My Mom Says This Blog is Boring

Matt in the Loire Valley
Last month, my mom told me she thought this blog was boring. a�?Wherea��s all the fun stuff? I want to see more photos of you traveling. I dona��t care about these other updates.a�?

a�?Mom, I live in Austin now. You know Ia��m not on the road that much,a�? I replied.

a�?I know but still….I want to see more stuff. Ita��s just much more interesting, honey.a�?

a�?Ok, Mom,a�? I say and move the conversation on.

But you know what? Shea��s right (shhhhh, dona��t tell her I said that). This website has gotten a little boring.

There arena��t many new adventures, photos of exotic destinations, and exciting stories from the road being posted, because, well, Ia��m pretty non-nomadic these days. I spent more time in the US last year than I did abroad.

I feel this way every few years, though. a�?Ita��s OK,a�? I think to myself, a�?Ia��ll be on the road again, and there will be new content, stories, and tips for my website.a�?

But lately, as Ia��ve come to terms with my move from nomadic to more stationary, thata��s no longer true. Last year, I only did two big trips, and after I return home from my current winter adventure in New Zealand, ita��s doubtful Ia��ll take another trip until the summer.

Even if my mom doesna��t like it, Ia��ve come to terms with this change.

Maybe one day, Ia��ll sling on my backpack and a few weeks will again turn into a few years. The future is unwritten.

But, after vacillating so long between staying and going, Ia��m pretty happy being a�?stationary Matt.a�? Ia��m currently writing a new book. I signed up for Swedish and cooking classes, and Ia��d like a relationship that lasts pasts my next international flight.

So, as I put down roots, Ia��m left at a crossroads with this website.

Travel is what I do a�� and Ia��m blessed that I get to share my stories and tips with everyone here. Ita��s amazing meeting people on road who tell me that this website inspired their trip, saved them money, or Cheap himcolin review helped them improve their life. Ita��s truly amazing in every sense of the way.

But Ia��m not nomadic anymore. The kids you see on Instagram or YouTube channel filming crazy videos can take up the nomad mantel. Ia��m going to sit home, write, practice my Svenska, figure out how not to overcook my dinner, and read a book.

So where does that leave us? Is this my a�?ita��s not you, ita��s mea�? breakup post?

No.

While a�?the nomada�? is now just a�?the traveler,a�? I am not going anywhere.

While Ia��ll still blog because I like to write and am never short of ideas, updates wona��t be as regular as they were in the past. Instead, Ia��ve decided to turn this site from primarily a blog into primarily a travel resource. Therea��s big plans afoot to spruce up, expand, and refresh every single page on this website.

This year has another focus and that is community. I want to use this platform to connect travelers with each other. We are going to launch a major, major, major meet-up program in a few weeks so people can meet each other while learning about travel. There will be local chapters, events, speakers, and gatherings, workshops, and getaways. Plus, Ia��m organizing a conference for the fall.

There will be also more videos, webinars, FB lives, and Q&As. My YouTube channel is coming back. Ia��ll be interacting more on social media, sharing peoplea��s stories, and answering your questions.

The team and I are committed to using this giant platform to bring people together, highlight community members, and find fun ways to take what we have online and bring it into the real world. Wea��re going to be a buy carafate us. lot more social this year!

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When I started this website, there were always stories to share. I was always on the move. Forever the nomad I thought to myself.

But life is not static. The person I was and the wants I had at 25 are not the same at 36.

Ia��m not done traveling. Far from it. I love every trip I take. There will still be how-to blogs and travel stories a�� just not as many.

But that doesna��t mean there arena��t other ways to serve travelers.

So while the a�?bloga�? will be a semi-ghost town, the community and resource part of this website will be more active and larger than ever. My goal is to expand the reach of the “cheaper, better, smarter” philosophy and turn more people into travelers.

So, yes, Mom, the blog may be boring, but so much more is happening this year than just a blog about Thailand.

And that makes me (and I hope you) excited for whata��s to come!

P.S. – If you’re in New Zealand, I’m having a meet up on January 23rd in Queenstown. You can sign by clicking here!

The Top Things to See and Do in Madagascar

Nomadic Matt in Madagascar
Madagascar, a country famed for lemurs, baobab trees, birding, and jungles, offers visitors a rich playground to explore. I was enthralled by its beauty: the sweeping canyons and gorges, the grand waterfalls, and the sheer diversity of the landscape. One day youa��re in a tropical jungle, the next youa��re in an arid plain, and a few hours later youa��re in subtropical forest! Plus, there really are seemingly endless varieties of lemurs.

Though Madagascar is remote and flights are expensive (more on how to get there and save money in my next post), with only 350,000 visitors per year, you get a lot of the country to yourself! (And ita��s always better to go to a place sooner rather than later, because you never buy tadacip online. know where the next a�?ita�? destination is going to be!)

Though I didna��t get as much time there as Ia��d like (the roads are terrible a�� it takes eight hours to go 250km), here Cheap vermox plus are some of the wonders you can expect on your visit:

Avenue of the Baobabs

A wide avenue with large baobab trees
Baobab trees are massive trees that can grow 98 feet tall and 36 feet wide and can live up to one thousand years. While there are similar trees in the genus, baobabs are completely unique to Madagascar. Theya��re an impressive sight, especially when your guide casually mentions that the massive one youa��re hugging is just a baby a�� at 400 years old. While the trees can be found throughout the country, this road lined with them (just an hour outside Morondava) a�� and straight out of a postcard a�� is one of those iconic images of Madagascar. The best time for photos is during sunrise or sunset. The worst time for crowds? Those same times. Pick your poison.

Tsingy

Hiking in Madagascar
This park near the western coast (ita��s really two: Great Tsingy and Little Tsingy) is not an easy place to visit. It takes one complete day via four-wheel drive on very rough terrain to get there. Ita��s very remote, with few tourists. The plus side? Ita��s one of the most incredible sites in the country. Water and wind spent centuries carving the limestone into jagged peaks that look like a row of never-ending knives; to get around, you use rope bridges, ladders, and fixed cables. The area also has a lot of caving, and often people pair a trip here with a slow boat down the Tsiribihina River (send photos of that if you go, because sadly, due to time, I missed visiting the river!).

Isalo National Park

Nomadic Matt in Isalo National Park
Located in the south-central part of the country and featuring multiple rugged hiking trails (bring water and a hat, as you are exposed most of the time); cliffs, ravines, gorges, and canyons; and plentiful fauna, this Westworld-like park just blew me away. It was my favorite place in Madagascar. There are three waterfalls you can cool off in after your walks and a variety of lemur species (they get pretty close as they are desensitized to humans, so watch your food!). You are required to hire a guide (they are found at the entrance), but they were great explainers of the land and the local culture. Added bonus: the clear sky and lack of light pollution make for some incredible sunsets and star-filled nights. I never saw the Milky Way so clearly.

Nosy Be

Nosy Be beach
Nosy Be is the place to go for Madagascara��s trademark beaches. Here you will find miles of white-sand beaches in a more upscale, Western environment. There are expensive restaurants, big resorts, and lots of couples and families (which is generally who visits Madagascar). Beach parties erupt each Sunday, and therea��s some amazing snorkeling, diving, fishing, and whale watching. Ita��s the quintessential tropical island paradise a�� with the quintessential cost (but it is the best beach in the country!).

AZle Sainte Marie

A beach in Madagascar
While everyone goes to Nosy Be for the better beaches and fancier resorts, if you want something a little more local, cheap, and relaxed, check out AZle Sainte Marie off the eastern coast. This former pirate capital (Captain Kidda��s ship sank nearby) is a cool island full of little coves, a pirate graveyard, delicious seafood, and a laid-back Caribbean-like atmosphere. The beaches arena��t as good as Nosy Be, but therea��s a beautiful, pristine white-sand beach at the south of the island near the airport that few people visit. This is also the best part of the country for whale watching too. When coming here, fly. The slow boat is most always late and lands nowhere near a major town on the mainland. Taking the boat wastes an entire day.

Ranomafana National Park

Ranomafana National Park
A prime example of a tropical cloud forest, Ranomafana was my second favorite place after Isalo. This is one of the best spots in the country to see lemurs, as it contains twelve species. Besides lemurs, there were the famous giraffe beetles and lots of birds, chameleons, and other wildlife. Of the multiple trails available (you are also required to get a guide here), I would do the morning hike, then the afternoon and night hikes at the secondary entrance, as the majority of tours skip that and you get more of the park to yourself. (There are also hot springs in the nearby town to relax in.) Due to the parka��s popularity, therea��s a daily limit on the number of people who can visit, so ita��s best to go in low season. While the park is 161 square miles, you only get to see a few square miles of it, so it can still be crowded, especially in the morning when the tour buses come.

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park / Lemur Island

Lemur Island in Madagascar
Located between the capital and the east coast, this area is famous for the Indri lemur, which makes a sound like a howling devil bat that echoes across the jungle. Nearby is also the famous Lemur Island ($3 USD to get in), which has 4 species lemurs that have been rescued from being pets. Here the lemurs let you get up close and personal, since they have been domesticated, but they are also released back into their natural habitat to be wild again. But if for some reason they cana��t, they live free in the park.

Toliara

Toliara in Madagascar
Down on the west coast, this small town is famous for the expats who move there, the pizza (ita��s a seriously popular dish in the country), and for being a launching pad for diving excursions to the Great Reef offshore. Therea��s not much else to do except sit by the beach or go into the water. The drive getting here on the N7 (the only north-south highway) is also pretty amazing, as you can take in Ranomafana, Isalo, and other spots along the way!

