#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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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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From Grape Picker to Winery Wonder Woman

As flames lashed the Napa and Sonoma Valley wine regions in October, vineyard owner Amelia Ceja was speaking up for the workers she saw cultivating smoky vineyards without protective masks. Amelia is a Mexican immigrant who built a multi-million dollar wine business, and she was once a grape picker herself.

In this episode of the Postcard Academy podcast, Amelia shares her journey from moving to America without knowing English to owning a multi-million dollar company. 

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Slovenia: Ultimate Travel Guide

Slovenia is a land of fairy tale castles, baby dragons (more on that later), and delicious moonshine. You may also know this former Yugoslavian republic as Melania Trump’s place of birth. But Noah Charney, an American expat and Slovenia resident since 2006, says his adopted country deserves to be known for so much more.

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Food Guide: Eating in Istanbul

I expected to find falafel in Istanbul, but I was fantastically wrong. To set the record straight on Turkish cuisine for other travelers, I asked food and travel writer Robyn Eckhart to come on the Postcard Academy podcast to discuss traditional Turkish recipes and Istanbul food culture. We have a lovely chat about her new cookbook: Istanbul and Beyond: Exploring the Diverse Cuisines of Turkey, and create a food guide for your next trip to Istanbul. 

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Turkish Delight: An Interview with Artful Baker Author Cenk Sönmezsoy

If you like food porn, this week’s podcast guest will have you screaming from the rooftops. Cenk Sönmezsoy is an award-winning food blogger, photographer, and self-described shameless chocoholic from İstanbul, Turkey. He’s also author of the masterpiece, The Artful Baker: Extraordinary Desserts From an Obsessive Home Baker

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