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    How to buy a van on a budget

      Ever since we decided to join the #vanlife world, it’s been full steam ahead (choo-choo! Or should we say vroom-vroom?). Without a lot of time to plan and save money, we were on a pretty modest budget for our van and conversion. We knew that out budget wasn’t padded enough to purchase one of the glamorous Sprinter vans of your Instagram feed (never thought we’d be referring to vans in terms of ~glamour~) and we’d have more luck with the Conversion Vans of our childhood (cue the long road trips and fossilized McDonald’s french fries hidden between the seats). OK, so not so glamorous, but they have a sort…

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    10 steps you can take right now to plan for full time travel after COVID

    Although the coronavirus has definitely put a ~damper~ on our travel plans, when we reflect back on our preparation days it was clear that the stresses of everyday life made it incredibly difficult to plan. With many daily stresses on an inevitable hold (i.e. going into the office, taking your cat to the dentist, the busy humdrums of normal life), we think it’s actually the perfect time to start planning your future around full time travel.  Before we get into some planning tips, let us ~spill some tea~ on full time travel: a big part of living the lifestyle is learning to roll with the punches and you really can…

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    How do we afford to travel

    So many of us spend our lunch breaks scrolling through our Instagram feeds sighing over how we want to incorporate travel into our lives more, and rack our brains on how these travel influencers can afford their lifestyles. Once upon a time, we were just like you! Living a life where we watched other people chase their dreams while we could only imagine chasing ours. Let’s face it, one of the biggest barriers to traveling full-time or long periods of time is the financial obstacle. But like with most things in life, with a little creative thinking and a lot of ambition, there’s nothing holding you back, except your own…

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    Songs we hate to love

    Everyone has that earworm that they can’t shake, the song they curse when it plays on the radio, but the more it plays on repeat in your head, the more you start to reconsider… “hey, this actually isn’t so bad.” Hate turns into tolerance, and tolerance turns into love. Our brains crave repetition, and the more we listen to a song, the more we can’t live without it. We experienced this phenomenon a lot while abroad. Our heads said no, but our hearts said yes to so many formulaic pop songs. We joked about how we “loved to hate” these songs, so we started to compile these songs into a…

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    The case for Bali… and where to start

    WHY BALI? Laying sunkissed on white sand beaches scrunching sand between your toes, trekking through lush jungles ready for adventure, ancient temples floating in the sea, spiritual discovery… these are the reasons people are called to Bali. All these things and “Eat Pray Love” (as much as we hate to say it). The image of Bali seems to conjure up the same enchanting dream for all of us travel junkies. Admittedly, we were not reluctant converts from the very beginning; we were already under Bali’s spell well before we arrived, which is why we planned to spend more time in Bali than anywhere else during our travels (a whole two…

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    How to tell when your backpack needs a diet

    You’ve tried all the diets, you’ve done all the Richard Simmons workout videos, and still you can’t seem to tighten your backpack’s waistband (err straps?) … well fret no longer! We know how easy it is to lose control of your backpack’s appetite when you lead such a hectic life of travel, and we’re here to help. No gimmicks, no tricks, just the facts! First, before you can move forward with your weight loss goals, you have to face some hard truths; your backpack is verging on an unhealthy weight. Your sore back and shoulders are begging you to make some lifestyle changes, and frankly, if you have to endure…

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    How to lose yourself in the streets of Florence

    Wandering through the streets of Florence stomach full of pasta, lips stained with Florence’s favorite shade of red (Chianti) is the best way to take in what the city has to offer: having the perfect afternoon of intoxicating yourself on the beauty of the city (& the wine) while losing yourself in the streets. But how does one experience this moment? Well, it’s actually quite simple. We’ve laid out a simple step-by-step guide of how to lose yourself in the moment when you make the pilgrimage to the capital of pasta. STEP 1: THE BEST PLAN IS TO HAVE NO PLAN  Forget all of the plans you made for that…

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    How to use the Indian Train System

    been India is a backpacker’s playground; it’s a place that offers rare culturally immersive experiences that range across some of the most diverse landscapes in the world, spanning from the Himalayas of the north, through deserts, bustling cities, and the pristine beaches of the south. In the words of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, “India is not a nation, nor a country. It is a subcontinent of nationalities.” We were India first-timers, which came with its own set of challenges to navigate. We tried our best to read up on the common pitfalls (which involves a lot of ~creative~ scamming), but one thing we learned through this process is that you will…

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    How to date someone halfway around the world while traveling full-time

    Lauren’s take: What’s it like to date someone while living abroad? In a word: challenging. Like any relationship, it takes work, but living on a different continent halfway across the world adds a layer of complexity that could rock any relationship. Looking back at the past several months, there are things that we did really well and there are pitfalls that we definitely learned from, so I wanted to share my experience of what it’s like to date while traveling the world full time, without your significant other. Full disclosure, this is my perspective (and unbelievably not a Cosmo article) and my experience of how to do (and how not…

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    The Bali Kiss

    We were approaching the end of our first full week in Bali, and spirits were high. From the moment we landed on the Island of the Gods, it felt like home. The jetlag was wearing off, the sun was high in the sky, and the wind was blowing our hair back as we were just starting to get into the groove of our motorbike (which is no small feat when it comes to the Balinese’ fast and loose attitude towards traffic “laws”). By “we,” we mean Lauren, who was channelling her best Ghost Rider while Rachel was navigating with Google Maps from behind. In two months, we never saw a…