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    Yosemite Itinerary: Ultimate First Time Visitor Guide (1, 2 & 3 Day Itinerary)

    Yosemite is a treasure trove of beauty and one of the crown jewels among USA National Parks. This Yosemite itinerary will help you plan the most efficient way to spend your…
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    Delicate Arch Sunset Hiking & Photography Tips: Arches National Park

    Delicate Arch and its deep bowl-like depression are the stars of an extraordinary sunset show in Arches National Park, Utah. Mother Nature has chiseled some of her finest landscapes in…
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    Utah Road Trips: 9 Amazing Itineraries To Plan Your Dream Vacation

    Boasting dramatic landscapes and fascinating rock formations, Utah is home to one of the most popular road trips in the US: The Utah Mighty 5 National Park circuit. Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol…
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    Arches and Canyonlands In One Day: A Whirlwind Itinerary In Moab, Utah

    Are you short on time in Moab, Utah and trying to decide which National Park you should visit between Arches vs Canyonlands? Well, we have insider news for you that…
    Bryce Canyon to Zion National Park 3 Day Itinerary Road Trip Guide Utah

    Zion to Bryce Canyon: 2 Awesome Utah National Parks • 3 Day Road Trip

    Utah is home to one of the best road trip circuits in the US: the Utah Mighty 5 National Parks trail. We're going to bring you two of the best…
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    Mesa Arch Sunrise: Fighting For Prime Position (Plus Photography Tips!)

    Have you ever heard of the battle royale taking place each morning at sunrise, in the moments leading up to an electrifying scarlet glow illuminating Canyonlands National Park's Mesa Arch?…
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    Joshua Tree Day Trip, California: The Perfect One Day Road Trip Itinerary

    Joshua Tree National Park is the perfect Californian day trip destination. J-Tree or JT as known locally, is a popular vacation and weekend getaway spot, but first time visitors can…
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    Yellowstone Itinerary 4 Days: The Ultimate First Time Visitor Guide

    Yellowstone National Park had been high up on our travel bucket list since - well, forever! Who hasn't always wanted to visit one of Earth's most unique and natural marvels?!…
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    Koh Lipe Itinerary: 4 Days Exploring Thailand’s Tiny Tropical Paradise

    Koh Lipe is Thailand's in-vogue slice of tropical paradise, famous for powdery white sand and crystal clear turquoise waters. The question is - how long do you need to spend…
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    Hiking For Beginners: 21 Important Tips (Also For Experienced Hikers!)

    The beauty of being surrounded by nature is only bettered by the fact hikes can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels. Are you new to hiking?…
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    Unmissable South Dakota Road Trip & Awesome 4 Day Itinerary

    Are you debating where to go on your next USA road trip? The likes of Utah and California are immensely popular road trip states but if you're looking for something…
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    5 Amazing Things To Do In Custer State Park, South Dakota

    Custer is one of the largest State Parks in the United States and a firm contender for our personal favorite. What isn't to like about stunning scenic drives, fantastic family…
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    America The Beautiful Pass: Will You Save Money At US National Parks?

    Is the 'America the Beautiful Annual National Parks Pass' worth buying? This is the question we asked ourselves before setting off on an epic 3 month US road trip -…
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    Black Elk Peak Hike: South Dakota’s Most Stunning Trail & Viewpoint

    Black Elk Peak hike in the Black Hills National Forest is simply stunning. We were genuinely blown away by the outstanding natural beauty of South Dakota's most popular hiking trail.…
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    The Ultimate Road Trip Packing List (for USA and beyond)

    2020 has been a doozy, hasn't it? So what better way to make amends for lost time this year than with a good old fashioned road trip! No matter your…
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    The Complete Mount Rushmore Vacation Planner, South Dakota

    Mount Rushmore is one of the United States most iconic and revered monuments. Who among us hasn't always wanted to go on vacation to the see those gigantic expressionless sculptures…
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    Badlands Photography: South Dakota’s Captivating National Park

    Badlands is more like 'Goodlands' when photography is concerned. South Dakota's popular National Park is fairly isolated but once you arrive, you know it's worth the extra effort. Surprisingly excellent…
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    The 4 Best Things To Do In Badlands National Park, South Dakota

    Don't be fooled by the adjective 'bad' in Badlands National Park, South Dakota. There is nothing 'bad' about this vast landscape brimming with fantastic rock features ... Except maybe the…
    Kristen stood underneath overhanging tree branches and gorgeous yellow leaves Capitol Reef photography

