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TEDTalks To Learn More About World Culture

The Best TEDTalks To Better Understand World Cultures

Knowledge and understanding of other cultures, and compassion for understanding where other people are coming from, is one of the best tools any traveler can take with them on any journey. While we have more information at our fingertips now than ever before, we seem to have less understanding of the world that we live in. Continue reading

Three Adventure Planning Apps & Websites

Sometimes even our vacations can fall into ruts: the same city at the same time of year, the same (albeit beautiful) beach scene, and the same types of fellow travelers. Even if you’ve been a place a dozen times, chances are you haven’t discovered all that there is to your favorite destination. Add some variety or even spontaneity to your vacation with a few helpful apps.

Afar

Afar is a travel website and app that combines professional articles and advice with local experts. Use the Destinations to find attractions, things to do, and restaurants that you might not have previously discovered yet.

Roadtrippers

Looking to take a summer road trip to a specific destination and want to find something new along your route? Roadtrippers is the perfect tool to do this with. Not only can you plan your road trip, your final destination, hotels where you will stay along the way, and calculate the cost of gas, you can also find attractions, restaurants, and more along your route.

Trover

Add some spontaneity to your trip and use other traveler’s discoveries to guide your way. Trover is an app that lets you post pictures of your discoveries along your journey and see other users’ discoveries in the vicinity.

How To Plan A Spontaneous Trip

How To Plan A Spontaneous Trip

“Planning” a “spontaneous” trip seems more than slightly like an oxymoron. Spontaneous, zero-planning-required road trips are very easy to do: you get in the car and drive, and wherever you find yourself, there you are. Destinations that require a plane, however, don’t seem to be quite as easy to do on a whim.

They are possible, though, and you can get some of the best deals when making last-minute plans. Here are a few tools to help you plan out all the details you need for a spontaneous last-minute adventure.

Book Your Flight

Use the Hopper app (or website for all non-iOS users) to find the lowest fares on all flights leaving from your local airport within the next 24 hours. Choosing the lowest fare, or the lowest for a destination that sounds most interesting to you, will kick off your trip into the unknown adventures awaiting you.

Find A Hotel

The Hotel Tonight app will find the lowest deals on hotels in the area for that night and up to the next 7 days. Savings can be more than 75% off normal nightly rates.

Discover Awesome

Since you’re traveling on a whim, chances are you haven’t had time to do much research into the area where you’ll be staying. Once you’ve arrived at your destination, use an app like Trover to discover what is near you.

City guides such as mTrip will point you in the direction of the top attractions and give you the highlights of the area. Use Yelp to find the best restaurants and read reviews from locals and travelers alike.

Solo Female Traveler's Safety Guide to Guatemala

The Solo Female Traveler’s Guide to Guatemala

Traveling to a developing country can be intimidating, especially for women traveling alone. When I told people that I was spending half of my time in Guatemala traveling the country on my own, I was met with a lot of surprise and caution. As long as you stick to a few main tips that apply to nearly anywhere and anyone, traveling on your own can not only be safe but incredibly enjoyable. Continue reading