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Getting from Koh Chang to Siem Reap

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 […]

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Visiting Utah’s Mighty 5-Arches National Park

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 […]


Visiting Utah’s Mighty 5-Zion National Park

This past year the state of Utah came out with a very successful marketing campaign promoting Utah’s 5 National Parks. They featured ads in various locations throughout the United States and came up with an amazing commercial highlighting some of the amazing sites visitors could see as they toured the parks around Utah. Growing up […]


5 Fun Trips Near Perth

Perth is a beautiful, friendly city with plenty to see and do, but if you’re heading to Western Australia then you should also consider spending some time in regions outside of the capital city. From iconic wine destinations to breathtaking natural scenery and idyllic islands, there is something in the surrounds of Perth to suit […]

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Snowboarding the French Alps on a Budget

Sometimes the best adventures come about by happenstance and pure luck. Sometimes adventure can come about by planning and preparation. Breaking the routines of daily living and responsibilities can be challenging. However there are those of us who need outdoor adventure, to be in open space, on top of a mountain living passionately and following […]

Canyoneering in Zion National Park

Canyoneering in Zion National Park

A couple weeks ago (before the government shut-down) I headed down to Zion National Park for a weekend of canyoneering along with Michael Sproul (from The Carefree Traveler) and another mutual friend. Living in Utah allows many opportunities to get outdoors and experience things that many could only hope to see in photos. While Zion National […]

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Mali travel guide for budget travelers

In this Mali travel guide for the Budget Travel Guides series, Phil Paoletta takes us beyond the headlines and news in West Africa to explore the people, culture, and activities.  While many people may not travel to West Africa, these tips will help you connect with locals and save money as you learn more about […]