Antananarivo

The capital of Madagascar
The capital of Madagascar is a chaotic place with not a lot to do, but ita��s a good stop to see the lemur park and the Rova (the old palace), get a sense of the international scene in the city, and use as your launching pad for stops further afield.

Overload on zebu

a zebu cow
Zebu is a type of cow with a large hump on its back. Ita��s more of a work cow, like an ox, and youa��ll see them all over the country. They are even used as dowries in weddings. Ita��s the only kind of beef in the country and is always on the menu (along with healthy portions of rice). However, the meat is really tough, thanks to all the work the animals do in the fields, and so ita��s best in a stew or as a steak. I cana��t say I loved it. But often it was either that or pasta. I had so much zebu that Ia��m good for the rest of my life.

Drive the N5

A rough road in Madagascar
Heading north along the east coast from Toamasina to Maroantsetra, this road a�� and I use that word loosely a�� is a potholed-filled expedition through some of the most raw and pristine areas of Madagascar and your best chance to see the famous aye-aye lemur. The road here meanders through dense jungle, over rivers, and through tiny towns in one of the most undeveloped parts of the country. Youa��re really off the beaten path here. Budget a lot of time, because the road quickly turns bad outside of Toamasina.

Go whale watching

A whale jumping from the water
Between June and November more than 7,000 humpback whales migrate from Antarctica to Madagascar to breed. The whale watching is some of the best in the world. While we were taking the boat to AZle Sainte Marie, we saw a couple breach the water and it was stunning to see. Plus, with so few tourists here, you arena��t one of 9,384,732 boats vying for a photo.

Enjoy the long drives and vistas

A beautiful vista in Madgascar
With the roads being so bad, you are going to spend a lot of time in a car. As I said, it takes around eight hours to go 250km! The upside is that you will get to enjoy long drives past scenic vistas of mountains and gorges, lush rainforests, and valleys lined with terraced rice paddies. I wanted to get a lot of reading done, but I was often pulled away by the views. Madagascar is a truly beautiful country. While I hate long drives, I did enjoy pulling over every few minutes to take too many photos of every mountain and valley I saw.

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Madagascar has a lot to see and do. Despite the years of environmental degradation (which remains a serious, serious problem), you can still see a lot of wonderful native plants and exotic animals that are indigenous to the third largest island in the world. Though Madagascara��s quite a journey to get to, these highlights will give you a trip to remember.

Note: I went to Madagascar with Intrepid Travel as part of our ongoing partnership. They paid for the tour and my expenses during the trip. I paid for my flights to and from Madagascar. They offer 10% off their tours to readers so click the link and save on your next trip.

Embracing Change: Health Scares, Retirement, and Travel

retired travelers posing for a photo
We have such a large community and I love sharing everyone’s story. I think highlighting a variety of perspectives and experiences helps inspire so many of us! This month we’re featuring Donella and her husband. After her husband had a health scare a few years ago, they decided to stop waiting, finally sell their stuff, and head on the road. As more and more adults consider a “nomadic” retirement (especially here in the U.S. where it wasn’t always so common), I wanted to interview them and have them share their advice.

Nomadic Matt: Hi Donella! Thanks for doing this. Tell everyone about yourself!
Donella: We have been raising children and grandkids for the past 30 years in South Florida. Now at 58 years of age, and with my husband retiring at 65, we decided to sell our home and take off to see the world.

I was a divorced single mother of two when I first met my husband, who was working in the construction of the hospital where I was employed. He stalked me for five weeks before getting the courage to ask me out. When he did, he said, a�?If I like you, I am going to marry you!a�? That was his proposal, and a few months later we were married. He has been a marvelous provider, father, and grandfather these past 30 years.

Fifteen years into our marriage he suffered renal failure, and the doctors did not expect he had enough life left in him to get a transplant. They asked me to prepare for his funeral, which I did. It was a nine-year journey, until we got a call late one night in 2008 that they had a kidney available for him. Since that time you would never know by looking at him that he had ever been sick a day in his life. It was truly a miracle!

retired travelers

How did you get into travel?
For several years now, I have had the urge to travel, which has been a dream of mine before marriage and children. My husband was never keen on the idea until one afternoon last year he said, a�?Leta��s do this!a�? The next day I began to sell, donate, and give away (almost) EVERYTHING so that the day we moved we wouldna��t need any trucks. I called a realtor, and our home sold within 24 hours for more than we were asking. We were able to drive away with everything we owned in our two vehicles. My husband was a bit shocked how quickly it all happened once he agreed to go!

Did you and your husband take a lot of trips before this big one?
Over the past 30 years we only went to visit family in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Delaware, though we also explored areas on the way, such as Savannah and Charleston. I visited Texas often to see my brother, Puerto Rico to see our son, and California to see our daughter. We are going to continue to visit family as we explore the country and travel abroad but take more time to see things that we have only read about. We have learned so much about the world in travel blogs, and we want to experience that.

a retired couple posing

Tell me about your current trip. After you sold your house, what happened? Where did you go?
As soon as our house was sold we found a beautiful beach bungalow in Juno, Florida, directly across from the beach. Never in our wildest dreams did we ever imagine ourselves being able to live so close to the ocean. We saved just enough things to use to live here. Wea��ve basically done what we learned online from the nomadic community: living with less and enjoying our surroundings more. Our lease here is only until the end of the year; in the meantime we are getting our van prepared for full-time camping around the country next year.

This past March we took a long trip to Andalucia in Spain, which was the first time my husband had ever traveled to Europe. We went to enjoy but also to look into living there the next time we visit. We will do basically the same thing: find a small space so that we are able to take time to travel to other countries as well.

What inspired this current life change?
My daughter told me that my granddaughter was talking about traveling when she grew up. In an instant it brought back all the memories of my own plans at that same age. That rekindled the spark in me from my own childhood. Traveling was the way I grew up with my own parents, who were nomads in the a��50s and a��60s. I grew up in North Africa, Europe, Britain, and the United States all before the age of 10. My father continued traveling the United States until he passed away. My mother continues to travel the US and Europe while residing in Spain. Ita��s in my roots, and I long to visit new places and revisit other places that I have seen as a child. Sharing this with my husband seems like a dream come true.

retired couple traveling

Did people say you were crazy when you said you were setting off to travel the world?
We were surprised at how many people have been so excited to watch us start this journey. There are also people who look at us with that deer-in-the-headlights look, because they cana��t imagine living life without their homes and their stuff. I get that, and dona��t really believe this is for everyone, but it is definitely for us.

Has your husbanda��s health been an issue at all? What precautions do you have to take?
My husband is in good health now but he still needs blood work routinely and anti-rejection medicine. We decided to find a different doctor, who would be more accessible in case of emergency. She will be able to order blood work wherever we are and get the results. We will continue to return here to South Florida once a year for his follow-up. When traveling to Europe, we got travel insurance, and the cost was reasonable.

a retired couple traveling the world

Is it easy to see a doctor overseas? How do you handle medication? Have you ever had to get a prescription filled on the road?
Our doctor here in the States made sure my husband had all the medications needed for our trip. We contacted a doctor in Spain who said they would be able to write prescriptions if needed. Between the two doctors we felt my husband was in good hands, along with the travel insurance we purchased for our trip there. We havena��t had to fill any prescriptions while traveling, but our doctor says it would not be a problem.

What are your future travel plans?
Once my husbanda��s work commitments are complete, we plan to leave here and live on the road. In the meantime, this fall we are planning a road trip through Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. Next spring we are planning a trip up the East Coast from Florida to Nova Scotia. Then we will travel across the northern states until we reach Chicago and take Route 66 west.

We plan to return to Spain, once we finish up the trips through the United States. We hope to have our kids and grandkids join us for a visit, too. Europe is cheap enough to find a small flat to reside in and use their public transportation to see other Buy malegra dxt countries.

retired couple living abroad

How do you keep to a budget?
We have a budget in which we divide all our costs into home, auto, entertainment, food, gifts, medical, miscellaneous, personal, and travel. I keep envelopes with receipts for each item and calculate what we are spending in each area by month. We decide where we need to make adjustments and keep within our budget. It helps to determine if we have a realistic budget or not. Everyonea��s priorities are different, but it is good to be able to see where your money is going routinely. It is the best way to determine how much we are able to spend in for our next travel adventure.

Young people are traveling like this and have wonderful advice on how to make it work, as we have read on your blog. Being retired, we have a pension for financial support, but wea��ve found ideas for all types of work from young bloggers if more funding is needed.

We spend a lot of time reading and researching on the internet for great advice from people who are already living this lifestyle. We now plan smarter and more cost efficiently because of the knowledge that we have received and feel confident that we are going to be able to do more than we ever dreamed possible!

What advice do you have for travelers your age?
Some of the best advice we have received have been from all the young bloggers online such as yourself, Matt. We learned to plan our trips for dates that are less money. Our first trip to Europe cost us less than one of our family trips here in the States!

Another important travel lesson has been not to get our information from news media but instead to rely on the US Department of State Bureau nebivololum and anxiety. of Consular Affairs. They dona��t sensationalize what is going on in each country but give you the information you need in order to make good decisions.

Become the Next Success Story

One of my favorite parts about this job is hearing people’s travel stories. They inspire me, but more importantly, they also inspire you. I travel a certain way but there are many ways to fund your trips and travel the world.A�I hope these stories show you that there is more than one way to travel and that it is within your grasp to reach your travel goals. Here are more examples of people who made their travel dreams a reality:

  • How Jim Didn’t Let a New Disability Change his Travels
  • How (and Why) This 72-Year-Old is Backpacking the World
  • How Families and Seniors Can Use the Information on this Website
  • How this 70-Year-Old Couple Bucked Tradition to Travel the World

P.S. Looking to step up your travel photography? We are hosting a Q&A with professional photographer Laurence Norah on October 29th, so mark your calendars!

