Be prepared: What to do if you lose your passport while traveling overseas

One of my biggest fears when traveling abroad is losing my passport. You could say that I am passport-losing-aphobic. With that in mind I decided it was about time that I did something about these worries and research what to do if you lose your passport while traveling overseas.

What I found out helped to calm my fears and hopefully will help you in case of an emergency*. The good news is that you can get a temporary replacement passport while abroad, often within 24 hours of applying for it. The bad news, well, it will take a little time and money, but if you are prepared you can make the process a lot easier on yourself. Here is what you need to know: (more…)

The Town That Van Gogh Never Saw

There is a town that Van Gogh never saw even though the asylum in St. Rémy where he committed himself is a short five minute walk from it, even though he spent many days painting the olive groves and surrounding countryside. Excavation of this ancient Roman town, Glanum, began in 1921, many years after Van Gogh’s death. One can only wonder how he would have painted the ancient ruins that now appear cradled within the Provence landscape as if they have always been there. (more…)

6 Unique Travel Journals

1: I Was Here: A Travel Journal for the Curious Minded

This is more then just a travel journal. It is full of exercises that help you to sit back and really take notice of your environment. From starting a collection of local toiletries to having strangers draw you a map to somewhere they love, you’ll find yourself exploring in ways you never even thought of.

2: How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum

While this is not classified as a travel journal, we think it would make a great one. How To Be An Explorer of the World contains multitudes of prompts that will help you to explore and document the world around you. Document smells, textures, trees and more. If you can finish the book on your vacation (it’s pretty long), you’ll end up with an amazingly detailed document of where you were and what you did. (more…)

Seven questions to ask yourself when creating a travel budget

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Whether you are planning for your “one day” dream trip or you have a vacation coming up in the near future, you are probably going to have to face the fact that you do not have unlimited moolah to spend. Planning a travel budget isn’t hard and it lets you forget about money matters and enjoy your vacation once you are on it. You don’t want to be that person who can’t eat at the awesome seaside restaurant (with those amazing Piña Coladas) because you spent all your money days before, do you? Trust us, a well planned budget = a happy trip. (more…)

An Open Letter To An Armchair Traveler

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? - Mary Oliver

I know you.  You are a person who dreams of traveling to exotic locations yet never actually does.  You have a sneaking suspicion that the way to true happiness is through experiencing other cultures and places, but the closest you come to this is by reading books or watching tv.  You are a true blue armchair traveler, but deep down inside of you is a real traveler begging to be freed.

You have a hundred reasons not to travel. I know, I know, you are too busy.  Your money is needed elsewhere.  You can’t leave your pets for that long.  You can’t speak the language.  You are too old.  You are too young. It’s dangerous. You are scared…

Before you read any further, take a few minutes to write down your reasons for not traveling. (more…)