    Capitol Reef Photography: Utah’s Mighty 5 Surprise Package

    Capitol Reef National Park offers a different take on photography to its 'Mighty 5' siblings. It is true Canyonlands, Arches, Zion and Bryce Canyon are blessed with stunning rock formations that…
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    Capitol Reef National Park Itinerary: An Easy Half Day Visit

    Capitol Reef National Park is Utah's quieter, smaller and lesser known of the epic 'Mighty 5 road trip circuit'. But that doesn't mean it's any less worth visiting than the…
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    5 Traveling Workouts Perfect For Vacation & Long Term Travel

    Keeping on top of workouts when traveling is harder than an advanced calculus class. Whether it's a vacation, a business trip or long term travel, we all struggle to exercise…
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    Travel & Wellness: How Do They Impact The Long Term Traveler?

    The Travel and Wellness industries are Goliaths within the world's economic market. But how do they coincide on a deeper and more personal level? For the long term traveler -…
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    How To Plan A Trip: 15 Easy Steps To Being Travel Ready

    Adventure is calling! ... But where should you go? How do you get there? And what do you need to do before you can turn your dream into a reality?…
    Mark and Kristen Patagonia Packing List for Long Term Travel

    Long Term Travel Packing Checklist: The Ultimate Guide

    You've perfected an amazing travel route and booked your one way flight with nervous excitement ... but at the final hurdle you find yourself utterly flummoxed: What the heck is…
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    1 Month In Vietnam Cost Report: How Much Did We Spend?

    Are you planning to spend a month traveling Vietnam but don't know how much to budget for your trip? Maybe you have a rough idea about an average daily expense?…
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    3 Week Vietnam Itinerary: The Ultimate Travel Route

    Time is a constant thorn in the side of backpackers and long term travelers. How much time do you need to see the highlights of a country before moving on? We…
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    Vietnam Itinerary 10 Days: 3 Perfect Northern And Central Vietnam Routes

    You will need to access the creative and organized parts of your brain to formulate a Northern and Central Vietnam Itinerary with just 10 days. We have three questions for…
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    30 Key Things To Know About North & Central Vietnam Before You Visit

    These are the 30 most important things you need to know about Northern and Central Vietnam. Our tips and advice come directly from our own experiences. We aim to help…
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    Why 2 Days In Hanoi Vietnam Is Enough Time To ‘Get In, See It & Get Out’

    Let's get straight to the point, you only need to spend 2 days in Hanoi. We wished we'd known that before we booked 5 whole days in Vietnam's capital city.…
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    Hanoi Itinerary: 2 Action Packed Days In Vietnam’s Chaotic Capital City

    Hanoi is a loud, chaotic, energetic city best explored on foot. You would be wise to prepare for a sensory overload. Hanoi will test your patience and alertness time and…
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    Hai Van Pass Motorbike Tour: Hue to Hoi An, Vietnam

    As we have traveled around the world, we have moved on to countless new cities and countries. While there have been many incredible experiences, there are some days we will…
    Vietnamese man writing on pink paper in his house private Hoi An tour

    An Unforgettable Private Tour With A Vietnam War Veteran In Hoi An

    Spontaneity is truly the spice of life. An expression that is never more true than when traveling long term! By sheer happenstance, we found ourselves in the position for an…
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    How To Get From Hanoi to Halong Bay: The Ultimate Transport Guide

    Halong Bay is one of Vietnam's most popular destinations on the heavily beaten tourist path. Who doesn't want to see a unique UNESCO world heritage site on an overnight cruise?!…
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    Hoi An Itinerary: 13 Amazing Things To Do, 3 Day Trips & 1 Secret

    Canary-yellow houses and old wooden buildings line a sleepy riverbank in the most beguiling city in Vietnam: Hoi An. A delightful blend of Japanese, Chinese and European influences, complimented with…
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    Da Nang to Hoi An, Vietnam: The Ultimate Transport Guide

    Hoi An is one of Vietnam's most enchanting cities. Holiday makers from all over the world flock to Vietnam to soak up Hoi An's charming mustard yellow ancient town each…
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    Sapa Itinerary: Trekking & Homestay, Fansipan and Cat Cat Village

