Author: billyfreeze

Why your phone is the most important thing you need to pack

I recently traveled to South America with 2 20-something male friends of mine and realized the first day that this trip would be a lot different than any previous adventures. Traveling with men there’s a lot less picture taking, a lot more dangerous “hey! look at me hanging off this cliff” stuff, and much less emphasis on comfort. There is also a much larger dependency on technology. I guess the point is, most men are electronic nerds. Why ask for directions or what the currency exchange rate is, when you can find a perfectly good answer in the palm of your hand with your Iphone, Android, or whatever you’re packing. There’s an app for almost anything, albeit lots of unnecessary things, your phone can be your best friend when you need some travel help. This article will discuss a few obvious uses, but you will soon realize that there is a power to be unleashed in your phone that you may have never considered. We devised a list of about 20 ways to use your phone to make your next vacation better. Before we get into all that, be aware that your all-inclusive, unlimited minutes, unlimited texting, unlimited everything just went bye bye the moment you landed on non-US soil. Data roaming charges in other countries can demolish your travel budget faster than an Albanian pickpocket. Even countries like...

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Finding the perfect hotel on a budget

A lot of my friends have made comments that they have to have the very best when they travel.They insist that they must fly first class and stay at only 5 star hotels. The ironic thing is that these usually are the same friends who don’t go anywhere. If you have a rock star budget and money is no object, get the best. If you’re in a once-in-a-lifetime location and you have an opportunity to stay at an amazing hotel you saw on TV that you can’t get out of your head, stay there! However, if you don’t, and your travel experience is more important to you than the champagne in your room being the perfect temperature, this article is for you. Booking a hotel has become ridiculously easy since the internet changed it forever. There are many booking sites to choose from, which we will discuss shortly, but it’s important to do a little homework before you fork over your credit card digits. The first factor is location. If you are relying on public transport and/or you would like to be close to the center of the sites, make sure that you double check your hotel choice on the map. In most historical areas, the best place to be is the city center or the “old town”.Usually you can walk to many of the sites or catch a...

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How I Started Traveling and Why I Still Do.

My parents took our family camping from the time I can remember. The only international travel experience I had as a child was crossing the Mexican border from Big Bend National Park and a trip to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls when I was 16. One of my adventurous youth leaders from church was adamant that the young men should become certified in SCUBA and that idea sounded good to me. In 6 weeks I was a certified PADI diver ready to get my fins wet. However, in Houston, there really aren’t many places to dive. The Gulf of Mexico looks more like chocolate soup than water and visibility is only about 3 inches on a clear day. So, after all  that training and spending my hard-earned teenage money on diving equipment, I was ready to go somewhere, anywhere… I cut a few lawns, I actually cut a lot of lawns and eventually booked a trip to Cozumel based on the ranting recommendation of a friend. That was to be  my first international journey. Thinking back, I’m surprised my parents let me go. I was 17 and my best friend and I had no experience jet setting around the world. Even worse, we spoke no Spanish. Mexico  offered me my first taste of ceviche, an amazing underwater world that I never knew existed, and  for the first time...

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Where to Go?

For most newbie travelers, ending up in a country that you know nothing about is seldom a problem. Let’s suppose however, that you end up in a place that really isn’t as exciting as you thought it would be and you really don’t want to spend the time that you had originally planned. Or, perhaps you’ve always wanted to go someplace and just don’t really know much about it and you have only a little time to pick your destinations. If you’re a travel fanatic like myself, you might have made the same decision I did years ago: to travel to every country in the world. If that’s the case, just pick someplace you’ve never been. There’s lots of ways to determine your destinations but you must decide three things. How much time do you have, how are you getting around and what do you find interesting? Some people love churches and some love museums. Your interests might be strange food, ancient ruins, cultural events, festivals, architecture or a combination of everything. Deciding what makes you happy is the first step. Next, you need to pick your transport.  Depending on how far away your interests lie, how off the beaten path they are, and the distance between them are all factors. The the third for most travelers are usually time and money. If you’re traveling by car, an interesting...

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How to Decide Where You Want to Go When You Have No Idea What You’re Doing

I won’t lie. Many of my trips are planned around some crazy internet deal that I find on a flight or package to a place I haven’t been or a city that I can use as a hub to explore someplace exciting. Some of my trips have even been planned because I knew that travel would be cheaper and less crowded after a publicized national crisis in the country I was visiting. For example, in Iceland a few years ago, a large volcano sent ashes into the air that paralyzed European travel for a few weeks. When the ash settled, so to speak, Iceland was not getting tourists. It had a little bit of an image problem. Iceland’s economy responded by offering great airfare deals with a free stopover in Reykjavik on it’s European destinations. A country that had been prohibitively expensive suddenly got a little more accessible. This time of year was cold, but perfect for viewing the Aurora Borealis or as it’s more commonly known, the Northern lights. When Greece had it’s economic issues, the media made the country appear to be falling apart. The reality was that traveling was cheaper, less crowded and the Greeks were very happy to have some visitors for a change. I unintentionally ended up in Paris a week after the terrorist attacks. It was a tragic event, but the city was...

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