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Day trip to Isla Mujeres: Organized Tour vs DIY

Isla Mujeres is a beautiful island just off the shore of Cancun, Mexico. It’s only 13km long and less than a kilometer across, so can easily be explored in a single day, making it a popular day trip from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Isla Mujeres is characterized by stunning white sandy beaches, brilliant blue waters, picturesque rocky cliffs and roads that are mostly filled with golf carts. We’ve visited Isla Mujeres a few times…

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Budget Travel Tips by a Full Time Traveller

My teen and I have been living the budget travel life full time for almost 2 years now, but we have actually been living a fairly extreme budget life since he was a baby. I was/am a single mom, trying to balance my time spent with him and my time working to pay our bills, so living on a tight budget just became a way of life for us. Over the years I learned how to…

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Low Budget Living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

First Taste of Low Budget Living To be fair, we have been experienced at low budget living for most of Seth’s life. So technically this isn’t a new thing. However, this is our first time living somewhere that we’re not struggling to get bills paid, since the average cost of living is a fraction of what we were used to in our old life. But… I digress. At any rate, in early 2016, Seth and…

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20 Must-Pack Items for Budget Travel

Packing for long term travel can be intimidating. Sure, there are stores pretty much everywhere where you can buy most essentials. But sometimes there are things that it just makes sense to bring from home. In nearly 2 years of full time travel, we’ve found a few things that we feel are must-pack items, regardless of the length of our trip. Here are 20 things we consider to be necessary in our carry-on only travel…

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19 Cheap & Free Things to do in New York City

When visiting New York City it’s easy to get overwhelmed at the prospect of what to do, especially as a budget traveller! NYC is hardly known for being a cheap city. But after visiting twice, for under $25usd/day (not including accomodation-that was about $70usd/night) for both of us to eat, drink and enjoy our days, we realized we found quite a few budget options! Budget travel tip: Get an unlimited Metrocard. They sell 7 and…

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40 Tips for Travelling Single and with Children

The thought of travelling as a single mom, woman or parent can be a little unnerving and intimidating at times. When we first set out to road trip the United States for 3 months, I was quite nervous about how to travel as a single woman, alone with her child. After a week in New York City I learned that most of my fears were in my head, and that as long as we practiced…

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Budget-Saving Roadtrip Tips

After a 3 month and 25,000 km roadtrip around the USA, we learned a few valuable lessons! Here’s a few tips and tricks that we came up with.. Hopefully they can help you when you hit the road! Snacks and Food: >> Buy (or make) your favourite dry drink mixes like hot chocolate, lemonade, tea or mocha, and bring along in resealable containers. Add the dry mix to travel mugs and use hot water from…

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30 Days In: What We’ve Learned So Far

Hard to believe, but we’ve been on the road a whole month already! From a little city on Lake Huron to an oceanfront view in Myrtle Beach, we’ve had quite the adventure so far, and we’re not even halfway through yet! We’ve toured factories and a warship, relaxed on ocean beaches, walked insane distances, ate some delicious foods, and created SO many awesome memories! Here’s a few things we’ve done and learned so far… States…

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Roadtrip Day 3: Times Square, NYC

  Heading into day 3 of walking NYC and I’m thankful I brought 2 pairs of sandals! My feet are pretty achy, and I’ve been substituting each day so I don’t get blisters. Had to use a bit  of ducttape to protect a couple spots though! Europan Bakery It’s crazy how much those subway tunnels can turn you around! I always feel disoriented when we get back on the street. It always takes a couple…

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The First Day of the Rest of Our Lives

You know that saying… ‘Today is the first day of the rest of your life’… That’s exactly how I feel today. Sure, we technically started out travel life 2.5 months ago. Buy we’ve enjoyed a pretty low-key summer with our family, in a town we know pretty well. Today the adventure truly begins. We’re off to New York City!!! A place that I’ve been dreaming about visiting for years! We’re getting a late start, and…

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