What’s New in Travel for 2019
January 28, 2019 / By Shyla Esko & Daniel Bare Every year, there are trends that impact travelers going abroad. Some makes things easier, while others cause challenges. On our recent seven-week trip through Asia we took notes on what was going on in travel, what affected us, as well as what other travelers told […]
Read more...February 2, 2019
The Easy Way to Stay Organized when Traveling
December 04, 2018 / By Shyla Esko Bare As I prepare to leave on my next international trip next week, my mind is on packing. One of my secrets to packing smart is to use packing cubes. They really make a huge difference in keeping your stuff organized when traveling. Early in my traveling life, […]
Read more...December 4, 2018
Black Friday vs Travel Deal Tuesday
November 20, 2018 / By Shyla Esko Bare Just when you thought Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday was enough, the travel industry has now taken over the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. They have christened it Travel Deal Tuesday. But should you really wait to buy everything on Travel Deal Tuesday? No, and here […]
Read more...November 20, 2018
Research visas before you go.
I am preparing for a trip to the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam. This week I plan to get my visas. Countries have different visa rules, requirements, and ways to apply. The place I go to see what I need to do before I travel is…
Read more...October 23, 2018
Living Bolder Expo – FREE sponsored pass for Wild Spirit Travelers
If international travel is on your bucket list, drop by the Wild Spirit Travel booth to say hi, enter our raffle, and “Ask an Expert” your travel question. Dan and I will be on stage presenting “7 Secrets to Travel Smarter, Safer, and Cheaper for Boomers” at 11:30am.
Read more...October 11, 2018
Why I Tossed My Towel (and what I travel with instead)
On my first international trip, I packed a regular beach towel. It filled up my bag and became heavier and heavier as I traveled around Australia. I finally ditched it. I have never gone overseas with a regular towel again. Instead, I travel with this…
Read more...October 9, 2018
4 Things to do with Your New Passport
A new passport is a treasured item. With it anything in the world is possible! When it arrives, there are a few things a smart traveler should do.
Read more...September 22, 2018
And the Winner is…
Congrats to Jack Burkman and his 1970 Australian Morris Mini, our pick for Best International Car at the Slo-Pok charity car show.
Read more...September 22, 2018
20 Days 20 Reviews Contest
Dan and I have been thrilled to see theBefore You Go Abroad Handbook repeatedly chart on Amazon throughout the year. And in July, it reached #1 for both Solo Travel and Travel Tips. Yippee.
Read more...July 20, 2018
Say Cheese! Our Secret to Free Passport Photos
Is it time for you to get a new passport photo? It is for me. Whenever this comes up, I am surprised at how much it costs
Read more...June 26, 2018

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PDX Travel MeetupsClick on the links below for more details. Jan 21 (Tue) 6:00pm • Talk Travel – Top Destinations for 2020 • at Rogue Eastside Pub on 928 SE 9th Ave, Portland Feb 03 (Mon) 5:45pm • Global Travel Social • at McMenamins Barley Mill Pub on 1629 S.E. Hawthorne, Portland
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— Laurie H, Vancouver, June 2019
They are very experienced world travelers and it shows in their class. I learned a lot... Especially about currency, use of cell phones, Indian culture and health maintenance.
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