    Sapa is a quaint rural mountain town surrounded by endless terraces of rice paddies and gorgeous valleys. The major draw for tourists visiting Sapa is the opportunity of trekking and…
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    Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam: How to Book and Hike Gorgeous Sapa Valley

    Trekking through golden yellow or emerald green rice paddy terraces surrounded by beautiful valleys as far as the eye can see in Sapa, Vietnam sounds pretty damn incredible, right? This…
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    Cheap Halong Bay Cruise: How To Book The Best Cruise In Vietnam

    With dozens of cruise operators in Halong Bay, how do you choose the best one?! For many visitors, budget is the key ingredient to this recipe. Rosa Boutique Cruise offer…
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    Abandoned Water Park Hue: How To Access The Eerie Grounds 2020

    The historic city of Hue in Vietnam has the perfect 'unofficial must see' backpacker hotspot, in the form of a creepy post apocalyptic abandoned water park. Do you feel like…
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    Ninh Binh Itinerary: 2 Relaxing Days in Rural Vietnam

    Ninh Binh Province is one of the most memorable stops on the South East Asia travelers trail and this is the perfect 2 day itinerary for your visit. Did you…
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    Trang An Boat Tour: Complete Guide | Serene Ninh Binh, Vietnam

    The Trang An Boat Tour in Ninh Binh Province transports you to a water world where you will pass through dark caves and discover spectacular karst formations accessible only by…
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    Stunning Bich Dong Pagoda (Plus Bonus Area!) | Tam Coc, Vietnam

    Bich Dong Pagoda in Tam Coc, Vietnam is a gorgeous 300 year old three-tiered cave Pagoda complex. You must pass through a Dark Cave (and bats!) to reach the highest-tier.…
    First stopping point on way to top of Mua Cave viewpoint overlooking river and mountains

    Mua Cave Viewpoint Ninh Binh: Vietnam’s Best Vista | Complete Guide

    The awe inspiring 360 degree panoramic vista at the summit of Mua Cave viewpoint is one of our favorite memories from a month traveling though Vietnam. Mua Cave viewpoint is…
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    5 Steps To Buying Our First Camera in Tokyo, Japan

    We took the plunge and bought our first camera in the worlds most populous metropolis, Tokyo, Japan. Buying your first ever camera is kind of a big deal. This is…
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    Vietnam Sleeper Bus: Adventure or Peril & Should You Risk It?

    Is it safe and efficient to travel by sleeper bus in Vietnam? What are your alternatives? In this post, we are going to break it all down for you because…
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    10 Awesome Things To Do In Phong Nha, Vietnam (Not Just Caves!)

    Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is an adventure travelers' paradise; NOW is the time to visit and this is your guide to the 10 best things to do (plus bonus…
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    Botanic Gardens Phong Nha: 5 Epic Reasons To Visit (Waterfalls!)

    Vietnam's adventure capital Phong Nha has a secret weapon tucked away up its sleeve and it isn't a cave - it is a hugely underrated Botanic Gardens. Why do we…
    mind blowing formations inside paradise cave Phong Nha

    Paradise Cave Phong Nha: The Ultimate First Time Visitor Guide

    Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is home to the biggest adventure caves in the world, but they come at a premium - for travelers lacking time or budget, your…
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    Dark Cave Phong Nha: Vietnam’s Budget Friendly Adrenaline Adventure

    Dark Cave is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. This National Park is famous for colossal caves and subterranean rivers that can…
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    Valle de la Luna: Orbit Moon Valley by Apollo Mountain Bike

    Are you ready to explore the Atacama Desert's Valle de la Luna by mountain bike? A grand (and sweaty!) adventure awaits you! Lunar-like landscapes, geothermal geyser fields, salt lakes to…
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    The 20 Best Things To Do Around Awesome San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

    You're heading to the Atacama Desert and the tiny adobe town of San Pedro, but you don't yet know what to do? We've got you covered! This is an in…
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    Perfect San Pedro de Atacama, Chile Itinerary: With & Without Car

    Surrounded by unimaginably stunning vistas, volcanoes, lagunas and salt flats, lies the beating heart of tourism in the Atacama Desert: San Pedro de Atacama, and we have the perfect itinerary for…
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    Szechenyi Baths: A Guide to Budapest’s ‘Hottest’ Thermal Spa

    You are about to enter a stunning Neo Baroque building complex containing 15 mineral rich indoor pools and 3 steaming grand outdoor thermal pools in the Hungarian capital of Budapest:…
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    Szimpla Kert: Budapest’s Flagship Ruin Bar

