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Checklist before Leaving the Airport

You just landed in a new country and are excited to start your adventure. Before you jump head first, make sure you have everything you need for a successful visit, BEFORE leaving the safety of the airport. 1 | Exchange money from your previous country (Before takeoff) If you are flying from one country to next, exchange the cash that you have not spent before going onward. A fee will be applied but at least you’ll have usable currency in your next country. Spend all your coins before leaving a county because these are non-exchangeable (some countries coins are worth…

Trip Tips – Safe Traveling

Safety is always a top priority when you are exploring new places. Finding your grounding may feel tougher than you expected so it’s aways good to be prepared. Here are a few tips we live by to feel in control while we’re venturing out for a day trip or doing a week long tour. Carry less with you. Here’s what we carry on a typical day: one credit card, cash for the day, phone, charger for phone, and a camera. Leave your passport in the safe at your hotel (unless you’ll be booking a car or purchasing a SIM card).…

Tips for Haggling Abroad

Nearly every foreign country has some form of an open marketplace. These markets engulf the senses with bustling locals, animals working, craftsmen building, and fresh food steaming. These places typically have a base price they offer locals and then a multiplied price they offer tourists. It’s always great to support the local economy (and you’ll always be paying more than the locals) – but getting ripped off is something that can be avoided. Here’s 5 key tips we’ve learned along the way. 1 | The 1/2 rule It may seem rude, but a good rule of thumb is to offer…

Buying SIM Cards Internationally

 Quick Tip Guide – SIM cards Before we step foot into a new country, we purchase our SIM cards in the airport right when we land. This is our lifeline for research, planning, navigation, and posting on the go.   When we approach a provider these are the questions we ask before purchasing a SIM card: What is the speed, 3G? 4G? Can you show me a map of your companies coverage? What are the data size options? (we estimate using 3GB per week) Is there a cap on how much data I can use in a 24hr period? Can I…

Packing List – 1 Year of Travel

Packing for a year on the road took several rounds of narrowing down. I read blogs, watched tutorials, asked for advice from family, and narrowed it down again and again. If there is one piece of advice you take away from this post let it be this, pack less, way less! More items from home means less space for that unique dress in Bali or that scarf in Jordan that’s unlike anything you could get back home. You can always replace items that wear through from love or are a casualty to a rocky boat ride (malls exist everywhere). Start with…

RVing Australia – First Timers Tips

Flexibility has been the name of the game on our international trip, and this has often been challenged. Jumping in an RV for three weeks sounds like a dream, but then I began thinking of the items I didn’t have along (still only have backpacks) and the lack of experience we have RVing. To make our trip smother we chatted with many local Aussie campers along the way and read several blogs. Now we bring what we learned to you, a list of everything you need to know about RVing in Australia. Booking When budgeting out your trip consider; cost of camp grounds, fuel, food/snacks, and…

Booking Hotels and Airbnbs

 Quick Tip Guide – Places to Stay There is a lot to learn while traveling and we are constantly finding solutions to things that arise. Although we are far from knowing it all, we would love to share with you what we have learned! Introducing our quick tips guide – starting with finding a place to stay. This is a big one when you are traveling for an extended period of time since a bed will be a constant cost and a good place to save money. Our two hubs are Booking and Airbnb. Both are fantastic in their own…

Korean Beauty Products

I could write a book about my love for Korean beauty products. The stores are enticing with their colorful packaging, great promotions, and products that promise to tighten pores and take back damage left from the sun. I tried several products and made a list of my new must have items. Kelsey’s Favorite: Missha foot doctor 30 minute peeling mask This product is AMAZING! Packaged like a face mask with two loose bags for your feet inside. Slip them in the gooey mixture and prop them up after you have ensured the contents have covered your feet. Rinse your feet…

20 Tips for International Travel

These past four months have been amazing, challenging, lonely, exhilarating, and so much more! Pulling ourselves out of our weekly (very scheduled) routine was refreshing and scary. I wanted to be prepared and packed for any situation. We have done well rolling with the punches but I would have loved a condensed list of quick tips for traveling internationally. So here’s our simple tips that will help you be stress free and off enjoying your trip: 1. Bring less stuff with you – 1/2 of what you think you will need 2. Text family or friends flight info 3. Unlock your…

Thailand Tips

Here’s a collection of tips and learnings we came across on our extended stay in Thailand: –  7/11 stores are everywhere and they are amazing! You can get a <$1 grilled cheese any hour of the day. –  You may need to take off your shoes before entering a shop and definitely before entering a temple. Hint – check to see if a few pairs are left outside. –  When greeting people say sawasdee ka(female)/krab (male), the same saying can be used when you leave while you give a little bow in gratitude. – Food poisoning is very common; carry…