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Free Camping Tetons & Canoe Colter Bay

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Teton National Park- A great place to peel back your eyelids and have an overdose of beauty stuffed into your pupils. If the incredible level of beauty in the area doesn’t sound dangerous enough, then get ready- around every corner a bear is waiting to tear you apart- time to get BEAR AWARE! Grand Teton National Park is awesome and …

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Boondocking at the Bonneville Salt Flats

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Bonneville Salt Flats are all about speed. We’re not going to set the flats on fire with a 12 year old RV or 125 cc scooter. Luckily for us, we have a secret land speed weapon- find out what it is in this weeks TRIPPED.  If you’re planning on driving out, we have a great recommendation on Boondocking the Bonneville …

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A Week of Adventure in Moab, Utah

In Americas, Travel Planning by TIM2 Comments

There was a lot of pressure on Moab to be a great destination after coming off of a streak of bad luck between Phoenix and Monument Valley. Happy to say that our visit there exceeded our wildest expectations. Moab was a blast between the different parks we stayed at, the Kayak river tour, and the RZR rental used to explore …

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The Worst Way to Visit Monument Valley

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Hey Tourists! Probably not looking for the worst way to visit Monument Valley, right?  Well, you can’t leave Arizona or Utah and not visit Monument Valley! (Or so we’ve been told). In retrospect, it wasn’t worth the effort to drive out of the way and visit… as we’re finding is more and more the case with places you’re “supposed” to …

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ARIZONA RV ROADTRIP – Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell

In Americas by FIN

Arizona RV Roadtrip- Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Lake Powell. …But let’s skip Antelope Canyon, because that place is bananas! After last week’s RV breakdown and mechanic problems, we were left questioning every decision we had made that lead us to living full time in a RV. Luckily, the remainder of our time in Arizona was spent doing an incredible …

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Franklin BBQ in Austin- When a restaurant lives up to the hype!

In Americas by FIN

Back when we spent three weeks in Austin we were told we weren’t legally allowed to leave the city until we had eaten at Franklin BBQ! That’s a lie, but still good advice. After all, Franklin BBQ has a reputation as the greatest BBQ to found in the US (and therefore the world). How to plan a trip to Franklin …

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Our Road to Success – How we are able to travel full-time

In Americas, RV Life by TIM & FIN

WE MADE IT.  The main reason we want to share our story is to show that “overnight success” usually takes about 5 years.  I remember looking at other people online thinking they were lucky.  What I didn’t know was their full story.  Here’s ours. 2013: Made a plan. Saved Money. 2015: Quit jobs to travel. 2016: Ran out of money. …

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Best National Parks Pass Road Trip! Route 66

In Americas, RV Life by TIM & FIN

Looking to maximize your National Parks Pass in a short amount of time? We didn’t realize it until we got here but Route 66 from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Flagstaff, Arizona is loaded with a bunch of great places to stop on your RV Road Trip. One of the best things about traveling by RV is that there is seldom …

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Santa Fe, New Mexico in an RV

In Americas by TIM

We approach Santa Fe, New Mexico in an RV! This city is EXACTLY the place we needed after we spent time breaking bad in Albuquerque. The vibe here in Santa Fe is very much “mountain town”. Its hard to believe that ABQ and Sante Fe are only 1 hour from each other by car because they couldn’t feel more different. …

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Visiting Batu Caves – Kuala Lumpur

In Asia by TIM

Batu Caves was well worth the wait! We were originally supposed to visit the Batu Caves during a cruise through Malaysia. The transportation time between the cruise ship port and the locatino of Batu Caves was simply too far though. Luckily, we had a second opportunity to visit while we were on a 24 hour layover in Kuala Lumpur. Whether …

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Bob’s Booze Cruise: The Top Thing to Do in Koh Phi Phi

In Asia by FIN

Bobs Booze Cruise Koh Phi Phi Thailand is one of the best things to do while in Phi Phi!  While on the cruise guests get to experience sailing, snorkeling, kayaks, and Reefs.  The booze cruise makes stops at Maya Bay, Monkey beach, Loh Samah Bay, and does sunset at Wang Long Cove. On top of all of this there are …

