3 Barcelona Cafés

You've been pounding the pavement and sightseeing all across beautiful Barca and now you're ready for your Flat White or lunch (maybe a beer)... All of the above? Here's 3 places we were glad we pulled over to wet our whistles.

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10 Photos That Prove Joshua Tree is Rad

It's no secret that Joshua Tree is one of our favorite National Parks. It's otherworldly; full of incredible rock formations, funky trees and amazing wild-life. Plus, it's a quick escape from city life, a place where you can enjoy some peace and quiet and see some beautiful sky. 

Here are 10 photos to inspire you to visit Joshua Tree in the near future.  

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7 Stops You Can't Miss In Joshua Tree, CA

Joshua Tree is one of our favorite spots and is close enough to LA and San Diego that, if you're traveling and can spare a day or two or living locally, this is an inherently "do-able" weekend trip. There are definitely secrets you'll have to discover for yourself, but here are a few of our favorite sights and activities when we venture up to the High Desert. 

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Chow Down & Keep It Down

The very thing that beckons you across the world can also be that which destroys your stomach… and potentially your trip. From the streets of rural Honduras to the fish markets of Japan to the alleyway noodle and smoothie stands of Northern Thailand, these tips have kept us coming back for more crazy eats without the consequences.

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Hotel Yayee

Hotel Yayee is a gem of a boutique located on a quiet side street to the East of the old gated city of Chiang Mai. The staff is warm and welcoming. The perks of staying there are many.

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Trouble with the Police in Thailand

Some folks like to follow the rules meticulously. Some folks stay on pre-arranged, carefully designated paths and tours.  There is nothing wrong with these principles or the people that adhere to them. I'm just not one of those folks... and sometimes it leads to problems. Do as I say and not as I do in Thailand…

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5 Things I'm Glad I Brought to Thailand

I don’t know about you, but packing stresses me out. Especially when going to a new place where you’re planning to do a variety of activities from hiking to snorkeling to dinners out… and you’re trying to get it all into a carry-on… for a two week trip… yea, it’s a little overwhelming. But I’m here to tell you: It’s possible, Ladies!

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So Many Thai Travel Options!

Traveling within any new country can be challenging, but traveling in and around a country with questionable infrastructure and little spoken english can be especially challenging for Westerners. I knew that making our way around Thailand would probably mean flagging down a bunch of taxis and a possibly a Tuk Tuk just for fun. I was wrong. Getting around in Thailand was easier, cheaper, and more fun than I expected... from traditional modes to, well, the adventurous...

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Thailand Itinerary

Thailand was one of those dream vacations for us - Liz I had dreamed of going there since she was a teenager. It’s an amazing opportunity to visit a dream destination, but you also run the risk of being disappointed because you have high expectations. Luckily, Thailand was all that we hoped it would be.

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2 Week Japan Itinerary

Between the lights and energy of Tokyo, the serenity of the mountains and the wealth of history in Kyoto, Japan is ideal for travelers who like an eclectic mix of activities and scenery. There aren't too many blogs with Japan itineraries out there - hope you find this one helpful!

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WiFi and Sim Cards in Japan

Let’s face it. It’s nice to be connected when you’re abroad. I know that getting lost is often part of the adventure, but when all of your maps, reservations and other useful information is at your fingertips, you can muster more energy for the things that matter. Here's how...

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