Awesome Travel Gear, Gizmos, and Services (2014 Edition)

There's a huge variety of travel gear, gizmos, and services that make life on the road easier, more secure, and generally awesome. Here is my 2014 roundup.

Awesome Travel Gear, Gizmos, and Services (2014 Edition) Awesome Travel Gear, Gizmos, and Services (2014 Edition)

How Tourists Cripple Local Economies

It's done with the best intentions, but can have the most catastrophic outcomes. Here's how tourists cripple local economies, and how to avoid it happening.

How Tourists Cripple Local Economies How Tourists Cripple Local Economies

Florida Keys Stories Through Photos

Here are a bunch of photos (and a thousand or so words) to describe the feeling and stories behind the Florida Keys.

Florida Keys Stories Through Photos Florida Keys Stories Through Photos

Living Like a Local in Italy

by Nora Dunn on September 1, 2014

“How many people here actually know what this song is about?” I shouted over the din to my Italian friend and host. It was Saturday night in Pesaro Italy, and we were dancing on the beach with a thousand people to a nostalgic collection of old-school tunes. “Don’t Want No Short Dick Man” was blaring and hundreds of chic Italians were bobbing and jumping to the beats.

My friend’s eyes lit up. She smiled and mimed two big zeros with her hands.

We burst into laughter, while the “itsy bitsy teeny weeny shrivelled little short dick” lyrics continued on and a thousand people gyrated to it, completely unaware of the irony.

This came up because earlier in the evening, another nostalgic song came on, taking us back to our early adolescence.

“Oh my God! Fourteen! We were fourteen!” my friend squealed as she started singing along. Then she stopped, looking confused. “You know, I don’t actually know the words. What are they?”

Growing up in Italy, English-language popular music was rampant, but not speaking any English at the time, she and her friends just sang along to the sounds, as did all the people this night who were singing phonetically about short dicks.


Such was my week of bizarre and local experiences in Italy.

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I’m Going Back to Peru. Here’s Why.

by Nora Dunn on August 28, 2014

I fell in love with Peru long before I visited; and my love of the place only continued to deepen while I spent three months living in the Sacred Valley, near Pisac. So I’m going back for more….to set up shop and live there for a while.


I Knew it Before I Knew it

Shortly after arriving in Peru, I was walking with a friend, and saw a property that called to me. There were two houses on the property; one larger house that I was told was occupied by the owner (who was out of town at the time), and a smaller house nearby. I was inexplicably mesmerized. I asked my friend how much the owner charges to rent out the smaller house.

“He doesn’t rent that house out,” was the reply, so I put it out of my mind.


A few weeks later, the property owner returned, and we met a few times, eventually becoming friends.

One night, I awoke mid-sleep, and sat bolt upright in bed. It was as if my friend (the property owner) had called my name. I was sure he had a message for me; sure enough to go out on a limb and ask. So the next day I wandered over to his place.

“Do you have a message for me?” was my opening line, without explanation as to why I was asking such a random question.

“Um…eat more greens?” he replied.

This wasn’t exactly the message I expected. I chucked my dream up to ‘one of those things’ that we can’t explain, and forgot about it.

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The McIntyre’s have been called gypsies, hippies, and nomads. Chrissie, Michael, their two little travelers McKenzey and Isabelle, and their dog Jack are all of these. What they really are is a (somewhat) normal family traveling in a 5th wheel across the USA. The McIntyre’s have been traveling since Halloween 2013 and have visited 19 states with plans to visit all 50, Canada, and even Mexico by the time they are done. Please enjoy this week-in-the-life of the McIntyre’s, living, working, studying, and traveling in their 5th wheel.


Day 1 – Wednesday

7:30 am Today is moving day…..Michael wakes up first and takes Jack out for his morning walk and I get the girls up and ready. We were boondocking (no hookups, electric, water or sewer) at a Walmart in Santa Fe, NM. Oh it’s perfectly legal.

8:30 am We get ready to leave and I take Jack for another walk while Michael makes sure Willowmina (our camper’s name) is ready to travel. I write some articles for the website and the girls play on their iPads or read.

4:00 pm We make it to Colorado Springs and decide to stay at a KOA because it’s right off the highway. We set up and call our friends that live in Colorado Springs who we met at the World Best Road School Convention.

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Gibraltar: Life on the Rock

08 | 21 Gibraltar

Gibraltar is a territory that feels like an island nation, influenced by many cultures and languages. Oh yeah, and it’s a massive tax-free shopping centre.

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I’m Just Popping Over to Europe for a Visit

08 | 19 links

Here’s why “popping” isn’t usually in my vocabulary, and how I’m trying out some new moves by “popping” over to Europe.

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Awesome Travel Gear, Gizmos, and Services (2014 Edition)

08 | 14 Featured

There’s a huge variety of travel gear, gizmos, and services that make life on the road easier, more secure, and generally awesome. Here is my 2014 roundup.

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A Week-In-The-Life of Ann – East Village Nomad

08 | 11 Week-In-The-Life Series

Here’s a week-in-the-life of Ann Woodward, full-time traveller of East Village Nomad, travelling through Guatemala and Honduras.

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Financial Travel Tip #119: Hidden Travel Fees

08 | 07 Financial Travel Tips

Hidden travel fees are everywhere – even in the water you drink. Here are some tips to avoid hidden travel fees.

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Solo Travelers Make Better Bloggers….or Do They?

08 | 04 Life as a full-time traveler

Do solo travelers make better bloggers? Here’s a debate encompassing time management, location independent issues, and digital crack – all food for thought.

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