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Lanta Animal Welfare in Koh Lanta, Thailand

In Asia by TIM

On a long holiday and miss your pets back home? Swing by Lanta Animal Welfare for a quick puppy fix. Lanta Animal Welfare is the top rated thing to do in Koh Lanta, Thailand according to TripAdvisor- for a good reason. The shelter saves stray dogs and cats in Koh Lanta.  It also helps them strays get adopted across the …

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What a budget backpacking hotel looks like

In Asia, Travel Planning by FIN

Travel bloggers love to write about incredible accommodations they score at unbelievable prices. Key word?- Unbelievable. Here is what to expect out of a budget backpacker hotel in Ko Lanta Thailand. This certainly is not a budget hotel review and we by no means are trying to pick on our hotel. In fact, we want to give it up for …

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Motorbiking Northern Vietnam – Lang Son & Cao Bang

In Asia by TIM

In this episode the Diemers complete their Vietnam motorbike victory lap near the Chinese boarder.  After 55 days spent riding from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi the journey finally has an end in sight. Just because the end is near doesn’t mean the going gets any easier though.  Bad luck rides shotgun as the motorbikes rack up 2 flat …

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Ha Long Bay on a Budget | Vietnam Motorcycle Trip to Cat Ba Island

In Asia by TIM

Toward the end of our Vietnam motorbike trip we found ourselves at a crossroads. (Metaphorically instead of literally for once). We still wanted to explore Ha Long Bay but we needed to do it in a budget friendly way.  Even the lowest priced junk boat tours were too expensive. The best solution we found to still get out on the …

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Visiting Ninh Binh & Tam Coc – Vietnam

In Asia by FIN

After a week spent in HoiAn the Diemers would need to make up some ground on the Vietnam motorcycle trip. The constant rain was poised to derail the entire trip. The ride itself became miserable and road conditions a lot less safe due to the weather. After a quick discussion on strategy there was only one thing to do: book …

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Hoi An & My Son | Vietnam Motorcycle Trip

In Asia by FIN

Hoi An may be one of the largest tourist destinations in the Vietnam but don’t let that deter you. It turns out people flock there for good reason. Hoi An has great beaches, restaurants, places to stay and things to do. We specifically drove to Hoi An to check out the Lantern Festival.  We also got to celebrate Christmas with …

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Vietnam Motorcycle Ride | Da Nang to Hue

In Asia by TIM

As we continued our Vietnam motorbike ride north we finally reached Da Nang. By this point, a few nights sleeping in the same bed was necessary. There were several chores that needed doing- the motorcycles needed their oil changed, passports needed to be renewed and bribes needed to be made. Once all the errands where done there was plenty of …

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Buon Ma Thuot to Da Nang – Vietnam Motorbike Trip

In Asia by FIN

After a few days spent in Buon Ma Thuot, it’s time to burn up some pavement on this Vietnam Motorcycle trip. Over the next week, Tim and Allison Diemer head north through the towns of Pleiku, Kon Tum, Buon Ho to get to the cities of Danang and Hoi An during their Vietnam tour. During this week, they hit some …

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Bydgoszcz, Poland in A Day- Museum of Soap | Mills Island

In Europe by FIN

Time to take a quick breather in Bydgoszcz, Poland! Our upcoming travel schedule put us in Dubai, Istanbul, and the Philippines all within two weeks. We decided it was time to pump the brakes, visit family in Poland, and rest up. After a late night arrival in Warsaw we hopped aboard a $5 bus to Bydgoszcz. What to do in …

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The Ultimate Santorini Bucket List

In Europe by FIN

We finally head off to the #basicbitch bucket list destination of Santorini!  Yes, this IS the picture perfect island you’ve seen on Instagram countless times. Tim’s un-informed opinion of the island was a place to JUST get instagram pictures taken while wearing linen shirts. In reality, the island held adventure aplenty: cliff diving, volcano trekking, donkey riding, mountain climbing, clear …

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Croatia Road Trip – Makarska

