How Long-term Travel Can Be More Valuable

Long-term travel differs greatly from a short-term trip. Each takes a distinct set of planning and preparation. We have found there is a very different approach to costs, activities, lodging, and leisure to each of these. While long-term travel isn’t for everyone, it has advantages and disadvantages to shorter trips. We will go over what you can expect from each and why they are different. And we will tell you why we believe long-term travel is more valuable. Let’s dive in.

A sailboat at the waterfront in Zadar, Croatia
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My Journey To Nomadic Freedom

I am Aaron, and for me; travel is the ultimate freedom. It is an escape from the known to the unknown. Travel is addictive and emotional. It is messy like a normal life, but exciting like there is no limit. While I took many quick trips around the USA as a kid and young adult, it took me 38 years of life to travel internationally. Why did it take so long? What was stopping me?

I took the typical path of getting college degrees, working my way up the ranks of the corporate world, and feeling unhappy. Work was not fulfilling me, and it was making me sick. I yearned for something more meaningful and something that made me happy. So at 38, I took my very first trip out of the country to Japan. While that was one of the greatest culture shocks I had ever had, it was the most incredible start to my travel journey. This is where I caught the travel bug that inspired the world trip, and the rest is history. I am free!

Aaron and Brianna posing at the top of the fortress in Omis, Croatia
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Aaron sitting at a viewpoint overlooking Brasov, Romania

The Uncertain Future of Travel – Where to Next?

We love to travel, and for years, we looked forward to annual trips, international vacations, and local explorations. It just all came as a given, and we never questioned its prominent place in our lives. We never had to question the future of travel. When we departed last year for our grand world tour, we never could have imagined how it would end.

Now, we have been forced home due to global restrictions, and we’ve had to reconsider our future plans surrounding travel. Everyone has. Here’s what we think about the current situation and where we’re headed.

Travel kitties sharing a mask
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Istanbul from Suleymaniye mosque

How to Travel to Istanbul: All You Need to Know

Istanbul, Turkey is an incredible city that blends the cultures of Europe and Asia. It is located on both continents and divided by the Bosphorus Strait. The city is full of unique architecture, food, fascinating culture, and street cats. This quickly became one of our favorite destinations and we hope to see more of Turkey on our next European adventure. Istanbul is one of the most awe-inspiring cities we’ve been to so far. If you are visiting it for the first time, this guide will tell you everything you need to know to travel to Istanbul.

Aaron posing in front of a sign that reads "Istanbul" in a park in Istanbul, Turkey
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The Best Apps for Full-Time Travel Life

Travel apps managed many aspects of our life of full-time travel, and we want to share with you the best ones we used regularly. These were critical in figuring out where we would stay next, how to get there, and what we wanted to see. They kept us on a budget and helped us find deals on flights. We even made friends on them and found entertainment on long layovers in airports. With so many apps out there, we have narrowed down the list to just the best.

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Cairns stacked in front of mountains in Norway

Full-Time Travel Burnout: How to Avoid it

Traveling full time is an amazing way to see the world, experience the cultures of many places, and meet people from all walks of life. It has a downside that most people don’t talk about: travel burnout. While we were on the road for many months, we kept our pace of cramming many activities into each day, walking tens of thousands of steps, and then crashing, just to do it all over again. That lifestyle is not sustainable and needs to have a better balance. Here are some tips on how you can avoid travel burnout and balance your full-time travels with some downtime.

Aaron laying down in front of a snowy waterfall in Norway
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A garden in Brussels, Belgium

Free Walking Tours – All You Need to Know

When you’re traveling indefinitely, it’s important to cut costs any way that you can.  We’re really good at budgeting, and we found the best ways to pay almost nothing for lodging.  And as for activities and the best ways to experience a new city, our go-to was definitely free walking tours.

Our tour guide, Diogo, in Porto, Portugal

Curious what they’re all about?  We’ve got you covered!  Read on to find out how to find them, what to expect, and why we love them so much!

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Mountain ridges as seen from an airplane

Are You Prepared to be a Full-time Traveler?

Judging by picture-perfect, colorful squares on Instagram, the freedom of a travel lifestyle is presented as paradise – an endless parade of tropical breezes and fruity drinks, interspersed with exciting adventures that would make anyone envious.  While travel is, indeed, amazing and life-changing and exhilarating and rewarding, social media paints an incomplete picture.

Aaron and Brianna posing in front of the Fitz Roy spires

We have learned firsthand what living the life of travel entails.  If you’re wondering if full-time travel is right for you – and if you’re ready for what actually awaits – here is what you can expect.
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The many buildings in the city of Dubrovnik, Croatia, at sunset

32 Actually Awesome Free Digital Tours

In this time of lockdown, we’re all looking for ways to scratch that wanderlust itch.  Nothing can quite compare to being there in person, but we have found that digital tours can be a temporary substitute.  And while virtual tours aren’t a new concept, some have gotten quite clever with how they’re implementing them.  These are some of our favorites – the closest things to being there, the most unique, and the ones with the best “wow” factors.

Sunset over a puka at the coast of the Big Island on Hawaii, just outside of Kona

Read on to find your perfect virtual vacation!

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A Glimpse of Avoiding Pickpocketing

How do you avoid pickpocketing?

Throughout my life, I’ve been very aware of my surroundings and can get a sense when I need to be more protective of my belongings. Rome was definitely one of those places. Only once have I been pickpocketed, and it was in a crowded dance club. Rome itself is like a crowded dance club. The first sign is when someone you don’t know approaches you.

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