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Gay Travel Verdict: Uber is out – Join Lyft Instead
We’re not often political on the blog but we couldn’t help jumping at this time when recent events by President Trump personally affect us, many people we know and really touch the realm of travel. After all, we are immigrants ourselves being American citizens now residing in Spain. We know the struggles and hassle it takes to live in a new country and we’ve also experienced the impact of travel restrictions and how it can affect us all.
If you haven’t heard the recent news we’ll get you up to speed….
11 Must-Have Resources for Long Term Travelers
Many people dream of spending their lives traveling the world and taking the time to explore new locations and cultures. But that dream doesn’t often include tips on how to manage your life while you’re away. Everything from managing your mail, keeping your home safe, and even accessing your money can be more challenging when you are on the other side of the globe.
Forget Hotels! Try Out These Alternative and Affordable Travel Accommodations
Hotels are the default travel accommodation for just about any traveler and hostels for most backpackers. However, if finances don’t permit you to travel in this standard way or you’re just simply looking to shake up your travel routine, consider these alternative methods.
New Years Eve Traditions From the Americas to Europe
The past two years we’ve been celebrating New Years Eve outside the United States and through this we’ve been picking up some fun New Years Eve traditions from around the globe. In the USA and similarly in France, there is the kiss at midnight. You never want to be the one without someone to plant a smooch on lest you have the unfortunate luck of being lonely in the coming year as traditions suggests. And perhaps if you’re celebrating at a house party, the television will be on in the background as you watch those crazy enough to actually go to Times Square and huddle in an overcrowded mass to watch the ball drop as has been done since 1907 when the city banned fireworks and a new tradition was needed.
Accents: The Pros and Cons of How We Speak
As we grow up, we no more choose the accent of our mother tongues than we do our eye color, hair color, or how much we all secretly love One Direction. No comment from me on that last one. Growing up in the southwest United States, I have a pretty non distinct American accent as the western part of the country is still too recently settled to have developed as distinct a dialect as the east. Let’s clarify accent and dialect since I’ve already thrown both words in. An accent refers to how a person pronounces words, while dialect is a broader term also encompassing the grammar, phrases, and vocabulary of language. I’m more interested in narrowing in on accents for the moment. To be honest, I’ve never been one to pick up on even the subtle accents of the States. I lived in Chicago for years and rarely heard the Chicago accent that so many were said to have.
The World Outgames: Your Next Gay Travel Destination
When we visited Antwerp, Belgium last month during the 2013 World Outgames (WOGA), we were impressed by how large and well prepared the event was. Having only heard about WOGA in passing and not knowing much about it before, we didn’t know what to expect but were glad to have had the opportunity to experience it. As we love to use special events as an excuse to travel to new destinations, we realized WOGA is the perfect unique event for gay travelers to discover new places while supporting a great cause. Check out the article we wrote for GayTravel.com about this very idea.
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Travel Reflections: How Close Are We to Returning to the US?
A fellow travel blogger recently posted a link on Facebook to this page: The Travel Experience In 35 Gifs: From Quitting At Home To Shitting Abroad (take a look!). Auston and I about shit our pants laughing at them. For us, they were about 90% accurate and 200% hilarious. Nothing explains trying to get your travel visas sorted out better than Bruce Willis crawling through an air duct with a lighter as his guide in “Die Hard”. In fact, that was our exact experience when applying for our Indian visas. Then we died laughing at the GIF expressing what it’s like to introduce yourself to the people you meet abroad over and over and over and OVER again. Honestly, sometimes I’ll just enter a hostel with my head pointed to the floor in hopes that nobody notices me as to avoid that conversation entirely. Especially when I know I’ll just be staying a night or two.
Our Best and Worst Visa Experiences
Thus far, we’ve been to about 35 countries in the past 15 months and of those, seven have required applying for visas. Some have been as simple as getting them at the border and others have been painstaking endeavors that tested the very limits of our sanity. Exaggeration – that is not! Sometimes it was our fault, sometimes it was theirs. Sometimes things went so smoothly there was no fault to be placed on either side. It was completely country dependent – which country we were in and which we were applying to visit. As I mentioned in our post about teaching English abroad, I will be doing so in Madrid soon which means I will be getting a Spanish visa. This is already not so simple as I have to apply in person. So I will be looking for cheap flights to Los Angeles once again to visit the Spanish embassy nearest my U.S. permanent address in Phoenix, much like we did for our French visas.
Our Secrets to Affordable Long Term Travel
Like many long term travelers, people frequently want to know our secret to traveling long term. “How is it possible and how you can you afford to travel so much?” “How can I afford to travel,” they ask, curious how they can travel more themselves. And although David likes to spend money as though we are rich, this is certainly not the case. Surprisingly, we spent more money living in Chicago than we do traveling. A month’s expenses in Chicago cost us roughly $4,500 per month, while traveling around the world only cost about $3,200 on an average month – that’s for both of us. Places like Europe were more but destinations like India or South East Asia were cheap enough that David could spend to his heart’s content without me freaking out. Travel credit cards with airline mileage bonuses are a huge help, and even living in Spain we still continue to apply for credit cards for travelling. We just recently booked our trip from the US to Spain for just $25 in taxes and 25,000 miles each, one of our best deals yet! Once I reach a spending limit on a particular card, I will get the bonus points and then I like to compare credit cards quickly to find another card that will give me a good offer. Cards like British Airways or United Mileage Plus have great credit card offers that have helped us bank miles. If the card I currently have charges an annual fee, I cancel the card after the bonus is received.