Tips & Lists Category

Confessions of a Barney: 7 Life Lessons From Surfing (Badly)

Salt water is gushing out my nose like a geyser while I search for my contact lens in my brain cavity. I regain my vision just in time to see another wall of white water barreling towards me. Too exhausted to turtle roll, I hurl my body and my board over the top and lose precious, hard-fought ground.

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Diary of a Travel Loser (7 Tricks for Not Losing Your Stuff)

Hi, my name is Abby Sugrue and I’m a loser. I lose shit. A lot. As Billie Joe Armstrong said, “There’s nothing wrong with being a loser, it just depends on how good you are at it.” Well, I’ve gotten very good.

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11 Reasons to Travel with Your Mom

James Joyce said, “Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mother’s love is not.” If moms are our compass, why not take them with us? Whether you set off to explore distant lands or take a long weekend getaway, here are 11 reasons to ditch the card and flowers this […]

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Why I Wouldn’t Survive a Post-Apocalyptic World (And 4 Other Lessons from El Camino)

It’s only hour 4 on day 5 of El Camino de Santiago and I’m already hobbling like a sweaty, rustic geisha. The blisters on my pinkie toes have grown blisters. While Mike popped his, I stubbornly refused to so now they’re full of black goo. I’m considering removing my pinkie toes altogether or having Mike […]

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6 Things You Didn’t Know About the Red Light District

When I was in Amsterdam, I dragged my friends on a Red Light District tour run by the Prostitution Information Center (PIC) and led by former prostitutes. While it wasn’t exactly the kind of tour the fellas in our group were hoping for, it was a fascinating look at one of the oldest professions in […]

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6 Small Things That Make a Big Difference While Traveling

Remember the MacGyver episode when he transformed a state park observatory telescope into a canon while dangling from a bridge? Well, I can’t fix a computer with a hairpin and duct tape (I can’t fix a computer, period) but Richard Dean Anderson was the inspiration for this next post.

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Breakfast Included

Dating me is like dating a toddler. If I’m hungry, you pretty much want to leave me in a basket outside a church with a nice note pinned to my shirt. I blame my parents for giving me a fake sounding medical condition called Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). You know that dizzy feeling when you […]

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5 Tips For Traveling As A Couple Without Killing Each Other

When my boyfriend, Mike, and I decided to quit our jobs to travel the world, friends told me it would be the most romantic six months of my life. I thought one of us would end up in a shallow grave. No Locked Up Abroad episodes yet but here are my lessons learned for traveling […]

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