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Top 10 designs to take home - Official travel guide to Norway - (Things I Wish I Knew Before Studying Abroad) Week 0: London Preparations | infinite. *announcers voice* Welcome back to another episode of “Things I Wish I Knew Before Studying Abroad,” or TIWIKBSA, for “London Preparations!” Yes but really, I am quite excited: I get on my first international flight today! Hours of flying and I’ll land in London around 1 am my time, 7 am local. So, before I go, here’s the low-down on what I’ve done to prepare for a semester abroad. Question 1: How should I “prepare?” I have no idea! But this post is how I have attempted to, so far. Check back and I’ll let you know how it went. ;) Questions 2, 3, & 4: What clothes should I pack?

I packed two suitcases with all of the following: Actually, this even sticks pretty closely to an article I found online. Questions 5 & 6: Who do I dress for cold and/or rainy weather? I haven’t lived in either, so here are some of my favorite ideas from Pinterest! Question 7: Organizing my things? Living quarters are pretty sparse where I’m going… Check out these photos: Questions 8, 9, & 10: Pounds – fees and rates? We Quit Our Jobs, Built A Tiny House On Wheels And Hit The Road. Two years ago my partner, Guillaume, and I were both burdened by high rent, a multitude of belongings, college debt and careers that allowed us to maintain that lifestyle.

I was beginning to believe I’d never be able to pursue my passion for writing and Guillaume felt the same way about his photography. Then we came across tiny houses. These artistically designed tiny dwellings inspired us to upend our lives and pursue our dreams. We came up with a game plan: 1) Build a tiny home, 2) Travel around North America for one year, and 3) Create a travel journalism portfolio about alternative lifestyles.

He’d photograph. I’d write. We began our tiny house build with zero construction experience and a “we’ll learn as we go” attitude. Six months and 10,000 miles later, our tiny abode has taken us on a wild adventure. More info: | Facebook | Instagram | Youtube Two years ago we were burdened by high rent, a multitude of belongings, college debt and careers. 4 Movies to Watch Before you Travel Solo - WORLD OF WANDERLUST. The 20 Best Travel Websites on the Internet - Golden Book Traveler. Update: Visit the 2012 version of The 20 Best Travel Websites on the Internet I hope that everyone who attended my SXSW Core Conversation panel on How to Make Money Traveling Around the World enjoyed the presentation.

As promised, I have a listing of my top 20 favorite travel websites (in no particular order). I’m still working on my eBook “70 Vacations in 7 Months“. The project has consumed most of my time of late. If you attended the presentation with myself and Tynan, shoot me over an email (if you haven’t already) and I’ll make sure you receive a free copy upon completion The Top 20! Couch Surfing Hands down my favorite travel website on the internet. Travellers Point Travellerspoint is a small travel community that features expert travel advice. Momondo How can a Danish aggregator feature cheaper flights within the U.S, than any American flight aggregator?

Escape The City Escape the City is a new website that continues to grow like wildfire. Hostel World Trip-it AirBnB Flyer Talk Seat Guru. Hand Luggage Only | Travel, Food and Home blog + Travel Planner! 12 Tips for Going to Iceland. I was writing this post in my head the entire time I was in Iceland. I just kept thinking, "I should tell people that in case they come....

" about random little things here and there. So, here it is! All my best advice for traveling to Iceland, based on my inestimable wisdom and expertise after 6 days on the south coast. Ha. I am going to publish a couple other posts with pictures and my favorite spots I visited, but this post is all about the logistics and little details. If you're looking for a more adventurous backpacking/rugged-flavored trip, try out my friend Justin's blog here (he has several posts on his trip, so click around). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 11. 12. ...and there you have it! I probably forgot some things, and like I said, this is just one girl's take on one kind of Icelandic trip. Seriously, this place got in my blood. See also: How to survive your first Guinness. Due to popular demand, I have updated this information with a step by step pictorial guide. -oOo- Most visitors to Ireland can’t wait to try a real pint of Guinness. They are right.

It’s the only country where you can get a real pint. The foreign stuff is the piss they scrape off the top. They have to get rid of it somewhere. However, your first pint is potentially the most lethal trap you will have to encounter. 99% of tourists give themselves away on this one. Enter the pub. If he speaks with a foreign accent, get the f*ck out of there. He’ll ask you what you want. He will then take a pint glass and fill it about two thirds to three quarters full and place it on the counter. First Trap: LEAVE THE DRINK THERE. After a minute or two, he will come back and top it up to a full pint. If he has engraved a shamrock in the head of the pint, then I suggest you sit down and write out your Last Will and Testament. Second Trap [assuming you are still alive]: DON’T TOUCH THE PINT. Epic long-distance trails: No walk in the park.

Interested in uplifting stories on the natural world, sustainable communities, simple food, and new thinking on how to live well? Please enter a valid email address and try again! No thanks. Literary tales from Scotland’s pubs and bars - The Distillery Blog. William Faulkner once said, “The tools I need for my work are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.” If the latter plays a part in good writing, it’s perhaps not surprising that so many Scottish bars and pubs have literary connections. From Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott to Hugh MacDiarmid and Ian Rankin, many of Scotland’s most important writers have left their mark on pubs across the country – in Burns’ case, sometimes even scratching poems into the windows!

