Travel Tips

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

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?).

Top 10 Tips for Finding an Awesome Kissimmee Vacation Rental

When Charles and I first started our travels, we lived the typical backpacker's lifestyle, staying in hostels and eating out every night. Now that we're a family of four on the road for months at a time, we find we need more space and privacy. As a family, we use vacation home rentals whenever we stay somewhere for more than a night or two. They're cheaper than hotels, and have a ton of space and amenities (and personality!) that hotels don't offer. We've rented vacation homes with gourmet kitchens, amazing swimming pools, and top quality linens at far less than half the cost of a hotel. During our side trip to Disney World, we decided to stay in Kissimmee, Florida. Kissimmee's a short 20 minute drive to the Disney World resort, and offers a big variety of homes for rent. We thought a Kissimmee vacation rental would give us some peace and quiet, but be close enough to Disney World to make it an easy drive. We splurged a bit for an awesome four bed, three bath townhouse in Kissimmee's Club Cortile with all the bells and whistles (pool, tennis courts, movie theatre, high speed internet) for $590 for six nights, including all taxes and cleaning fees.
Shoulder Season on Long Beach Ko Phi Phi Thailand

What Is Shoulder Season? Why Shoulder Season Travel Rocks My World

I'm in love with shoulder season travel. I'm talking heart going pitter-patter, light-headed, happy just at the thought of it, in love.

Before I get ahead of myself, you're saying just answer the question, woman, why don't you:  What is shoulder season?

Shoulder season is not off season or low season. Shoulder season falls between high season (Christmas and New Year in most of the world) and low or off season.

What are the best parts of traveling shoulder season?

  • it's cheaper than high season, and you have better luck negotiating prices
  • crowds are thinner
  • prices are lower than high season
  • attractions and restaurants are still open
  • weather is usually good (though you usually run a higher risk of bad weather than high season)
  • lots of daylight hours
  • locals can be more relaxed and friendly, as the influx of tourists has eased