In Europe by FIN

CROATIA: DALMATIAN COAST ROADTRIP | DRINKING TOO MUCH LOZA | PARASAILING MAKARSKA | FLYING A DRONE DURING SUNSET WITH LOCAL KIDS If you truly want to soak up the culture, the most direct way is by soaking up the local spirits. In the spirit of taking a break from traveling while they…..travel… the Diemers invest in the cheapest bottle of …

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Visiting Gollinger Waterfall, Austria

In Europe by FIN

We found Gollinger Waterfall in the best way possible – spontaneously seeing a sign on the side of the road! On a road trip from Germany to Croatia (driving from Salzburg to Lake Bled), Tim saw a sign that said “Wasserfall”.  We assumed that meant “waterfall” in German and pulled off the side of the road. It was a small …

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Salzburg Road Trip- Visiting Salzburg Fortress

In Europe by FIN

Tripped: Episode 3 starts off with a blast. Jet lagged at 4am we spontaneously decide to road trip to Croatia (Germany was too cold, duh). With only 3 hours of sleep but a liter of “Power Up” we get ready to tackle the day. To our surprise we can’t even get out of the country before we need a nap. …

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Santorini on a Budget

In Europe by FIN

If Santorini got kicked off your bucket list because it seemed “too expensive”, this article will have you doing backflips.  Check out where we stayed on the island for only $27 USD/night with a pool!

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Visiting Lake Bled – Slovenia

In Europe by TIM

Check out the video to watch Tim come to grips with the fact there is a country named Slovenia just to the south of Austria and discover a place called Lake Bled! (He doesn’t get out much). This beautiful destination was just a quick stop on the way from Germany to Croatia on our European Road Trip. If you’re interested …

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How much does it cost to travel New Zealand?

In Oceania, Travel Planning by TIM

It’s time to break down the nuts and bolts of our New Zealand budget travel. Almost every traveler wants to go to NZ but all you hear about is how expensive it is. Since we’ve had a ton of questions on budget we thought we’d deep dive on this location and tell you where our dollars went. First off, let’s …

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New Zealand Campervan Roadtrip

In Oceania by TIM

The New Zealand campervan roadtrip was, in many ways, the culmination of our year abroad. After touch down in Christchurch and a bit of airport “camping”, we picked up our Wicked Campervan and were on our way! We spent the next six weeks touring both the South and North Island of New Zealand. New Zealand Campervan Roadtrip Preparation We strategically …

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Best New Zealand Day Hikes

In Oceania by FIN

The day hikes listed here, for us, was the most “bang for your buck”.  We didn’t have the gear for multi-day hikes but still had the adventure in our hearts to see some of New Zealand’s summits.  Everything listed can be completed in about 2 – 8 hours.

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7 New Zealand Travel Tips

In Oceania by TIM

Congratulations! It’s finally happening. Whether it took you days or years to pull the trigger, you’ve booked a flight to the other side of the world to see the Sounds, run with the sheep, and follow in Frodo’s footsteps.  

Before you land in Kiwi country, here’s a few things that you’ll be happy to have in your [figurative] back pocket.

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New Zealand Packing Essentials for a Campervan Road Trip

In Oceania by FIN

This is not a packing article – there is loads of information out there reminding you to bring layers of clothing and wool socks.  DEFINITELY bring those things.  This article, however, outlines the 6 most essential items from our 6 weeks traveling through both countries in a Wicked Campervan.

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Mount Sunday/Edoras New Zealand Must Do Hikes

In Oceania by TIM

Any Lord of the Rings fan knows that Rohan, Kingdom of Men is an essential place to see on an epic quest through Middle Earth.  Why not visit the capitol of Rohan by visiting Mount Sunday?  Mount Sunday stood in as the filming location for the fictional Edoras.  At this point, calling New Zealand locations by their Middle-Earth names has …

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Visiting Nugget Point, New Zealand

In Oceania by FIN

Nugget Point was one of our favorite places to visit in New Zealand! Albatross, Fur seals, scenic viewpoints and a lighthouse. This place has it all! Nugget Point completely surprised us as it was a last minute add on destination during our New Zealand campervan trip while in the Catlins. It’s entirely possible that we simply weren’t aware of the …

