• PACKING

    Packing Advice for Hot Climates

    We’ve recently written posts about how to pack for trips to cold and medium climates. To round out the advice, this post will be how to pack for trips with hot, hot, hot weather. This might seem strange considering it is mid-January, but last year at this very time we were packing up for peak summer in Australia. Proper clothing is crucial in the heat I’ve discussed how I really don’t like being hot, much less hot and humid. But here’s the thing: there are so many places in this world that are super rad that have super high temperatures. You just have to suck it up and do your…

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    Packing Advice for Medium Climates

    A few weeks ago, we wrote about packing for cold weather destinations. We thought we’d continue along those lines and write about packing for other climates, so this post will be number two of the series and discuss packing advice for Medium Climates. Medium = lots of variety Following Goldilocks’ guidance, you are traveling to a place that isn’t too hot and isn’t too cold, it is just right. You’d think that it would be easy to pack for the ideal temperature, right? Well, not so fast. It turns out packing for medium climates can be the most challenging packing of the three. Why? Because medium places tend to be…

  • PLANNING

    Winter Activities to Make Winter Travel More Fun

    I know not everyone loves winter or winter travel, but there are so many great winter activities! If you throw a little travel into the mix, you have got yourself one hell of a good time. You may choose to travel to a particular destination specifically because it is winter and you want to experience their winter fun. Or you may find yourself in a cold-weather climate because it was the more affordable option. Or perhaps you just do not like beaches. Whatever brings you to a colder climate during the winter, you will find unique activities to make the most of your winter travel experience. Below are some suggestions…

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    The Ins and Outs of Volunteering Abroad

    This week we are excited to have a guest author, R’s friend from grad school, Genevieve Brown. Like B & R, Genevieve enjoys traveling. Unlike B & R (yet), she sometimes travels with a side of volunteering. We asked her to tell us a little bit more about volunteering abroad, and this post is for us just as much as it is for you. Thanks, G! Have you ever wanted to take a trip and volunteer? Volunteering abroad incorporates the excitement of traveling to a new destination and the rewarding experience of working with communities on service projects. It offers a richer travel experience and the chance to learn and…

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    Packing Advice for Cold Climates

    We’ve written about how B and I scored a great deal on a trip to Europe this Christmas. It’s going to be a fantastic winter trip…emphasis on winter. Since we will be taking a trip during cold weather, our packing list is going to be very different than what we packed for our trip to Australia during the heat of summer. This post will highlight some key pieces of clothing that will be important to pack for a week-long trip to a cold climate. * *I’m not going to include incidentals like undies and pjs since you’ll have to bring that for every trip anyway and everyone has their own…

  • PLANNING

    Using Credit Card Points to Book Travel

    One of the biggest impediments to travel is cost. Even though B and I have talked about how we don’t spend as much as you would think on our trips, travel still costs more money than staying at home. One way to keep travel costs down is to take advantage of points and mileage that various credit card companies offer when you get one of their cards. This post will talk about a few of the travel credit cards that we have and offer some advice on booking travel with rewards points. How this Works To get people to sign up for credit cards (and make money off of them…

  • DESTINATIONS

    A Spa Day in Bali

    Last week B’s friend K came into town and they had a great time catching up and comparing past travels and adventures. As they chatted, B mentioned an infamous massage event that she, S and I experienced in Bali. K’s eyes grew wide and she exclaimed, “You too?” It turns out that all of us experienced the same type of spa treatment–one that will never be forgotten. If it happened to us, and it happened to K, I figure it might happen to a few more unsuspecting Janes and perhaps a warning is in order. So here’s what went down and might possibly happen to you if you sign up…

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    Bringing new life to old adventures

    I have been thinking about bringing new life to old adventures lately. I do not enjoy doing the same things over and over again. That is why I always choose to go somewhere new instead of to the same vacation spot year after year. I know plenty of people who are perfectly content to return to the same city/island/country/beach/timeshare/etc. over and over again. That is great for them. However, that is not my style. If you are like me, and you enjoy discovering the new, then repeat adventures can sometimes get a little old. This past weekend, I attended my 12th Braun Brother Reunion (a music festival in Challis, Idaho,…

  • BLOG

    The Great American Eclipse

    Unless you have been hiding out in the mountains away from civilization, you will have heard that August 21, 2017, is the day of the Great American Eclipse. The ‘Path of Totality’ or ‘POT” starts on the Oregon Coast and stretches its way through the continental United States before exiting on the Georgia Coast. All of the states in the Path of Totality will have a prime-time view of a very cool astronomical event (weather permitting). There has been enormous hoopla in every state we have been in recently that has been on the POT (Idaho, Kansas, Missouri) so deduction tells us this event is a BDD for lots of…

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    PACKING

    Ten tips for packing for a business trip

    I am currently in Kansas City for a week. The reason: work.  Now, packing for business travel is very different than packing for a personal trip. In general, it requires more clothes. Luckily, I work for a very casual company and the dress code is quite relaxed. However, I still have to look semi presentable—especially when I travel to more formal offices or attend conferences. Packing for Business Travel Obviously, I still try to pack light. But there is no way I can get away with my usual packing list. So below are ten tips I have compiled, based on personal experience, for packing for a business trip: Tip #1:…