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45 Best Gifts for Friends Going Traveling in 2024

December 1, 2022 23 Comments »

Travel gift ideas

Do you or someone you know have big travel plans coming up in 2024 matter if it’s a honeymoon, career break, digital nomad trip, weekend warrior, road trip, travel abroad, semester abroad, or even business travel – everyone needs travel gear! That’s why I put together this list of gifts for friends going traveling. I’ve […]

Why You Should Travel More

August 15, 2018 7 Comments »

Vacation Deficit Disorder

I am currently 30,000 feet in the air flying home after an incredible 2 week vacation in India with my niece. These 2 weeks actually felt like about 5 weeks away – but India always has that effect on me since I feel like I am eons away from my normal life when I am […]

5 of the Best Upper Midwest Road Trips

July 10, 2018 14 Comments »

upper midwest road trips

In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from blogger and road trip expert Kristi. She not only writes about road trips she’s taken (and she’s taken a lot!), she’ll also help you plan yours down to every detail! I was excited to have her write about […]

8 Things You Should Do Before You Buy Travel Insurance

June 4, 2018 7 Comments »

annual multi trip travel insurance

I hate insurance shopping. Medical insurance, travel insurance, car insurance – I hate it all. I’ve always referred to travel insurance shopping as the worst thing to do on my trip-planning list. Nothing squashes the excitement of a trip more than reading the fine print of all the ways you can die or things can […]

Take a Houseboat Vacation and Learn to Relax

August 1, 2017 10 Comments »

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“But what is there to do for 4 days on a houseboat vacation?” I asked Dalene and Pete one day when we were chatting on Facebook planning our upcoming trip to New Brunswick. “You just relax,” Dalene answered in a somewhat surprised that-was-a-stupid-question tone. I was skeptical. Relax…that seems easy, right? For most people it […]

Mobile App Makes Travel Insurance Easy

March 28, 2017 6 Comments »

Travel insurance claims

Typically travel writers, like me tend to focus on the dreamy inspirational parts of travel; the gorgeous landscapes, amazing food, and colorful new cultures. Everyone wants to hear about the fun parts of travel. But there are some other sides of travel that you seldom hear about – the arduous side, the part when things […]

How to Pack for an Antarctica Cruise

March 14, 2017 12 Comments »

Antartica Packing List

If you are going to the bottom of the world, one would think you are simply packing the warmest stuff you can find – but there’s much more to an Antarctica packing list than warm clothes! I’ve been to Antarctica twice now, and each time I was surprised to find out the weather wasn’t as […]

Absolutely Everything to Know About Hiking the Camino de Ronda

August 16, 2016 24 Comments »

If you’re planning to hike the Camino de Ronda, and looking for up-to-date information and first-hand experience from someone who has done it, you’re in the right place! Keep reading for answers to the most frequently asked questions about hiking the Camino de Ronda. Ever since I walked into the plaza at the cathedral in […]