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  • Find a Cheap Flight

    Tips and tricks on when to fly, when to buy, where to search, how to compare, and what a good deal looks like. Read more

  • Book a Cheap Hotel

    The best hostel website, the best cheap hotel website, and everything you need to know about CouchSurfing. Read More

  • US Passports & Travel Visas

    Where to get a US passport, travel visa, and travel vaccinations required by your destination country. Read More

  • How to Pack for a Trip

    Create a travel packing list with these tips, and find out how to get a good travel backpack or suitcase. Read More

BMT 031 : Ask Jackie Session 2

Ask Jackie Session 2

In this second installment of the Ask Jackie sessions, we tackle the following questions:

1. Should my girlfriend and I share a smartphone?

2. Should we take a camera that is better than an iPhone?

3. Should we take a camp stove?

4. Is coffee available on the road?

5. What about health insurance for long-term travel?

6. I have very limited travel and work experience, is it going to be hard for me to get a job on Workaway?

7. Have you ever gotten Japanese Encephalitis or Rabies immunizations?

8. How expensive is study abroad? Read more

Canon EOS M Review: A Digital SLR That Fits In Your Pocket!

Those of us who love photography and love travel are constantly faced with a dilemma – what camera to bring and how to make it pack light. I have found the solution to this problem in the Canon EOS M. It is the perfect travel camera as it is lightweight and with the 22mm lens, it fits in your jacket pocket. Yes, a quality digital SLR with video capability and interchangeable lenses, that fits in a jacket pocket. It exists, and you have found it. Read more

Celebrating 30 with a BANG (and a travel slideshow)

Golden Birthday (n): the year that your birthday also happens to be the age you’re turning. For me, that is happening this week as I turn 30 on the 30th of November. I have anticipated my golden birthday for quite some time now, as I had to wait longer than most for my golden day to come around, and I’ve decide to celebrate it with a BANG. That is, a trip to paradise (on a budget, of course). Today Nate and I are leaving for Bocas del Toro, Panama to join 6 of my closest friends on a mission to do nothing but relax, explore beaches, snorkel, and celebrate life together. We don’t need an excuse, but turning 30 suffices. Read more

BMT 030 : SPECIAL : Just Do It with New Traveler Pete Sveen

New Traveler Pete Sveen

In this 30th episode, BMT Voices is introduced, a special announcement is made, and Pete Sveen, online entrepreneur and new traveler, comes on the show to tell us all about what he learned from his first two trips abroad. Find out why this episode is special, how you can become more involved going forward, and listen to Pete as he talks about his transformation from never having traveled on his own to already planning his next trip. Read more

Winter Wonderlust (n.) : A passion for all things Winter

Through all this travel and blogging and podcasting that I have been doing, something has definitely rubbed off on my husband Nate. 

I am super proud to announce the launch of his new site: It is an outlet for exploring all things winter through travel, festivals, recreation, gear, apparel, nature, food, and more. It doesn’t matter if you are the type who hunkers down and hibernates in winter or if you exhaust yourself in the many activities it offers, this site simply celebrates everything that has to do with winter and there is something for everyone! Read more