This Week in Travel: Family Travel Focus

I was honored to be asked my Jen/Chris to participate in this week’s show of This Week in Travel.

We talked about a few stories from the week, and A LOT of Family Travel stuff. Jen is one of the 1st FOB’s (Friends of BootsnAll) and Chris is an all around great guy with an epic voice and great memory.

Hope you injoy and check out there other episodes. Before the show, I asked them “who” their audience is. They told me it is a lot of Industry People (Bloggers, Travel Media and Companies) versus travelers – so some of the conversations could slant that way, but ANYONE with a passion for travel will probably enjoy. I sure do!

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Debunking RTW Travel Myths – #RTWChat on Twitter

Many myths abound about why people can’t take round the world trips, but we think they’re exactly that – myths! For every reason, or excuse, you throw at us for why you can’t travel, we have a good response for why that myth is wrong.

Jenn Miller joined us on video for yesterday’s chat, and as always, had some fantastic insight for why there is no good reason for not traveling, if that’s what you really want to do. She’s made it happen for over five years, and she’s done it with four kids in tow! Check out the video to get some awesome tips, advice, and inspiration.

For more on RTW myths, check out the following articles, and if you missed #RTWChat yesterday, read the recap below.


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Indie Release 19 June 2013

When editing your flight details by leg (for routes with 5 legs or more), you can now sort your results by airline. Many people are particular about what airlines they use and now they can see all the airline options lined up with the prices next to them. (

Shopping for business class and first class just got easier. For routes with 5 legs more, you can now control what cabin class you want to see.

Want to talk about your route before you purchase? A new feature allows you to submit your route and flight details to BootsnAll along with any questions you have.

Bug fixes: routes with an “on your own” segment had some problems.

Updates to Indie occur 2 to 4 times per month. The previous deployment was 6 June 2013.

We launched a version of RTW 30 just for Families on June 17th. Check out this free online course.

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TripAdvisor Cost Index vs BootsnAll Costs Index

Our Friends at TripAdvisor released there list of Most Expensive and Least Expensive Cities in the world a few days ago. Check out the article here. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Here’s how they calculate their cost index:

The TripAdvisor TripIndex Cities is based on the cost of a couple staying one night in a four-star hotel, cocktails, a two-course dinner with a bottle of wine, and return taxi fare of 3.2 kilometres each way.

The Cheapest City they list was Sofia, Bulgaria at $153 bucks for the experience listed above.

Lists like this, build up how expensive it could be to travel the world. TripAdvisor – perhaps the most well known travel specific online entity, has tremendous reach and influence, so I when I see stuff like this, I think of my neighborhood friends from Chicago – seeing this and thinking – “How can I travel (like Keener does) – around the world with prices like that on a per night basis. He must be RICH!”. (Not true pals – there are other ways! – see below)

Well – most humans can’t afford that for more than a few nights per year

So – with this article fresh in mind, have a look at our series of articles and Jodi curated list, of how much it costs per day in particular countries/region to travel “indie style”.

Czech Republic on $45 Per Day

How we choose our Per Day Budgets
We choose the per day budget number based on personal boots on the ground experience and research. It’s not a bare-bones budget, but not extravagant either. The suggested budget per article will allow you to sleep and eat comfortably and take part in most activities you wish.

Here is an assortment of Budget pieces for Indie minded Travelers to get your started:

Cambodia on $25 Per Day
Vietnam on $30 Per Day
Nha Trang, Vietnam on $25 Per Day
Malaysia on $10 Per Day
Myanmar/Burma on $45 Per Day
South Korea on $30 Per Day

Central America
Guatemala on $25 Per Day
Panama for $30 Per Day

Czech Republic on $25 Per Day
Portugal for $50 Per Day
Bosnia for $45 Per Day

Malawi for $25 Per Day

North America
Canada for $60 Per Day
Cuba on $75 Per Day

Friend of BootsnAll (FOB) Jodi of Legal Nomads curated a nice list of budget pieces for many parts of the world that relate and are aligned with our articles above.

So are you a TripAdvisor Style traveler? Or a BootsnAll Style Traveler? If you are BootsnAll style – register to be a member of our Indie Travel Community.

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Travel Mishaps – #RTWChat on Twitter

Travel brings mishaps – whether it’s a one-year RTW trip or a weekend getaway, things sometimes go wrong.

Though frustrating at the time, travel mishaps often result in great stories and lessons learned, so they’re rarely all bad.

Yesterday, we discussed travel mishaps while on the road, and we got some great stories, tips, advice, and insight. Check out the recap below if you weren’t able to join us.

And remember, we’re on Twitter every single Wednesday, 3:30 EST, to talk about RTW travel. Come join us!


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