10 Epic Films to Inspire You to Visit Africa

A giraffe in Africa
Welcome to the latest Africa related post by our resident experts Natasha and Cameron fromA�The World Pursuit. While I’ve been to the continent in the past (and I’m actually there right now!), I’ve only seen a few countries, whereas these two spent close a year driving around the continent. This month, they share their favorite films about Africa. (I’ve seen some of them. They are really good.)

For us, learning about where you are in the world is an essential part of traveling. Instead of reading history books and researching your days away online, wea��ve found that a fun way to learn is by watching movies. cialis prices costco. After a year traveling around Southern and East Africa, wea��ve logged hours and hours doing just that.

Many of these movies gave us that initial urge to make our way to this less-traveled continent. Scenes of heartbreak, rolling landscapes, and wild animals told us we just had to get to Africa and explore for ourselves. We want to share our favorite movies set in Africa with you, so maybe you will watch them and feel inspired to travel there as well.

The movies below cover a wide range of topics and genres, but all are based on true events that happened in Africa and give a greater understanding of what Price of promethazine syrup traveling there is like.

1. Out of Africa

Out of AfricaOut of Africa is that movie about Africa that everyone knows and adores. Romance, rolling plains, and lions a�� whata��s not to love? We couldna��t help mentioning it, because, as clichA�d as it is, it is one of our favorite movies about Africa. The scenery and landscapes are entrancing, and the breathtaking cinematography convinced us to get ourselves to the continent. If you want to get a glimpse into colonial times in East Africa, with a bit of romance and drama sprinkled in, then set aside a few hours for this classic. Before the movie came out in 1988, Kenya was a place for the rich and elite to go on safari. After this hit the screen, tourism in Kenya exploded.

2. Gorillas in the Mist

Gorillas in the MistDid you know that there are only 800 mountain gorillas left in the world? Nowadays they are heavily protected in Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. However, just a few decades ago there were no conservation efforts to help these mystical animals. But primatologist Diane Fossey spent 18 years of her life studying the social interactions of mountain gorilla families in the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda; without her efforts, it is a real possibility the animals would have been extinct today. This 1988 drama chronicles her lifea��s work a�� both her struggles and achievements a�� and her mysterious death. The film depicts just how deep a bond between animal and human can grow.

3. The First Grader

The First GraderIn 2003, Kenya made African history by offering free primary education to its citizens. Unlikely hero Kimani Maruge, who had never received an education during British colonial times, decided to go to school for the first time at the ripe old age of 84. The First Grader depicts how Maruge persevered and excelled in elementary school, and how determination truly has no age limit, thus putting the importance of education for all, especially in rural Africa, in front of an international audience.

4. The Last King of Scotland

The Last King of ScotlandThe Last King of Scotland is a must-watch before visiting Uganda. The ruthless Idi Amin became known for human rights abuses, corruption, torture, killing, and ethnic persecution during his brutal regime in the 1970s, causing an estimated 100,000-500,000 deaths, mostly Ugandans. The filma��s name is taken from one of Amina��s self-proclaimed titles, the a�?King of Scotland.a�? It portrays Amina��s presidency through the eyes of his fictitious physician and conveys a sense of the political turmoil and hardship that the Ugandan people faced.

5. Hotel Rwanda

Hotel RwandaMost people have heard of the 1994 genocide that killed 500,000-1,000,000 Rwandans. During those dark days, Paul Rusembegi, the manager of the prominent HA?tel des Mille Collines in downtown Kigali, took in thousands of refugees, while making it look like the hotel was operating as usual. Although it was a tragic time in Rwanda, the movie at least has happy and uplifting points and showcases how strong the human spirit is. Of course, ita��s not 100% factual, but it is a good jumping-off point for those who want to learn more about the Rwandan genocide. (We decided to visit the hotel when we were road-tripping through Rwanda earlier this year and were surprised to find that it is still one of the most beautiful and affluent hotels in Kigali.)

6. Half of a Yellow Sun

Half of a Yellow SunBased on the book of the same name, Half of a Yellow Sun follows two Nigerian sisters as their countrya��s civil car (also known as the Biafran War) breaks out in the late a��60s. Minute by minute, we watch as the sistersa�� lives are decimated: family members die, others starve, and intellectuals become refugees in their own country. Although we havena��t been to Nigeria, the film and book do a great job of showing the atrocities of war, its effect on African women, the role of Western media and expats, and the results of colonialism.

7. Queen of Katwe

Queen of KatweThe Queen of Katwe is an inspirational real-life story about one young girl defying all odds. Phiona Mutesi is growing up in the slums of Ugandaa��s capital when she is introduced to the game of chess. With the help of her teachers and family, she goes on to be one of Ugandaa��s best female chess champions. The poverty her family endures and the constant struggles that so many face in Africa make this film a hard one to watch, especially after seeing it in real life.

8. The Good Lie

The Good LieWhen we were in high school, there were two very tall African boys who looked just a tiny bit older than everyone else. We later learned that they were Sudanese refugees, or some of a�?The Lost Boys of Sudan,a�? the name given to over 20,000 boys of the Nuer and Dinka ethnic groups who were orphaned or displaced during the Sudanese civil war.A US government program allowed about 3,800 of these refugees to resettle in the United States. The Good Lie tells the story of three of these Lost Boys and their sister, whose lives are torn apart by a terrible war, and how they are relocated and integrated into American society.

9. Long Walk to Freedom

Long Walk to FreedomBased on of Mandelaa��s own autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom lends viewers a deeper understanding of the politics of South Africa. The movie does a great job at showcasing historical events, but still mixes in the drama and action to keep viewers entertained. During our three months in South Africa, we saw images of the anti-apartheid revolutionary everywhere. From statues and important buildings to street names and street art, you can truly see the impact of Mandela.

10. Endless Summer

Endless Summer
This is not a film youa��ll find on many lists about Africa, but ita��s one of the most fitting for travelers to the continent. It also happens to be one of the first surf films of all time and led to the birth of a genre. The iconic and classic Endless Summer inspired a generation of surfers and travelers alike. This documentary by Bruce Brown follows two surfers as they leave the cold Californian coast behind in search of an a�?endless summera�? in the Southern Hemisphere. They end up traveling to the coastlines of Senegal, Ghana, and South Africa, showcasing the excellent surf that can still be found in the Western Cape to this day. As world travelers and wanna-be surfers, thata��s why we love it so much.

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There are so many great films about Africa that lend a better sense of the continent. Even if youa��re not heading that way, give them a watch anyway. They are all entertaining and great works of art.

Natasha and Cameron run the blogA�The World Pursuit, focusing on adventure and cultural travel. The two of them met in the film industry before they decided to abandon the American lifestyle and travel the world together. Theya��ve been traveling together for three years across 55 countries and six continents. They bought a 4×4 at the tip of Africa and are traversing the continent while documenting their story onA�InstagramA�andA�Facebook.A�

How this Boomer Canadian Couple Traveled the World for a Year

Esther and her husband
As a solo backpacker, there are are certain areas of travel I’m not yet an expert in. Fortunately, there are plenty of experts in our community who can share their travel experiences! Lately, there’s been a growing trend among boomers taking sabbaticals, early retirements, and buying vans and just saying “Screw it! Let’s go!” when the kids move out. More and more of my emails come from boomers looking for advice – not young college kids! It’s an awesome trend. So, today I wanted to share an interview with Esther and Peter. They’re are couple from Canada traveling the world on a year-long sabbatical. They share their advice on health issues, budgeting, and much more!

Nomadic Matt: Hi Esther! Thanks for doing this interview. Tell us about yourself!
Esther: I am an elementary school principal who has taken a self-funded leave for one year. I remarried a few years ago, and my husband, Peter, is my travel partner. I celebrated my 52nd birthday at the Pyramids of Giza, and Peter celebrated his 58th at a variety show in Bangkok. We call North Delta (a suburb of Vancouver) home.

How did you get into travel?
I think it happened in stages. When I was still in elementary school, my parents bought me a desk that had a map of the world on the top. I used to stare at that and dream of all the incredible places there are to explore in the world. Then, when I was thirteen, my parents bought a time-share. This allowed our family to travel to Mexico and Hawaii, which were my first tropical experiences. I loved the sounds and smells and the exotic feel of it. As a university student I studied languages in both Freiburg, Germany, and Bordeaux, France. During those two years I traveled in Europe, and I think that is when the travel bug really bit me. I have yet to recover from that bite!

Where have you been?
Before this round-the-world tour, I had already traveled extensively in Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, Cuba, China, and Canada. Since August 2016, my husband and I have visited Holland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal, and we are currently in Thailand. We still have three or four months of traveling ahead of us, and the current plan is to explore Southeast Asia, but we are open to other possibilities, too. Ironically, as we travel, my list of places to visit is growing longer rather than getting shorter!

Whata��s been the biggest lesson so far?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that the world is simultaneously small and big. By this I mean that it is small enough to explore. It is big, however, in that there is an abundance of everything we require to sustain ourselves. If we were to put aside politics and borders and simply focus on ensuring that we distribute the riches of the world, there would, I honestly believe, be more than enough of everything for everyone. Living out of a carry-on suitcase has taught me that we actually a�?needa�? very little.

Whata��s your number one piece of advice for new travelers?
Plan, plan, and plan some more. It is not only necessary but exciting! Then be prepared to abandon your carefully made plans for unexpected opportunities that will arise. This trip we decided to forego a portion of Eastern Europe to serve as crew on a sailboat in the Dodecanese Islands, and we blew our budget to sail down the Nile on a dahabiya (passenger boat). We dona��t regret those decisions one bit.

