If you are like me and travel is always on your mind, then you probably get as restless as I do in between trips. Travel is that whisper in the back of your mind reminding you of how much you feel alive when you are visiting foreign places, learning about different cultures, and sharing new adventures. Travel is one of those things that transcends boundaries and cultures and is something that we can all share a passion for as human beings. No matter where you live, you are likely as curious about my homeland as I am about yours. By sharing and learning thru travel, we all get a little bit closer.
If you aren’t like me and you don’t constantly dream about travel, then fear not. I have put together a collection of some of the most inspiring travel quotes that I could find that are sure to stir the wanderlust within you. If these words from some of the most adventurous spirits to walk this planet don’t stir your soul, then nothing will.
In my last article on our Australia and New Zealand trip planning process, I discussed how I researched the best time to take our trip and which locations should be on the top of our list to visit. Using this information, I was able to create a rough itinerary for our trip. Since that time, we have booked our airfare from the United States to Australia, as well as all of the airfare that we will need to go from one location to the next during our trip.
In Part 2 of my Australia and New Zealand planning, I am going to focus on the Australian portion of our trip. Using the rough itinerary that I created in Part 1 of my planning process, I am going to start filling in the activities and tours for each day we are in Australia, along with how we will be getting around while we are in the country. My hope is that this information will be helpful to you as you plan your trip to Australia in the future.
If you like wildlife, especially marine wildlife, the state of California in the United States has some absolutely wonderful wildlife viewing experiences available to visitors. One of my favorite of these experiences is seeing the large Northern Elephant Seals along the coast of the state. It really is impossible to appreciate how large and powerful these seals are until you see them on a beach with your own eyes.
With a countless number of breathtaking vistas, some of the most unique and beautiful trees in the country scattering its landscape, and some of the best rock climbing scrambles in North America within its borders, Joshua Tree National Park may just be one of the most underrated national parks in the US National Parks system.
Joshua Tree may not get all of the press that its sister parks in California get, as parks such as Yosemite, Death Valley, and Redwood are well known around the world. However, that doesn’t mean Joshua Tree National Park isn’t every bit as beautiful or exciting. If you ask any national parks enthusiast who is well versed in all of the national parks in the United States and they will tell you that Joshua Tree National Park is one of the premier national parks in the country.
Today we headed Southeast of Santa Barbara, California to visit a national park that I have been wanting to visit for quite some time. Not only does Joshua Tree National Park share my name, but it is also one of the most underrated parks in the Western United States.
I made it into Los Angeles last night, and the difference in weather was quite welcome. It’s amazing what feels warm to you when you are coming from -26 temperatures.
Nick lives in Santa Barbara, which is roughly two hours North of Los Angeles. If you are able to time your drive to miss the Los Angeles traffic it is actually a fairly easy drive.
Seeing as though the temperatures in Milwaukee this week could not be more frigid (with the estimated low temperature tonight to be -56 degrees below zero with wind chill), my trip to see my brother Nick in Santa Barbara could not have come at a better time.
It is human nature to want to find the best deal possible. When making significant purchases, as is typical when doing a significant amount of traveling, it is wired within most of us to want to search out the best deal possible. After all, the more that we can save the more we are able to travel. Most of us are also extremely trusting when we travel. You have to put yourself out there and put your trust in other people to a certain extent when you travel someplace you are unfamiliar with. For this reason, most of us like to think the best of the people we meet and interact with when we travel.
If you have done any international traveling, you are probably familiar enough with the customs and immigration process and you are no stranger to the long lines that often accompany that process. I don’t think anyone in this world enjoys having to go thru the tedious customs and immigration process after having just gotten off of a long haul flight, but most travelers also understand the importance of such security measures.
If you were secretly hoping that the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) would come up with a more convenient and streamlined process to move people thru the customs and immigration process, then I have some really great news for you. They have been working very hard to do just that, and some very big changes are just around the corner.
Other than actually taking the trips, there are few things I enjoy more than planning travel adventures. In case you haven’t read my article on our travel plans for this year, we have decided to visit Australia and New Zealand. Both of these countries have long been on our bucket list and I am very excited to finally have the chance to visit them.
As I did when I planned our trip to Machu Picchu and the Galápagos Islands last year, I am going to share with you my trip planning process. By sharing the process by which I go about planning trips, I hope to give you some ideas on how you can save more money traveling and make your trip planning process a bit easier.