25 Practical Travel Gifts for Under 50 Dollars

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Snow has officially begun to fall here in Moldova, which clearly signifies one thing: the temperature in the air is cold enough to turn air moisture into crystalized flakes… It also means that Christmas is fast approaching! Are you struggling to figure out what to buy your travel bug-bitten family member or friend? Are you heading off on a warm vacation in the new year, or planning a long-term journey? We’ve put together 25 of our favourite travel gifts under …

How did we Save for Travel?

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A question we’re regularly asked: how did we save up the money for a journey like this? It certainly didn’t come easy, or without sacrifice, but it wasn’t nearly as difficult as some imagine. First of all, we worked. Often jobs we didn’t like and often for long hours. When things began to become mentally straining, we simply reminded ourselves of the long-term goal. While this never really made working outside in -30 bearable, it did help to pacify the …

Why you Need to Visit Jardin, Colombia

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When we first made our way to the sleepy village of Jardin, Colombia, the plan was to spend one or two nights before continuing on. Not wanting to spend a full day in transit to reach the towns of Filandia and Salento further South, we were simply looking for something to break up the journey. As the road twisted through high mountain passes blanketed in heavy fog, we still weren’t entirely sure what to expect. Soon, the late afternoon sun …

A dock at one of the villages of lake atitlan

Where to Stay at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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Often, those who visit Guatemala are pressed for time and often struggle with deciding where to visit and for how long. We were definitely part of this group, especially when trying to decide which town of Lake Atitlan to base ourselves in. Seeing as our visit coincided with the Christmas holidays, we booked our accommodation several weeks in advance – in fear that we may not find anything. We decided to split the majority of our time basing ourselves out …