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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Why Travelers Are Returning to Travel Agents

Why Travelers Are Returning to Travel Agents

Sure it was fun, empowering, often money-saving in the early days, when online travel agencies like Expedia and Travelocity became a presence on the Web for price-shopping, and TripAdvisor, CruiseCritic and Hotels.com became fonts of reviews and opinions.

Now, though, your fingers are a little worn, you have a headache, you are confused about where to go and where to stay and wonder about safety and what else you don't even know to be concerned about. You're drowning in TMI.

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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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The Wine-o's Guide to Chilean Wines

The Wine-o's Guide to Chilean Wines

One of Chile’s main claims to fame is its booming wine industry. The country’s location, sandwiched between the cool waters of the Pacific and at the foothills of the Andes, provides just the right amount of precipitation to grow grapes. And with ample warm sunshine by day, cool evenings, and rocky soils, Chile is a vintner’s paradise.

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As Travel Sites Expand Their Reach, a Trail of Complaints Suggests Online Booking May Not Be the Best Choice for Consumers

As Travel Sites Expand Their Reach, a Trail of Complaints Suggests Online Booking May Not Be the Best Choice for Consumers

Usage of traditional travel agents has been growing for four straight years, according to MMGY, with the fastest growth from time-pressed Millennials, who value convenience and service over playing travel agent on their smartphones and tablets. Travel-industry suppliers are not helping customers, either, with their unbundled pricing and myriad surcharges, which make figuring out what’s the best deal more time-consuming than ever for novices and experienced travelers alike.

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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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