Spice up your life! Focus on Thai cuisine!

Spice up your life! Focus on Thai cuisine!

Earlier this year, I spent 3 months living in the cultural heart of southeast Asia in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

During my time there, my fondest memories of the area will perhaps be of the food! Hands down, food is the best way to get to know a different culture and the food of Thailand is rightfully famous! 

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Let's go on safari! Plus, an important update on Day Zero.

Let's go on safari! Plus, an important update on Day Zero.

I'm having some serious travel envy right now.

I have a group of eight adventurous Minnesotans who are finalizing their trip to South Africa, and I could not be more excited for them! 

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How to: Use Vacuum-Sealed Compression Bags for Packing Luggage

How to: Use Vacuum-Sealed Compression Bags for Packing Luggage

If you've ever seen those vacuum-sealed bags on infomercials, where you suck the air out of a bag full of sweaters, blankets, and jackets, you may not have considered using them to pack your luggage. 

But they are brilliant. And with a compression bag - where you squeeze the air out of a small valve - you don't need a vacuum cleaner. 

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How to Maximize Your Vacation Time Using Federal Holidays

How to Maximize Your Vacation Time Using Federal Holidays

If your employer only gives you 2-3 weeks of vacation time each year, you’re in good company. The average American employee receives a mere 10 days of paid time off (PTO) each year (compared to Europeans who receive a minimum of 20 days, and even up to 30 in some countries!).

Therefore, maximizing your vacation time is essential!

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Travel Planning for Introverts: The 3 Step Rule for Mind-Blowing Vacations

Travel Planning for Introverts: The 3 Step Rule for Mind-Blowing Vacations

As all introverts know, we need downtime. And lots of it. Most introverts don’t want to dial up the activity level to 10 and be going going going non-stop or hitting the clubs in Miami for 10 days straight. Nor do we typically want to shut our brains off on the beaches of Wakiki or Cabo the entire time.

So how do you find the right balance between relaxing, stimulating, or adventurous vacations? Does it have to be one or the other?

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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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