adventure travel http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/11482/all en-US 5 Natural Wonders You Can See For Free http://www.wisebread.com/5-natural-wonders-you-can-see-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-natural-wonders-you-can-see-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/amazing_nature_view_with_trolltunga.jpg" alt="Amazing nature view with Trolltunga" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people's bucket lists include visiting nature's most impressive sites: the Grand Canyon, Victoria Falls, the Great Barrier Reef, and Mount Everest, just to name a few. But entrance fees can cut into tight travel budgets.</p> <p>However, there are natural wonders that charge no entrance fees. These attractions are not man-made, they're totally wondrous, and cost nothing to visit and enjoy. Of course, you'll have to organize transport to and from the sites, but once there, you're free to witness them without paying for a ticket.</p> <h2>1. Harbor of Rio de Janeiro</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/aerial_view_of_christ_and_botafogo.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The harbor of Rio de Janeiro, also known as Guanabara Bay, is the second largest bay in Brazil, stretching 19 miles inland and over 17 miles across at its widest point. It's dotted with islands and surrounded by mountains, including the well known Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Peak with its Christ the Redeemer statue (there is a cost to visit the statue).</p> <p>The surrounding mountains provide spectacular vantage points to view the harbor from, and while the hikes to reach their peaks are challenging, the views far outweigh the exertion. Hiking up Pedra da Gavea (for experienced hikers/climbers only due to a technical section toward the top), Dois Irmãoes, or Corcovado will all give you panoramic views of the bay.</p> <h2>2. Dead Sea</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/dead_sea_salt.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Despite its moniker, the Dead Sea is actually a giant salt lake that borders Jordan, Israel, and Palestinian territories. The other part of its name is quite accurate, though, and stems from the fact that virtually nothing living can survive in its waters. This is due to the high concentration of salt contained in its water, almost 10 times as much as found in the ocean, making it one of the saltiest bodies of water on earth.</p> <p>Thanks to its high salinity, swimming in the Dead Sea is a strange and unusual experience. Rather than having to flap around to stay on the surface you can just lie back and let go. You'll naturally stay afloat. Most of beaches at the Dead Sea are privately owned and charge a fee to enter, however there are also a number of public beaches that you can use for free (including my favorite, Herodus Spring).</p> <h2>3. Redwood forests</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/path_in_the_redwoods.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Redwood National Park in California is famously home to some of the tallest trees on the planet, which can grow to well over 300 feet tall and have a diameter of 30 feet. These trees used to grow abundantly across much of California's coastline, but due to extensive logging over the past couple of centuries, their population has been significantly reduced. The remaining ones that lie within Redwood National and State Parks are now protected. While the state parks charge entrance fees, the national park is free to enter.</p> <p>Some of the oldest of these redwoods have been alive for more than 2,000 years, though the average age is closer to 600. Standing under one, you are completely dwarfed and can barely see the top. The feeling is both humbling and magnificent. There's plenty of wildlife to see as well, including elk, foxes, bears, and cougars on land. Because it's a coastal park, you can also catch sight of marine animals like whales and seals.</p> <h2>4. Amazon rain forest</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/wetlands_in_belem_do_para_brazil.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The world's largest rain forest covers an area of around 2,100,000 square miles and crosses into the territory of nine South American countries. Though 60 percent of the Amazon rain forest belongs to Brazil, parts of it stretch into Perú, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. It's amazing not just for its vast size, but also for its incredible biodiversity, with one in 10 known species on the planet calling the thick entanglement of life their home. Running through it is the Amazon River, which at around 4,000 miles is the second longest river in the world, after the Nile River.</p> <p>Thanks to the enormous land area that it covers, there are hundreds of ways to get into the Amazon rain forest, and it's possible to enter from any of the countries that it covers. There are also a number of cities that lie within or on the edge of the Amazon rain forest, such as Manaus, Santarem, and Belem in Brazil as well as Iquitos in Peru.</p> <p>It's definitely not advisable to go off on big independent excursions through the rain forest, but there are plenty of jungle retreats and hotels that allow you to experience the Amazon up close. You may have to pay for a hotel, but most access points don't require an entrance fee.</p> <h2>5. Trolltunga</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/amazing_nature_view_with_trolltunga.jpg" width="597" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The spectacular Trolltunga overhang has been the star of adventurous travelers' Instagram feeds for many years now, and seeing the photos it's easy to understand why. Not only does the rock hang precariously over a 2,300 plus foot drop, but it overlooks some truly spectacular natural scenery. Lake Ringedalsvatnet sprawls out into the mountainous distance directly beneath the rock, whose name translates to &quot;troll's tongue,&quot; thanks to its long flat shape. Daredevil visitors perch themselves on the edge of the overhang for an adrenaline rush captured with the perfect snap.</p> <p>Thanks in part to Norway's right to roam rules that allow you to go virtually anywhere without restriction, you can hike to Trolltunga and even camp nearby for the night at no cost. Bear in mind that it's a challenging 10&ndash;12 hour round trip hike, so you'll need to be in decent shape, as people get caught out each year and have to be rescued. Your personal safety when you reach Trolltunga is also entirely up to you because there are no barriers or guards present.