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Changes to Budget Travel Adventures

Since Jeremy announced his retirement there’s been a lot of things in the works. It may seem pretty quiet around here but there’s really been a lot of stuff going on. The biggest move is that we are lining up several authors to talk about their travels on a regular basis. Michael Sproul has been […]

I am retiring from travel blogging but Budget Travel Adventures continues

October 24, 2012.  That’s the day everything changed. While I was in Miami for the Expedia College Football Travel Tour, everything went wrong.  I was as lonely and discouraged as I’d ever been.  I was burned out, emotionally drained, and didn’t want to travel any more.  I missed home and the people closest to me. […]

4th of July, a different side of me, and a world domination summit in Portland

Fireworks. Meant to symbolize “the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air.” Something that was tragic and ugly we now celebrate as beautiful and a symbol of our freedom. What if we spent more time embracing the tragic, broken, and ugly in our lives as it becomes a symbol of freedom and beauty? I came to Portland to be a part of the World Domination Summit. It isn’t as scary as it sounds. We don’t want to take over the world; just make it a better place to live.

The gargoyle of Notre Dame and a Paris sunset

With dark eyes, he peers down from the rooftop of Notre Dame eyeing the people below while keeping an eye on the city of Paris. Many people come to experience Paris. However, no one sees the city like this day after day, night after night. What does this gargoyle know about Paris that can teach us how to take better photos and experience the City of Light in an unforgettable way?

From boy to man, a journey to Niagara Falls

On this late May morning, I boarded the bus and headed to Niagara Falls as we rolled down the highway a little after 7 am. As a boy, my bus experience was different. Leaving the US, we traveled through New York and arrived in Niagara Falls. Instead of tourists and locals, this bus was filled with teenagers – many of us who were leaving the country for the first time.

Awash in a Whirlpool: the secret Niagara Falls hiking trail

As I sat on the rocky shores, I stared at the turquoise waters as they swirled and sloshed like a spin cycle set in slow motion.  Nature’s  hand carved a serene, rhythmic masterpiece through the river.  Underneath, it’s fury raged with currents and forces that could kill a man in minutes. I was paralyzed by […]

New York City on a Budget

Times Square tickets

New York City is one of my favorite places to vacation but if you aren’t careful your trip can be a real budget buster. The good news is there are tons of low cost or free activities in New York City. You just have to find them. Budget Hotel Options in New York City Hotels […]

Top 5 Destinations for the Outdoor Lover

west coast trail coast

If you are a nature lover you probably don’t want to spend your vacation exploring New York City and would much rather be in a National Park. I don’t blame you, most of the time I would agree! Check out these 5 destinations that offer spectacular glimpses into what this earth has to offer. West […]

20 Places to Visit in 2014


If you thought about taking a trip this year it’s not too late! There are so many amazing cities throughout the world to visit. If you are looking at something exotic or close to home we have you covered. Siem Reap, Cambodia Angkor Wat hosts some of the most magnificent ruins from the Khmer Empire dating […]

5 Tips for Finding the Best Deals on Airfare

kayak tool

Everyone always asks me how I can afford to always travel. There is no amazing secret sauce to give you a killer deal every time but there are a few things I do which definitely can help. Look for surrounding airports- Depending on where you are going you can sometimes find a killer deal by flying […]

Getting from Koh Chang to Siem Reap

Cambodia Border

Two weeks ago we made the journey from Koh Chang, Thailand to Siem Reap, Cambodia. If you have read any threads on the subject you know that it can be frustrating and full of scams left and right. You can get from Koh Chang to Siem Reap a few different ways. 1. Take a minibus […]

Jackson Hole on a Budget


Even though our entire family skis and snowboards each year, we are pretty much split down the middle with mountain sports preferences as the kids grow older. When they were elementary-school age, we alternated our vacation times at Jackson Hole, Wyoming; winter skiing and snowboarding one year, late spring mountain biking and river water sports […]

Visiting Utah’s Mighty 5-Arches National Park

Corona Arch

This week I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite hikes and views from Arches National Park for our tour around Utah’s Mighty 5. Arches National Park is home to over 2000 natural sandstone arches and located just outside of Moab, Utah. To introduce you to what you will see when you […]

Budget Exploring Familiar and Foreign Amsterdam


The capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is a small city that packs an important cultural punch in Europe and beyond. From its humble origins as a simple fishing village in the 12th century, Amsterdam has evolved into one of the top financial centers in Europe, but pleasure, culture, arts, history and more are always afoot […]