A second piece of advice would be to document your journey. I am not normally one to journal, but I do while traveling, and it is tremendous to look back on even now. We also are sharing our travel adventures through blogging and social media. I am confident that the digital and hard copies will become treasured memories when the trip is over.

Esther and her husband

How do you travel on a budget?
We basically draw from three pots of money: my salary, Petera��s pension and savings for the trip, and the income from renting our house. We are fortunate that all three sources of income come in monthly, which makes it easy to budget. We also have savings to dip into should the need arise, but so far we havena��t had to.

We look for budget accommodation. Hotels.com is where I do most of our bookings; because I write reviews of our stays, I get a percentage off subsequent stays and a free night for every ten paid nights. We have also used Airbnb on occasion.

We have been fortunate to spend some time with my relatives in Austria and also with many Couchsurfing hosts. I hesitate to put either of these in the budget category though, because we dona��t use these to save money but rather because it is such an enriching experience. We have been fortunate to have had wonderful hosts in the past eight months.

What budget tips do you have for other travelers?
Track every penny you spend. While Peter tracks things electronically using an app called Andromoney, I try to keep a running total in my head. Often my total is WAY off, as it is easy to forget a taxi ride, a cup of coffee, a snack at a roadside stand. We go over our $150 [Canadian] for the two of us some days, knowing we need to make it up on others.

Your husband has some health issues. How do you handle that on the road?
While we have been planning this round-the-world trip for a few years, our resolve became greater when Peter had a stroke two years ago. He worked hard to recover, but it was a reminder that life is uncertain and that we dona��t know how many days or years any of us have ahead of us, so we should fill them doing what we love.

We delayed our trip by one year while Peter worked on recovering. Originally, we planned on driving around Iceland so we could hike to the natural hot springs. Petera��s high blood pressure and hot springs arena��t a good combination, so instead we decided to sign up for a bike and barge tour in Holland.

His medical condition also caused us to think carefully etodolac discontinued. about which travel insurance would cover pre-existing conditions. Peter packed a yeara��s worth of medication and his blood pressure cuff, and he monitors his blood pressure regularly. Additionally, I have a bad hip, and the doctor has told me I will eventually require a hip replacement. We strive to live a healthy, mainly vegetarian lifestyle while traveling, but it is difficult in many countries.

Between the two of us, we are mindful of our physical limitations and that some activities we might have undertaken in our twenties simply arena��t for us now. That is the reality of growing older (for us at least). We are still able to do all of the activities we enjoy…just scaled back a bit.

Esther and her husband posing for a photo
Have you had to see any doctors on the road? Was getting a yeara��s worth of medicine difficult?
I had a really bad cold while in Sri Lanka over Christmas so we went to the hospital. The hospital visit and medications were only $25. I also had to have a doctor make a house call to the hotel while in India due to vertigo caused by a buildup of water in the ear, and he charged $23 for the house call and medication. For both of these medical interventions we paid cash, because it wasna��t enough to send to our medical insurance.

As far of the yeara��s worth medication, through the Canadian medical plan you can only purchase six monthsa�� worth, so the other half was out of pocket. Apparently, we could have picked up these medications cheaply in some countries but found that out too late. I am not sure we would want to have counted on that though because we find that even trying to get baby aspirin in the right dosage can be a challenge.

Do you meet a lot of travelers your age on the road? If so, how?
This has been tricky. Most of the travellers our age are on group tours so they dona��t tend to seek to expand their circle of friends. I make a point to start conversations with people wherever and whenever I can. Hostel and hotel lobbies are often good spots to connect with people.

The most significant meetings have definitely been through Couchsurfing. When looking for a host, I dona��t focus too much on the age, as our age bracket makes up a small percentage of the Couchsurfing world. Besides, I can enjoy the company of someone regardless of their age. Connecting with younger people has also been great and is quite rejuvenating. We have definitely made friendships on the road that I am confident will endure.

Do you find being older travelers makes it harder to find Couchsurfing hosts? A lot of older travelers worry that the site is a�?just for young peoplea�?.
I dona��t think our age has been an issue at all with Couchsurfing. If you make it clear that the Couchsurfing will be mutually satisfying, then age should not be an issue. Ia��d say more than 50% of the a�?surfersa�? are younger than us and we have had wonderful experiences. Actually, I think that a lot of the younger Couchsurfers take a lot without giving back by either not hosting themselves or just being a guest that sees it as a free hotel room. So being young could sometimes be viewed as a disadvantage in finding a host, in my mind.

Esther and her husband

Whata��s one mistake youa��ve made that you could have avoided?
Today we were robbed by our cabbie. My husband had been to the bank earlier in the day. Usually, we split up the money between us and also stash some in some secret places so as not to have all our money in one spot. Today, we were in a hurry, hot, and tired, and we were going to do it once we got back to the hotel. It was a perfect storm. In the end, the cabbie got about 3,000,000 dong ($180 USD) by feigning outrage and then grabbing a bunch of bills from my husbanda��s open wallet. Not knowing what he was going to do next, we got out of his cab as soon as he hit the unlock button. He was acting quite irrational, so we were happy to remove ourselves from that situation without greater loss. It has rattled us a bit and reminded us to follow all the common-sense safety measures.

What advice do you have for travelers your age?
GO NOW! Many people are waiting for retirement or the economy to improve or their children or grandchildren to be older. There is always something that will hold you back. Independent traveling wona��t get easier as the years pass. Some people might feel it is a selfish indulgence, but perhaps that isna��t such a bad thing. We have spent decades dedicating ourselves to working, raising children, and dreaming about a�?one day.a�? It is OK to decide that day is todaya��pack your bags and go!

Become the Next Success Story

One of my favorite parts about this job is hearing people’s travel stories. They inspire me, but more importantly, they also inspire Aspirin complex order online you. I travel a certain way but there are many ways to fund your trips and travel the world.A�I hope these stories show you that there is more than one way to travel and that it is within your grasp to reach your travel goals. Here are more examples of people who found work overseas to fund their trips:

  • How Jim Didn’t Let a New Disability Change his Travels
  • How (and Why) This 72-Year-Old is Backpacking the World
  • How Families and Seniors Can Use the Information on this Website
  • How this 70-Year-Old Couple Bucked Tradition to Travel the World


P.S. – We are hosting a Q&A with Couchsurfing on September 28th. Come join and find out how to crush it on Couchsurfing and meet locals on your travels!

Meet the Team: The Many Faces of Nomadic Matt

Nomadic Matt's team
From tech and coding to design to fixing bugs getting readers books when downloads fail to scheduling social media or running the forums, it takes a village to run this website. I simply couldn’t run the website, write, travel, eat, sleep, or anything in between if I didn’t have the support and help of an amazing group of people – and I think ita��s time you formally met them all! So, without further ado, herea��s team Nomadic Matt:

Erica

Nomadic Matt's boss
Erica has been working for me for over three and a half years and is my director of global operations i.e. right hand woman. She keeps this ship afloat. In her own words:

I grew up in Connecticut and went to school in Virginia. During a quarter-life crisis at age 21, I chose to finish my last year of college on an adventure in Qatar! From that moment on, my life revolved around traveling cheaply with the money I earned from waitressing. That budget got me to teach English in Isaan, Thailand, and South Korea; farm on St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean; and volunteer in rural Zambia. At age 26, I returned home to Connecticut, determined to get a job in travel. Soon after, I met Nomadic Matt at a travel meet-up in NYC, and the rest is history.

I whole-heartedly believe that traveling makes friends of strangers, and the more friends there are in the world, the more peace there is in the world.

13 Facts about Me

  1. At 15, I helped build a schoolhouse in Nicaragua.
  2. Living in a termite clay hut without electricity or running water in Zambia for six months was probably one of the most trying (and simple), exciting (and boring), and perspective-shifting experiences of my life.
  3. Ia��ve cut off my hair and donated it to Locks of Love, twice!
  4. I once hunted for possums on the island of St. Vincent with a bunch of Rastafarians. We caught four and made soup.
  5. In Costa Rica, I stayed at in a sustainable living community called Rancho Mastatal, where I learned how to farm yuca, make beer out of turmeric, and build a house out of cob.
  6. When I was 15, John Stamos kissed my cheek after I saw him in Cabaret on Broadway.
  7. I taught English in South Korea for 14 months and was able to easily save enough money for 21 months of non-stop travel.
  8. This music video I made used to be one of the top hits when you searched for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
  9. In Zambia, my friend and I were given a live chicken as a present. We were vegetarians, so we traded it for a pair of second-hand jeans at the market.
  10. I got 19 people (the students and teachers on the FLYTE trip) into an airport lounge for free. I think thata��s a travel hacking record!
  11. Ia��ve attended a Qatari princessa��s wedding sporting mink eyelashes.
  12. InA�Korea, I dated a guy who spoke no English and we basically communicated through drawing pictures and reciting American rap lyrics.
  13. I think Matt spends a majority of his day editing out my exclamation points from my research, emails, newsletters, etc! (Matt says: This is very true.)

Christopher O.

Nomadic Matt's community manager
Chris joined the team as the part-time manager of the forums back in 2015. Since then, hea��s branched out into the Superstar Blogging program and our soon-to-be-launched community platform, Nomadic Network. In his own words:

I grew up in a small town in Ontario, Canada, and spent my formative years listening to punk rock, reading Star Wars novels, and generally getting up to no good. After ditching my lifelong plan to be a lawyer, I decided to give travel a try. I headed to Costa Rica on a whim and have never looked back! It wasna��t long after that trip that I took a break from university (where I was studying history and theatre) to move to a monastery in Japan in 2007. Ia��ve more or less been wandering around ever since. Some notable adventures include taking the Trans-Siberian Railway across Russia and Mongolia, walking the Camino de Santiago twice, and going on a 10-day road trip around Iceland with complete strangers. When Ia��m not traveling, I live in Sweden and can be found reading, writing, or struggling to improve taddalafil non perscription sold in usa. at chess.

