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My unlocked Alcatel + GoSIM on the left; Moto X from Republic Wireless on the right.

The Best Phone Service for International Travelers

By     |    Feb 12, 2014
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Can you imagine Columbus sailing across the Atlantic, going months without Instagram and SMS only to find that instead of landing in India where he had purchase international data roaming, he ended up in America, a new damn country with cell phones operating on an entirely different frequency? Yeah, I bet it sucked. Don’t make the same mistakes as Columbus. Here are your best bets for ensuring your mobile phone […]

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A Review of @nomadicmatt’s How to Travel the World on $50 a Day

By     |    Mar 14, 2013
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We picked up a copy of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day a few weeks ago because we like Nomadic Matt’s blog. Matt’s blog is one of the reason’s we are planing on going to Budapest this year. I was planning to write a full review, but Tim Leffel over at the Cheapest Destinations Blog beat me to it and did a better job that I would have done […]

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How Use Your Cell Phone While Traveling Abroad: International Mobile Phone Tips

By     |    Mar 9, 2013
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It’s tough to divorce yourself from your cell phone. It’s an all-knowing security blanket, and a lot of us would both like to use it while we travel and be entirely free of its interruptions while we travel. I can’t help you with the second one — you’ll have to figure out how to turn the thing off yourself — but I can help you with the first one — […]

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Budget for a Road Trip: The Cost of Our Year on the Road

By     |    Feb 12, 2013
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Life on the road can be expensive, so start thinking about your budget early. When you know how much you need to save, you’ll be less tempted to draw down your savings account balance for goal-hurting purchases. Your budget is going to be unique to you, your tastes and preferences, and what you prefer to spend money on. We hope that using us as an example helps you think through […]

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Save Money While on the Road

By     |    Feb 7, 2013
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Once you’ve saved enough money to take a road trip, how do you make that money last as long as possible? Set a daily budget The first lesson of a daily budget is that you’ll often exceed your daily budget. Our daily goal was to spend a maximum of $100 ($75 in cheaper areas) on discretionary items (camping, hotels, gas, food, drinks, supplies, and shopping). Some days will be more […]

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What’s my address? Finding a place for your mail during long-term travel.

By     |    Feb 5, 2013
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If you’re embarking on a long-term trip and selling your home or moving out of your apartment, you’ll need to find a new destination for your mail. You might be tempted to think that you can go without mail during a long-term trip, but you still need an address, even in this age of paperless statements, to receive critical pieces of mail – especially around tax time. First: reduce the […]

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I don’t like your city. Help me get over it.

By     |    Jan 31, 2013
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We’re still getting flack in the comments on our posts about cities that didn’t resonate with us: Austin, Salt Lake City, Savannah, Provo, the Salton Sea, Portland. The intense anger that others feel, just from knowing that two people — two strangers whom they probably wouldn’t like anyway — didn’t like their city continues to strike me as odd. This passage from The Best American Travel Writing (2000 edition), by editor and […]

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Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Camping Tips: Finding Great Campgrounds and Campsites

By     |    Jan 29, 2013
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On the road, we often spent a large part of our day figuring out where we’d stay each night. Sometimes it was stressful – if a planned campground didn’t work out, we’d need to start our search over at the beginning. We learned that it was helpful to always have a backup plan – and to have a backup plan for your backup plan. We prefer to camp in public […]

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Campground showers or how to shower in three minutes

By     |    Jan 26, 2013
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A year on the road means a year of campground showers. Most campground showers are coin-operated, time-limited contraptions. They generally run for three to five minutes for a few bucks a go. That time goes fast — especially when the water starts out ice-cold. Through much trial and error, we figured out how to optimize our short showers. How to shower in three minutes, flat: Do a quick snake/rodent/spider/other gross bug […]

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The 6 things that are keeping me inspired right now

By     |    Jan 1, 2013
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It’s hard to stay inspired. I’m working on a book about our trip (it’s going to be more of a how-to guide and less of a memoir) but I promised myself I wouldn’t give in to the old cliche and complain about how hard it is to write. So that’s why I’m saying that it’s hard to stay inspired. When working out of your own head, it’s such a challenge […]

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