You’ll find a wealth of literary tales at, a great resource detailing dozens of pubs with connections to music, industry, literature, sport, architecture and more. Having brought you some of the collection’s quirky stories back in June, we’re now looking at pubs that have played host to famous writers, or been used as settings in much-loved novels. The Globe Inn, Dumfries The Globe Inn isn’t the only pub to have served Burns a glass of claret or two, however. Hawes Inn, South Queensferry. 14 Beautiful And Haunting Abandoned British Places. Restored Airstream Flying Cloud. 1954 Airstream Flying Cloud trailer completely restored. Restoration by Timeless Travel Trailers. Exploring The City of Bordeaux, France. When I learned that the travel writer preview Viking River Cruise was going to be in Bordeaux I got excited. Not only do I love France, but way back in college I actually worked for a winery, so the chance to tour one of the most famous wine regions in the world was an extraordinary opportunity.

One of the most important things I learned that in addition to being a region of France, the city of Bordeaux is an equally impressive place. Given the fact that I didn’t know there was even a city of Bordeaux, nearly everything surprised me about my time there, in a good way. Our Viking Longship was moored adjacent to the historic core of the city, the perfect spot from which to launch my exploration. With nearly 250,000 people, the city isn’t a small one but up until a few years ago few tourists spent any time here.

But an effort by the local government to clean up and revitalize the historic center of the city has led to Bordeaux being a tourist spot in addition to the nearby vineyards. Home. Comfort Trailer Home “ProtoHaus” Do you want to travel with home comfort? If yes – check this amazing timber trailer home. ProtoHaus is a timber frame or “stick built” house with accent on sustainability, functionality, and aesthetics. It’s fabricated primarily from recycled and reclaimed materials. The building process was overseen and assisted by S. 40 free things to do in New York City - travel tips and articles. Seeing the bulk of New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of a trip's budget on tickets.

Empire State Building? $27. The Met? $25. Free New York travelers, get busy! 1. One of Lower Manhattan's most fascinating, and controversial, stories of recent years circulates around the new African Burial Ground National Monument site. 2. Brooklyn Brewery. Free tours of Williamsburg's Brooklyn Brewery run on the hour from 1-5pm Saturday, 1-4pm Sunday. 79 N 11th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 3.

Imagine mosaic. It doesn't take brilliant travel minds to tell you that a park is free to visit – most parks are. 4. New York's most concentrated area for a gallery crawl is in Chelsea, mostly in the 20s Streets between 10th and 11th Avenues. 5. City Hall. Home to New York City's government since 1812, City Hall tours take in its cupola-topped marble hall, the governor's room as well as the spot where Abraham Lincoln's coffin lay in state briefly in 1865. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

Castles - Highlands. How to: travel on a budget in europe. | The Pursuit of HippienessThe Pursuit of Hippieness. One of the great things about Europe is the proximity of hundreds of incredible places to see. Getting here isn’t always the easiest (or cheapest) thing, but once you’re here, making the most of your budget can be a snap. With a little bit of research and some insider tips, you can experience so much and visit so many cities (and countries!) , even if on a shoestring. Getting there: traveling by air is often the cheapest option.In my experience, intercountry train travel is often astronomically expensive. Some bus rides are available for a decent price, but the trips are long and uncomfortable.

Additional tips: Don’t travel alone. Happy travels! Hitch-hiking - A lost art and a little like couchsurfing. Hitching is a little like couchsurfing in that it epitomises the spirit of independent and budget travel. Dispensing with the services or your own vehicle, public transport or reserved accommodation requires a certain attitude that full embraces adventure. It also requires that the traveller who decides to hitch to accept there is an inherent risk involved and therefore they need to remain alert for any signs that their ‘benefactor’ is anything less than safe. This will usually require to be assessed on the initial contact, as once in the vehicle it will be much more difficult to have a change of mind. If however doubts appear to surface once in the vehicle the best option is to try to remain ‘normal’ do not show any outward concern.

Single women unfortunately need to be especially cautious and even suspicious of the motives of any driver offering a lift. My first experience of hitching was when I was about eight years old when walking back from school with a friend. Tiny House Swoon. Edinburgh Military Tattoo - packages. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the floodlit Edinburgh Castle, almost a thousand musicians, pipers, drummers, singers and dancers perform at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the cobbled Esplanade. Each year some of the most memorable highlights are the stirring performances of the Massed Pipes and Drums and the Massed Military Bands that emerge from the huge castle gates playing the stirring battle tunes of Scotland's famed regiments.

Add to this the spectacular displays from the many overseas performers who bring music, action and colour to the event in Edinburgh and you have a winning blend that always keeps the Tattoo fresh, exciting and alive, even for the many faithful fans who return here every year. This unforgettable spectacle is brought to an emotional and poignant close each evening as a lone piper, spotlit high on the castle ramparts, plays a haunting lament. Taste of the Tattoo. How to plan a round-the-world trip - travel tips and articles. 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. How to do it The most economical way to circumnavigate is to buy a round-the-world air ticket that uses one airline alliance. Theoretically, any routing is possible, but knowing how the RTW booking system works will make your trip cheaper. There are rules: you must follow one global direction (east or west – no backtracking); you must start and finish in the same country; and you must book all your flights before departure, though you can change them later (which may incur extra charges).

How long you need You could whip round the world in a weekend if you flew non-stop. When to go The weather will never be ideal in all your stops. Pin this image Image by Christian Steen Where to go Tips, tricks & pitfalls. 100 little things that travel has taught me. Hostels Worldwide - Online Hostel Bookings, Ratings and Reviews. The 20 Best Travel Websites on the Internet - Golden Book Traveler.