13 Facts about Me

  1. I spent nine months living in Buddhist monasteries.
  2. I lived in a tent for a year.
  3. I was once stalked by a jaguar and chased by a crocodile a�� on the same trip.
  4. I havena��t had alcohol in 13 years.
  5. Ia��ve broken all my fingers and toes, and my nose three times, and Ia��ve fractured both my wrists.
  6. I worked on an organic farm for 11 years.
  7. I co-owned a restaurant in Canada.
  8. I grew up next door to Avril Lavigne.
  9. I once ate an entire nine-course meal (I was the only person there to eat everything!).
  10. I played inter-mural Quidditch in high school and was our teama��s Seeker.
  11. I have a Star Wars tattoo.
  12. Ia��ve been vegan for 12 years.
  13. I have a scar from a fight that broke out over which Norse god was a�?the best.a�?

Chris R.

Nomadic Matt's tech guy
Chris, aka The Aussie Nomad, is a (kinda) former blogger who does all the tech and development work for the website. He keeps it running, fixes any errors you find, and deals with my constantly changing design desires. In his own words:

Ia��m living the good life in Western Australia by the beach with my amazing family. I got into the world of blogging after quitting my job, backpacking around Europe and, as all Aussies do, undertaking a working holiday in the UK. Like all of us who travel and fall in love with it, nobody wants to go home afterwards.

That adventure got me into creating a travel blog many years ago, which is how I first came to know Matt. I have since repurposed my IT skills from my old life and formed my own business to help out other bloggers with their websites.

13 Facts about Me

  1. I love Belgian beer (and I even married a Belgian).
  2. Ia��ve worked with Matt the longest out of anyone here. (Take that team!)
  3. I took off to backpack Europe when I was 29.
  4. Ia��m an advocate for Vegemite and believe all visitors to Australia must try this national treasure.
  5. One of my favorite activities is to take a long road trip, especially with family and friends.
  6. I have no idea how four-way stop signals in the U.S.A. dona��t all end up as accidents.
  7. I do not drink Fosters. It’s a terrible beer. No one in Australia actually drinks it.
  8. I like to think of myself as an amateur photographer.
  9. I failed kindergarten as I wouldna��t say goodbye to the teacher.
  10. My first job was working in a supermarket.
  11. I cana��t sleep on a plane – no matter how long the flight is.
  12. I can name every Thomas the Tank Engine character thanks to my son.
  13. I dona��t drink coffee or get peoplea��s love for it. Tea all the way!

Raimee

Nomadic Matt's social media manager
Raimee is the newest team member and does all our social media. She schedules posts, tweaks my terrible photos so they look good on Instagram, builds our content calendar, and creates all our quote & Pinterest graphics! In her own words:

When I was just 14 years old, I took my first international trip to Honduras and Belize with my family. Ever since then, Ia��ve been hooked on Cheap trileptal overdose experiencing new cultures, connecting with people from all walks of life, and learning about myself and the world through the power of travel! After graduating with a degree in advertising and marketing from Michigan State University and four years as a digital marketing specialist, I realized that corporate life was not for me. My insatiable need to experience the world beyond a desk led me to search for a job-related to travel. Ia��ve followed this blog for many years, and now I get to work for it remotely while I strategize, manage, and report on the social media accounts a�� and I love every second of it!

13 Facts about Me

  1. Ia��m obsessed with Harry Potter. Ia��ve read each book at least 10 times, and, if I told you how many times, Ia��ve watched each of the movies, you probably wouldna��t believe me.
  2. I once a�?hung outa�? with Daniel Radcliffe at a Red Wings game in Detroit, and actually kept my cool the entire time.
  3. Visiting the Harry Potter studio tour in London was one of the best days of my life.
  4. My mom was obsessed with the 80’s horror movie Evil Dead directedA�by Sam Raimi, so she named me after him.
  5. After having visited about 30 countries, Iceland is still my favorite.
  6. My biggest travel dream is to take a road trip around New Zealand!
  7. The most fun Ia��ve had on a trip was on my first solo backpacking trip through EuropeA�when I used Couchsurfing.
  8. I used to play the saxophone.
  9. I conquered my fear of heights by jumping off a cliff in Croatia a�� twice!
  10. I love languages and was close to being fluent in German during college.
  11. I’m terrified of flying.
  12. In another life, I would have been a film director/producer. Maybe some day!
  13. My favorite number is 13.

Nomadic Matt

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And, finally, therea��s me. You probably know a lot about me after nine and half years of blogging (sometimes I forget how long ita��s been), but herea��s a quick refresh:

Growing up in Boston, I was never a big traveler. I didna��t take my first trip overseas until 2004. That trip changed my life and opened me up to the possibilities the world had to offer. One year later, I went to Thailand, where I met five backpackers who inspired me to quit my job and travel the world. In 2006, I left for a yearlong backpacking trip a�� and have been a�?nomadica�? ever since.

13 Facts about Me

  1. I love politics as much as I love travel and will debate for the joy for it.
  2. I love to cook a�� and Ia��m kinda good at it too!
  3. When I was in high school, I was my statea��s champ in a�?Magic: the Gathering.a�? I know a�� super nerdy, right? It got me a free trip NYC with my friend (who came in number two!).
  4. I always worry about the future and often use my time back home to develop skills needed for the Zombie Apocalypse. Shout-out to my prepper friend Vanessa for teaching me about seeds!
  5. I once met Paul Giamatti on the streets of NYC and he was as grumpy as I imagined.
  6. I am an unabashed Taylor Swift fan and can’t wait for her new album!
  7. Kevin Spacey is my favorite actor, and Ia��ve seen The Usual Suspects twenty times.
  8. I believe aliens exist. It’s mathematically impossible they don’t.
  9. Ia��m terrified of flying.
  10. I learned to swing dance so I could throw myself a Gatsby-themed birthday party.
  11. Both sides of my family came through Ellis Island and you can see their names on the wall where they list all the immigrants.
  12. I used to be the head of a program by the Massachusetts Sierra Club that promoted energy efficiency.
  13. I went to college to be a high school history teacher.

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Also, Ia��d like to acknowledge our part-timers too: Candice, who helps with admin and research; Richard, our fearless copyeditor (whose efforts I often ruin by changing posts last minute); Keith, our design genius; Brice and Julie, our user experience gurus; and Courtney, who keeps our charity, FLYTE, up in the air with her executive directing wizard ways!

So there you have it! The Nomadic Matt team! Ita��s weird to think this blog I started to simply be online rA�sumA� for freelance jobs now requires eleven people to run. I always thought the more systems, automation, products, and passive income I set up, the easier it would be. I could just sit on a beach. But it seems the more we do, the more we create, the more projects I tell the team we’re taking on, the more help we require. I guess that is the nature of the beast but I would have it no other way. I love what we do here. We help a lot of people realize their dreams.

And a guy couldn’t ask for better co-workers to help make that happen.

How To Find The Best Travel Insurance For Your Needs


Travel insurance is one of the most important things youa��ll need for your trip. You wouldna��t have a car without car insurance, a home without home insurance, and you cana��t have a trip without travel insurance.

Why? Because travel insurance is what will provide you with medical coverage when you get sick or injured, reimburse you when your camera breaks, your flight is canceled, a family member dies and you have to come home, if lose a bag, or something is stolen. Ita��s all-purpose emergency coverage and is the single most important thing you should get for your trip (but hope to never have to use). Ita��s the one thing I strongly, strongly advise travelers to never leave home without because Ia��ve seen it help so many a�� and so many others regret being cheap and not getting it! For only a few dollars a day, it’s a no brainer.

I used it for a doctor in Argentina, when my camera broke in Italy, my ear drum popped in Thailand, and my luggage was stolen in South Africa. Each time I was reimbursed my expenses and was made whole again.

Travel insurance was there when my friend had to be helicoptered out of the Amazon after he fell off a boat, when frienda��s father died and she had to fly home, and another got her bag stolen. Travel insurance makes sure you dona��t lose money and are always protected. (My favorite travel insurance provider is World Nomads. They always have my back when something like the above happens. I’ve been using them since 2003.)

Since most health programs dona��t cover you overseas and credit cards offer really limited protection, travel insurance is something you definitely need to protect against the unknown. After all, you dona��t want to end up like my friend who didna��t have insurance when her computer was stolen and had to pay out of pocket for Risperidone augmentation obsessive compulsive disorder a new one.

Since travel insurance is one of the most complex, important and confusing aspects of trip planning, I want to break it down for you, help you understand what it is about, and show you how to avoid getting a bad insurance plan:

What to look for in a great travel insurance plan

There are a lot of options out there. InsuranceA�is a billion-dollar business, and everyone wants their hand in the cookie jar, thus you face a mind-numbing number of choices that can be confusing and overwhelming. And, often, in the fine print, youa��ll find that plans arena��t as good as you thought.

When looking for the best travel insurance plan, first make sure they have a high coverage limit on your medical expenses. A good company will provide up to $100,000 in coverage care, though more expensive policies will cover you for higher amounts. The maximum coverage limit you can find is around $1,000,000 USD, though Ia��m not sure why you would ever need a limit that large. High coverage limits are important because if you get sick, injured, or need serious attention and have to seek professional care, you want to make sure your high hospital bills are covered. The worst thing you can do is go cheap and get a policy with a $20,000 coverage limit, break a leg, and reach that limit before they are done taking care of you. Dona��t be cheap with your health. Get minimum coverage of $100,000.

