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Best Travel Tips of 2016

Best Travel Tips of 2016

Do you ever feel like you make a travel breakthrough? Like, you discover this one little thing that suddenly makes you shameful for all the years you spent without knowing it? The past few years I’ve traveled a lot by myself, and a lot with family. I’ve gone on road trips with friends, with each member of my immediate family, and with my entire family. I’ve traveled for debate competitions, for school, for fun, and to move across the country. There…

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Traveler Types

Traveler Types

Sometimes, my various interests collide in interesting ways. I was deep in a reading for a Museum Practices segment on working with media when I stumbled across Destination Canada’s list of traveler types. The idea is that everyone has different reasons for traveling, and if the tourist board knows how you travel, they can suggest interesting things suited to your type. I think this is relevant to us, actually, and not just tourist boards or tour companies. So often we feel pressured…

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Visiting Hiroshima

Visiting Hiroshima

Hiroshima is three hours away from Kyoto and five hours away from Tokyo by shinkansen. It’s far too long to make a day trip out of it and not near too much of interest, and yet thousands of foreigners still stop by when they’re in Japan. The bombing of Hiroshima by the US is modern history, but after the bombings, Hiroshima the city slowly slid out of the Western mind. The bombings were behind fifty years of growth, healing, and history…

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New Project to Watch: Lifepack

New Project to Watch: Lifepack

I’m always looking cool, innovative new gear, especially on crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. Recently, I stumbled across a neat project called Lifepack. Lifepack’s got a sleek design, separate spaces for clothes and work gear, a solar charger, integrated lock, RFID-blocking hidden pockets, and a water-resistant finish. There’s a few things I’m tentative about, but a few things I like  a lot. First, the positives. The creators have a pretty good track record – they’ve already got one well-received project under their…

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It’s Okay if You Can’t Drop Everything and Travel

It’s Okay if You Can’t Drop Everything and Travel

I’m sure you’ve seen the posts before, if you’ve spent any time in the travel blogosphere: You Can Drop Everything And Travel! How to Travel on Nothing!  Why Travel Excuses Are Bull$#!*! And so on. The refrain is obvious: if you want to travel and you think you can’t you’re lying to yourself. And honestly, that’s a rough thing to hear from a blogger you respect. The “just get out there and do it” motto is fine, and some people…

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What the Heck is an Overly Opinionated Guide?

What the Heck is an Overly Opinionated Guide?

Sometimes I pick up guide books or read blog posts and feel like humanness is lacking. The “go here, do this, don’t do that, avoid these scams” advice is fine, necessary even, but sometimes I just want someone to sit down and give me their straight opinions, barely-relevant details, weird stories, biased recommendations and all. So. ‘Overly Opinionated Guides’ are my way of putting some color back into the way I write about cities I’ve visited. I write more, I’ll list them below. Feel…

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Gear Round Up: Women’s Travel Pants

Gear Round Up: Women’s Travel Pants

Ever gotten caught in a rainstorm and gotten your jeans soaked? Fought those uncomfortable creases you get when you sit in tight pants for too long? Gotten a stain you just couldn’t remove? Moaned about the tiny pockets on women’s pants? I feel ya, friend. There are solutions out there – four way stretch fabric that looks as nice as it feels, treatments that resist water and stains, pockets that are smart phone sized. But they’re ridiculously hard to find. Brands discontinue beloved products (see…

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