Budget for Your Dream Trip, and Still Enjoy Life

Budget for Your Dream Trip, and Still Enjoy Life

I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Christina Lynn.  Christina runs her own financial planning consultancy and helps people reach their financial goals. We recently met for coffee and got on the topic of budgeting for those “life-changing” types of travel experiences, which can often feel out of reach for many people.

After chatting with her, I am convinced that with a little planning, anyone – anyone! – can realize the vacation of their dreams (and still be able to enjoy their everyday life).

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The Most Accurate 2D Map of the World, Ever.

The Most Accurate 2D Map of the World, Ever.

We all know there is some distortion in every flat map; an accurate representation of the spherical earth is an impossible task on a two-dimensional map. Yet this new map, from Japanese designer and artist Hajime Narukawa and his design firm AuthaGraph, just took home Japan’s most coveted design award, aptly (if not creatively) named the Good Design Award.

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Feeling Awe May Be the Secret to Health and Happiness

Feeling Awe May Be the Secret to Health and Happiness

 

The hike, in a narrow box canyon, wasn’t going so well. Stacy Bare and his brother were arguing, for one thing. High sandstone walls hid any view, even from the 6-foot-7 Bare. After a second Army deployment, in Iraq, he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): drinking too much, suicidal and struggling to find his way forward. What am I doing with my life? What does it mean to be at home, a veteran, anyway?

The trail led to a ladder. “We climbed up, still shouting at one another,” recalls Bare. “Then we looked up and wham! 

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Yes, even "real" travelers need a travel professional!

Yes, even "real" travelers need a travel professional!

There is a stigma against using a travel professional (sometimes called "travel agents"), particularly among Millennials. Some travelers believe that travel agents are for "tourists," or that it somehow detracts from the authenticity of an experience.

People often want to plan their travels themselves, preferring to book online and piece the trip together.

But here’s the thing...

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