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Extended Travel – Preparations and To Do Lists

With November now upon us, we're under the gun to get everything sorted out and our stuff packed away as we make way for our next extended jaunt into the unknown. If you want to know what we have planned, feel free to check this post out. If not, we understand. Nothing spoils the magic of unfettered adventure like packing lists and real life to do lists.

If you're just curious to know where we're heading and for how long (here's a hint, it's going to be a very long trip) then just read the beginning. I promise I won't bore you too much. If you're thinking of taking off for your own extended trip, this post might give you an idea of the things you'll need to take care of before you go...

Hotel Swan and Teddy Bear

29 Things We Love in a Hotel Room

As a traveling family, we've stayed in a lot of hotels. Some of them one star, some five star, but most in between. While we expect a lot of differences between a five and one star hotel, it's often surprising how much difference there can be between hotels in the same class. What are some of the little things that we scan for in hotel reviews that can make the difference between an ordinary stay and a great stay. Find out...
Villa Saint Exupéry Gardens Hostel Nice France Family Hostel Guide

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing A Great Family Hostel

Hostels have a reputation for being party places filled with 20 year old students, grungy shared bathrooms and crowded dorms. But things have changed. Some hostels now rival nice hotels for amenities and cleanliness, and many have private rooms and bathrooms for couples and families. We mostly stay in rental apartments when we travel, as we can get great long term rates and a place to cook (almost a necessity when you travel with two kids under eight!). We've found that hostels are a great alternative to hotels when ...
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How to Sell your Stuff Fast and for More Money on Craigslist and Kijiji

Most people that travel for extended amounts of time quickly realize one thing as they're getting ready for their trip, they have too much stuff!. After buying and selling a house worth of furniture twice in the past five years, we've discovered a few things about selling your things online with sites like Craigslist and Kijiji.

First off, a good ad is like a good post. Just like blogging or having a successful article published, good pictures, a decent ad title, honesty and the right information are all requirements for a successful ad.

Here are some things you need to know.

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25 Travel Myths That Cost You Time, Money and Peace of Mind

When we first started traveling, we found out quite quickly that everyone has some advice about travel. It's taken us a few years and more than a few miles to realize that a lot of the travel myths we heard were just simply wrong. Here's a list of the top 25 travel myths that have cost us time or money, or given us headache.
Sleeping Tabby Cat

What To Do With Your Pets When You Go On Vacation

As the owners of a loving, older cat and former dog owners, we know all too well the hassle of trying to figure out what to do with our pet while we travel.. The three main options for your pet are: have someone take care of your pet in your house, have your pet go to someone else's place or take your pet with you. What you do with them depends on how long you're traveling, how much money you're willing to spend and how much you trust others to take care of your extended family. Here are a few ideas to help you decide...
Australia's Whitsunday Islands Sailing Cruise

When It’s Time To Splurge

Like most travelers, we aren't made of unlimited money (wouldn't a trust fund be nice!). We save cash a lot of ways, from traveling during shoulder season, to bargaining and living more like locals.

There are times, though, that it makes sense to splurge a little and tell your inner Ebeneezer Scrooge to get lost.

How do you know when to tell your inner cheapskate to take a flying leap?