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Enjoying what we do

We love our blog. We think it’s pretty rad and we’re so happy with all the opportunities it’s brought us on this trip. But we’re not full time bloggers and don’t wish to be. There are people far better at marketing and advertising their blogs and that’s great. Us? We do it for the sole purpose of writing, sharing photos and conversing with fellow travel fanatics online. Sometimes perks come along and we’re grateful but we’re in no way solely depending on this.

The Perfect Surrounding

Matt and I are lucky to have awesome, kickass families and fantastic friends. Unfortunately for me, having traveled and moved around so much for nearly 7 years now, I’ve missed out on a lot. I’ve met amazing people to simply lose touch later as I venture abroad. I’m looking forward to catching up with old friends, being part of my best friend’s wedding, meeting my nephew in June and simply being present in my friends’ and family’s lives.

THE TRAVEL DOESN’T STOP

So we’re buying a couch. And decorating an apartment. It’s not the end of the world and it certainly doesn’t mean the end of our travels! I’ve always had such admiration for people that manage to maintain a full time job and find the time to travel here and there. We just can’t wait to be part of that group! Québec City and Manhattan are on my horizon for this spring as I will lead tours to these destinations. We are also trying to pick where to go this fall (Chicago, Boston, NYC are contenders!)  and hopefully a South American trip later in the year.

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3 Common Mistakes that can be avoided

Woman and wallet. Dollars.

It doesn’t matter if you are a hardcore traveller or someone who is just taking their first steps. There are some unsaid rules to travelling and some that are so simple, that they are overlooked in the excitement of the grander things. Here in this article, we have compiled some of the most common mistakes that even the most seasoned of travellers make.

  1. Luggage

The whole point of going on a trip is to get some much needed R&R but if you pack too much expecting every permutation and combination of the things you might do. You will end up tugging a large suitcase across a country where you wanted to have fun, but instead, you’re spoilt for choices. The whole beauty of travelling occurs when you travel light. It teaches you to be frugal and find solace in the small things about your trip. Would you rather be spoilt for the right cocktail dress or sip cocktails on a sea-side pub with no care in the world?

Luggage

  1. Money Money Money

The most common mistake that people make is that they assume that there will be an ATM when they land or foreign currency exchange at the airport. You have got to plan these things because they can be vital to not only your whole experience but also your survival in an entirely new country. And it is critical to carry some local cash before you reach your place of stay. So make sure you know in advance that you will have some local money on you when you leave the airport and for crying out loud, inform your bank that you are going on a trip. Most banks block accounts when they see a transaction outside the country of residence thinking it is fraud. So being prepared beats assumptions any day.

  1. Mobile Plans

You have to realise that not every place you visit is going to have a WiFi connection. Once you understand that, it is necessary to have a cellular plan that allows you to make calls and use the internet in a different country. Some mobile communications firms even provide people with temporary numbers to use in a different country through tie-ups. Recently when we had gone a trip, we found a couple from the US finding a hard time getting a cab in India because the cabs were ripping them off and their mobile plan didn’t have data for them to use Uber. It is those simple things that set the tone for the whole trip.

3 Life Saving travel hacks to get you started

Travel hacks

So you’ve got a big break, and you have made plans to travel. If you are someone who is taking their first steps when it comes to travelling, there are some certain things you need to know before you set foot on your destination. Here in this article, you will find some off-beat tips to help you make your trip memorable for all the right reasons.

  1. Research

Most countries have a lot of people whose only form of income is to rip off travellers. So if you are going to travel to a different country, it is wise to not only research about places to visit and food to eat, but it is even more important to research about taxi fares, what the local transport apps, what the emergency numbers are among other things. It is also wise to check out blog posts that are present to help tourists have a relaxing time in the country they are visiting.

  1. Friends of Friends of Friends

Unless you are going to a remote Island, you should know someone’s fourth cousin at the very least who happens to be staying in the same country as the one you’re visiting. Reach out to them and let them know that you’re going to visit and ask them about pointers. Ask them to help you out with initial travel, as you can easily be ripped off upon entering a country for the first time, especially in developing countries. Save their contact and give them a heads up about your travel plans’ we recommend you do this for both safety and security reasons.

  1. Cash flow

There are two options, for you to consider. One is to go to your local bank and ask them to set up a currency exchange for you, as you are planning to go on a trip to a different country. The second option is to change currency when you land in the airport; there are a number of currency exchanges within the airport, or you can even try withdrawing from an ATM as soon as you land. If you are going for option two, then tell your bank ahead of time about your travel. Most banks and credit card companies keep track of where the money is being transacted. So if all of a sudden there is a withdrawal at a foreign country, they might block the account thinking that it is some sort of fraud. So if you don’t want to be stuck in a different country with no cash, tell your bank ahead of time.

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The Best Experience Ever

"Though our initial trip together lasted 10 months – and we LOVED it – we do not travel full time. Caro works in the television industry as a freelance segment producer and Matt is a researcher for a major commercial real estate firm. Do we wish we could travel full time? Absolutely! But for the time present, it’s not in the cards and are happy to make the most of our time off. Since our return to Canada, we’ve spent time in the Dominican Republic, Iceland and are currently readying treks to Chicago and Thailand!"
Chris Jones
Travel Blogger

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