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The Newest Travel Product You Need In Your Bag

I'm always on the lookout for the newest, coolest travel product that can make my trips (and life) easier. I was recently given the opportunity to try out a brand new product idea: Epic Wipes. They're billed as the "massive wet wipe," but that's a little misleading. These are not your chemical-ridden Handi-Wipes you tote around to a picnic - they're a waterless shower in the form of a body sized, biodegradable, all-natural wipe! The creator got the idea when…

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Fear of Traveling: How to Overcome It

There are a million excuses people use not to travel. As human beings, we are creatures of habit and comfort, and to many of us, the idea of throwing ourselves so far out of those safe zones is downright terrifying. But the benefits and rewards of travel are innumerous, and they're too life-enriching to let something as trivial as unwarranted fear stop you from enjoying them. Here are some common travel fears, and how to get over them: Fear of…

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How to Travel With a Full-Time Job

As important as travel is, it's a difficult endeavor for some people - and not just because they think they can't afford it. (That's a whole new topic!) The other big reason for not traveling is a perceived lack of time. But if you think you can't travel because you work a nine-to-five and you're strapped to the abysmal 2-week-per-year American vacation time...think again. Here are some great ways to work a full-time job and still see the world: 1.…

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5 Amazing Weekend Getaways From San Diego

San Diego is an amazing city by itself, with enough to offer that both tourists and locals can be kept busy for weeks. But even in the most amazing of places, sometimes a getaway is in order - whether you need to recharge or just explore someplace new. And luckily for San Diegans (as if we aren't spoiled enough already), Southern California is a great big playground. Here are five of my favorite weekend getaways from San Diego - from…

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Your First Hostel Stay: 10 Things To Know

Thankfully, the days of dirty, outdated, noisy hostels with a reputation for bedbugs and squeaky metal bunkbeds are - mostly - gone. Most hostels these days are clean, safe, well-equipped, and modern. Choosing to stay in these communal facilities versus an expensive hotel where guests keep to themselves can reap wonderful rewards like lifelong friendships (not to mention lots of saved funds!) The hostel culture makes travel a lot more fun, more connected, and in my experience, more memorable. Here…