    Captivating, Wild, Artistic and Trippy are just the beginnings of all the descriptive words that come to mind when we think of Szimpla Kert: Budapest's pioneering flagship ruin bar. It is…
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    4 Days in Budapest, Hungary: The Perfect Itinerary For An Amazing City

    How many days is the perfect amount for visiting Budapest? A tricky question with a certain answer. You will need 4 days in Budapest to fully appreciate how amazing this…
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    Los Cahorros, Monachil: Awesome Hiking Trail In Sierra Nevada, Spain

    The Los Cahorros hiking trail in Monachil near Granada has been one of our favorite to date! Why? Because it truly is an Indiana Jones like adventure. The Sierra Nevada…
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    Ronda, Spain: The Complete Guide To An Andalusian Gem

    If you’re planning a trip to Southern Spain, you should definitely consider visiting the stunning city of Ronda. This quaint little gem is easily accessible from the Costa Del Sol holiday…
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    The 7 Best Things to do in Granada, Spain

    Are you ready to discover the 7 best things to do in Granada, Spain? This multi faceted Spanish city destination requires 3 days of your time to experience it's full…
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    One Day Cordoba, Spain Itinerary: An Action Packed Day Trip

    Picturesque cobble stoned Cordoba old town is the perfect place to spend one day when traveling between Madrid and Seville or Granada. Armed with a metric ton of old world…
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    Segovia Day Trip, Spain: Ultimate One Day First Time Visitor Itinerary

    Madrid is fortunate to have many excellent day trip options. The challenge is choosing which one to do! We think a day trip to Segovia is definitely one of the…
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    Nara Deer Park: How To Avoid Being Bitten By Hungry Sika Deer

    If you’re wondering how it is possible to be bitten by a deer, you’ve come to the right place. I mean seriously, how many people do you know that have…
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    Onsen Nara: What You Can Expect From A Japanese Onsen Hot Spring

    “Well, that was … like nothing I’ve done before” were the first words Mark thought to say once he'd been reunited with Kristen. We had officially conquered the onsen in…
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    Nara Day Trip: 4 Things Not To Miss In Japan’s Ancient Capital

    A day trip to Nara is perfect for families, couples and solo travelers alike to experience Japan's ancient history. You will find a charming city bursting with Buddhist temples, Shinto…
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    The 12 Best Things to do in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong: The densely populated city of vibrant residents and soaring skyscrapers. It's a city you have to visit, but what are the best things to do in Hong Kong?…
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    The 10 Best Things To Do In Dubai

    Dubai: the futuristic city in a scorching desert. Are you ready to be pleasantly surprised? We spent 4 days in the blazing heat of Dubai and were shocked by how…
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    Travel Health & Fitness: The Ultimate Conundrum

    Travel Health & Fitness. Is there such a thing?! Or is this some fictional nonsense? This article is aimed primarily at the long term traveler, who we're sure will be…
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    Day Trip to Toledo: Plan An Amazing One Day Visit From Madrid

    The stunning city of Toledo is a hugely popular day trip from Madrid, with tourists searching for some medieval history. If you're looking at excursion options from Madrid, we would…
    front view if the colorful Casa Batllo during a weekend in Barcelona

    Ultimate Guide to a Weekend in Barcelona

    A weekend in Barcelona is an awesome idea for a European getaway. Beach lover, hill walker, city dweller, bar hopper, art aficionado or history buff – Barcelona has you covered.…
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    2 Days In Paris Itinerary

    Paris. The city of light. Famous for romance, arrogance, fashion and food – Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world (in 2017 it was third only…
    Mark and Kristen on a bench facing the Eiger, Grindelwald

    What Does Travel Mean To Us?

    How would you finish this sentence – “To me travel is…….?” Where would you want to go? What would you want to see? What’s stopping you? For some, traveling may be leaving…
    Mark and Kristen in Bolivia

    The Morgans 2018-2019 Travel Plans

    "So, Where Are You Going?" It's always the first question we get asked and it's also one of the hardest to answer. What are our travel plans? Do we even…
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    Awesome Osprey Farpoint 40: Perfect Backpack For All Types Of Travel

    The Osprey Farpoint 40 has been labeled the Best Overall Travel Backpack for 2020 by US News & World Report and we can't argue. It is a backpack you will…