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Month: July 2016

RTW Budget: Barcelona

Barcelona is far more than a captain of Spanish industry – it’s the capital of historic Catalonia. Spain’s northeastern corner is the wealthiest region in the country – so rich, in fact, that many locals want so secede from the rest of Spain so they can fatten their pockets even further. So is budget travel off limits here? I spent two weeks finding out.

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Why Travel is My Next Big Step

At some point during the last few months of my RTW trip planning, I was having dinner at my parents’ and my mom finally “got it.” We had actually let the conversation lapse from my travel plans for once, but suddenly she looked up and said to me, “This trip is like your baby.”

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The Creative Professional’s Guide to Iceland

Planning a trip to the Land of Ice and Fire? Reykjavik is a great city for creative professionals, provided it’s in your budget. Iceland is a photographer’s dream, and the capital city is teeming with cozy cafes where plugging in and getting a little digital nomad work done is a breeze.

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Eyes Open, Map Shut

I couldn’t have been in Reykjavik for more than two hours before I was mistaken for a local. A tourist in his late 20s to early 30s wandered past the duck pond I happened to be sitting by, and started waving his smartphone around and peppering me with fragmented questions.

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RTW Budget: Iceland

Iceland’s certainly never going to be known as a budget travel destination, but I think I did alright for my first week of long-term travel.

See the full breakdown of what I spent below:
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Travel Saved Me from an Abusive Relationship

I’m pretty careful to avoid treating my RTW travel as an escape. Its seeds had been planted long before I even started the position I’ve just left behind. When I decided to bite the bullet and really make my travel plans happen, my situation even started to look up. Taking this adventure has always been more, and would always have happened, no matter my life circumstances.

But damn if it isn’t extra satisfying now.

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How I Fit Over 250 Outfits in a Carry-On

Yes, that’s over 250 outfit options from fewer than 20 pieces. On my flight out to Iceland, my seatmate couldn’t believe the carry-on backpack I slid into our overhead bin was my only piece of luggage. And I have to admit, breezing straight past the baggage claim crowd at Keflavik as all those red-eye flights poured in felt really good.

I’ve spent months upon months finely tuning my packing list to balance traveling carry-on only, covering multiple seasons, and staying at least semi-fashionable part of the time. You can decide for yourself whether that’s an art or a science – I’m just happy to lead by example.

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