Norway on a Budget!

Norway is one of the most expensive countries in the world. Food, lodging and transportation costs can really add up. Despite these high costs, we were able to do this trip on a budget without sacrificing experiences. We even got by without handling any Norwegian cash until we found some while cleaning out the rental car. Here are our actual expenses from our trip to Norway.

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Driving Norway

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5 Things to Not Do in Portland

Planning a trip to Portland? Be sure to check out these 5 things you should not do before you visit. | BIGtinyWorld Travel | #portland #pdx #travelportland #pacificnorthwest

So you’ve got your bags all packed and you’ve set your sights on Portland.  You can’t wait to visit – and why not?  It’s a great city!  You have some awesome activities picked out, you know the best restaurants to hit, and you might have even timed your trip for one of Portland’s summertime festivals.

But there are still a few things you should know before you arrive in the Rose City – things others are unlikely to mention when trying to entice you to visit.  To ensure you have the best time possible, here are five things you should not do.
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Portland: Our Favorite Restaurants

You’ve gotten the preliminary tour.

You’ve seen the local highlights.

Now, let’s talk about food.

Portland is known as a big foodie town.  We love our food.  And living here as long as we have, we have found our favorite spots.  So when we have guests, here’s where we take them.
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Portland: Highlights from a Local

We get visitors all the time to our humble city – and who can blame them?  It’s a popular destination.  There are certain spots to which all the guides will point tourists, and those are nice… but there’s so much more to offer.  After we’ve given our guests the preliminary tour, we hit up a few of our favorite spots.  Here are some things we like to do – as locals – when visitors come to town.

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Know the Common Scams in Each Country

One thing that can take your trip from epic awesomeness to complete misery is getting scammed. It can happen to anyone, but it is good to know what the common scams are in the country you plan to visit. This can help you take precautions to avoid these potential traps and better enjoy your stay. Here are some examples from the simple search of “Scams in [country of your choice].”
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Portland: Our Personal Tour

Sure, we love traveling, but we realized that others like to travel to Portland as well.  So we thought we’d throw in a mini series on our beautiful home city.

We get visitors all the time, and we love playing tour guide and showing off this gorgeous area.  There are many places we love to take guests, but we typically start with a sampling of our city.  This is what that looks like.

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5 Tips to Save Money on Lodging Around the World

When embarking on such a long trip around the world for a year, we have to consider ways to save money on one of the top expenses of the trip: lodging. There are many options when it comes to free or cheap lodging. Here are some of our top picks that may be helpful for keeping your lodging expenses low.

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  1. Couchsurfing – Gives you a chance to stay at a place for little or no cost while meeting locals and living like they do. You may have your own room, or literally a couch to sleep on. Hosts can provide many insider tips on the area you are staying in and show you more of the off-the-beaten path activities instead of just the mainstream tourist traps that a hotel is paid to tell you about.

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Jungle Canopy Tours in Costa Rica – Helpful tips

Whenever you imagine Costa Rica, you automatically think about waterfalls, exotic birds, sloths, crocodiles, snakes, and those cute (but deadly) frogs. You may wonder where the best place and time is to go see these things. While we were in Costa Rica, we went on two canopy tours and there were so many others we did not have a chance to see. Here are some helpful tips based on our time there.
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6 Drinks You Should Try in Costa Rica

Who doesn’t like a good drink?

Whenever we travel, we like to have a regional specialty.. in fact, we want to try as many local drinks as possible!  We knew Costa Rica would have plenty of tropical beverages to slake our thirst.  If you’d rather not try to figure out how to ask, “what do you recommend?” in Spanish, try these.  Or if you can’t make it down to Costa Rica, try making them at home! Continue reading “6 Drinks You Should Try in Costa Rica”