TRAVEL PLANNING TIPS

Do you find travel planning overwhelming and time consuming?

We're here to help.

Travel has been our lifestyle for over 22 years now - most of that involved nomadic full tine travel.

We made it work as solo travelers, travel as a couple, expat travelers,  family travelers, and location independent travelers.

We have lived in 5 countries and traveled to over 50, in-depth through Australia, USA, Southeast Asia, UK, and Africa.

We aim to share with you information based upon personal experiences NOT desk research or collaborations!

This is real, authentic travel to help you do the same.

On this page, we'll point you towards our best travel tips and best travel websites we use to plan a vacation and book flights, hotels, tours, and attractions.

Plus our best travel tips on how to access your money on the road, buying travel insurance, travel packing tips, finding places to eat, getting visas and immunizations, and much more!

TOP TRAVEL TIPS

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Whilst our style of travel has evolved from solo travel to traveling as a couple and to now traveling as a family of four, there are some core travel habits that have served us well, and we continue to follow them to this day.

For us, travel is not just about checking places off our list.

Our motto has always been “accumulate memories and moments, not just possessions”, and we like to do that through travel.

Here are some of our best travel tips to help you have a memorable travel experience.

TOP TRAVEL PLANNING AND BOOKING TIPS

How to choose your travel destinations

When choosing your travel destinations, it depends on factors like:

  • your personal travel style
  • your interests
  • the length of time you have available
  • and your finances.

Figure those things out first, then your options for where you can go start to take shape.

If you need help choosing your destination, check out the following posts filled with useful tips.

Otherwise scroll down to choose the destination you are interested in for many of our tips and highlights.

WHAT IS YOUR TRAVEL STYLE?

Click the image to see the articles we have on that particular style of travel.

FLIGHT TIPS

Flying from Hawaii to Los Angeles

Despite taking hundreds of flights, flying is not something I enjoy doing.

It's the whole hassle of the flying experience caused by long immigration and security lines, baggage hassles and strict limits, cramped quarters, and what seems to be a trend of little to no service.

But, if it means at the end of it is a fun travel experience, then I will gladly fly!

We share a few of our flying tips including how to survive with kids and secret jet lag tips.

ROAD TRIP TIPS

Skyline drive, Shenandoah National Park

Road trips are our preferred mode of travel. We have road tripped extensively in Australia, the USA, UK and Europe.

It's effortless, flexible, more affordable, and allows you to carry more people and possessions. Not that we advocate for over packing, but for adventurous family travelers who also blog and take photos and videos', its's nice to have extra space to pack beloved items like stand up paddle boards and blenders!

Plus, we love being able to explore more lessor known destinations and off the beaten path adventures. Kids will always appreciate having a tiny space of comfort that remains the same while everything around them is in constant change.

Here are a few of our best road trip tips.

TRAVEL INSURANCE TIPS

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I know. We don’t like having to buy travel insurance either.

And I don’t even like talking about it or having to do research and compare the best travel insurance companies.

It’s never an exciting topic, I’d much rather just talk about planning a trip with my kids and grandparents.

When you think about it, paying for a travel insurance premium is one of those things you pay for in the hopes you never need to use it.

But you are here now, and before I get into my tips for buying the best travel insurance policy, let me just say this,

“If you can’t afford travel insurance, then you can’t afford to travel”.

It’s that simple.

Here are a few of our travel insurance tips. We are ambassadors for Alliance travel - since 2017.

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CRUISE TIPS

How to stay healthy on a cruise

Are you a cruise fanatic or considering it as travel option?

We don't typically take cruise vacations anymore but did enjoy it when we did.

It's the vacation for those who want to switch off and have fun while everything is taken care of for you!

You'll find some of our best tips below!

STAYING HEALTHY ON THE ROAD

Cathedral Rock Hike, Sedona

Travel can be extremely taxing on your whole self: physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.

The constant planning and movement from one place to another exhausts your energy and drains your brain.

Plus the lack of consistency with habits, routines, and healthy eating can cause complete chaos for your body.

Let's face it - we like to indulge when we travel, which is so much fun at the time, but filled with regret long after.

Then there is so much more to think about in terms of diseases, illnesses, and injuries.

Here are a few of our tips on staying healthy on the road.

BEST COUPLES TRAVEL TIPS

couples travel

In 2002, just three days after our wedding, we took off overseas for what turned out to be a five year honeymoon. We learned a lot about couples travel.

Travelling as a couple is either going to make you or break you. We took the risk as newlyweds and its safe to say it made us.

Living out of each others pockets 24/7 can be extremely challenging, yet has its definite rewards.

We share a few of our favorite tips and funny mishaps.

PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

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Of course you want to capture amazing memories on your travels.

You don't really need the best camera equipment to do so. You can capture great photos just on your phone.

We share a few simple photography tips anyone can follow.

FOLLOW OUR CURRENT ADVENTURES

Travel has been the focus of our life since 1997 - intentionally.

We don't plan on stopping that. We now have a base in Raleigh, NC - after being granted a Green Card for our extraordinary ability in the art of travel blogging.

We will continue to explore more of the US but also intend on traveling further abroad - Europe, South East Asia and Central and South America.

We can't wait to share more of our favorites as we experience them.

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FREE TRAVEL PLANNING CHECKLISTS

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