Second, you want to make sure your travel insurance policy also covers emergency evacuation and care that is separate from your medical coverage. If you are hiking in the woods and you break your leg, your policy should cover your evacuation to the hospital. If a natural disaster occurs and you need to be evacuated to somewhere else, your plan should cover that as well. This protection should cover an expense of up to $300,000 USD.

Additionally, evacuation also should mean from the hospital to your home country. Standard emergency evacuation usually includes this provision, but ita��s important you double-check a company will cover the cost of your flight back home if you need it.

A great travel insurance plan will always include the following provisions:

  • Cover most countries in the world
  • Some coverage for your electronics (and have the option for a higher coverage limit)
  • Cover injury and sudden illnesses
  • Twenty-four hour emergency services and help (you dona��t want to call to be told to call back later)
  • Cover lost, damaged or stolen possessions like jewelry, baggage, documents, cameras, etc.
  • Cover cancellations such as hotel bookings, flight, and other transportation bookings if you have a sudden illness, death in the family, or some other emergency
  • Cover emergencies, strife in the country visited, etc., that cause you to head home early
  • Have financial protection if any company you are using goes bankrupt and you are stuck in another country

A quick note on electronics: most companies only have a small limit, usually up to $500 USD, as part of their basic coverage. You can often buy supplemental insurance to get a higher amount of coverage. For instance, Clements Insurance offers special coverage for your electronics. Prices vary depending on the country you visit ($145-195 per plan). Moreover, many regular and home insurance companies such as State Farm offer plans that can help you cover your electronics. Be sure to check if you find a travel with a lot of gear! My camera was covered because it was cheap. If you have an expensive DSLR or lens, get supplemental insurance! It will be worth it!

What’s not covered by your travel insurance plan is just as important as what is

Know what is also not covered by your plan. Most policies do not cover accidents sustained while participating in extreme adventure activities such as hang gliding, paragliding, or bungee jumping unless you pay extra. The majority of companies wona��t cover you if you injure someone on the road (called third-party liability). Policies do not normally cover alcohol- or drug-related incidents, or carelessness in handling your possessions and baggage. You wona��t get reimbursed if the problem happened because you were reckless (how a�?recklessa�? is defined is a matter up to each company). But simply:A�if a reasonable person wouldna��t partake in what caused your accident, you wona��t be covered.

Moreover, you wona��t be covered for pre-existing conditions or general check-ups. For example, if you have diabetes and need to buy more insulin, you wona��t be covered. If you want to go see a doctor for a general check-up, you arena��t covered either.

Travel Insurance Loopholes: What To Look For

Even the best travel insurance have their limits. Often, in the fine print, youa��ll find that plans arena��t as good as you thought.

The medical portion of travel insurance is more about emergency care than being a replacement for your normal healthcare. A lot of people purchase insurance thinking it is, then get disappointed when they find out they cana��t go get an annual physical with it. Travel insurance is accident insurance. It is there to protect you in case of emergency and, if need be, get you home in a hurry. If you want a global health plan (because you now live in Beijing), you need a completely different type of plan.

Your stolen goods coverage wona��t pay you back for a lost wad of cash, your theft coverage won’t cover you if you left something in plain sight or unattended, and if civil unrest makes your destination unsafe but your government hasn’t called for an evacuation, you’re probably out of luck.

To summarize:

If you want: Include this in your travel insurance policy:
Payment for expenses if you get sick or injured on a trip Travel medical and accident coverage
To be taken to the nearest hospital or flown home if necessary Emergency evacuation and repatriation
Reimbursement if you get sick and have to cancel or end your trip early Trip cancellation AND trip interruption
Payment for lost, stolenA�or damaged luggage or goods Theft and lost coverage
Help finding a doctor abroad 24-hour assistance
Payment for rental car damage Car collision insurance (CDW)

List of the Best Travel Insurance Companies

The world is FILLED with insurance companies. Youa��re going to come across thousands in your searches for a good provider so Ia��m cheap tramadol online pharmacies. going to list my favorites. Below are the companies I would be OK with my mother using. If you’ve found a company and it’s not listed here, it’s because I wouldn’t use them. I’ve researched hundreds of policies over the last ten years andA�have found the following companies to be good:

  • ClementsA�– Great for high-end electronics coverage.
  • IM Global – The closest thing to normal health insurance like you have back home. It’s expensive but if you’re going to live in a place, it’s the best bet.
  • MedJet Assist – A good company all around.
  • STA Travel – For cheap folks who just want a cheap plan with very limited coverage.

If youa��re a senior and over 65, use Insure My Trip. Many insurance companies don’t cover seniors or, if they do, are bloody expensive! Insure My Trip offers the best coverage and prices for older travelers and I suggest you use them!

travel insurance nomadic mattMy favorite company is World Nomads. Ia��ve been using them since I started traveling in 2003. They are very reputable, and claims are quickly and fairly processed. This is a company built by an ex-nomad so he gets the traveler mindset. I enjoy World Nomads because I can purchase and renew my insurance policy online in a matter of minutes, they have a very friendly and responsive staff who answer questions and help solve problems via social media, they have great customer feedback, and most importantly, they provide a lot of coverage at a fair price. If therea��s one company I would recommend, I would say go with them. They are also endorsed by Lonely Planet and National Geographic, which tells you how good they are!

Buy Your Travel Insurance As Soon As Possible

Even though you can wait until you leave, ita��s best to get your travel insurance as soon as possible. Every day you wait, therea��s a chance something could happenA�andA�you cana��t get a travel insurance after the fact. If a hurricane ruins your trip, your travel insurance would only coverA�you if you bought it beforeA�the hurricane formed. Buy a plan the day after you go to the doctor but before he tells you you’re sick? Your plan won’t cover you since your original visit happened BEFORE the plan!

Don’t wait to get insurance because it will only cover you for things that happened AFTER you bought the plan. Don’t wait and get out of luck. I’ve seen it happen too often. The second you know you are going somewhere and have the dates, buy travel insurance!

Therea��s a 99.99% chance you will never need to use the policy you bought, but accidents happen and life on the road is uncertain. Ita��s better to be safe than sorry, especially when you are in a different country, thousands of miles from home.

Don’t want to end up like my friend in Peru, who decided against coverage, only to break her arm and have to spend lots of money to get it fixed in Lima.

Be smart and get coverage.

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How to Travel Around Namibia on a Budget

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Welcome to the latest post in our Africa column by Natasha and Cameron fromA�The World Pursuit. While I’ve been to the continent in the past, I’ve only seen a few countries so I’m super duper excited to have these two travelers share their knowledge about traveling the continent. This month they are sharing how to travel around Namibia, one of my top five countries in the world, on a budget!

As steam rose from the tarmac and mirages presented themselves in the far distance, our trucka��s engine nearly boiled over. We drove through empty Namib Desert in 40A�C (104A�F) heat with the windows down and heat on full blast to cool it off. Traveling around a sparsely populated desert country in Africa presents its challenges!

Despite our desert adventures, we loved traveling around Namibia and think ita��s a great Cheap amantadine dosage African destination to explore, especially for first-time travelers to the continent. We saw the sun rise over the largest sand dunes in the world in Sossusvlei and listened to thousands of seals give birth at the Cape Cross Seal Colony. Just driving around the country without seeing a single other person for hours made us feel as if we were on another planet.

Namibia is a special place that many in the world have never even heard of. Compared to South Africa, ita��s a lot less visited by tourists, especially those traveling on their own and not on a tour. But we found the country easy to visit and affordable.

Where did we go?

We entered southern Namibia, as we were traveling north from Cape Town, and exited via the Caprivi Strip into Botswana. Here is the route we followed.

Fish River Canyon a�� Luderitz a�� Aus a�� Kalahari a�� Namibrand Nature Reserve a�� Sossusvlei a�� Walvis Bay a�� Swakopmund a�� Skeleton Coast a�� Spitzkoppe – Etosha National Park a�� Caprivi Strip

This route took us a month to complete, with most stops taking up 3-4 days of our time. We wanted a relaxing holiday, but if you move fast and are short on time, you can easily do a Namibian road trip like this in 15-20 days.

We decided to skip Windhoek, as there wasna��t much in the capital city we were dying to see. Due to lack of time, we also skipped the northwestern Kunene region, which is where the Himba people live. For those wanting to travel to this part of the country, the only way to get there is with a fully equipped vehicle or a tour. The region is isolated, so you must be fully capable of getting yourself out of any circumstances and stock up with food and water.

How much does it cost to travel around Namibia?

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Namibia is one of the cheapest countries in Africa. It uses the Namibian dollar (NAD), which is 1:1 with the South African rand, and all prices are about on par with South Africa . Depending on your chosen method of transport and accommodation preference, Namibia can easily be done on a budget.

We averaged about $45 USD (600 NAD) a day per person for campsites, food, beer, and transportation, with a majority of that going to fuel (our Land Cruiser was thirsty a�� 6km per liter/14 miles per gallon a�� and distances are long).

Here are some average prices:

  • Campsite – $6 (80 NAD) per person per night
  • Dorm bed – $8 (100 NAD) per person per night
  • Private double room – $45-$60 (600-750 NAD) per night
  • National park fees – $6 (80 NAD)
  • Petrol – $0.80 (10 NAD) per liter
  • A cook-your-own-pasta meal from the supermarket – $2.50 (30 NAD)
  • Salad from a cafA� – $4 (55 NAD)
  • Bottle of Windhoek beer – $1.10 (15 NAD)
  • Cup of coffee – $2 (25 NAD)

So if you were staying in dorm beds, taking the train, and cooking all your own meals, you could get by on a budget of $20-30 a day. However, if you want to camp and get outside the main cities, you will need to take a tour or have your own vehicle, which will up your costs to about $45 (to self-drive with four passengers) to $90 (for a tour) a day.

