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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.
TOP TRAVEL TIPS
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.
I know your cautious about travel in 2021. There is a lot to consider. The future of travel has never been more uncertain and out of our control and we recently shared our top travel […]
We all know travel has changed. So much that it pretty much ground to a halt in 2020. How does the biggest industry in the world that impacts the lives of millions suddenly stop? No […]
I sat down to write a travel manifesto and struggled. Not struggled for something to say, but struggled with too many things to say. Sometimes too much sage advice can overwhelm and paralyze. I decided […]
Over the past 20 years, Caz and I have been fortunate to have visited over 50 countries and lived in 5, and today we’d like to share with you our 20 best travel tips! Whilst our […]
My niece is planning a trip to New York City. It will be her first USA trip so I told her I would write this step-by-step travel planning guide for her, and YOU, on how to […]
When you are fresh off the plane on your first travel adventure there is much you don’t know about the wider world. But a lot you do know about the place where you just left. […]
25 travel tips with kids for making your family travel awesome
After 20 years of travel, you forget what it was like starting out. It got me thinking of what I would put on that list if it was me starting all over again, yet knowing […]
TOP TRAVEL PLANNING AND BOOKING TIPS
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.
Do you need help choosing your travel destinations? Whilst we’re not in the business of actually booking trips for others, we can certainly offer you expert guidance on how to choose a destination that meets […]
Besides learning how to find cheap accommodation, learning how to find cheap flights to anywhere in the world will help you to reduce your other big travel expense. Thankfully, there are strategies and tips we can […]
Need tips on how to find cheap rental cars? If you love taking road trips with kids and your parents, read on. The 19 tips below and our recommended search website will help you find your […]
Where you sleep at night is one of your major fixed travel expenses, so learning how to find cheap accommodation will help you to keep more money in your pocket for spending on activities. Fortunately, […]
Need tips on how to backpack and travel round the world? You’ve come to the right place. In this post we share our top backpacking tips of how we were able to backpack round-the-world over […]
Our trip is shaping up more and more, made quite a few changes since the last email exchange we had – I just wanted to shout out that your blogs have been super helpful in planning! Thank you again. All the best to you & your lovely family.
WHAT IS YOUR TRAVEL STYLE?
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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.
Ex-airline employee, flight expert and global traveler, Kerwin Mckenzie shares his insights on current travel + the fascinating life built around his passion
Now that I’m older I have less tolerance – for people that don’t care about me or vice versa (I mean that respectfully too), for things that waste my time, and terrible coffee and wine. […]
Low-cost airlines are a great way to lower your travel costs so you can have those holidays you’ve worked hard to create. It’s especially important for families, as the nature of such, drives your travel […]
I have a new goal in life: to fly Qantas Business Class all the time, well at least for any long haul flight from Australia to another destination. Hang on, that’s almost all international flights. […]
Do you have a fear of flying or a fight ritual? Here is how I get over my fear of flying, which has helped over the years. Do you do any of these?
Don’t let jet lag ruin the first few days of your trip (or your return home) My secret jet lag cure (+9 other helpful tips) will help you overcome jet lag!
Want to travel with kids but dread flying with them? Here are 17 tips for flying with kids to help you feel calm and the kids happy. Happy Pinning!
By Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim I’ve only just been bitten by the travel bug. Up until about two years ago I was one of those people that was happy exploring my own backyard, with […]
No matter your accommodation style we have some tips to help you!
As family travelers we prefer Airbnb and vacation rentals and hotel suites. Every now and then we'll opt for a fancier resort and sometimes a hostel.
Plus we love to camp!
When we were backpackers we stayed in ultra budget accommodation types and can offer plenty of tips on that too. Here are a few of our accommodation tips.
Tent camping is one of our favorite things to do and we have LOADS of experience camping in Australia, Africa and the US.
We share all our tips, plus a few insider stories and funnies.
