An American Traveler’s Perspective on American Traveler Stereotypes.

I’m an American traveler. As somebody who enjoys getting out and seeing the world as much as I possibly can, I’ve met a lot of people along the way who have offered up their opinions and ideas about U.S. travelers, and the U.S. in general. Let’s talk about some specific stereotypes that I’ve heard uttered over the years…

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Packing Light!

I can be a bit of a heavy packer sometimes. Perhaps it’s my ADD, but I often don’t pay attention to packing until the last minute before I go on a trip and then I just frantically throw a bunch of things in a bag and hope for the best. Lately, however, I’ve been working on changing my ways because, quite frankly, it’s a pain in the butt to lug a heavy bag through airports, on trains, and around town.

How to Book an Airbnb You’ll be Happy With

I love Airbnb and actually prefer them to hotels for a myriad of reasons (cheaper! kitchens and washing machines!), but I’ve heard a lot of horror stories from people about Airbnb’s being canceled on them at the last minute, awful experiences with the hosts or with the place itself, etc. I’ve never had anything but lovely experiences through the site, however, and I attribute that to the set of rules I live by when it comes to renting Airbnb properties.

Getting back on track after traveling.

Unless you’re one of those lucky people who has been able to create a nomad lifestyle for themselves, then every adventure eventually comes to an end and you’re once again faced with the harsh reality of “real life”. Traveling is amazing and fun and exciting but can also take quite the toll on a person, physically.

I know on many occasions I’ve gone 110% for the duration of a trip, only to come back home and find myself exhausted, disoriented, and 5lbs heavier from all the rich, delicious foods I ate while away.

Thankfully, there are some things we can all do to help get our lives back on track so we can get healthy, get back to work, and start preparing for the next adventure as soon as possible!

Digital Photos are Great, but Photo Books are Better.

There is something I’ve been doing for quite some time now whenever I go on a really big trip, and that is making a photo book of my trip after I return.

Back in the day before digital photos were really a thing, we all used to lug rolls of film with us on trips and then dutifully take them to get developed after the trip was over. I still remember the excitement and anticipation I would feel while waiting for the film to be developed. What would the photos turn out like? I hope they look good! I can’t wait to see them!

Perhaps I’m slightly dating myself by writing about the nostalgia I feel for the excitement of developing film, and it certainly had it’s drawbacks. Have you ever gone on a trip only to get your photos back and they looked horrible? Yeah, I’ve been there.

Exploring Sydney, Australia

I’ve written some posts about my time in Australia before, but I haven’t really delved too much into just how awesome a city Sydney is yet. Allow me to rectify that.

You guys…Sydney is amazing. If you haven’t been there yet, you really should put it on your list of places to travel to. I’ve been to other great cities of the world and I’m here to tell you that Sydney is one of the most beautiful, most exciting cities I’ve ever been to. It’s up there in the top tier of all places I’ve been. I promise.

A Day in Australia’s Blue Mountains

The other day trip they took us on was to the Blue Mountains, which are just West of Sydney.The day started out with a lovely breakfast in Sydney, and then we were off to enjoy a day of exploration. First stop in the Blue Mountains was to see the famous “Three Sisters”, which is a pretty incredible rock formation with a beautiful mountain backdrop behind it. We first stopped at a lookout point near Katoomba where you can look out on the Three Sisters, and then ventured into a tourist park called Scenic World, which is a sort of cheeky name for what turned out to be a really fun place to hang out.

Survival 101: What a Modern Survivalist Kit Contains

I am happy to announce that today’s post comes to us from Harris Norman from ProSurvivalist.com and goes over the essentials you should pack in your survival kit, either for that epic camping trip you’ve been planning, or just to have around the house so you can be sure you’re prepared for any eventuality. ProSurvivalist.com features all kinds of survival tips for camping and outdoor living, so it’s a great resource if you’re interested in the subject, and contains a lot of fascinating reads. Check it out! Without further adieu, I’ll let Harris take it from here…

How to Avoid Stomach Troubles While Traveling

We’ve all been there….we travel to some beautiful destination…we’re having a fabulous time, and then BAM! Stomach issues.

It’s happened to me, for sure! That’s why I wanted to take a little time today to talk about some strategies you can use while traveling to make sure your travels aren’t derailed by digestive issues. This isn’t to say I guarantee 100% you won’t have issues, but I do promise that if you follow these tips, you’ll greatly reduce your chances.

Inspiring Travel Movie: Joe Versus the Volcano

Life inspiration can come from many places, and movies are no exception. I was thinking today about the movie Joe Versus the Volcano, which stars a young Tom Hanks and came out in 1990. Due to the age of the movie as well as the fact that it was made in a stylistic, offbeat style, the film is a little…odd. However, I’ve always loved it and considered it among my favorites. The reason for that coveted spot on my list of favorite movies is because Joe Versus the Volcano may be a really (really) cheesy movie, but it also explores themes that so many of us are familiar with…that feeling of being stuck in a tough situation that we aren’t necessarily happy with. Joe is given a strange and unique opportunity to live life to the fullest, if even just for a little while.