36 of the Best Podcasts to Listen to at Home or Away

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I’m a huge fan of podcasts. I listen to them all the time — in the shower, on the subway, when I’m walking around New York City and, of course, when I’m traveling. But, obviously, traveling isn’t in the cards right now, I’m self-isolating in NYC where great podcasts are a blessing. If you’re looking […]

The Best Road Trip Packing List For A Grand Adventure

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Thinking about a road trip now or in the future? I asked road trip veteran Carolyn B. Heller to compile the perfect road trip packing list. (If you’re new to road tripping, Carolyn’s Beginner’s Guide to Planning an Extraordinary Road Trip is a fantastic resource.) Stay Safe! What Kind of Road Trip Are You Planning? […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Planning an Extraordinary Road Trip

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Here we are five months into the pandemic, jonesing to travel and 2020 just won’t cut us a break. Leisure travel on planes, trains, and buses is risky, but the good ole fashion road trip is capturing the imagination of those intrepid travelers anxious to explore the world, albeit closer to home. With all the […]

How to Prepare for Traveling Alone the First Time

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Updated June 2020 Congratulations! You’ve decided to start traveling alone for the first time. That’s awesome! You won’t regret it. You’re probably thinking, now what? Where do I go? How do I go? No worries, I’ve got you covered.  I have a few suggestions to help get you started. First, to address the Covid-19 in […]

Is an African Wildlife Safari Right for You?

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Updated May 2020 Who doesn’t want to go on a trip of a lifetime? The question is, what does that mean to you? If you’re looking for a spectacular, otherworldly nature and wildlife experience, then an African safari may a perfect fit. My first was in South Africa, but over the years I’ve safaried in […]

Great Gifts for Travel Lovers They’ll Actually Use

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Updated May 2020 If you’re looking for gifts for the travel lovers in your life, you’ve come to the right place. Every item is something I use and recommend to my friends and family. They’re products and services every adventurer will thank you for and actually mean it. (This post contains affiliate links. If you […]

Use this Winter Packing List and you’ll Never Be Cold Again

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It’s only been in the last couple of years that I’ve traveled in really frigid climates but visits to northern Manitoba where the polar bears roam and mushing in the Yukon quickly taught me the value of a good winter packing list whenever taking a cold-weather vacation. Below, I’ve put together a list of essential categories for […]

Learn How to Travel Stress-Free – Use This Pre-Trip Checklist

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Alexander Graham Bell once said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” It’s doubly true if you desire stress-free travel. It’s the little things you do beforehand that make all the difference on your journey. While I can’t guarantee you won’t hit bumps along the way if you follow this pre-travel checklist you’ll […]

The Everything You Need to Know Safari Packing List

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Packing for a safari requires thought, some colors are betters than others, there are seasonal considerations, luggage restrictions, and stringent weight limits on flights into the bush. The nuances are unique to safaris but are easy to mitigate once you have the information you’ll find below. Plus, to make things even easier, I’ve included a […]

How to Plan An Amazing Kenya Wildlife Safari

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You’ve been dreaming about going to Kenya wildlife safari. Good choice. There’s no better time to go. Kenya Airways now has a direct flight from New York to Nairobi, which means the usual 22-hour journey, including a layover, is now a 14-hour direct flight. Trust me, even though it’s still a long-haul it’s so much better than going […]