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Fireworks Over the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Everything Everywhere via rss - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 18:50

Fireworks Over the Sydney Harbour Bridge

We are Moving to Seattle!

Twenty-Something Travel via rss - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 07:05

I’ve been sitting on this for what feels like forever, but I am so excited to announce to you guys our next big step: We are moving to Seattle! 

After living together in China, Argentina and Mexico, and traveling through many more countries, Mike and I have decided to put down roots back in the US. Although I love exploring and even spending long stints of time in other countries, I always knew I would end up in the US long-term.

I realize you guys may have some questions, so let’s dive right in:

Why Now?

A couple of reasons, but the biggest one is probably: we want a home base. We’ve been traveling progressively slower and slower, choosing long-term living situations and shorter trips over the life of constant backpacking.

While some people are able to travel indefinitely, I never really believed I was one of those people. I want a place to come back to after my trips- a place with my books, my couch, my fuzzy bathrobe. Mike wants a calm place where he can focus on work (Mexico was a lot of things, but quiet was not one of them). I want my own kitchen where I can practice my vaguely scientific cooking projects. Mike wants a place to play video games.

The second really big reason: now we can afford it. Mike is working full time for Woo and I am making a healthy amount of money via the blog and freelancing, so for the first time since we embarked on our many travels 5 years ago, we can actually afford to rent a small apartment in a city we actually like.

Why Seattle?

Since Mike and I both work remotely, we put a lot of thought into what city we wanted to move to. San Francisco, Portland and Denver were all on the shortlist with Seattle. In the end it came down to:

  • Seattle is really cool- we visited a couple of years ago and totally dug the city’s laid back but fun vibe. They have a great food scene (important for me), and a thriving tech scene (important for Mike). They also have an international airport (important for everybody).
  • Seattle is more affordable than San Francisco (our first choice). The cost of living in Seattle is significantly less than in DC even. This is important because we are not rich and we plan to live very centrally as we don’t have a car.
  • We know a lot of people in Seattle. Some of my best friends live there or are moving there shortly. There are a lot of travel bloggers in the area as well.
  • We just feel good about it. That’s basically our motivation for moving pretty much anywhere.

What Happened to Italy?

Some of you might remember that last year Mike was applying for his Italian citizenship and we were hoping to move to Bologna by around this time. Well, we severely underestimated the glacial pace of the Italian bureaucracy that Mike’s application is still slowly creaking through. We have no idea when his citizenship might be processed (or if it is in fact being processed at all). Honestly, at this rate we could literally be waiting years.

That’s not to say Italy is out of the picture forever. It’s just not in the cards for us right now.

 Is this Permanent?

I don’t know, is anything permanent when you are as impulsive as we are? We are fully committed to making a go of it and signing a one year lease, after that pretty much anything could happen. I am however looking at this as the start of a new chapter of our lives.

Are You Done Traveling?

Ha! I assure you I am not. I’m still the girl who can’t sit still and nothing has changed about that. In addition to this whole new city I have to explore, I am already researching potential trips- Hawaii maybe? Europe sometime next year? Portland and Austin soon for sure. In a way, I think having a home-base will give me greater freedom to travel.

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about sharing this information with you guys. Will you think I’m a traitor? A hypocrite? Personally, I don’t feel like one. I’ve always wanted to live a life that felt authentic, that felt chosen and not just a default. For me, this feels like the most true thing to do right now, and the best way to continue my life of travel.

 I hope you guys will follow me along on this exciting new adventure!

We are Moving to Seattle! is a post from Twenty-Something Travel

Picture a City: the Real Edinburgh guide to Scotland’s enchanting capital

from Go travel via rss - Sun, 07/27/2014 - 04:53
Street photographer Grant Ritchie shares his favourite pictures and places to inspire first-time visitors to Edinburgh. The post Picture a City: the Real Edinburgh guide to Scotland’s enchanting capital appeared first on HomeAway Blog | Travel Blog.

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Where the Namib Desert Touches the Atlantic Ocean

Everything Everywhere via rss - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 19:02

Where the Namib Desert Touches the Atlantic Ocean

Grand Canyon Tour - 5 Tips for Awesome Bus Tours from Las Vegas

Travel and Leisure - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 18:00
When visiting Las Vegas this summer, make sure to take a side trip to the Grand Canyon (just 120 miles away!). And the most economical way to do it? By bus. Learn more. Read this article.

