How to Stay in Europe for More Than 90 Days Without a Visa

Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, and citizens of several other countries can generally travel to any European country for 90 days out of 180 continuous days without needing a visa. But what if you want to travel to a bunch of European countries and you want to stay for longer than 90 days without having to get a visa? You can jump in and out of the Schengen Zone. 

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Animal Lover? This Belize Animal Sanctuary Wants Volunteers Like You

Belize Zoo (really an animal sanctuary) offers a hands-on internship program that lasts from two to four weeks. Just want to visit? The money from your ticket will go to taking care of beautiful creatures like Junior Buddy, the zoo’s 11-year-old jaguar. 

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How to Find Cheap or Free Accommodation while Traveling

There are several ways you can score cheap or free accommodation while traveling. We previously talked about how to live rent-free by house-sitting around the world. You can also use your credit card travel points, go camping, take an overnight train or bus, or simply sleep at the airport. Here are some more fantastic ideas to help you travel more and spend less on housing.

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World War II: History to Know Before You Visit Berlin

World War I and II tore Europe apart and killed millions, 11 million at the hands of the nazis alone. For decades, Germany has attempted to atone for its sins, which is why historical tourism here is very important. Here is a quick and dirty primer to help you get your historical bearings before your trip to Berlin.

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Berlin: Your Travel Guide to Europe’s ‘Poor but Sexy’ City

Berlin, Europe’s ‘poor but sexy’ city, is still recovering from World War II and the Cold War. The postcard? Think street art, low buildings, and people chilling in parks everywhere. There’s something for everyone, whether you like clubbing all night or hitting museums in the morning.

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Why You Probably Shouldn’t Volunteer Abroad and What You Should Do Instead

National Geographic Traveler of the Year Shannon O’Donnell literally wrote The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook. However, she says that, for most of us, volunteering abroad is not the best way to help the communities we visit. Here's what is. 

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How to House-Sit Around the World and Live Rent-Free While Traveling

Want to travel the world while living rent-free? Try house sitting! Here’s all you need to know on the best and worst house-sitting sites; how to write a profile that will get homeowners to choose you; and other important information you need to get into house-sitting.

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#vanlife: Where to Go to the Bathroom and Other Van Life Tips and Essentials

Look up #vanlife on Instagram, and you’ll find nearly 3 million photos of perfect couples cruising through the desert or sipping beer on top of their VWs. But there are also many people who couldn't care less about Insta fame — they’re choosing to live in vans or RVs or old bread trucks because they want a simpler life. Fewer things. More experiences. Here's the beginner's guide to van life.

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Russians Also Poisoned My Friend's Great-Grandma (And other lessons learned in Germany)

If you’ve visited Berlin on vacation, you might think Germany is all hipster coffee shops and fingerless gloves (these are called stulpenand I love them). But go outside the city, and you’ll learn Germany isn’t one big liberal love fest welcoming immigrants with open arms. What I learned from celebrating Easter in former East Germany.

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Oaxaca City: Where to Eat and What to See in This Mexican Food Lovers' Paradise

My friend, Cristal Dyer, aka the Tofu Traveler, and I just spent four perfect days eating ourselves silly in Oaxaca City, which is also famous for its beautiful handicrafts and colonial architecture. We share our ridiculous adventures in this food capital, as well as a detailed travel itinerary for you, in the Postcard Academy podcast episode: Mexican Food Lovers’ Paradise: Oaxaca. 

 

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You Need to Visit (or Move!) to Romania This Year. Here’s Why

Romania is the next big thing for expats and travelers seeking to get off the beaten path. Why? To start, you can live an awesome life there for $1,000 a month. Theater, opera, and other culture pursuits are cheap or free and accessible to everyone (Romania's Communist past means less elitism than you find in other European countries). History lovers will love wandering the medieval cities. And then, there's Dracula's castle. 

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Why Bridesmaid-for-Hire Jen Glantz Lives in a New City Every 30 Days

Jen Glantz, the world’s first bridesmaid-for-hire loved living in New York City, but she didn’t love the expense, and she was stuck in a rut. After she and her boyfriend Adam Kossoff both lost their jobs, they created a life in which they could work anywhere while traveling across the U.S. A few months ago, they moved out of New York and started calling a new place home every 30 days.

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10 Reasons The Depression Actually Was Great for Single Women in New York

The 1929 stock market crash devastated many Americans. But for single women, the Great Depression that followed was not all a bad story. People were putting off marriage and, for the first time, many single women went to work, lived, and even traveled independently. For guidance, they looked to their favorite guru to the single girl, Marjorie Hillis, a successful author and bachelorette living a glam life in New York. Here's how Marjorie helped a generation of women thrive in the 1930s.

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How to Find the Cheapest Flights & Best Travel Deals in 2018

At 18, Cristal Dyer left Australia on her first solo trip, venturing to South America where she volunteered for a year. Since then, she's become a full-time traveler. She shared her secrets to finding the cheapest flights and other travel deals with the Postcard Academy. 

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