Maybe the best place to start is reading about why we travel. Here's an essay by Kris on just that.
When we're planning a trip, we often get ideas about where to go and how to do it by reading other travel blogs written by our friends. Here are some lists of travel bloggers we refer to now and then.
We've also been known to read a book about travel now and then and write about those books on occasion as well. And, we've been known to quote some erudite travel writers, too.
- Put the ‘Book’ in Booking: Crafting an Author-Centric Itinerary
- Inventory of Books and Beds 2017
- 2016 Books and Beds
- Some Quotes About Travel You Might Like
- Then, there's a guide book from Lonely Planet
And, there are photos.
And, we love our Facebook Travel Past 50 Travel Community, where you can post any question you like, and get answers from more than 800 members. Some of them are more traveled than we are.
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Decide where you're going
We admit that sometimes we make plans at the very last minute. And that's even when we know where we're going. When we can't think of anything better to do, we often fall back on two ready made lists of fascinating places to go: The Unesco World Heritage Sites, and the United States National Parks. You can rarely go wrong by starting with either of those.
Or, you can stick a pin in a map, or at least look at a map of the places we've been and pick one of those.
Search for the best flight deals
Before we book a flight, we always check several sources for the best deals. The best way to get cheap flights, btw, is to be flexible about where and when you are going. Sometimes, flying into nearby airports is the best choice.
- Check Momondo-US
- Look on Skyscanner
- You can set up alerts for your possible destinations on Airfare Watchdog.
- And, there's CheapAir
Find the best, and cheapest accommodations
We have two major criteria when it comes to picking a place to stay. Location and price. It takes a lot of research to find a place that meets both needs. If we're doing a hit and run, we usually stay in a hotel near the attractions we want to see. If we're going to be there for a while, we typically stay in an AirBnb. Look at both.
Get the right gear and apps
Travel is a lot easier when you've got the right, light stuff. From electronics, to clothes, to cameras, to the bags we carry it all it. We've tried almost everything. And, we're constantly replacing the old with the new. It's hard to keep up, but we try.
- What we carry in our hiking day pack (from our sister site, MNTrips.)
- The Best Apps for Travel
- The Best Tech Gear for Travel
- What to Pack for Africa
- Our Best Gear for Cycling
- The Travel Bags We Carry
- Our Cameras
- Our online store at Amazon
- REI is the best place for outdoor gear
- And, here are the latest REI coupons and promotions
- Left Lane Sports has significant discounts on lots of name brands
Make it easy on yourself
As far as it goes for travelers from the United States, the best invention ever is the Global Entry program. If you have Global Entry, you also get TSA Pre, which allows you to skip the longest lines and leave your shoes on. And when you get back into the country, you go to an electronic kiosk, put in your passport, answer a couple questions, pick up your bags, and be on your way. Nothing better when you're coming in on a plane with 400 souls. You should know that with the popularity of Global Entry, it can take months to get certified. So apply now
Speaking of making things easier, read this to make your long flight more comfortable.
Keep in mind, life on the road is different from staying home
When you're on the road, sometimes things don't go as well as you plan. You get sick, you get injured, you get tired, you get depressed. It happens.
- Under the Weather and On the Road: 13 Ways to Feel Better
- Forget it Jake, It’s France
- Standing in Place: Back Home from Travel
So don't forget travel insurance. We use Allianz Travel insurance.
- Search here for the best deals in travel insurance from Allianz, either annual plans or for a single trip.
And when all else fails, take a hike
- Finding Your Rhythm on the Camino de Santiago
- St. Olav’s Way, the Northern Alternative to the Camino de Santiago
- Hiking in Catalonia Spain
And finally, remember. Getting out the door is the hard part. The longest journey begins with the first step.
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This page was last updated December 2019.
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