How has travel grown your understanding of a place or person?

Travel Truths is an ongoing question series for travel lovers. I ask and answer a travel related question and invite you to answer the question on your blog or on in the comments below. Travel is more then just destinations and experiences, it is a metaphor for life, a state of being, something the heart longs for. Join me as we explore the depths of our relationships with exploration and travel.

How has travel grown your understanding of a place or person?

You can read a thousand books, watch a hundred movies, talk to experts or spend your time imagining scenarios, but there is nothing like visiting an actual place to grow your understanding of it, to make history come alive, or simply to feel the deep soul of a culture inside your heart. How has travel changed or grown your understanding?
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FlightBoard: Turn Your Phone Into An Arrivals Or Departures Board

FlightBoard App
Price: $3.99 | Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android | Developer: Mobiata

Update: I had a few comments from people saying they preferred Flight Tracker Pro to Flightboard. I haven’t used it, but wanted to share their feedback for anyone looking into apps like this.

It looks like Flight Tracker Pro is more robust/has more features, so if you are looking for simplicity check out FlightBoard, but if you need more information on your flights check out Flight Tracker Pro or do both –> you can purchase FlightBoard as a paid add-on to Flight Tracker Pro and get the best of both worlds.  (more…)

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Crease & Crumple These Maps All You Want

Okay, I admit it – I’m a terrible map folder.  I can never seem to fold a map back to its’ original position and often end up with an awkwardly folded map in my purse when I’m traveling.  Technology has solved a lot of my mapping woes, but I still think there is nothing like a good physical map when traveling in a city. 
That was why I was so excited to stumble upon Crumpled City™ Maps.  100% waterproof, these maps are made to be crumpled. Perfectionist map folders be gone! These are maps made to be used, made to be pulled out when one gets lost wandering down city streets, made to be pointed at while asking for directions in a language one barely knows.  These are those kinds of maps. (more…)

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How To Pick the Best Seat on an Airplane

Airplanes are great, except when you have no legroom, get stuck wedged between two strangers or end up seated right next to the restrooms.  While you can’t control everything on a plane, most airlines allow you to pick out your seats, here’s a step by step guide on how to pick a good one:

Step 1:  Make a decision about which class you want to sit in.

For some people, paying the extra bucks is worth it if it means a happy flight.  First Class is always your best choice in terms of seating if you have the money to spend.  Typically there is more legroom in first class seating areas, some seats even recline completely for more comfortable sleeping.  Business Class seats are similar, however they are not usually quite as roomy. Domestic class seats are the least roomy of the three classes. (more…)

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How to make a Better Travel Bucket List

What’s on Your Real Travel Bucket List?

How many things are on your travel bucket list? Mine is about 10,000 pages long & includes so many amazing destinations.  My bucket list has literally outgrown any chance at being feasibly achievable.

This got me thinking, since I can’t do everything on my bucket list, I need to prioritize and create a real travel bucket list.  I need a bucket list where everything on it feels like an absolute must.

Do you know what those things are for you?  What’s number one on your list?  What would feel like a completion of something deep inside of you?  What can you not bear to imagine never doing in your life?

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Armchair Travels – Take a Virtual Vacation to New York City

Armchair Travels is an ongoing series where we create an itinerary for virtual vacation that you can take from the comfort of your own home. We would love to hear how your armchair travels go, photos are most welcome!

To Do Before Your Day in New York City:

  • Find a busy park (that would be good for people watching)
  • Find an art museum near you
  • Buy anything that you don’t have on the list below.

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