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The best places to swim with whale sharks

Swimming alongside the largest fish in the sea is one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences. Lucky, then, that there are a handful of destinations around the world where in-season sightings of whale sharks are almost guaranteed.<p>Remember: keep a respectful distance from the gentle giants, …

10 Life-Changing Lessons I Wish I Learned Sooner

<b>“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” ~Albert Einstein</b><p>I recently turned thirty-eight.<p>Birthdays and new years always make me …

Travel 101: Know the Perks and Pitfalls of Long-term Travel — Vagabondish

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure.<p>You know what makes it hard to plan a long-term trip? The fact that you <i>can’t</i> plan it! When …

Time To Be Honest: Travel Isn’t Always Easy, But It Is Always Worth It

When I was 22 and a senior in college, I worked 5 part-time jobs for the entire academic year. I sold wine at a local winery, made phone calls to …

Addictive Smartphone Game Donates Bikes to Africa — Vagabondish

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure.<p>Put your smart phone gaming obsession to good use and check out Sidekick Cycle, a new game …

In-App Purchases

Facebook Travel Guide: How to Use Facebook Like a Pro when Visiting a New City — Vagabondish

<i>Editor's note: Dig this post? Don't miss our related Twitter Travel Guide: How to Use Twitter Like a Pro when Visiting a New City!</i><p>This post may …

How I Learned to Love Traveling Solo

I didn’t travel anywhere by myself until I was twenty-two. And then I spent a year as an international hobo. Now I travel alone all the time, for …

Five travel photography essentials that won't weigh you down

Some of your best travel pictures will be off the cuff, spontaneous affairs, but taking a few basic pieces of kit – like a tripod, zoom lens, polariser and GorillaPod grip – can ensure you’re ready to make the most of a golden opportunity. Here’s a round-up of the best photography kit to sling in …

How to plan a round-the-world trip

Itʼs the ultimate trip: circumnavigating the planet, and stopping off wherever takes your fancy. Great for travellers who want to see it all, or who are just plain indecisive. But booking a round-the-world (RTW) trip can be a complex business. Hereʼs our guide to getting started.<p>How to do it<p>The …

Everest Base Camp

Discover Your True Joy: 5 Ways To Find What You’re Really Chasing

<b>“Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.” ~Unknown</b><p>When my last relationship ended, I found …

Be the Hero of Your Story: Make Your Life Count

<b>“</b><b>Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized</b> …

6 Thought-Provoking Realizations to Make You Feel Better About Life

<b>“Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.” ~Māori Proverb</b><p>It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives and forget what makes …

Top 10 stops for Central America first-timers

The green cufflinks between North and South America, these seven compact countries would be easy to skip on a map. Yet they represent a complex web of cultures, ancient ruins, tropical wildlife and adventure.<p>For starters, try climbing lava-gurgling volcanoes with perfect cones that poke above the …

Cost Per Whatever: Has Ad Tech Crippled Advertising?

Effectiveness and efficiency are the two sides of advertising. Always have been, always will be. We’ve measured efficiency up the wazoo of late, but we are less skilled at measuring effectiveness.<p>In the beginning, there was creative. Then came reach and frequency. Much later, programmatic …

Brand Marketing

Best Tours in North America

From Traveler Magazine's 2012 Tours of a Lifetime<p><b>United States: Rivers Wild</b><p>Carving through more than 100 miles of the largest federally designated wild­erness area in the lower 48 states, the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, in Idaho, is prime family-rafting territory. Natural hot springs, pioneer …

Travel Tours & Guided Trips

Traversing Costa Rica by Foot, Bike, and Paddle

“I forgot to pack my underwear, but I brought a headlamp!” said Winnie.<p>By now we had known each other five days. We were in a remote, Costa Rican jungle and I couldn’t help but laugh at my new Swedish friend and expedition mate. Her parents named her after the loveable children’s character and …

How to Be a Good Traveler in 10 Easy Steps

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Those who leave their homes for temporary jaunts to other places can be sorted into three basic categories:<p>Tourists, travelers, and good travelers.<p>(Notice that last one wasn’t capitalized — this isn’t about me.)<p>I owe many of my most memorable trips to the serendipitous …

2013 Tours of a Lifetime

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Know Before You Go: Paris

If Paris is a croissant, crafted with immeasurable pride, kneaded by the hands of many, some visitors only get a taste of the flaky exterior. Whether you’re traveling for a long weekend or coming back for more, here’s a quick primer on getting to, from, and around this iconic city with ease.<p><b>Know</b> …

Packing Tips for Healthy Road Trips

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>This was the first wellness-focused road trip I’d ever taken, so I wasn’t sure what to expect or how the experience would differ from past trips — especially from my first Curious Traveler road adventure.<p>My packing reflected this. The day before I was scheduled to take off, …

Fast Facts About Red Square

Moscow’s Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) is known for its political symbolism, but was actually named for its loveliness: <i>Krasnaya,</i> or “red,” meant “beautiful” in old Russian.<p>The plaza has drawn crowds since it was a 1400s shantytown. Russians know the square as the front yard of rulers from Ivan …

Adventure Tech: Capture Your Own Timelapse Videos With The Brinno TLC200 Pro

Have you always wanted to create your own amazing timelapse videos like the ones that I share here regularly? Well a company called Brinno is now …

Who Should You Tip? And How Much?

Chances are, you're tossing around money where you shouldn't—and neglecting to tip some of the people who deserve it most! Budget Travel sheds light …

Budget Travel

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Strut Gamifies Your Travels, Slowly Uncovers A Digital Map Of The World

Strut is a game of exploration where users around the world compete with each other to uncover a map of the earth. Utilizing the GPS tracking …

Apps

Galapagos Tortoise, The Gentle Giant

<b>Seeing the Galapagos tortoise is one of the highlights of visiting the islands off the coast of Ecuador.</b><p>The Galapagos Islands were even named after …

Galapagos

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