The Ultimate Reading List for Newbie Travelers 0 1608

Before you go traveling for the first time, you’re going to get a lot of crap advice from people who don’t know what they are talking about.

They mean well, of course, but they have never been traveling themselves so they aren’t imparting wisdom – just vague warnings based on what they have heard. These are the people who will tell you that it is more dangerous than it is, or that you are damaging your future career prospects, or that travel is unaffordable and unsustainable, or that you should stay only in five-star resorts and wear your backpack on your front.

However, when you start reading and listening to the messages from people who have actual travel experience, you’ll hear a different story. You’ll learn that the world is not as dangerous and scary as people think, that travel can be much more affordable than you know and that it’s possible to have truly amazing experiences if you are willing to go outside your comfort zone.

So, before you travel I highly recommend reading and listening to the messages from people who have actually been on the road and know travel first hand. They will be able to give you realistic advice so that you begin your first journey with the right expectations.

Fortunately, there are a TON of great travel resources available out there, developed by actual travelers who have real-world experience navigating the globe. These are the blogs, books, podcasts, etc. that I would recommend you read and listen to if you are preparing to go traveling for the first time.

Blogs

Legal Nomads

Jodi is one of my favorite travel writers on the internet. She shares the perfect balance of personal narrative and practical advice. Even though she publishes huge, long, in-depth posts, they are so well written that you can read through a 10,000-word post without even noticing.

Every newbie traveler should read her incredibly comprehensive page of Travel Resources where she shares a ton of helpful information and advice. Then, visit this page to find more links to her other tips and information on traveling the world. Also, take the time to read some of her beautiful personal travel essays, such as Silence and Spiders: 10 Days at a Vipassana Meditation Course.

Nomadic Matt

Matt is one of the biggest travel bloggers out there – and for good reason. He offers really solid, valuable, useful travel tips that are helpful for any newbie traveler. For example, here are 61 Travel Tips to Make You the World’s Savviest Traveler, 12 Things I’d Tell a New Traveler and 14 Major Travel Scams to Avoid.

(That last one is particularly important to read. You’ll have a much safer journey if you know what scams to watch out for.)

Expert Vagabond

Matt Karsten is a travel photographer and professional blogger with a ton of experience – he’s been traveling the world for 7 years. His site is filled with an incredible amount of useful information for a newbie traveler and he explains in-depth how travel doesn’t have to be expensive and the world isn’t as dangerous as you think. Plus, his photos are gorgeous.

You can get a lot of entertainment and vicarious thrills by reading Matt’s crazy travel adventure stories, such as squatting with gypsies in caves in Spain or getting tattooed by a monk in Thailand. However, he also offers a lot of valuable travel tips and advice, such as a huge regularly updated page of budget travel resources and advice that will help you with finding cheap flights, planning, saving money, safety, and much more.

Wandering Earl

Earl is another blogger I love who has serious travel experience – he’s been to 101 countries so far and has been traveling since 1999. His blog is packed with great info, so spend some time exploring it. One of my favorite posts of his is The Currency of Pad Thai, which explains eloquently just how affordable travel can actually be.

TravelFish

If you are going anywhere in Southeast Asia, I highly recommend you bookmark Travelfish. It’s an independent travel guide covering Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Myanmar.

No matter what tiny island or small town you find yourself in, Travelfish probably has a guide to the hotels, weather information, things to do, transport, and more. Plus, they have a travel forum where you can ask questions when planning your trip.

Roads & Kingdoms

Okay, so now you’ve read plenty of practical advice from wise, experienced travelers. It’s time to read some intriguing stories from the road that will inspire you for your trip. Roads & Kingdoms is a fascinating collection of travelogues from odd and interesting corners of the world. It often features off the beaten travel locales, food adventures, and insights into different cultures and makes for a great read.

Books

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

You know that feeling when you read a book and it completely changes your way of seeing the world and the way you live your life? Well, that’s what Vagabonding did for me.

I read it while I was backpacking around New Zealand in 2009 and it taught me that I didn’t have to live a conventional life and that travel didn’t have to be something that you did once when you were young. I learned it was completely possible to travel the world for long periods of time in a sustainable way.

So, that’s exactly what I did and I’ve been to 50 countries since, traveling the world as a digital nomad and working from my laptop. Seriously, this book is inspiring and if you have the travel bug it just may change your life too.

Back in 6 Years: A Journey Around the Planet Without Leaving the Surface

I read this book before I went traveling for the first time and it certainly was one of the factors that inspired me to go. It’s the true story of a man who travels around the world for six years, circumnavigating the globe without leaving its surface.

He gets across the Amazon by boat, across Canada by bike, and sails across the South Atlantic. It’s funny and gripping and of course, he gets into a lot of mishaps along the way. This book left me breathless with excitement and wanting to circumnavigate the globe too.

