Category: General Travel

The Complete Backpackers Packing Guide and Checklist for Back Country Backpackers

For those who like to hike, back country backpacking can be such an exciting and awe-inspiring endeavor. There is something about being alone in the wilderness that can really help you get to know yourself and this beautiful world that we live in. However, as incredible and moving as backcountry backpacking can be, it can also be a very challenging proposition for those who are unprepared.

That’s why I am a very firm believer in making sure you are prepared before taking any hike. This is especially true for back country hikes where you will be staying overnight for one or more nights. Before you hit the trails on your big back country adventure, I would strongly suggest that you closely read my backpackers packing guide to make sure that you have all of the gear that you will need to make sure your hike is both safe and fun.

Change of Travel Plans – The COVID Curse Strikes Again!

I apologize that I haven’t posted for a few weeks, but after reading this post you will understand why. Just when I thought things might be opening back up, I have once again been struck by the COVID travel curse. If you follow my blog closely, you are probably aware of my plans to visit Egypt, Jordan, and Israel this autumn. Needless to say, the Delta Variant has thrown me a curve ball, and once again I have a change of travel plans for this year. For the past several weeks I have been busy changing my current plans and making new ones.

Great Tips to Sit Next to Family on Flights for Frequent Travelers Who Fly Economy Class

I think every frequent traveler has been in a situation where you find a great deal on a flight, only to get buried by fees on the day of your flight when you try to carry on bags or choose seats for your family that are next to each other. While it would be easy to suggest that you be wary of basic economy fares and budget airlines because of these fees, there are some really, really great fares out there that are just too good to pass up. Instead of passing on these fares in the future, there are some tips that I can provide you to help ensure that you sit next to family on flights.

COVID Travel Restrictions and What Needs to Change

What sets this pandemic a part from many of the past pandemics that we have to compare it to is that the past pandemics have all dealt with strains of the flu virus, where COVID-19 is a Coronavirus. We haven’t had any Coronavirus pandemics in modern history with which to compare to this pandemic to determine how long it may last. With so much uncertainty, it would be wise to start planning how we might adapt to living and traveling during the pandemic instead of just waiting for it to end. This includes creating a unified set of COVID travel restrictions and tracking methods.

The Top 50 Destinations in Europe to Visit (1-10)

So far in my countdown, I have covered some of Europe’s most iconic cities, most beautiful coastlines, and most breathtaking mountain villages.  I have covered everything from some of Europe’s, if not the world’s, largest cities to some of Earth’s smallest islands.  However, one thing that all of these destinations have had in common is that they are all incredible travel destinations located in the continent of Europe.  Truth be told, there are so many fantastic cities and small towns in Europe that I could do a Top 200 and still not list them all, but for this countdown, I am going to focus on fifty of Europe’s top destinations that I am enamored with. In my final installment, I cover my Top 10 destinations in Europe to visit.

The Top 50 Destinations in Europe to Visit (11-20)

When I was a kid, I used to look thru the National Geographic magazines and picture what it would be like to visit some of the faraway places that I saw on those pages.  Many of those places that I dreamed of exploring were beautiful cities and small towns throughout the continent of Europe.  Among the things that Europe is not in short supply of are beautiful cities with a rich history and enchanting small towns that look like they come right out of storybooks.  Throw a dart at a map of Europe and chances are that you will hit one. We are over half-way thru my list of Europe’s top destinations and so far I have covered some really fantastic vacation destinations.  In this installment, I will continue counting down to my top destination in Europe by covering destinations 11-20 on my list.  To be honest, the destinations in this installment are some of my absolute favorite travel spots in Europe.  Truth be told, I have so many favorite spots in Europe that it was extremely difficult for me to narrow this list down to just my top fifty. 

The Top 50 Destinations in Europe to Visit (21-30)

I have already covered some truly spectacular destinations in the first two installments of my list of the 50 Top European Destinations, so make sure you check those articles out as well.  In this installment, I will be highlighting some wonderful destinations that you may not have considered visiting in Europe, but are quickly becoming some of the world’s most popular tourist spots.  Truth be told, there are so many fantastic cities and small towns in Europe that I could do a Top 200 and still not list them all, but for this countdown, I am going to focus on the 50 top European destinations that I am enamored with. 

The 50 Top Destinations in Europe to Visit (31-40)

In the first installment of my list of the 50 Top Cities in Europe to Visit, I covered a range of European cities that I would recommend visiting.  There was everything from small Nordic villages to iconic European capitols for you to consider.  In this installment, I will be covering cities 31-40 on my list and my guess is that you will recognize quite a few of these names.  Again, I really could make this a Top 200 list and still not get thru all of the cities that I would like to visit in Europe.  However, for the purposes of this countdown, I am going to focus on my Top 50.  If you feel like there are cities and towns that I have left off my list that would be in your Top 50, I would love to hear from you in the comments.  More importantly, I am sure that other readers would love to hear from you as well.

The 50 Top Destinations in Europe to Visit (41-50)

When I was a kid, I used to look thru the National Geographic magazines and picture what it would be like to visit some of the faraway places that I saw on those pages.  Many of those places that I dreamed of exploring were beautiful cities and small towns throughout the continent of Europe.  Among the things that Europe is not in short supply of are beautiful cities with a rich history and enchanting small towns that look like they come right out of storybooks.  Throw a dart at a map of Europe and chances are that you will hit one.  Better yet, make sure you follow this series of articles as I am going to countdown the 50 Top Destinations in Europe to Visit.

Travel Video Series – The Premier of my “Start Exploring Today” Travel Vlog

Ever since I started the Wanderlust Travel and Photos Blog, I have wanted to get a regular travel video series started so that I can bring you even more travel related content. I am very excited to announce that this past week I finally launched my “Start Exploring Today” travel vlog series to both IGTV and Youtube. This is a project that I am very passionate about and I cannot wait to start adding more high quality video content for you to view. I am still going to be running this blog with all of the passion and commitment that I have been for the past three years, but my hope is to use this video series to bring you new and exciting content that is just too difficult to deliver thru my blog.