rtw travel Travel Articles

Driving on the Wrong Side, Developing Countries, Phnom Penh, and Funerals in Tana Toraja
This week on BootsnAll we’ve been focused deeply on the things people struggle with and the unexpected. Driving on the wrong side of the road is a challenge. Developing countries can be frustrating, there’s an art to traveling in them. Phnom Penh isn’t usually on a bucket list, but should it be? And funerals? Well, they’re hard in any culture, but they’re also a window into the way a people group sees the world. Read on for what you may have missed! Tips for Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road No matter which side you’re used to, left, or right, the odds are good that if you travel long enough you’ll be called upon to drive on the “wrong” side of the road. There’s one simple trick for managing most of the difficulty: regardless of where you are and which side of the road is being driven on, always keep your body (as the driver) in the center of the road. That’s it! Of course that’s not it. Here are tips for managing the stress and differences when on the wrong side of the road. “Before you venture out into the world, take a little test drive around the parking lot or around the block. Get used to having the gear shift and the parking brake on the […]
Japan, India, Hong Kong & 8 Excuses to Stop Making
Oh this month on BootsnAll is making me so homesick for Asia! India and Hong Kong have long been on my list and I’m positively aching to go back to Japan. The ramen. Sigh. And, if you’re on the fence about long term travel, this week we tackled the excuses people make that keep them from pursuing that dream… and challenged you to stop making them. Here’s what you may have missed: 11 Ways to Save Big on a Trip to Japan Let’s be honest, Japan is not often considered a “budget” destination for travelers. It’s not uncommon to be hit with sticker shock the moment you land. There are, however, ways to mitigate those costs and make Japan a much more affordable place to spend some time. If you’re looking to get creative in controlling your budget in Japan, this article is for you. Have you ever considered spending the night in a karaoke booth?? “Although the primary reason for renting a karaoke booth is to belt out tunes with friends into the early hours, there are other extras to be taken advantage of. Ask at the front desk for nomihodai (see above) and selected drinks will flow freely for an hour at a reasonable set price. Additionally, all booths receive waiter service and include menus, massive TVs and […]
Dealing With Harassment, Bizarre Asian Habits, Lesser Known China and Giving Teens Freedom to Travel
We’re well into the middle of our month focusing on destinations in Asia and this week we’ve split articles between Asian cultural habits, where to go in China and two topics practical to travel, no matter where you’re going: Dealing with street harassment and whether or not teens should be allowed to travel alone. Here’s what you may have missed: How to Deal With Street Harassment in Foreign Countries This is a big topic and one that any seasoned traveler will have struggled with at some point or another in their journey. Whether it’s kids begging, and mobbing you for handouts, or unwanted attention from the opposite sex, or an overly aggressive sales pitch, it’s par for the course. But what do you do? Confront the person? Walk away? Is there anything a traveler can do to minimize the likelihood of harassment happening in the first place? “Most of the advice in this list comes from interviews with female activists and travelers such as Kacie Lyn Kocher, director of the Istanbul branch of Hollaback!, a global movement to end street harassment. These women have provided me with the different techniques one can use to deal with this dismal reality. Though some of this advice may seem demanding, and perhaps a little unfriendly, keep in mind these are not rigid commandments. […]
Africa Safety Tips, Mongolia, Travel Myths & Travel After a Crisis
This week we’re talking about staying safe, debunking travel myths, the worries around traveling after a crisis and beautiful Mongolia. Whether you’re headed to South Africa, getting ready to do a continent hopping RTW trip, or wondering about the safety of traveling to Paris, Brussels, Istanbul or somewhere else after a natural disaster or a terrorist attack, this week’s articles will ease your worries. And Mongolia? Well, let’s just say you should go now. Sub-Saharan Africa Safety Tips If you’re headed to southern Africa it’s likely you’re hearing from friends and family about the risks and dangers of the region. It’s important to remember that Sub-Saharan Africa is an enormous region. Resist the urge to paint it all with one brush. There are some basic precautions that you can take which will minimize the risks and increase your odds of enjoying your adventure. “In general, it is a very safe and friendly part of the world to visit if you are aware of your surroundings and make smart decisions, and, if you get into a sticky situation, there are ways out. In no way is this an end-all, be-all guide on how to protect yourself and your belongings in any situation in any city. Safety “rules” that apply in Nairobi may be different in Cape Town, but keeping a few […]
Countries Less Visited, European Ghost Towns, Travel Hacking, and Preparing Kids to Fly
This has been a busy week on BootsnAll! We’ve toured 12 of the less visited countries in the world, checked out the best ghost towns in Europe and talked lots about travel hacking and how to fly with kids without losing your mind (or theirs!) Here’s what you may have missed: 12 of the Less Visited Countries I’ve been to exactly NONE of these and I’m scratching my head as to why. I’ve definitely got to up my game and add a few of these to my plans for the near future. At the top of my list are North Korea and Madagascar. What about you? “We travel to experience something different, to go places our friends haven’t been and regale them with our backpacking tales of far off countries when we get back, but these days everyone seems to be on the same trail. If you’re looking to get off the beaten track this year then maybe you should try one of these countries.” 8 Incredible Ghost Towns in Europe No need to wait for Halloween to visit ghost towns, Europe has a number that are open year ’round. Of course you’ve heard about Pompeii and Chernobyl, but do you know the two in the UK, or the one in Norway? Check them out: “By definition, a ghost town […]
Embarking on a RTW Journey with RedheadWanderer
Meet Arlie.  She’s a spunky 14 year old girl who is just embarked on a RTW trip with her family.  She is also the creator of the blog Redhead Wanderer.   Before she left, she let us interview her to ask questions about what it’s like preparing for such a big trip:   Hi Arlie.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself: I’m 14 and from Boise, Idaho.  I like reading, art, diy, sewing, cooking, baking, school.   Tell us a bit about your family you are traveling with: My dad, Steve, owns a construction company, so he is able to work remotely and go on this trip. He loves fishing! My mom, Dottie, has red hair just like me, and she loves cooking, baking and running.  My little sister, Millie, is 10 years old, in 5th grade, and she likes school, art. My other little sister, Norah, is 8 years old, and she loves playing basketball, roller-skating, ice-skating, and being spunky.   How did the idea to take this trip come about? My parents have always wanted to do something like this. Last January, my mom was watching “House Hunters”, and both of my parents realized that if they were ever going to go on a trip around the world, it would have to be now, because […]
What is ‘Adapting over Micromanaging’ and Why is it Important?