How to get around Namibia

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Bus
There is no official public bus system in Namibia, but there are local buses that connect almost all of the major towns and cities.

The most reliable bus option in Namibia is the Intercape bus service. They are generally in good condition and safe, and even provide air conditioning. Intercape buses do not run every day and dona��t have many stops, so ita��s important to look at the website for their routes and schedule.

Prices vary according to the distance traveled: a bus from Windhoek to Livingstone, Zambia, costs roughly $50 USD depending on the exchange rate, while a bus to Springbok, South Africa, from Windhoek costs $31 USD.

Rental Car
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This is the most popular form of traveling in Namibia. The rental truck industry in Windhoek, the capital, is booming! With wide-open desert roads, towering sand dunes, and no one around, a road trip in Namibia is the perfect way to go exploring.

Rates for a rental truck stocked with everything you need for camping and a pop-up tent vary depending on the season. In low season (Januarya��July), you can pick up a two-person Hilux for $75 USD a day; in the high season (Julya��December), it will go for around $130 USD a day. The more bells and whistles you add on to your rental, the higher the cost gets. When we last visited in November, the entire country was sold out of rental trucks in what was traditionally the shoulder season, so it is highly advised to book in advance.

Overland Tour
We talked about overland tours previously. There is a really wide range of ways in which you can do a tour in Namibia. The least expensive option is to go with one of the many overland tour companies such as Oasis, Nomad, Acacia, or Intrepid.

Tours are great for solo travelers looking to meet people, and also for those that want maximum fun with minimal planning effort. Overland tours in Namibia start at an average of $87 USD per person per day. These tours cover all transport within Namibia, activities, camping, and most meals.

Train
The TransNamib passenger train makes only a few stops, but it definitely provides interesting views of this desert country out the window. Trains mostly operate at night, so if you plan to make use of the train you should be prepared to sleep in a first-class seat or economy reclining seat. There are no sleeping cabins aside from the Keetmanshoop-Windhoek train. Tickets range from $6 to $15 USD for economy and business-class seats, respectively.

The how to stop flushing with viagra. Desert Express is another train service geared toward more the luxury-minded tourist, with prices starting at $230 USD per ticket.

Hitchhiking
There seems to be an increasing number of vagabonds in Africa who are getting themselves into dangerous situations and relying on strangers to bail them out. We would not recommend hitchhiking in Namibia, as the population is sparse and it could be hours between passing cars.

Tips for traveling in Namibia

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Traveling around Namibia is fairly straightforward. Here are ten tips to keep in mind for your trip there.

  • Learn how to change a tire a�� Namibian roads are very rough on cars. They are badly corrugated and dry and dusty. Make sure you know how to change a tire in case you get a flat or else you could be waiting on the road for a few hours.
  • Avoid night driving a�� Whether self-driving, on an overland tour, or taking buses, we would advise against any kind of night driving. There are no streetlights on Namibian roads, and cattle roam freely on them.
  • Dona��t rely on the internet a�� We found the Wi-Fi in Namibia to be passable at best, and even if you pick up a SIM card, dona��t expect it to work anywhere but in the cities and towns. Much of the country is empty desert where there are no cell phone towers.
  • Stay full and hydrated a�� No matter what kind of transport you use, ita��s important to stock up on food and water, although Western-style supermarkets can be found in Windhoek, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Luderitz, and other relatively large towns.
  • ATMs can only be found in main cities and towns a�� You will be able to withdraw cash in Windhoek, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, and Luderitz, but we would be wary about being able to in other places. Make sure to have enough cash on you to make it to your next major destination, as credit cards arena��t widely accepted. Almost all places in Namibia accept the South African rand as well.
  • Prebook in the high season a�� Namibiaa��s high season runs from mid-May to mid-November, so we would recommend booking your accommodation for these months ahead of time. Even the campsites book up with overlanders. We visited in November and ran into problems a few times with hotels being at capacity.
  • Stay safe a�� Namibia is one of the safest countries in Africa. However, it is still a developing nation, and common sense should be utilized, especially in the capital of Windhoek, which in recent years has seen a rise in crime. Dona��t show signs of wealth, use vigilance at night, and all should be OK.
  • Namibian national parks are affordable a�� We found that Namibia has some of the cheapest national parks in Africa. Etosha National Park, for example, is the largest and easily most recognized park in the country, with entrance fees costing as little as 80 NAD ($6 USD)! The wildlife spottings are fantastic in the dry season as well.
  • Take care of your electronics a�� The desert heat is no joke, and neither is the sand. Cameras, laptops, and even cellphones should be well protected from the dry air and dust that can easily find its way into the tiny crevices of your valuables.

When people ask us what country they should visit in Africa, Namibia is always at the top of our list. There is just something about seeing the stars twinkle in the desert night without a soul around.

Even though we had a month in the country, we still felt we could have delved way deeper into the remote parts and explored more. The country is vast and has so many interesting things to offer, we cana��t wait to return!

Natasha and Cameron run the blogA�The World Pursuit, focusing on adventure and cultural travel. The two of them met in the film industry before they decided to abandon the American lifestyle and travel the world together. Theya��ve been traveling together for three years across 55 countries and six continents. They recently bought a 4×4 at the tip of Africa and are traversing the continent while documenting their story onA�InstagramA�andA�Facebook.A�

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Are Travel Agents Still Useful?

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Back before the Internet, when people wanted to plan a vacation, most used a travel agent. These lovely folks would book your flights, cruises, resort stays, honeymoons, and everything in between.

According to Ryan Geist of Burner Air, a�?Travel agencies back in the day banked hard on packages and a�?deals.a�� Travel agents were always middlemen, but they provided a powerful economic value (both perceived and true).a�? They got you the deals you couldna��t find on your own because you didna��t have access to the resources they did.

Over the years, as online booking websites and the sharing economy have become more popular, travel agents have diminished in importance (9/11 and the recession didn’t help either). All those sites have made it easy for us travelers to cut out the travel agent and plan our own trips by booking directly with airlines and hotels (or, nowadays, with locals a�� thanks, Airbnb, Vayable, and EatWith!). There are also so many deal websites out there helping us find cheap airfares and hotel rates a�� and travel blogs telling us what to see and do a�� that it makes little sense for your average consumer to go to a travel agent anymore.

Ryan concurs: a�?The direct-to-consumer websites cut down the time it took to plan a trip from hours or days to minutes. And there is complete transparency. You can bargain-shop with a click of your mouse. Ita��s been devastating to an industry entrenched in tradition and stale relationships.a�?

And yet, though a�?the death of travel agentsa�? has been touted since Expedia debuted, they still exist and, though greatly diminished in number (according the Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of freelance travel agents went from 124,030 in 2000 to 64,250 in 2014), they are used by a lot of people. In fact, they have seen a surge in demand in recent years (millennials are the fastest growing segment using them). (I couldna��t find stats on worldwide use but based on my experience, agents are also widely used around the world, especially when it comes to booking RTW trips.)

That is because they still offer value for certain types of travel (they’re heavily used for luxury, corporate, and group travel), as well as for their expertise and special business relationships a�� not to mention their time-saving, stress-relieving, and problem-solving skills.

Travel agents are useful if youa��re doing a very costly or complex trip, planning a honeymoon or something fancy, or traveling with a large group.
They have access to a number of deals and bulk buying options we DIY solo consumers dona��t, especially when it comes to tours, high-end flights, and cruises.

Patricia Serrano from Fresh Traveler reinforced that point: a�?Ita��s very easy to book a flight from New York to Miami today, and if thata��s all you want, then you should do it online. But if you’re looking for flights for a group of more than 10 people or a flight itinerary like JFK-MIA-BOG-EZE-LAX-SEA-ORD-EWR, then a travel agent would be of great help.a�?

They are also perfect for people who just dona��t want to handle a big, complicated trip themselves. Travel agents offer them peace of mind. As Ryan said, a�?Logistics can be simple or complicated, but they almost always induce a headache. People will pay good money to someone they trust to just a�?handle ita�� for them.a�? (There’s a cafe / travel agency in Austin called the Departure Lounge that sees brisk business.)

Alicia Saba from The Splendid Traveler echoes this: a�?Travel agents are still used for expert guidance, personalized travels, and to save time. The Internet has made it easier to book your own travels, but with that comes informational overload. Travel planning is a time-consuming process, and you dona��t really know if youa��re taking full advantage of your vacation time or planning experiences that align with your interests and travel style.a�?

As Cheryl Oddo from Carefree Vacations says, a�?People want firsthand knowledge and experience, the inside track on getting the most out of their vacation, making it memorable and affordable. They want someone to say a�?thata��s a mistake, I recommend this instead,a�� and to explain travel insurance, passport requirements, visas, self-drives in foreign countries, customs and cultures, and all of the a�?how-tos.a��a�?

I agree with all of them.

Travel agents are for people who dona��t want to spend hours researching their trips, are not experienced travelers, or are traveling in such a large group that the economics and logistics of booking it yourself do your head in. I’m not surprised that travel agents have seen a rise in usage of the last few years, especially among millennials who try to outsource time intensive activities.

If youa��re traveling with a group of 15 people for your grandmothera��s birthday on a cruise, a travel agent can definitely get you a better deal than you can yourself. Agents come in handy when buying in bulk, because they often have access to deals (this applies to airline tickets too).

