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Traveling green: Exploring New Zealand with sustainability in mind

JENNIFER FODEN WILSON, Contributor boat

“Really … again?” they laughed. My new group of friends (from England, Sweden, Switzerland and beyond) had caught on: I’m quite fond of taking photographs of trees.

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TV host Jeff Jung shares his secrets for ditching the rat race to travel

TANYA ENBERG, Chic Savvy Travels
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When I saw an email from a contact of mine at GAP Adventures gauging my interest on writing a work-life balance story — featuring corporate-world escapee Jeff Jung — indeed, the curiousity levels spiked up like a coffee-jacked blood system. That was more than a month ago.

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Save for your dream trip with tips from the Smart Cookies

TANYA ENBERG, Chic Savvy Travels
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When Chic Savvy Travels started thinking about the one biggest drawback of traveling — cash flow — we knew who to turn to. When it comes to squeezing the most out of a dollar and ensuring it travels well, no one understands this better than the five money-savvy gals known as the Smart Cookies.

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How to become an adventure traveler with top tips from G Adventures

TANYA ENBERG, Chic Savvy Travels
For some reason, looking dorky seems to come naturally to me when adventure traveling. This snapshot was taken while hiking Fox Glacier in New Zealand.

Want to dip your toes into the world of adventure travel? We went to G Adventures for advice on how to make your adventure travel dreams a reality.

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How a little financial planning can make for a stress-free trip abroad

CHIC SAVVY TRAVELS
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There’s a perception that relying on credit and debit cards when you travel is a better bet than bringing cash, since it’s convenient and allows you to avoid fees. But this isn’t always the case. Here are a few tips courtesy of Dan Northam, vice-president of International Currency Exchange Canada, on how a little planning can make for a stress-free trip.

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How to get a decent haircut while backpacking

VAWN HIMMELSBACH, Chic Savvy Travels
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After a few months of backpacking through Southeast Asia — and a few years left to go — I had reached the point where I desperately needed a haircut. My first mistake: I didn’t ask around or do any research. I just walked into the first place I found with a “saloon” sign over the door.

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Spontaneity equals savings: Last-minute getaways for frugal travelers

KATE SORENSON, Contributor
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When it comes to planning a vacation, you probably operate under the philosophy that the earlier you book, the better prices you’ll get. But this mentality doesn’t always prove true. If you’re willing to wait to plan a trip at the last minute or don’t have much notice, you can actually find great deals — often even better than booking far in advance.

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Adventures in Thai cooking

LESLIE MCNAB, Contributor
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Any foodie will tell you the best way to experience foreign travel is through the taste buds. On a trip to Thailand a few years ago I happily forsook the beaches of Railay and traveled north to Chiang Mai, where I immersed myself in the joy of Thai cooking.

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How to get adventurous on your Mexican honeymoon

KRISTEN MARANO, Contributor
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While on a recent trip to Playa Del Carmen, my resort was peppered with honeymooners who sat at the pool all day. Why when the turquoise sea and silky, white beach were steps away? Why when this popular tourist destination offers several adventurous activities whether ocean-side or in town?

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Packing smarts for a great weekend getaway

MELANIE DULOS, Contributor
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If you’re planning a weekend getaway, it’s time to start thinking about the task every traveler dreads: packing. Most people struggle between two extremes — either they pack too little or way too much. But there is a middle ground, and you can make it through a three-day weekend without incurring additional luggage fees or feeling like you have nothing to wear.

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How to pack lightly and keep your stuff safe on the road

CHIC SAVVY TRAVELS
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From our friends at Rough Guides comes the best tips for easy traveling. The ticket? Pack lightly! These smart ideas about what to bring, what to ditch and how to keep your belongings safe on the road come from the amazing travel book, First-Time Africa, but no matter where in the world your savvy travels take you, these nuggets of wisdom will help you along the way.

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How to behave when visiting a mosque

VAWN HIMMELSBACH, Chic Savvy Travels
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Pondering your wardrobe options before visiting a mosque isn’t frivolous — it’s essential. Mind you, most mosques that allow visitors are prepared for foreigners who don’t have the appropriate attire and will gladly provide it for you. Regardless, there are a few things to keep in mind about mosque etiquette to avoid offending anyone and get the most out of your experience.

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How to spot — and prevent — bedbugs while you travel

TANYA ENBERG, Chic Savvy Travels
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They’re creepy, crawly, night-time feasters. Yep, bed bugs. Even if you’ve never encountered these pesky, skin-nibbling insects, just the thought of them will likely make your skin crawl.

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