“The best part of travel is the journey” “Go with the flow” Sayings like these reinforce that travel is unpredictable and we have to learn to let go and adapt to situations rather than micromanage them.  But why?   Today on the 2015 Indie Travel Challenge Dani admits: “I am totally bipolar when it comes to this travel value. Somedays I have zero problem when I’m vaguely told, “You should meet my friend at the metro stop”, then waiting at said stop until some kid asks, “Dani?” and I end up in a car with a bunch of strangers I can’t communicate with, to go somewhere, with some people, to do something.   A situation that would put most people on high alert I have no problem ‘going with the flow’ on.   (I ended up somewhere in or around Medellin at a band’s rehearsal). Other times the 8-seat restaurant that I like is full for breakfast and I feel myself on the verge of a full blown temper tantrum. It’s when I have my mind set on something, or have an idea of how I think things should go that if things change, I freak out.  I have no problem with transportation delays, or large scale things because I prep myself by expecting everything to go awry.  I’ve learned that […]
Discovering Yourself Through Travel
We all travel for different reasons, and many times the reason people start traveling is to escape something (a broken relationship, a job, the same monotonous life).  Today for the 2015 Indie Travel Challenge we are talking about how discovery is more important than escape, and how even though you may begin traveling as an escape, you undoubtedly discover things about yourself.    Dani tell us why she began traveling and what she discovered in doing so: “When I first traveled it was to escape.  Escape the tiny, very homogenous, suburbia hell I was trapped in and see more. That trip I hitchhiked to Florida from Massachusetts.  I was 17. At 25 I ‘escaped’ again.  Or more, I had recently broke off a 3 ½ year relationship with a pretty not-so-cool dude, and suddenly had the chance to go abroad.   So I did.  I needed to get away from everything for a bit, but on this trip I discovered so much more. I had wanted to travel since I was 7, but kept putting it off because I didn’t have a good reason to travel.  The ‘needing a sanity escape’ break seemed acceptable.   Now I travel to discover.  On that second trip; my first international trip and my first solo trip, I discovered: • You don’t need a reason to travel other […]
Travel Betters You Physically, Mentally, and Spiritually
When traveling, as well as in life in general, it is important to take care of mind, body and soul.   Feeding your spiritual side with new experiences and feeding your brain with mental activity are just as important in your RTW trip as getting outside and being physically active.  We need all 3 as humans to function well and grow so today on the 2015 Indie Travel Challenge we asked you to get outside and do something new. Dani tells us about a time she rode ATVs in the woods of Mattawa in Northern Ontario. “In 2012 I got the opportunity to go ATV riding in Northern Ontario.  I was psyched as I’m pretty into anything that can pump my adrenaline, I love driving, and this was something new. What I never expected was how physical it would be. Turns out driving ATVs is not like driving a car.  It’s harder. It’s super fun, but controlling ATVs takes muscles, especially as you are going through miles and miles of winding trails in the woods.  Even on the smoother parts, the ATV constantly vibrates, and each little rut makes the wheels want to turn off the tracks. Also, on top of the surprising physicality of it, it takes a lot of mental stamina.  This was my first time, so akin to […]
Strange Cures
Today for the 2015 Indie Travel Challenge we asked you: One of the ways we gave you to answer is to talk about strange cures you’ve learned while traveling.  Strange doesn’t mean bad or ineffective, some of these cures you may have not heard before but may work wonders.  When you are traveling, don’t doubt the local medicine.  At the very least you’ll get some good stories from it. Here are some ‘strange cures’ sent to us by some fellow travelers:   “My wife Larissa and I were snorkeling in the US Virgin Islands when I was bitten by a jelly fish. It was pretty painful in my side to the point it was hard to move. I stumbled back to our rental apartment when the caretaker there approached me yielding a large machete saying in his island patois, ‘I can fix that.” I flinched because I thought he was about to lance it or cut it out when he swung the machete down on an aloe plant that was next to me. He hacked the aloe leaf into pieces and told me to roast them in the oven and then apply them to the swollen area where I had been bitten. I did so and it worked. According to him the aloe sucks the venom from the body. I have no […]