We decided last minute to return to Nashville after spending 4 days in Memphis. I spent most of the three-hour car trip searching for family accommodation and places to stay in Nashville. Everything was so […]
One of your biggest travel expenses and time-consuming tasks is booking accommodation, and we all want to save time and hopefully some money when searching for deals online. Whilst there are plenty of websites these […]
We hear it all the time, ‘You should try housesitting!” We know. Friends have told us about being the boss of Irish castles and living in mansions on a Thai island for free. “Give me […]
Saving on accommodation in Australia has never been so important. Australia an expensive country to travel, but one worth exploring. Don’t think you can’t travel Australia yet? There are many ways you can save on […]
I had a dream and for a very long time that was all it was, a dream that seemed unattainable, unrealistic and most definitely one I could not afford. For the longest time I fantasied […]
Ever since we started traveling the world in 1997, we have personally used the following budget accommodation options…. Hostels and Guesthouses Apartments Cheap hotel rooms Camping A friend’s house A stranger’s house Overnight bus and […]
ROAD TRIP TIPS
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.
We are big fans of taking road trips, they are our favorite way to travel, especially when traveling with kids and grandparents around the USA. We rate doing a road trip with kids as highly enjoyable […]
Have you ever wondered whether the RV lifestyle is for you? Less responsibilities, minimal living, cheaper lifestyle and spectacular views from your bedroom window that change every day…sounds like the dream, right? We agree, there […]
Ever thought of taking a road trip with the kids and grandparents? It can be a lot of fun if you plan and prepare for it right. Here’s how
Without a doubt, Australia is one of the most amazing countries to explore. Full of natural wonders, unique wildlife and dazzling beaches. There is so much to see and do, and what better way to […]
What’s the best way to travel around Australia? We get asked this question a lot and we wished we investigated it more before we chose a camper trailer to travel around Australia. Apart from a […]
When you road trip around Australia with two kids, it’s amazing how much luggage you need. Before we left home two and a half months ago we did our best to prioritize on luggage, toys […]
FANTASTIC ROAD TRIP DESTINATIONS IDEAS
TRAVEL INSURANCE TIPS
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.
Yes. Epic year ahead. You know it as you already have atleast three opportunities to travel. School reunion #ThisCouldBeFun. Beachside cabanas in the Bahamas #Chillax. And a very important business presentation in Tokyo #TackOnAFewExtraDays Three […]
My friends, we recently made an $800 mistake with our travel insurance. Note, there was NO mistake with travel insurance, but simply our stupidity in being lax with it and not renewing our policy! I […]
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 […]
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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!
Cruising is often compared to a dinner wine; the wrong one can spoil your whole experience! With over 50 cruise lines operating, you’re probably wondering what are the best cruise ships for kids, and it’s […]
Wondering what to wear on a cruise? My cruise packing checklist will make your cruise travel planning effortless. I’ll also share some cruise packing tips and some of my favourite resources.
Want to see what it’s like to take a 6 day Western Caribbean Cruise on Carnival Vista? In early September we sailed on this ship as guests of Carnival Cruise Line and created some priceless […]
If travel is all about having amazing experiences, creating great memories, and jumping off the hamster wheel to discover the world, then I think cruising is a great way to condense memories, adventure, and discovery […]
Are you familiar with repositioning cruises? We certainly had not heard about them until last year when a fellow house sitter traveled from Panama to Portugal and taking a reposition cruise could be a new […]
STAYING HEALTHY ON THE ROAD
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.
I love online fitness classes and yoga classes to help me keep up my strength and fitness when I travel. Grokker is a great online fitness and yoga membership that helps me do it. It also has meditation and cooking classes.
Ready to go on your big trip? Don’t forget your first aid kit. We share the best things to pack in your travel medical kit with a free packing checklist for you
Suffer from anxiety? Worried about being alone when you travel? Here are 5 ways to manage your mental wellbeing as a solo traveler and create amazing memories
Wondering how to stay healthy on a cruise? With all that opportunity for indulgence it’s a challenge. Here are 11 easy ways to still indulge yet not put on weight or feel sick. Tips from our recent Western Caribbean Cruise.
