Once your slideshow is done, you have the option to share on Facebook, by email, Twitter or MySpace (really? MySpace?).