When I was around 15, I decided to go on a youth group trip. I’d been with them before and had a fun time, but this was the first time I would go to Fall Creek Falls, a beautiful state park in east Tennessee. They had planned a day when we would kayak down the Hiwassee river, which sounded like a blast to me because I’ve always loved all things water and swimming. The Hiwassee is known to be slow-paced and easy for beginners, but our youth group leaders recommended not getting in the water as the river was shallow and had sharp rocks at the bottom. Looking back, I think they just told us this so we wouldn’t get out of the boats, but we believed them nonetheless.

the Hiwassee River and its menacing sharp rocks

the Hiwassee River and its menacing sharp rocks

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If you asked people the one thing they wish they did more often, most of them would probably say it’s traveling. We think of it as relaxation and adventure, but still, traveling is best when it’s just a little bit thought through. Here are some useful tips and tricks to keep safe, make smart choices and save money while you’re globetrotting.

Rest for the Weary Traveler

Did you know that there are plenty of options that allow you to stay somewhere for free? If you don’t mind meeting new people, you could try couchsurfing. For those who prefer not having a host, there are several house sitting sites to choose from. If you feel more comfortable paying for your stay, Airbnb is often a cheaper option than a hotel. And even if it doesn’t save you any money, you can usually get a whole apartment or house for the price of a hotel room. Finally, if your heart is set on a hotel, there are still a few things to bear in mind. Hotel rooms will generally be cheaper on Sundays. Also, certain types of hotels have special deals when it’s their off-season. Business hotels tend to be cheaper in July and August, when it’s vacation season. Beach properties will have lower prices in the winter months, or at the very beginning or end of the summer season.

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Friends, I have a confession.

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is alcoholism my confession?

This realization took a while and it’s very hard for me to admit. Yet here I am today, sitting in front of my computer screen to admit the problem that has been plaguing my life. So here it goes:

Hi, my name is Kayleigh, and I am a travel snob.

My narrative for this discovery begins with beautiful hardship and exhilarating difficulties, but then takes a dark turn into crippling comfort and incessant pampering.

Sound a little strange? Yeah, to me, too.

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