The Four Hour Workweek

This is another one of the books that I read in my early travel days which helped to change my mindset. Now, full warning here: Tim Ferriss is a bit of an extreme dude and some people find him a bit off-putting.  A reviewer described this book as being locked “in a room with a manic-depressive person during the manic part of his cycle” and I can understand that. He’s obsessed with trying to hack and optimise every aspect of his life and that leads him into overzealous, crazy experiments with diet, sleep, etc. – most of which isn’t helpful for the average person.

However, if you can get past the manic ramblings and disregard the stuff that doesn’t work for you, there is some golden wisdom in here for newbie travelers. Basically, Tim is a bit of an egomaniac but the important thing I got out of it is that you don’t have to experience the world the way you were told you should.

Tim explains that you don’t have to be rich to travel often and he encourages taking “mini-retirements” throughout your life rather than planning to retire when you are older. He encourages you to rethink the status quo and imagine your life as you would really like to live it, which can be very inspiring. You don’t have to work nonstop for 45 years then retire – there are other options for satisfying your travel urges.

Podcasts

Extra Pack of Peanuts

This podcast is run by Travis and Heather and they offer a lot of helpful travel tips, including how to use airline points, what travel gear to bring, how to use your phone while traveling, and more. As well as the podcast, their website also has a ton of helpful resources.

Zero to Travel Podcast

This is another helpful and practical podcast that offers tips for traveling on a budget, dealing with life on the road and other questions that newbie travelers may have. It promises to offer “new and different ways to travel the world no matter what your situation or experience.”

These are just a few of the blogs, books, and podcasts that I would recommend you start reading and listening to if you are planning to travel for the first time. There’s so much wisdom out there being shared by those who have made the journey themselves.

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Kelly Dunning is a Canadian freelance travel writer. She lives a nomadic lifestyle with no fixed address – working from the road since 2011 with her partner Lee, a web-designer from England. They have traveled to over 50 countries and they offer travel tips, stories, and inspiration on Global-Goose.com

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Sanseti Timeless Skincare Review by Health & Beauty 4ever! 0 1180

Sanseti Timeless Skin Care

Hello Y’all!

Yes, I’m back with yet another great skin care review! I’m so fortunate to be able to do some great skin care testing from all over the internet. I test a lot of K-beauty from Korea, and healthy skin care brands discovered on Instagram! Sanseti Timeless Skin Care is a little different. It has marine botanicals that I love in a high-quality skin care products. I am always looking to outdo La Mer, which has a powerful marine broth they claim. BUT with all the chemicals La Mer includes, there is no way their products can be truly healthy for your skin and hormones. We want science and natural, organic ingredients to help with our skin care needs. We want healthy skin afterall! Don’t worry though, I have found Sanseti Skin Care to better than La Mer! AND without the ugly price! 😃

I first used the Sanseti 4-Step Skin Essentials Kit without the cleanser. They had accidentally sent me the beauty masque instead, but once I pointed out the error, Sanseti sent me the cleanser with new issues! I used it yesterday and absolutely loved it. Because I have to use a personal c-serum, I simply incorporated it in my regimen which worked beautifully. I found that the following steps really worked well with my morning routine. If you don’t do treatments yourself ( I do AHA, Retin-A, and sleeping masks), this regimen is actually so hydrating and it would work great for those who like night routines as well. I have used Sanseti for 2 weeks and have already noticed so much more clarity, hydration, and my skin just looks amazing without any makeup! Love that!! All the mentioned products below will have highlighted names that will lead you to Sanseti’s website for your convenance. I hope you enjoy!

Advanced Peptide Serum with Natural Extracts

First, I cleansed my face, used my special c-serum, then added a pump of the Advanced Peptide Serum. This is an ultra-hydrating, fast-acting serum. Peptides are an incredibly powerful ingredient that I’ve written about in numerous articles. They are incredibly important to have in your skin care products and regimen. They improve the elasticity, overall texture, and minimizes wrinkles and repairs! You got to have peptides. Normally, peptides alone add a huge cost to the price, but this retails for only $39.95. Buying the entire 4-step kit for $99.95 is a much better value for your dollars, although $40 bucks for a serum is not very expensive at all – especially for a serum that actually works! No real smell. Just a lovely product.

Revitalizing Marine Moisturizer

Sanseti you outdid yourself with this cream! It is hydrating, my skin actually glows! Plus any inflammation I get from my skin treatments, this cream healed faster than the one I normally use! This is my absolute favorite of their products – hands-down! The smell is like a botanical, clean ocean with a slight citrus note. La Mer watch out! This cream screams over your cream!!! It is a water like gel. I love gel creams. Clinically tested to improve fine lines and increase hydration levels, this formula uses an extract produced by bio-fermentation of a strain of Red Marine Algae abundant along the shores of the Hawaiian Islands. Their studies have also shown a substantial reduction in redness. Soothes irritated and dehydrated skin due to sunburn, chemical peels, laser treatments, and harsh environmental conditions. And I see this right away after my LED mask, Retin-A when I wash it off with my sonic and use the serum and Revitalizing Marine Moisturizer my flakes and redness GONE!! The price retails for $24.95. Get the kit!!!

