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7 Netflix Instant Movie Suggestions for Travelers

If circumstances have left you homebound this holiday season, the perfect cure for your wanderlust is a good travel movie.  I’ve compiled a list of 7 streaming movies on Netflix Instant right now.

 

7.  Transsiberian

An American couple seeking to smooth out their rough marriage buys a ticket on the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. But a chance meeting with two other passengers ends in accidental murder and high intrigue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photos: Tao Beach, Las Vegas

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Photos: Cancun Reunion

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Ultimate Traveler’s Gift Guide – 101 Ideas

Although it is 82 degrees and sunny here in Southwest Florida, I can’t help but get in the Christmas spirit.  In case you didn’t notice the omnipresent carols or decorations that have been on sale for the past month, we are only a few weeks away from the biggest gift giving holiday of the year.  If you’re like me, you haven’t even begun your shopping yet.  Don’t worry.  We still have time to shop online at most retailers and have our gifts delivered before Christmas morning. Read more…

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Photos: Shark Diving in the Bahamas

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What is Couchsurfing? Should You Try It?

A few years ago I flew to Los Angeles to see Natalie, the coolest chick I’ve ever met. During my visit, Natalie filled me in on the “secret” world of Couchsurfing – traveling the world by sleeping on other people’s couches for free.  Couchsurfing appeals to people that want to see other cities and countries but don’t have the money to stay in hotels every night.  This community works because it is founded on trust.  The people that offer up their couches (or guest room in my case), are often travelers themselves and they want to help out like-minded people.

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Photos: Pura Vida! Costa Rica

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Are You Still Confused About Applying for a Passport? Your Questions Answered Here…

Passports are not just for James Bond characters or foreign diplomats.  Passports are vital for everyone wanting to travel outside of the country.  We’re going to reveal how easy it is for you to obtain your first official U.S. passport, otherwise known as the key to international travel.  Often it’s as easy as getting your driver license, or maybe even easier.  For simplicity’s sake, these instructions are for United States citizens over the age of 16 getting a first passport.   Read more…

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Don’t Ditch Your Day Job (You Can Still Travel the World!)

The fantasy of quitting the 9-to-5 in order to backpack around the world sounds alluring, but many times it travel the globewon’t work for everyone.  Maybe you have an aging parent to care for, pets that you can’t leave for long, or your own illness that requires you to maintain good health insurance through your employer.  I have chosen to keep my full-time legal administrative assistant job yet in two years we were able to visit Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Vienna, Venice, Romania, London, Costa Rica, the Florida Keys, Cancun, Cozumel, and the Bahamas.  We didn’t win the lottery, inherit a trust fund, or get a lawsuit settlement.  We did it with a little planning and you can too.
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Dude, Where’s My Car? 8 Airport Parking Tips to Remember

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When planning your dream vacation, usually the last thing on your mind is airport parking.  But with charges sometimes running $20 a day or more, airport parking can eat up a good bit of your travel budget for a long trip.  I’ve compiled this list of a few tips and tricks to save you time, money and aggravation.

1.  To help you remember where you parked you could: take a photo of the parking area sign, text the parking space number to a friend or relative, or use an app such as Google Drive.
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Video: SCUBA in Key Largo 2011

Daniel’s SCUBA certification dives in Key Largo, Florida.

by Melanie Watterson

October 30, 2012

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Travel Backpacking Gear List for Girls!

On my first multi-country trip to Europe, we estimated that we would spend $600 in luggage fees if we had only two small checked bags. As anyone who has traveled with Ryan Air and the like can tell you, that $50 budget plane ticket jumps dramatically when you start adding luggage charges. Multiply that by flights from Miami to Paris to Madrid to Barcelona to Venice to Bucharest to Vienna and back! The challenge – get 2 weeks’ worth of girl stuff into one small backpack.

 

$20 bag still holding up after several international trips.

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Photos: Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon trip in 2010 – Picture gallery

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Photos: Vegas Baby!

Las Vegas trip – July 2010

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Photos: Skydiving

Melanie’s skydiving album.

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Video: Zombicon 2011

Zombicon 2011


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London in 23 Hours

Can you really see all of London in only a day?  Probably not.  But when we were given the chance to spend 23 hours in the city, we were determined to see as much as possible.

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