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Avoiding the Evil of Jetlag

Jetlag is an odd beast, particularly because it’s easily confused with hangovers, general fatigue or an onset of stupidity.
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When You Should Wait To Travel Long-Term

Patience is not something I'm good at. It was killing me when I had to be patient because I didn't have enough money to travel yet. I wanted to quit my job, figure out the money situation later, and just travel. Common sense eventually clicked in. If I wanted to travel long-term, I had to be prepared and learn to be patient.
Bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia at Victoria Falls

Why I Never Plan More Than 48 Hours in Advance

Traveling with a plan has it's advantages, first and foremost you will always know where you are supposed to be, what you are supposed to do, where you are going to be, and what you are going to be doing at any given point in time. Traveling with too rigid a plan, however, means that you are unable to take advantage of spontaneous opportunities and unplanned events, both those that are fun and exciting and those that, at the time, are annoying hassles. I have found that the perfect balance can be struck by having a general plan while figuring out the specifics of said plan no more than 48 hours in advance.
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11 ways to use your time on the train productively (and learn to savour the art of slow travel)

What with more fares to choose from than flavours of ice cream, hard-to-find price and timetable information and the difficulty booking the whole thing, taking the plane has become the default mode of travel, even in Europe with its pretty extensive network of railways. But if you've ever returned from holiday more exhausted than when you left you'll know that sometimes the pressure to pack in a month's experience into 2 weeks can take its toll.
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Why Travel Pays Better, Gives You More Freedom and Creates An Epically Awesome Lifestyle

The recession crushed dreams. Dreams of retirement… or getting rich in the next tech IPO… or even the dream of a better life for your kids. For my wife and I, however, the recession was different. It was the best thing that ever happened to us. And you know what? It can be the same for you.

How Far Could You Get With $10,000USD?

We did a poll on Art of Backpacking on how much people have spent one year around the world backpacking solo. We received the most votes on below $10,000. It's possible but I'm not entirely convinced people voted accurately but it's an interesting number to go by.
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