Essential Anti-Puff Eye Gel with CoQ10 &

By now if you’ve read my articles I am usually all about the eye cream. Well, this one is like a depuffer. Perfect for dark circles around your eyes in the morning. It pumps the product on a metal-like ball that is really cooling, refreshing, and like a massage for your under eye and surrounding area. No burning sensation at all. No smell. Really refreshing. This lightweight cooling gel can be easily combined with other moisturizers or sun protection formulas. It includes a blend of Essential Oils that help decongest puffy eyes. Clinical results have shown that 65% of subjects had a decrease in eye bag thickness after 28 days. Testing also indicated a 25% reduction of capillary permeability. It retails for $24.95. Like I said, “Buy the Kit!’ They offer several kits actually if the 4-pack is too much for you. While the 4-step kit is the better deal, there are also 2-pack kits that would be a great place to start. And it is on sale right now!

AHA Marine Firming Masque with Bentonite Clay

I simply love the masque. It is like most bentonite masks I own. The ingredients have the marine firming which I really like. I got a slight tingle. But these clay masks are so important to detox your face. I do them once a week.

This skin care is so synergistic and works well with the c-serum and the essence I paired it with. It works amazingly well just with Sanseti’s beautiful line of skin care. The cleanser has AHA. Which is amazing for your skin. I have been using my Instanatural Vitamin C Cleanser and toner. I highly recommend the 4 step kit! I will be repurchasing the moisturizer and peptide serum. A must.

Thank you Sanseti you now are part of my favorite skin care that I will repurchase and rotate in my beauty regimen!

~Tiffany♥

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Three Cloud Forests to Visit 0 7471

Cloud forests are unique ecosystems that are located in mostly tropical areas at high altitudes. These forests have high levels of cloud cover, precipitation, and very temperate climates. The cloud-cover leads to high levels of precipitation which is taken directly from the clouds. Cloud forests have especially high levels of biodiversity which are home to an incredible number of unique plants and animals. Cloud forests are extremely rare ecosystems that cover around 0.14% of the planet’s land surface. These mystical forests are extremely important to maintaining biodiversity, but sadly many species are in danger of disappearing due to climate change. These fragile forests are worth a visit and worth advocating for change to help save these natural plant and animal havens.

Mindo-Cloud-Forest
Credit: The Globetrotting Teacher

Mindo, Ecuador

Mindo is a preserved paradise in the clouds found just a couple of hours from the capital city of Quito. It is situated where two of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world meet, in the western foothills of the Andes. The convergence of bio-diversity provides for a wealth of possible activities to enjoy the surrounding nature. Topping the list is the journey to the waterfall sanctuary which includes a cable car journey with epic views over the top of the forest and hikes to seven impressive waterfalls. Enjoy bird watching as the cloud forest is home to about 350 unique species. Check out the organic coffee farm or for a bit more adrenaline, raft down the river that runs through the village, or even enjoy a ziplining journey through the forest for more breathtaking views. Wake up amongst the nature in charming tree-house style accommodations that are situated around the center of this quiet village.

Cerro Huitepec, Mexico
Cerro Huitepec, Mexico

Cerro Huitepec, Mexico

Located within the Sierra Madre de Chiapas, Cerro Huitepec is an extinct volcano which has a cloud forest located in the upper part of the reserve. This cloud forest is quite untouched with no resorts or accommodations inside the reserve. A trip to the cloud forest here consists of a simple hike but truly allows you to experience the importance of a rainforest. As you descend on the cloud forest, the temperature drops, the moisture increases, and the light diminishes as the trees are reaching high into the sky to compete for light. Clouds suspend over the forest and the more than 100 different species of birds are profoundly heard throughout the forest. The cloud forest is just 5km from San Cristobal de las Casas which has plenty of accommodation and has many other activities in the surrounding area.

Monteverde Reserve, Costa Rica
Credit: Two Weeks in Costa Rica

Monteverde Reserve, Costa Rica

Situated on the continental divide where the Pacific and Atlantic slopes collide, Monteverde is the probably the world’s most visited and well-known cloud forest. It is a cloud forest reserve that encompasses an astonishing 10,500 hectares (25,945 acres) of land. There is an impressive amount of wildlife to be spotted amongst this clouded forest due to the diversity of ecosystems found on the reserve. There are over 100 different mammals like white-faced monkeys, 120 amphibians and reptiles, and over 500 different species of birds. Scientists say there are still many undiscovered species living on the reserve. There are trails that lead to views of the continental divide, waterfalls, and the famous hanging bridge overlooking the canopy of trees.

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