Ultimate Packing List (for anywhere in the world!)

Packing is probably my least favorite activity. Here you are, all ready for your vacation, but this Herculean task stands firmly in the way. So many tiny decisions: what to bring, what to leave, what fits, what doesn’t… it’s exhausting. I almost always travel with just a carry-on sized backpack, so space is definitely an issue. And there’s nothing worse than deciding against bringing something, only to end up needing it. This is why I’ve[…]

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Vessi review: are they the perfect travel shoe?

I don’t usually buy things from Instagram ads (actually, I’ve never before bought something from an Instagram ad), but this time the product seemed actually really useful. I kept seeing ads for Vessi 100% waterproof shoes, and eventually, I ordered a pair. And they did not disappoint! Here’s my review of Vessi shoes. (Caveat: I haven’t bought every Vessi shoe in the catalog. Really, this is a Vessi CityScape review!) Why I wanted them: TRAVEL[…]

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What to Bring to Machu Picchu (and what to leave behind)

So you’re off to Machu Picchu. You’ve got your train (or your Inca Trail trek) booked, you’ve bought your entry ticket, and now you just need to prepare for the day trip. What should be on your Machu Picchu packing list, and what should you leave behind in Aguas Calientes? We’ve got you covered! What to bring to Machu Picchu: Shuttle ticket Okay, so you can walk to Machu Picchu. But we wouldn’t recommend it.[…]

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How to Get Cell Data Abroad

We’ve all been there: you land in a new country, walk out of the airport, and are immediately bombarded by dozens of taxi offers. Taxi drivers yelling at you, waving their ID’s, etc. You know most of them are trying to scam you – why else would they be so excited to see a discombobulated foreigner? You also know that you don’t know the right price. And you have no cell data, so you have[…]

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Why we have a travel phone (and you should too!)

We are all about packing light and traveling cheap. Less stuff means less things to lose, less difficulty squeezing into tiny airplane seats, and less chance of one day turning into an elderly person hobbled over due to one too many kilos on the back. Or so we hope. So, if we choose to add more items to our packing lists, there better be a good reason. And there are lots of reasons to bring[…]

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