Posts in Travel Tips
Lesbian Travel: Best Resources for Planning the Perfect Vacation

In 1965, the Damron Company published the first gay travel guide for men. Today its guidebooks are more LGBT inclusive, but travel resources for lesbians are still paltry compared to what’s offered to the gay male community. Here’s your guide to planning the ultimate lesbian holiday, whether you’re coupling up or flying solo.

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11 Tips to Surviving Long-Haul Flights in Economy

Flying messes with our mind, body, and spirit in all sorts of crazy ways. And if you’re stuck in economy for hours, it can feel downright painful. Here are 11 top tips to survive long-haul flights that my friend and I came up with after our recent 25-hour journey to Bali. 

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Working Abroad: 6 Countries that are Great for Freelancers

Born in Bermuda, Lené Hypolite has lived in Venezuela, Canada, the U.S., Amsterdam, and is soon headed to Singapore and Tokyo. She loves the excitement of expat life, and also how its benefiting her career. On the Postcard Academy podcast, we talk about six countries where it’s a little bit easier visa-wise to live abroad, and how to find work there.

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Is Expensive Olive Oil Worth It? How to Find the Best in Italy

“That olive oil costs how MUCH? Why would I spend $15 when I can spend $4?” You’ve likely said this to yourself at some point. So what’s the difference between expensive olive oil versus the cheap stuff? Does it really matter? Yes. Toni Mazzaglia, founder of the food tour company Taste Florence came on the Postcard Academy podcast to explain how to find the best olive oil, when you should use it, and when you definitely should not. 

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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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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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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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