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Rendezvous with a Crowded Planet

Rendezvous Croweded Planet

Rendezvous with the Intrepid Margherita and Nick If we can’t get together face to face…let’s do it virtually! This edition of Rendezvous with Rovers highlights one of my favorite traveling couples.  Margherita and Nick are adventurous and quirky and the creators of TheCrowdedPlanet website. I’ve followed them as they’ve visited and written about out-of-the-way spots like Madagascar and Finland.  Whether they are hiking, photographing, or dog-sledding, they seem to have a fantastic time.  As many of you know TheCrowdedPlanet is partnering with us on Weekend Travel Inspiration as well. Let’s find out more about them! Margherita and Nick, I’ve always been a little confused if you are a long-term traveler or if you have a home base?  I know you …

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Rendezvous with Eileen from FamiliesGo!

Rendezvous FamiliesGo

Blogger Interview with a New York Family with Wanderlust  Welcome to a Rendezvous with Rovers! One of my favorite things to do is connect with bloggers from all over the world, in this blogger interview I’m happy to introduce to you Eileen from FamiliesGo! Her website is a great go-to for anything to do with family travel from destinations, what to pack, and some really useful hints! Where do you live now?  Tell us a little about where you are from. I am a dyed-in- the-wool New Yorker. Grew up in Queens, went to NYU, married a guy from the Bronx and settled in Brooklyn. The outer boroughs of the city, at least Brooklyn and Queens are far cooler than they were when …

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How to Cope with that Pesky Travel Itch!

How to Cope with that Pesky Travel Itch

Getting Ready to Go….Again! What do you do when you’re in a rut? When you have high ambitions of places to go, things to do and people to meet, but for whatever reason (work, life, lack of funds, and an unfortunate location) you’re not able to scratch that travel itch? How do you get by until your next big trip? Here are some of my personal coping mechanisms to stave off the travel bug:

Rendezvous with Rachael at Safari254

Rendezvous with Rachael Safari254

A Rendezvous with Rovers Introduces Rachael On this newest installment of our interview series Rendezvous with Rovers, we are introducing you to the expert on Kenya, Rachael from Safari254.  You might already recognize her name from our Weekend Travel Inspiration series as she is one of our partners.  Read on to learn more about traveling from Rachael.

Rendezvous with the Adventurous Anabel

Rendezvous with Anabel

A Rendezvous with Rovers Introduces Anabel Welcome to our latest interview with intrepid travelers! Today we’d like to introduce you to Anabel of Anabel’s Travel Blog. Anabel and I first started talking while we were in the midst of the A to Z Challenge held each April.  Anabel has completed it a few times, and me…well, I don’t have the blogging stamina.  I’ve just done it once.  I did make some great friends, so if you are up for the challenge…go for it. In July, Jim and I were in Scotland, and our first stop was Glasgow which we’d never really visited before. We were so happy to meet up with Anabel and John. Of course it was raining; how …

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Rendezvous With Freetirement’s Lori and Randy

Rendezvous with Lori and Randy

A Rendezvous with Rovers Introduces Lori and Randy! Welcome to our newest installment of our traveler interview series, A Rendezvous with Rovers.  This week we’re happy to bring you two people that Jim and I have known for years.  When we met Lori and Randy we were all teaching in the same area of Japan and absolutely loving it. Little did I know back then what these two had up their sleeves. Their website, Freetirement, tells all about how they made a sound financial plan to retire early and live the life that only dreams are made of as they travel the world. Just last week, we were able to visit with Randy and Lori and catch up. Read more …

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Rendezvous with the Fabulous Anda!

Rendezvous with Anda

Welcome to our newest installment of our traveler interview series, A Rendezvous with Rovers.  This installment of our traveler interview series is with the woman behind the website Travel Notes and Beyond.

15+ Combatting and Getting Over Jet Lag Tips

15+ Tips and Tricks to Diminish or Completely Surpass Jet Lag

Nobody likes jet lag! Check out our jet lag tips on how to combat it. How to get over it. Don’t let jet lag ruin your vacation. Combatting Jet Lag Before You Go When booking your flight try to arrive at your destination in the afternoon/evening, this will allow you to stay up until a decent bed time and get you started on a regular sleeping schedule in your new time zone.  Arriving between 7 and 10 pm, gives you time to get your baggage, get to your hotel, unwind, and go right to bed. If you’re unable to secure a booking that will have you landing in the afternoon, go for a morning arrival, this way you can sleep …

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Rendezvous with Frank and Lissette from BBQ Boy and Spanky

Rendezvous with Frank and LIssette

Welcome to another installment of a Rendezvous with Rovers where we meet up, virtually, with some intrepid travelers and share their stories.  This week, we are talking with the brave and location-independent Frank and Lissette who’ve been traveling continuously for a couple of years.  Jim and I met up with then in Prague, shared a beer, and a ton of laughs.  There’s something special about hanging out with like-minded folks.  I hope you enjoy their escapades and find their journey inspirational. Tell us about yourselves. Where do you live or are you location independent? How did you start traveling? Hi Corinne. We’re been full-time travellers since 2014. I’ve always travelled and actually lived in Africa for a few years as …

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On A Quest For The Perfect Georgian Souvenir

On the Quest for the Perfect Souvenir in the Republic of Georgia

I’ve completely outgrown buying souvenirs every place I go. Now don’t get me wrong, I love seeing all the locally handmade items, especially textiles and sometimes it takes a very strong will to say no. But I do say no, because I really want to be a minimalist. Why? To be honest I hate to dust. That’s the reason. At any rate, I rarely buy anything other than food items that will undoubtedly be consumed and will never require dusting. A Cooking Lesson and a Quest So, it came as surprise to both Jim and I when I was totally taken with Marta’s khinkali ladle. For one thing, I love handmade, especially crudely handmade, items. Her ladle looked like it was hand-carved and …

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Travel Folly to Travel Glory

Travel Folly to Travel Glory

“Look kids! Big Ben, Parliament.” ~ Clark Griswold OK, time for a guilty pleasure confession. You know, how we all have these silly things in life that we enjoy, even though they might be considered lame or embarrassing by our peers, parents, or children? Like watching reality TV or reading trashy romance novels? Well, European Vacation was one of those movies that fits in that category for me. I can watch it over and over. Should National Lampoon have any real travel advice to offer? Should it be an inspiration for travel? I don’t know, but anything that gets us off our sofa and onto the computer or into the books planning the next vacation can’t be all bad. And …

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Enjoy the Journey – Stories From the Road

Enjoy the Journey - Stories From the Road

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness The act of moving is so inspirational to me! With its feeling of going somewhere new, someplace you’ve never been before to explore, to discover. It doesn’t matter that others were there before you, it’s new to you and that is exciting. I envy those folks that are traveling full time that really have the luxury of enjoying the journey. I love reading the adventures of people who are hiking, biking, motorcycling, rickshaw driving, or sailing all around the world. What guts they have! What stamina! You know what I mean. Some people …

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