Great Travel Quotes – What’s Your Favorite?

Some days, like today, when I need some inspiration, I like to take out my travel quote collection.

Hopefully, they give you a smile, or even inspire your adventure.

1. Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. Benjamin Disraeli

2. When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in. D. H. Lawrence

3. Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it. Cesare Pavese

4. No matter how you travel, it's still you going. Jeff Goldblum

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.

Micki vs Stand Up Paddle Boarding Kailua SUP

Micki vs Stand Up Paddle Boarding on Kailua Beach, Hawaii

Every once in a while I get it into my head that I'm an adventure sports person. This is kind of the equivalent of Elmo entering a mixed martial arts cage match. Possible? Maybe. Wise? Probably not. I love all the so-called adventure sports: kayaking, snowboarding, rappelling, windsurfing, scuba, and so on. It's a one-sided relationship. I love them, they kick my a**. In the last few years, we’ve seen paddle boarders of all shapes and sizes on almost any body of water we visit. It looks fun, serene, and above all, fairly easy. Charles and I decided to lose our stand up paddle boarding (SUP) virginity in Hawaii. Given that stand up paddling (Hoe he’e nalu in the Hawaiian language) originated in Hawaii, Oahu seemed like a great place to start. The theory is simple: You stand upright on a specially designed paddle board (a very stable, modified surfboard) and use your paddle to...
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

Should I Visit Tamarindo Costa Rica?

Tamarindo is just one of those towns: You love it or hate it. Noone seems to be ambivalent about Tamarindo. Me? I loved and hated Tamarindo.

The Good

Tamarindo's amazing beach to seems to go on forever

Great waves, perfect for surfing, boogie boarding, or just chilling by the sand. At high tide, the waves are way too big and powerful for little kids and weak swimmers. At low tide, waves are smaller, and a bit more manageable for the little ones, if you keep an eye on them.

A foodie's dream beach town. Tamarindo has a great selection of fantastic restaurants (though a bit expensive), but there are a few budget options.

Friendly folks and a laid back vibe.

Money Belt or Neck Wallet? Reviews and Alternatives to Keep Your Stuff Safe When Traveling

Money Belt or Neck Wallet? Reviews and Alternatives to Keep Your Stuff Safe When Traveling

What's the best way to keep your credit cards, cash and passport safe when you travel? The default is usually a money belt or fanny pack that you wear around your waist, and can tuck away under your clothes. But there are much better options out there for keeping your stuff safe, like neck wallets. This review looks at money belts, neck wallets, leg and wrist wallets, belt wallets, bras and clothes with hidden pockets.

Orangutan in Bukit Lawang Indonesia

Travel Photo: Orangutan at Bukit Lawang Indonesia

The Bohorok Orangutan Centre at Bukit Lawang in Indonesia is one of the only places in the world where you can see orangutans in the wild.

Half a dozen orangutans were swinging in the trees around us when we snapped this photo. The rangers were feeding some of the orangutans on a feeding platorm a few feet away.

Bukit Lawang is a small village deep in Sumatra's forest, packed with backpacker hostels and cafes. To get there, we took a ferry from Penang, Malaysia to Medan, Indonesia, and jumped on board a mini-bus to Bukittinggi. From Bukittinggi, we took a local bus on roads with potholes deep enough to lose a car.