Why You Should Follow Your heart (and its wild journey)

I never realized I felt like a visitor in my own country until recently relocating to Raleigh. Now that I’m here and experiencing the feelings that I am, I know that was what that unsettled feeling always was. That desire to roam and seek, feeling like I never belonged, or perhaps not even wanted. I thought I just wanted to travel. I though I just enjoyed being free and turning up in places not knowing anyone and not being able to be found. That definitely comes into play, and it’s because of that, I ended up…

How to Stop Making Excuses When it Comes to Travel (or Anything in Life)

Note: Six months ago, I read Ramit’s “Manifesto for 2018” and got inspired. I ended up cranking this out. Remember New Year’s? When you were going to lose weight, drink less, read more, save more, cook more, and maybe ride a unicorn (hey, anything is possible!)? But deep down you — and I — knew you probably wouldn’t. Time would pass, your excitement would fade, and you’d come up with a plethora of excuses for why you couldn’t stick to your goal: “It’s too cold to walk to the gym.” “It’s John’s birthday…

24 Things Every Solo Female Traveler Learns on the Road

Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes our regular column on solo female travel. It’s a topic I can’t cover so I brought her on to cover topics and specific issues important other women travelers! In this month’s column, Kristin reminisces on the lessons learned from traveling solo. “You’re going across the world by yourself?! Are you sure?” You’ve heard it before, right? Someone who means well and tries to…

I’m Going Traveling, Dammit! (When to Ignore the Bad Advice of Others)

Over ten years ago, I quit a great job to live and travel abroad. People told me I was crazy, and a few tried to persuade me not to do it. Given that a decade has since passed and my life is going pretty well, I think I’m qualified to say that those people who told me not to travel were dead wrong! So in case you’re contemplating the same thing, here’s why you should ignore the advice of those who tell you that you shouldn’t go traveling now. “But, You&#…

10 Amazing Travel Beauty Products Under $10

From a fancy facial brush to a high-end shampoo, these beauty products will fit in your carry-on and are a steal at under $10 per item. FUNKY Facial Cleansing Power Brush: A product that’s perfect for “taking off the day” after playing tourist, cleansing brushes are often pricey (a Clarisonic runs upwards of $100). Luckily, this version is not only super affordable, it’s travel-friendly to boot. ($7.99) MISSHA Perfumed Shower Cologne: This softly scented after-shower mist is stronger than the average body spray, but lighter than a perfume. ($5.00) Sheet…

How to change your life in 15 minutes a day

Our recent post, 24 ways to make 2017 great received many eye-opening comments as to how much time getting up 15 minutes earlier each day can add to your life. In case you missed it, it adds 91.25 hours to your life over a year. How can you grow and change your life with that little…

7 Things to Do in Kinosaki, Japan… Besides Soak in the Hot Springs

Kinosaki Onsen/Laura Motta The onsen — or traditional hot springs — experience is a must-do in Japan. Whether you’re heading to a big-city bath house that resembles an amusement park, or to a natural pool in a small town, there’s nothing more Japanese than stripping down, lathering up, and soaking for an hour or two in the hot, steamy springs. One of those small towns, Kinosaki, is situated directly on a natural hot spring, and is home to seven bath…

10 of South Africa’s Most Insta-worthy Views

Panorama Route/flickr/South Africa Tourism For a country that’s twice the size of Texas, South Africa is incredibly diverse. From bush plains and exotic wildlife to craggy cliffs and lush ravines, the continent’s southernmost tip is rife with awe-inspiring views. Here are ten places where you’re sure to steal an epic shot. The Blyde River Canyon Blyde River Canyon/Christina Garofalo Standing over Blyde River Canyon is like looking at a mirage. With 16 miles of subtropical foliage, plunging 2,500-…

Hidden Tuscany: What to Do in Bagno Vignoni

Piazza, Bagno Vignoni/iStock Tuscan destinations like Florence and Siena are well-trodden by tourists, but if you’re looking to get slightly off the beaten path, try the tiny town of Bagno Vignoni. Located on the Via Francigena, a pilgrimage route to Rome in antiquity, this hot springs town continues to embody the ideas of health and wellness today. What to know The town is perched on a hill above the picturesque Val d’Orcia, part of a Natural Park and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. During Roman times, Bagno…

5 Travel-Inspired Perfumes

Flowers/Christina Garofalo Smell is one of the most powerful triggers for memory. While nothing beats visiting a place in person, a whiff of lemon, burnt sugar, or pine can instantly transport you back to a favorite destination. Here’s a look at five perfumes that will take you on a sensory journey. Cuba by Demeter, $33.58 (4 oz.) Demeter’s Destination Collection explores the relationship between scent and place. Its Cuba edition is a heady mix of sugarcane, tobacco, and spices that capture the best of the island’s culture. The collection also includes fragrances inspired by…

5 alternative summer holidays to take this year

 Ahh, summer holidays – a highlight of each year for as long as you can remember, right? There’s the excitement of planning and booking your summer holiday, the anticipation as the date draws closer, maybe a bit of excited frustration as the weeks drag by. Then you have the thrill of buying new summer clothes The post 5 alternative

How to Visit the Faroe Islands On a Budget

Faroe Islands/Karen Gardiner Located halfway between Scotland and Iceland, the remote and windswept Faroe Islands are becoming an attractive alternative to visiting Iceland itself. However, like many Nordic countries, the islands are often associated with being unaffordable — but that doesn’t have to be the case, especially if you follow this guide to a budget-friendly trip. Getting There Searching for flights between New York and the Faroe Islands usually turns up fares around…

8 Reasons to Love Bali

Bali is an incredible destination that really is as amazing as it looks in the glossy brochures. I went there for my honeymoon and it totally lived up to the hype I’d created in my head. A good friend is currently exploring this Indonesian island and it’s bringing back SO many happy memories. If you The post 8 Reasons to Love Bali appeared first on The Travel Hack.

Video: America’s National Parks – Yeah, We’re Beautiful

Yesterday the U.S. National Park Service released this fantastic video. It not only shares beautiful imagery from some of the amazing landscapes that make up America’s national parks, it also tells a tale of why those places are so important, and how they are part of fabric of this country. The video also emphasizes and celebrates diversity, and tells us exactly how important that is to the… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]