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Gadgets Make the World Go Round

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Never travel without a gadget or two? You shouldn’t! But you also shouldn’t crowd up your luggage with superfluous gadgets you’ll never use (we’ve all been there). Here’s some of the best little gadgets that will make your travel experience a whole lot smoother without wasting space…

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Road Trip Tips

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Dear blogosphere,

Today, I’ve been hopelessly distracted by trying to think of a way to blog about Mad Men (it’s the latest obsession for the boyfriend and I). Failing my mission, I have decided to share some tips for a budget road trip.

I love road tripping! You’re free to go where you please when you please and you get to see the great outdoors. But even though a roadtrip seems to be inherently cheap, the dollars can add up if you’re not careful. Here’s how to keep costs low…

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Living for the Weekend

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Situation: you’re gearing up for a weekend away and you’re know what to pack. Well, I’m sure in a stretch any of us could throw a bunch of things in a bag and hit the road. But the question is about how do you pack lightly and pack well?

Here’s what I’d pop into my bag…

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Flight Lines

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(photo by birdlike)

How do those in the know find the cheapest flights on the web? Sure, it can be a time consuming process but it can knock hundreds of dollars off the cost of a trip. Last year, on a round-the-world trip, I was able to save $500 by craftily booking my own flights rather than going with the package quoted by the travel agent.

How do you do it? Take some clues from this little hint list.

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High Five!

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Today I found myself in the airport to pick up my parents. Their flight was delayed an hour so, with time to kill, I headed to the airport newsagent/shop. Now, I am very familiar with airport shops worldwide but today got me thinking about how much of what they sell is actually useful. Here’s my choice for the top five things you can pick up in an airport shop.

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Capture

For some people (like me), the idea of keeping a travel journal is wishful thinking. You might not know it when you set out, but a few weeks into your trip, you’ll look at the blank pages of your journal and simply not know where to start. Here’s some handy tips for preserving your memories without a journal.

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Obviously, a lot of travel time can be taken up by collecting photographs of you and your travelbuds standing in front of national monuments. These are great, but use your camera to collect other experiences, like the amazing cafe au lait you had in Montmartre, the autumn leaves being blown by the wind. Records of your sensory experiences will help to transport you back in time.

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Collect.
That ticket stub, that city map, that piece of paper you scribbled the address of your hostel on, that boarding pass… Put it in your pocket! I have a box full of such paraphenalia in my cupboard. You can almost see the memories seeping out of it.

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Correspond.
Writing home about your amazing adventures, even those that didn’t go so well, can be priceless in place of a travel journal. I attempt to send an email home once a week when I’m on the road. It might take half an hour but it has resulted in a collection of invaluable tales and highlights that I can keep now.

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Chronicle.
When you can, write it down. I take a notebook when I adventure and fill it with everything; addresses, instructions, flight times. But I also try to jot down stories and recollections whenever I can. You don’t have to be strict about it, but it does help in the remembering game.

Photo cred: paper will eat itself, happysteps1107, your secret admiral, retro traveller

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Sleeps for Cheaps

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photo by Matt Power and his Holga

Ah yes, traveling on a budget. Sometimes it comes down to money and when that happens, finding the best value accommodation is very important. Here’s our top tips for finding the best sleeping ground you can afford and how to know what you’re in for!

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