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Visit Moeraki Boulders | New Zealand

In Oceania by FIN

Anyone creeping on New Zealand Instagram photos is undoubtedly planning to visit Moeraki Boulders.  Afterall, the Moeraki Boulders have an iconic look that can be captured best during sunset or sunrise. In general, tourists aren’t interested about learning about these round stones.  They visit to find for Instagold! Visit Moeraki Boulders | Worth the Trip? So while Moeraki Boulders are …

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Free Camping Tetons & Canoe Colter Bay

In Americas, RV Life by FINLeave a Comment

Teton National Park- A great place to peel back your eyelids and have an overdose of beauty stuffed into your pupils. If the incredible level of beauty in the area doesn’t sound dangerous enough, then get ready- around every corner a bear is waiting to tear you apart- time to get BEAR AWARE! Grand Teton National Park is awesome and …

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Two RV Problems in One Day

In RV Life by TIMLeave a Comment

Fixing RV Problems Finally! The ending of a story to stand beside the great trilogies of our time: Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars. Just like these trilogies have no sequels or prequels, this is it for broken RV stories…. Or is it? This week on our broken RV menu, the hood is falling off AND we’ve …

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Boondocking at the Bonneville Salt Flats

In Americas, RV Life by TIMLeave a Comment

Bonneville Salt Flats are all about speed. We’re not going to set the flats on fire with a 12 year old RV or 125 cc scooter. Luckily for us, we have a secret land speed weapon- find out what it is in this weeks TRIPPED.  If you’re planning on driving out, we have a great recommendation on Boondocking the Bonneville …

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When Everything Breaks in a RV Part 2: Break Harder

In RV Life by TIM

That’s right- everything is breaking in the RV again- (check out the first time here) but this time, it’s the important stuff! Blame it on that Arizona heat, but the RV had some big problems in our time in Phoenix. Broken RV in the heat To be fair, it was oppressively hot when we were visiting the area. The desert …

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Our Road to Success – How we are able to travel full-time

In Americas, RV Life by TIM & FIN

WE MADE IT.  The main reason we want to share our story is to show that “overnight success” usually takes about 5 years.  I remember looking at other people online thinking they were lucky.  What I didn’t know was their full story.  Here’s ours. 2013: Made a plan. Saved Money. 2015: Quit jobs to travel. 2016: Ran out of money. …

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Best National Parks Pass Road Trip! Route 66

In Americas, RV Life by TIM & FIN

Looking to maximize your National Parks Pass in a short amount of time? We didn’t realize it until we got here but Route 66 from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Flagstaff, Arizona is loaded with a bunch of great places to stop on your RV Road Trip. One of the best things about traveling by RV is that there is seldom …

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The Worst Breaking Bad RV Tour

In Americas, RV Life by FIN

The Worst Breaking Bad RV Tour You’ve Ever Seen – is ours. We rolled into Albuquerque with only one thing on our to do list- visit filming locations from Breaking Bad. While Season One of Breaking Bad aired over ten years ago, visiting iconic locations from the series whether on a self guided tour or in tour group remains the …

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New Mexico RV Trip | Carlsbad Cavern & White Sands

In Americas, RV Life by TIM

Next up on the RV bucket list? A New Mexico RV Trip. We’re headed to Carslbad Caves and White Sands National Monument. Spending time crawling around in caves is Fin’s favorite thing in the world next to watching 4 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy in a row. This video is also our first BLM (Bureau of Land Management) boondocking experience. BLM …

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RV Computer Set Up – Travel Vlogging from the Road

In Tech & Gear by TIM

Looking for an RV Computer set up of your own? Computers are complicated. Electricity is scary. Fin explains both of them in today’s special video. The need for a new laptop A bit more seriously, Fin has been known to make computers cry. Since she’s constantly editing video while we travel, her laptops tend to get quite a workout. By …

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Launching our Amazon Backpack from the Road

In Tech & Gear by TIM

We are launching our Amazon backpack from the road and bringing you on the journey! You may know us for our Compression Packing Cubes. We are excited to be launching a new product! Backpack Features Creating this backpack was no different of a process than creating our compression cubes.  We wanted what we couldn’t find!  We took a backpack that …

