How to Buy a Round-the-World Plane Ticket (That Kicks Ass) (Photo: Norman B. Leventhal Map Center) Chris Guillebeau travels the world and writes for a small army of remarkable people at The Art of Non-Conformity blog. He is a master of clever air travel (among other things), and this is a guest post on perfecting one of the rare gems that can truly change your life: Round-the-World (RTW) tickets. Enter Chris… To outsiders, buying a Round-the-World plane ticket is a mysterious process. Over the past three years I’ve spent at least 60 hours, probably more by now, learning the ins and outs of Round-the-World travel. The Time Investment Planning and shopping for a Round-the-World (RTW) ticket is a labor-intensive process. Also, before you can actually buy a Round-the-World ticket, you need to be willing to do all these things: Those are the minimum “time costs” for getting a Round-the-World trip set up well. Good Reasons to Use Round-the-World Tickets – Tremendous Value. What to Do First Spend some time getting to understand how they work. Reservations
How to Travel Around the World for $418. “I have to tell you sir, this is easily the most ridiculous itinerary I’ve ever put together,” said the American Airlines operator the other night as I finalized plans for a worldwide adventure that would make Marco Polo blush. “Welp, that makes two of us!” I replied. And just like that, I had committed myself to almost nine months of international travel. Yes, that picture above is my actual itinerary. Beginning this January, I’ll start an epic journey that will take me across four continents, through at least nine countries, and into more than fifteen cities. Oh, and all of these flights are costing me a grand total of $418.36. Warning: I’m totally going to geek out on travel-hacking with this post, so if you have no interest in learning how to travel the world and visit awesome places for dirt cheap, check back in on Monday. This post is also quite lengthy at over 2500 words: grab some coffee, get comfortable, and let me show you how deep the rabbit hole of travel hacking goes. -Steve
100 Layer Cake 15 Mar Sometimes a wedding is just delightful. It’s laid back, there’s a sense of community from all the friends & family, the flowers are simple but fitting, and when all else fails an inordinate amount of bunting makes for adorable decor. Obviously having such an adorable and loving couple with a bride in her mothers wedding dress – perfection! Sharalee Prang photographed Beth + Mark’s wedding and said the sweetest thing: There were moments I felt as if the bride and groom might just float away, they were so happy. How sweet is the back of her dress and her maiden braid? Their music: During the ceremony: Their friend, Nathan Moes played covers of the following: Sparkplug Minuet by Mark Mothersbaugh (for when the bridesmaids walked in), All You Need is Love by The Beatles (for Beth’s walk down the aisle), Grow Old With Me by The Postal Service for their signing, and Oh How Happy by Shades of Blue for their recessional. A snippet of advice from Beth: 0 15 comments
Top 100 Photos of the Year 2012 *Please note the photographs themselves were not necessarily taken in 2012, they just happened to be featured as a POTD this year. The pictures are also listed in reverse chronological order. There is no ranking amongst the photos Enjoy! Photograph by Robert Elves on Flickr Photograph by Stephen Wilkes | Prints available Photograph by George Steinmetz Photograph by Andrew Choy Photograph by Jakub Polomski on 500px Photograph via The Natioanl Archives and Records Administration Photograph by Caleb Charland COPYRIGHT© 2012 RMS TITANIC, INC; Produced by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Photograph by Jason Pope Photograph by Dan Fisher Photograph by Scott Robertson Photograph by Berenice Abbott Photograph by NASA/GSFC/SDO Photograph by Liammm on Reddit Photograph by haqbar on Reddit Photograph by Marcus Peabody Photograph by The Lost Gardens of Heligan Photograph by sleepychinchilla on Flickr Photograph by Scott Hutcheson (SMHutch Photography on Flickr) Photograph by Mario Neumann (scuba.hamburg on Flickr)
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45 Great Jobs You Can Do While Traveling The World And How To Get Them If you think that you can’t afford to travel the world, finding a job on the road may be just the ticket. Travel’s wonderful, sure, but little things like food and a place to sleep are good too. We’ve found some of the best ideas to get paid as you travel the world, with some help on how to land each job. Yacht Crew You should know the basics of sailing for this gig, although some jobs only require a keen willingness to learn and a great attitude. Charles as king of the yacht! Freelance Travel Writing Traditional freelance travel writing is a tough gig. Travel Blogging If you’re the enterprising sort, you can start your own travel blog. Volunteer While volunteer jobs by nature don’t pay, some will provide (often very basic) accommodation or meals, or both. WWoofing If you’ve ever been interested in volunteering on an organic farm, this might be the gig for you. Flight Attendant Pilot While this is out of the reach of most of us, those with flight experience can score great flights. Busking Tips!
Packing it all in – a guide to travelling hand-luggage only Packing light used to be a handy skill. These days, it's a necessity. As airlines are crippled by ash clouds, strike action and general financial meltdown, they've had to find alternative ways of making money. Enter 'ancillary revenues', which basically means airlines charging passengers for anything they can get away with. The upshot? A raft of airlines now imposes fees for putting your suitcase in the hold. Low-cost carrier Ryanair charges £15 each way for the privilege of stowing your luggage when you pay online – rising to a whopping £35 if you pay at the airport. Can you really travel hand-luggage only? Yes you can – you just need to get clever with your packing. First, check the hand-baggage dimensions permitted by your airline at www.seatguru.com. Next, consider your restricted contents. Vital medicines can generally be packed in your carry-on in larger quantities if accompanied by a letter from your doctor. Off on a trip that requires lots of gear? Fitting it all in
The Girl in the Photograph One school day, a boy named Tom was sitting in class and doing math. It was six more minutes until school let out. As he was doing his homework, something caught his eye. His desk was next to the window, and he turned and looked to the grass outside. It looked like a picture. When school was over, he ran to the spot where he saw it. He picked it up and smiled. She was so beautiful he wanted to meet her, so he ran all over the school and asked everyone if they knew her or have ever seen her before. When he was home, he asked his older sister if she knew the girl, but unfortunately she also said “No.” In the middle of the night Tom was awakened by a tap on his window. The next day again he asked his neighbors if they knew her. Once again he was awakened by a tapping. The driver got out of the car and tried to help him, but it was too late. He saw a cute girl holding up three fingers.
50 Lessons I wish I had learned earlier Welcome to our blog! Here you'll find bits and pieces of wisdom learned from cycling 17,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina together as a family. Hope it inspires you to live your dream! My book about our journey, Changing Gears, is now released! Read a preview here Now that I’m old and gray (but not quite in my rocker yet!) You’re stronger than you think you are.Mistakes teach you important lessons. What lies before us and behind us are tiny matters when compared to what lies within us.Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.It’s not about getting a chance, it’s about taking a chance.If it were easy everyone would do it.Be vulnerable.A problem is a chance for you to learn.Regardless of the situation, life goes on. If you enjoyed these inspirational quotes and feel they would be beneficial for others, we would appreciate it if you would take a moment to share it with your friends via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or email. Interested in our journey?