Planning a honeymoon or a luxury trip? Complicated round-the-world trip for a family of four?! The highly specialized nature of travel agents makes them great for these kinds of trips too.

Take cruises. Travel agents have relationships with cruise lines and access to deals we everyday consumers don’t. Doug Parker from Cruise Radio advises that you start with a travel agent, as they have relationships with the cruise companies and can often get better rates and last-minute deals. Travel agents often can find much lower prices and can also act as liaison to cruise companies when something goes wrong. Agents talk to cruise lines all the time so if you want that 15 person trip to go smoothly, an agent would be better.

And thata��s another place where travel agents could come in handy: when trouble crops up. Patricia advises, a�?Travel agents can save you time and money when you are in an emergency. A lot of airlines and hotel chains have preferred numbers for travel agents so they can get in touch quickly with the people who can best resolve your situation. a�?

Ryan agreed: a�?A travel agencya��s greatest assets are its unique and leveraged relationships, its ability to problem-solve for its clients in real time, 24/7, and its role as a cat herder for group travel. When youa��re in trouble, there is no substitute for a knowledgeable, reliable, and leveraged travel agent.a�?

So am I suddenly enamored with travel agents? No. I still probably wouldna��t use one. I like booking trips, know where to find deals, and dona��t try to plan family trips for twenty. Give me a flight on points, a hostel, and bus ticket, and Ia��m all set.

If you’re planning a trip to Bermuda for you, your spouse, and family, ita��s pretty straightforward: go online, find a cheap flight, book a hotel or Airbnb, and off you go! On your way, pick up a guidebook to figure out what to do, and enjoy your trip! (Or better yet, use my guide to Bermuda!)

Backpacking through Europe? A travel agent cana��t tell you to go with the flow. They arena��t going buy otc asthma inhaler. to get you deals on hostels, backpacker tours, train tickets, or beat those budget airline carriers.

Every travel agent I spoke to agreed with me on this point. a�?If youa��re staying in budget accommodations and not looking to preplan any activities or transportation, youa��re better off booking on your own,” Alicia responded.

So are travel agents still useful? Yes, but only for some (and definitely not if you’re a budget backpacker!). If you are organizing a huge group, need dozens of plane tickets (like on our FLYTE groups, for which we use a travel agent), a honeymoon, a complex itinerary, or an expensive trip, a travel agent is not a terrible idea. They will make life easier, probably get you bulk discounts, and can be there in case anything goes wrong. If I were planning a trip that fell into one of those categories, I would look into Buy atorlip cv a travel agent, even if it was just to test the waters.

Why It’s Never the Right Time to Travel

solo female traveler looking over the edge of a bridge in a forestKristin Addis fromA�Be My Travel MuseA�writes our regular column on solo female travel. Ita��s an important topic I cana��t adequately cover, so I brought in an expert to share her advice for other women travelers to help cover the topics important and specific to them! She’s amazing and knowledgeable. This post covers why there will always be reasons not to travel and how there will never be the perfect time to go!

Life is short a�� we have limited time to do the things that we really want to do. Ita��s also a voyage a�� or a sack of coins that are yours alone to spend. (Those are my metaphors for life, anyway.) And ita��s supposed to be fun. For a lot of people, that means not waiting until retirement to travel but rather getting out there and exploring now.

If you want to travel now, but youa��re scared to go it alone, youa��ll be able to find excuses everywhereA�if you look for them. Youa��ll find ways to say you cana��t do it right now: youa��re not ready; your job, friends, or fears are holding you back; you have too many obligations.

Basically, these excuses mean youa��ll never get on the road. Because at every stage of your life, youa��ll be able to find a reason why it cana��t work for you. It Can you get advair over the counter will never be the right time to travel a�� especially as a womana��

1) a��because youa��ll always be asked when youa��ll settle downa��

The Ruta 40 just outside of El ChaltA�n
A common question I get from people back home concerns when Ia��m going to a�?settle down.a�? Dona��t I want a relationship and a family of my own? My question back to them is: Why is traveling and having a family mutually exclusive in this day and age? Families travel all the time, and some even full-time.

Of course, I have had to make choices, and there are sister lives that I didna��t live because I chose to travel. I wona��t know what could have been with the handsome Frenchie, because I didna��t choose to stop being a travel writer and move in with him. It might have been nice, and naturally I cana��t ever be sure that I made the best call, but I do know that sitting on the beach in Tanzania, writing this to you, is one of the happiest moments of my life, and that I have these moments all the time, because adventuring is what gives me life.

I used to think that if I wanted a relationship Ia��d have to give up this life of traveling. But since something in me always whispered a�?go,a�? I always left. It hurt me to my core, but I had to. Because Mr. Right will only have one thing to say to me, and thata��s a�?May I join you?a�?

2) a��because there will never be an accepted time for women to travel alonea��

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We women dona��t have it easy. We are expected to be smart, collected, beautiful, graceful, strong, and slightly independent, but still docile enough to be loved and cared for by a partner. We are supposed to chase opportunities a�� but only the ones handed down to us by the status quo.

What I always find interesting, though, is that the women in history who are heralded are the ones who did the opposite of all of that.

Think of Harriet Tubman, Joan of Arc, Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, and an endless list of other women who are pretty much universally loved and respected for doing the exact opposite of what society expected buy asthma inhalers fast delivery. of them. We praise them for their bravery, and for having the kind of foresight and ability to question the system that made them into heroes later.

Now, traveling the world wona��t make you a hero to the world, but what about to yourself?

3) a��because youa��ll always be a targeta��

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In the week before I started traveling on my own, an article came out about two girls who died in Vietnam, supposedly due to poisoned alcohol. Everyone was sending this article to me, telling me to a�?be carefula�? a�� ignoring that a deadly movie theater shooting had just taken place in Colorado, much closer to home than Vietnam. I went anyway, and Ia��ve stayed safe through almost five years of solo traveling.

While are no statistics that pertain specifically solo female travelers, there are statistics on violent crimes globally, such as rape and murder, and theya��re actually encouraging. According to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, a�?over the past decade, rates of homicides in the most populous cities consistently decreased in all regions.a�? Additionally, murders and rapes are most often perpetrated by someone the victim knows, meaning ita��s more likely to happen at home. And according to UNDOC, men are four times as likely as women to be victims of homicide worldwide.

So maybe the world isna��t as scary as ita��s so often portrayed.

Traveling safely isna��t rocket science. Do what you do at home to stay safe, follow a few important safety tips, and choose places that are great for solo female travelers. Start there, get your feet wet, and branch out as you gain experience and confidence.

4) a��because you will never have enough moneya��

Kristin Addis standing in a green field with views of rolling hills
I used to think that I needed to retire before I could travel full-time, and even then, Ia��d need to be pretty rich. For my weeka��s worth of paid time off, I was easily spending $2,000 in Mexico or Hawaii, trying to do it all and come back with photos of me having a blast on the beach with a $9 cocktail in my hand.

What I didna��t realize back then was that my money would have been worth two or three times as much had I strayed a bit farther away from home. Southeast Asia, India, and much of Central America can be dirt cheap, especially if youa��re willing to do it on a shoestring. Staying in hostels, eating and traveling like locals, and moving more slowly are all great ways to save money and turn that week of PTO into a sabbatical instead.

Even if youa��re earning minimum wage, having trouble figuring out how to travel cheaply, or just think youa��re too poor to travel, if youa��re sitting at a computer reading this right now with a passport that lets you go to other places in this world, you have the ability to make it happen financially. Change your mindset, and the rest will follow.

5) a��because your family will always freak outa��

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The toughest part of traveling solo is often the pushback from our parents. We wonder how we can get them see it from our point of view and support us.

The more important issue is what youa��ll regret later. Will you wish that youa��d stayed at home to please your parents, who a�� since they undoubtedly love you a�� do want you to live a happy and fulfilled life? Even if they dona��t necessarily understand or support everything we do, our parents want the best for us. Thata��s what having a child is – understanding that youa��re creating a human who will have her own brain, and eventually be an adult who is self-sufficient.

Ita��s your life, not theirs. Letting other people make monumental decisions for you is a great way to go down the path of regrets.

6) a��because you’ll wait forever for someone to join youa��

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I understand not wanting to travel alone. I didna��t want to do it either, until I decided that I really just had to travel the world and it had to happen prior to turning 65. I knew my friends couldna��t do it with me a�� they had jobs they didna��t want to leave, and so did just about everyone else I could think of. Sometimes, the dream to travel will be yours alone, and that means you have to do it by yourself if youa��re going to do it at all.

I was pretty worried about being lonely, but when people asked about that a few weeks into my trip, I laughed that I had ever had that fear. I was meeting other people constantly. It doesna��t matter if youa��re shy; someone will probably start a conversation with you, especially if you stay in a social hostel. Once you get out there, youa��ll see what I mean. Ita��s all about just taking that first step.

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Every problem seems insurmountable at the time, but there are ways to get around those obstacles that keep you from traveling, no matter what. The key is to look for the solutions and break them down into manageable pieces rather than trying to tackle the entire thing at once. Save up, break the news to your parents, do your research so that you (and they) will be less worried, and let everyone elsea��s opinion stay with them. Ita��s your bag of coins, and your life. Get out there and spend it how you want to!

Kristin Addis is a solo female travel expert who inspires women to travel the world in an authentic and adventurous way. A former investment banker who sold all of her belongings and left California in 2012, Kristin has solo traveled the world for over four years, covering every continent (except for Antarctica, but it’s on her list). Therea��s almost nothing she wona��t try and almost nowhere she wona��t explore. You can find more of her musings at Be My Travel Muse or on Instagram and Facebook.

Conquering Mountains: The ultimate Guide to Solo Female Travel

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