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Best Compression Packing Cubes for Travel

In Tech & Gear by FIN

When Finney first purchased compression packing cubes I thought they were the most pointless things in the world.  Why would I want to pack stuff in tiny bags inside of my backpack? Throughout our year of travel, compression cubes kept things organized and the situation more manageable. That experience led us to wanting to make the best compression packing cubes …

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Make Better Travel Videos | Tips for 2017

In Tech & Gear by TIM

Picture it:  You’re standing at the top of Roy’s Peak.  The sun is just rising over Lake Wanaka.  You have your trusty GoPro in hand.  Turn it on and point it at the sun?  How do you capture this moment: your feelings, the sounds, the air; so you can share feeling with the world?  Here’s a few little things to keep in mind that will make a HUGE difference.

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How To Hand Launch A Drone Phantom 3 / How to Hand Catch a Drone

In Tech & Gear by TIM

First off, why do you want to hand launch a drone to begin with?  Aren’t we going to chop our little fingers off?

Turns out, there is a great reason to learn to hand launch your Phantom 3 drone.  There are a lot of bad things that can happen to a drone.  One of the times our little robot friends are most vulnerable is during takeoff.  A strong wind gust, tall grass or an uneven surface can spell disaster.  On top of eliminating risk, I prefer to hand launch just to keep dirt and dust away from my camera lens.

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A Week of Adventure in Moab, Utah

In Americas, Travel Planning by TIM2 Comments

There was a lot of pressure on Moab to be a great destination after coming off of a streak of bad luck between Phoenix and Monument Valley. Happy to say that our visit there exceeded our wildest expectations. Moab was a blast between the different parks we stayed at, the Kayak river tour, and the RZR rental used to explore …

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The Worst Way to Visit Monument Valley

In Americas, Travel Planning by FINLeave a Comment

Hey Tourists! Probably not looking for the worst way to visit Monument Valley, right?  Well, you can’t leave Arizona or Utah and not visit Monument Valley! (Or so we’ve been told). In retrospect, it wasn’t worth the effort to drive out of the way and visit… as we’re finding is more and more the case with places you’re “supposed” to …

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HOW WE AFFORD TO TRAVEL FULLTIME

In Americas, RV Life, Travel Planning by FIN

How we afford to travel fulltime? We work a ton! After our year-long honeymoon around the world (documented in our TRIPPED series) We only knew one thing: we didn’t want to stop traveling. That meant we needed to figure out a way to support ourselves and be able to work from the road while we travel. HOW WE AFFORD TO …

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How much does it cost to travel New Zealand?

In Oceania, Travel Planning by TIM

It’s time to break down the nuts and bolts of our New Zealand budget travel. Almost every traveler wants to go to NZ but all you hear about is how expensive it is. Since we’ve had a ton of questions on budget we thought we’d deep dive on this location and tell you where our dollars went. First off, let’s …

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What a budget backpacking hotel looks like

In Asia, Travel Planning by FIN

Travel bloggers love to write about incredible accommodations they score at unbelievable prices. Key word?- Unbelievable. Here is what to expect out of a budget backpacker hotel in Ko Lanta Thailand. This certainly is not a budget hotel review and we by no means are trying to pick on our hotel. In fact, we want to give it up for …

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Job Hunt after Travel (And How to Come Home)

In Travel Planning by TIM

It takes a while to come to terms with the idea of quitting your job and leaving on a trip. Once I knew I HAD to take this trip, the very next thought I had was “Great-I can leave.  How do I come back?”
What follows is what I’ve learned from both Allison and my own experiences. These are all the things to consider and tips we learned on how to come home from a year living and traveling abroad.

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RTW Packing Checklist for Men- After 1 Year, 20 Countries

In Travel Planning by TIM

As a guy, it’s a little bit weird for me to talk about my clothes.  Bros just don’t do that.  I’m breaking the rule here though, because I can use the excuse that for a long term trip, clothes become more akin to being equipment or gear.  

And we know gear is a perfectly reasonable thing to discuss among dudes.

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