Catskills Resorts: A Great Place To Relax The Mind And Body

Travel Articles - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 02:52
There is no place on earth that takes away the busy life of the city from the mind replacing it with complete relaxation and serenity like the Catskills resorts. These are a group of lavish getaways located on the famous Catskills Mountains to the Northern side of New York City.

Stilt Walker in Lome, Togo

Everything Everywhere via rss - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 21:00

Stilt Walker in Lome, Togo

Best Travel Gadgets

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 18:00
America loves to travel. We have an industry dedicated to visiting other places. You'll find ads for Michigan, Florida, California and a dozen other states, showing you what that state has to offer. Be it by plane, train or automobile, Americans travel by the million all over the US and the world.

Planning The Perfect Island Vacation Way South!

Travel and Leisure - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 18:00
When it comes to taking a vacation, there are many things you should be aware of before you run off and pick the first place you see that is pretty. This event calls for much planning, research and preparation. Make sure you do not drop the ball and end up with a sub-par vacation! Your island vacation and your sanity depend on this!

All Great Las Vegas Trips Include a Grand Canyon Helicopter Flight

Travel Articles - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:17
Time to visit Vegas? Make sure you see the Grand Canyon, too. When you do, make sure to take a helicopter tour. Learn which is right for you. Read this article.

The Shard Viewing Gallery, Should You Visit?

Travel Tips and Destinations - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 07:16
The view from the Shard is the newest and highest London tourist attraction. It's the hottest new destination for anyone visiting London, but is it worth the admission fee?

Plan Your Northern Lights Trip During the Solar Maximum

Travel Tips and Destinations - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:52
A northern lights trip is most spectacular during the Sun's heightened solar cycle. Learn more about this and the best time to plan your holiday to Abisko.

How to Photograph Your Northern Lights Trip to Abisko

Travel Tips and Destinations - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:52
It's not every day you get to see the Aurora Borealis. Make sure you know how to capture the moment in style with these photography tips.

Experiencing Indigenous Culture on Northern Lights Trips

Travel Tips and Destinations - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:51
Learn in this article why northern lights trips are more than just seeing the aurora borealis. They are a unique cultural experience as well.

Abisko: The Destination for All Northern Lights Trips

Travel Tips and Destinations - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:50
The roads of all northern lights trips should lead to Abisko. Find out why this northern village in Sweden is the best location for Aurora hunting.

Positano Hotels - Beach or Higher Up?

Travel Tips and Destinations - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 04:24
Planning a stay in Positano? Should you stay at a hotel near the beach or higher up on the hill? Here are the benefit of each location to help you decide!

North American National Park #30: Elk Island, Alberta

Everything Everywhere via rss - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 18:08

North American National Park #30: Elk Island, Alberta

Elk Island is a very different type of national park. Located only 30 minutes outside of Edmonton, Elk Island is the only national park in Canada which is entirely fenced in. If this were Africa, Elk Island would probably be called a game park or a game preserve.

Game is in fact the primary purpose of Elk Island. It is the location of the genetically purest herd of bison, both wood and plains, in North America. Bison populations at Wood Buffalo National Park, Riding Mountain National Park and locations in the US all came from the herd at Elk Island. It has been an extremely important part of the attempts to bring back bison to North America.

Elk Island is one of the easiest national parks to visit in all of North America, given its close proximity to Edmonton. In addition to the game you can see in the park, it is also host to many events and concerts and is a popular destination for school groups.

View the complete list of US and Canadian National Parks I have visited.

Grand Canyon Tours - 5 Tips for Better Bus Trips

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 18:00
This Las Vegas vacation is the perfect time to take a bus tour to the Grand Canyon. With trips leaving daily, you're nearly assured to find the adventure that best meets your needs and budget.

The Dream Wedding Destination That Is Key West, Florida

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 18:00
There's a reason why Key West, Florida has quickly become the number two spot in the nation for destination weddings. By combining everything that a person could dream about when it comes to island weddings with all of the conveniences and luxuries that they come to expect when planning a wedding and reception, they have the resources to provide the ultimate wedding experience that everyone will remember for the rest of their lives.

Moving Wine From The West Coast Of Europe To The West Coast Of America

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 18:00
It's no surprise that many people don't pay too much attention to geography and maps of the world on a daily basis. Certainly, when there is news from a different part of the globe, people will want to know where it is and what's going on, but very little consideration is given to where exactly another country is located and the geography of that country. It is an important thing to consider, however, when one is buying wine.