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Travel Friends and Places
Justin K Jones is a travel writer and blogger whose adventures have taken him around the world from the icy peaks of the Swiss Alps to the sunny shores of Australia and everywhere in between! He travels the world to share his stories, as well as those of the people he meets along the way. Find out more on Justin’s travel blog
Gorgeous site all about Sri Lanka. Can’t wait to get there and see their “off the beaten path” recommendations for myself!! Operated by native Sri Lankans, Lasith and Bhagiraj.
Having the right gear is very important. From clothes, to packs and suitcases to electronic gadgets. Even the right underwear can make a big difference. Here are some of my favorite places to stock up on supplies when I’m in the States.
Magellan’s has a comprehensive catalog and very knowledgable staff. They are headquartered in Santa Barbara, I’ve spent many an hour in their store trying out and testing their products. One product I cannot say enough about is Comply Noise Reduction Earphones. These earplug like foam tips block out snoring mates and noisey bus engines. I don’t travel without them!
REI is a great place to go for backpacks, sports sandals and multipurpose clothing. Their staff is incredibly helpful and their return policy is great.
I’m not kidding about good underwear and ExOfficio makes the best travel underthings out there. Personally, I’m a Give-N-Go String Bikini kind of a gal, but they’ve got lots of styles to choose from. Avoid white, it doesn’t hold up well when traveling.
You hope nothing will ever go wrong when you are on the road, but just in case, with travel insurance from World Nomads behind you, you’ll be protected if something does. Easy sign up and free language lessons to boot.
Planning Your Trip
Getting there is half the fun! One of my favorite parts of traveling is daydreaming about all the great places I could go. Use these links to help you envision your ideal trip, while saving time, money and energy when you are ready to make your purchase.
Look for some of the best deals on the web at CheapOair – Cheap Flights. Comparison shop for the best fares and schedules with their easy to use search page. Offering the best in cheap ticket options.
I have to admit that the train is my favorite form of travel. Seat61.com is one of the most comprehensive train travel sites out there. Featuring routes all over the world, I don’t book anything without consulting the site first, mostly because without it, I wouldn’t even know where to book!
Mary’s soothing voice guides you through meditation tracks on a variety of topics. Download off of iTunes or visit the site. My favorite tracks: Following with Change and Gratitude.
Jesse and Jean Stern have created 12 podcast episodes. Available on iTunes or their website. I highly recommend: Episode 3, Positive Thoughts and Episode 6, Falling Asleep.