You know America is the land of supersize and “You want fries with that?” It’s notorious for gigantic meals and unlimited soda refills. Or is it? We’ve come to America with the intention to smash […]
I believe that travel is an essential part of a healthy life. Taking time out of our regular routines to explore new places helps us to see things from a different perspective, it opens our […]
In partnership with Westin Hotels and Resorts Health and well-being incorporates so much more than just exercise and a good diet. In that definition, we forget the importance of a sense of purpose, connectedness to […]
Planning a family holiday? Worried about child safety? Make sure you travel safely by following these travel safety tips with kids
Love yoga and are travelling? Here are my easy yoga travel tips to maintain a yoga practice including online yoga classes which is my favourite way!
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. Your brain likes to […]
BEST COUPLES TRAVEL TIPS
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.
Our adventures on our five year honeymoon traveling through South East Asia, the UK, Southern Africa, and the USA! Plus, we share about living and working in Bangkok, Dublin, Broome, WA and Raleigh, NC
Hey! We are Michael and Alexandra from the travel blog Couple’s Coordinates and today we are sharing our 10 best Italy honeymoon destinations. Our relationship and travel have been entwined since the inception; having traveled […]
South Africa is the perfect destination for honeymooners – stunning beaches, natural beauty, and great wine. Why wouldn’t you honeymoon in South Africa?
Travelling is something that can make or break a relationship. A short relaxing holiday usually isn’t where the problem lies, more so during long-term travel periods where issues can arouse more, stresses build up, and irritability shows. Travel […]
Only a few weeks ago Ben Affleck mentioned the difficulty of marriage in his Oscar winning acceptance speech. “I want to thank you [Jennifer] for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases. It’s good. It […]
Craig and I married in 2002. In celebration of surviving 18 years of marriage, I thought I would write a post sharing our tips for couples travel. Back in 2002, just three days after our wedding, […]
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.
We’ve all witnessed the amazing lifestyles, travels and adventures of our favourite people on Instagram, every day on our feeds. It’s like those pretty people just have pro photographers follow them around their daily lives […]
When it comes to solo travel, I think I’ve been asked every question over the years, and then some. What are your travel photography tips for solo travelers? is one that pops up more frequently […]
Award-winning, global travel photographer Susan Seubert has agreed to give us a few preparation photography tips for taking beautiful photos while traveling the world. Susan is a National Geographic Photography Expert and in addition to […]
So you want to be a travel video blogger? Or, maybe that is not what you want to do full time, but you’d like to incorporate a little videoing or vlogging into your travel recording […]
Unfortunately, when it comes to travel photography, people are one of the most under-photographed subjects. The reason? Well, it is much easier to shoot a building, landscape or a piece of food laid out on the […]
When Craig and Caz approached me to put an article together on tips for improving travel photography, I have to say I was flattered. I love taking photos, and to be asked to share my […]
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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Arguments can be seen all over the web about the best way to travel. There are those who travel long term that shout the message far and wide that this is the only authentic and […]
Previously we looked at why guided tours may be a good option for many people to use on their travels. Today, we are going to continue discussing how to travel the world by discussing the […]
Craig and I are big advocates for independent travel. It is what we know, like, and trust. However, there have been certain times when we have considered taking guided tours of a region, and sometimes […]
I was armed and ready for it upon my return home this time. I knew what it was, and there was no way that shady ghost was going to sneak up on me and catch […]
This is a guest post from Christy at Ordinary Traveler This may sound normal for those of you living and working in Australia or Europe, but for the US, this is not as common as […]
Here on y travel blog, we are all about the travel. We will always talk about travel and help you travel more. It is our passion and the thing that drives us to live life […]
Becoming a driving instructor gives you the opportunity to work almost anywhere in the world. Thousands of Britons emigrate from the UK every year dreaming of clear skies, sunny beaches and palm trees. Living an […]
Travel is not all sweet and easy. It can have many horror stories and challenges. Here are 23 experiences you do not want to put on your travel bucket list.
After 20 years of travel, you forget what it was like starting out. It got me thinking of what I would put on that list if it was me starting all over again, yet knowing […]