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-natural-wonders-you-can-see-for-free&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Natural%2520Wonders%2520You%2520Can%2520See%2520For%2520Free.jpg&amp;description=5%20Natural%20Wonders%20You%20Can%20See%20For%20Free"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Natural%20Wonders%20You%20Can%20See%20For%20Free.jpg" alt="5 Natural Wonders You Can See For Free" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-natural-wonders-you-can-see-for-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards">Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences I&#039;ve Earned With Credit Card Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-accommodations-and-paid-jobs-on-boats">How to Get Free Accommodations (and Paid Jobs) on Boats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-ways-to-get-free-travel">6 Easy Ways to Get Free Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points">3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel adventure travel adventures free free travel natural wonders nature outdoor travel Wed, 06 Dec 2017 09:30:11 +0000 Nick Wharton 2066635 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Get Free Accommodations (and Paid Jobs) on Boats http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-accommodations-and-paid-jobs-on-boats <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-get-free-accommodations-and-paid-jobs-on-boats" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/IMG_2324_0.jpg" alt="On a boat" title="On a boat" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For two months, I <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2012/02/sailing-the-caribbean-video/">lived and/or sailed on five boats</a> spanning three countries. In so doing, I stumbled upon an entire culture, community, and way of life that is sustainable, adventurous, and full of variety.</p> <p>In those two months, I didn't pay for one night of accommodations, nor did I sleep on land once. Instead, I helped out with business ventures, cooked meals for charter guests, or just provided an extra set of helping hands wherever needed. Each scenario was very different &mdash; from the captain to the boat to the location. For me, that was half the appeal &mdash; incredible variety with a common theme of enjoying life on the water.</p> <p>Here are a few things to know about getting free accommodations &mdash; or even paid jobs &mdash; on boats. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!)</a>)</p> <h2>Free Accommodations on Boats</h2> <p>Similar to couch-surfing or hospitality exchanges, nomadic travelers (especially those with nautical skills) can find free passage on sailboats around the world by connecting with captains who need some extra help. (The company doesn't hurt either; it can be a lonely life on the water for a solo captain.)</p> <p>The responsibilities vary as widely as the boats do, but depending on your skills, you could be valuable for your technical expertise, sailing experience, or even your cooking talents. One of the boats I lived on operates some mobile video businesses, and aside from my own share of cooking and cleaning, my video production talents were put to use.</p> <p><strong>Things to Consider</strong></p> <p>Regardless of the agreed-upon tasks and chores, it's important to understand that you're staying in somebody's home &mdash; and a very small home at that. It's important to be adaptable, flexible, and to pitch in wherever you can with communal chores.</p> <p>Depending on the arrangement you make with the captain, you might be charged for your share of the provisions &mdash; mainly being food, water, and fuel. This is normal, and $10-25 U.S./day is a reasonable fee.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Here is an article written by a boat owner about <a href="http://www.yachtmollymawk.com/2011/03/hich-hiking-across-the-atlantic/">what <em>not </em>to do when looking for free passage on a boat</a>.&nbsp;Seeing things from the captain's perspective through this article might help you better position your own skills and set the right expectations.</p> <p><strong>Where to Find Accommodations on Boats</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Here are a number of (mostly free) websites where captains and passengers alike can connect and determine if there's a fit for sailing together:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.findacrew.net">Find a Crew</a>&nbsp;(one of the largest resources)</li> <li><a href="http://www.desperatesailors.com">Desperate Sailors</a> (includes a section for skilled freelancers/tradesmen to advertise their skills for paid work)</li> <li><a href="http://www.7knots.com">7Knots</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.floatplan.com/">The Float Plan</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.latitude38.com/crewlist/cruising/skipper_results.lasso">Latitude 38</a>&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.crewseekers.co.uk/">Crew Seekers</a>&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h2>Paid Jobs on Boats</h2> <p>Some of the sites above also cater to people who are looking for paid jobs on boats. These jobs &mdash; and boats &mdash; also vary dramatically.</p> <p><strong>Charter Boats</strong></p> <p>Some sailboat owners make ends meet by opening up their floating home to charter guests. Depending on the arrangement, the guests might be paying for an all-inclusive fully-catered sailing holiday where they have nothing to do but enjoy the view.&nbsp;In this case, the captain might be in need of a host/hostess/cook. This person would be responsible for taking care of guest needs including meal planning and shopping, cooking, and cleaning throughout the week. Depending on the charter, meals can be multi-course affairs with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quick-easy-and-festive-cream-cheese-appetizers">appetizer platters</a> and drinks served through the afternoon. It's always good to clarify the charter's exact needs to ensure you can fill them before you're all stuck on a boat together and realize you're in over your head (so to speak).</p> <p>I had a chance to hostess a very small informal charter through the British Virgin Islands. I enjoyed this experience, which I found through word of mouth (the sailing community is very small, and once you're on one boat, it's easy to meet other captains). When I wasn't cooking or keeping the place tidy, I was swimming and snorkeling with the guests on a different island each day!</p> <p><strong>Mega-Yachts</strong></p> <p>When <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2012/02/getting-my-feet-wet-on-a-sailboat-in-st-martin/">I was in St. Martin</a>, the sheer prevalence of mega-yachts in the lagoon was overwhelming. And each yacht needs a crew to keep the boat &mdash; and the guests &mdash; in top shape.</p> <p><img width="605" height="454" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u290/IMG_2086.jpg" /></p> <p>Unless you're being hired for a boat-specific skill (like captain or engineer), work on mega-yachts is generally easy but onerous. It's comparable to working for a hotel, with a lot of cleaning, polishing, and pandering to guests' needs. The hours are often long, and from what I've heard, it can be a tough slog if you find yourself on the wrong boat. But if you're passionate about the nautical life, it might still be worthwhile. I've met people who love working on yachts, although they'll admit sometimes it takes a few boats to find the right fit.</p> <p><strong>Where to Find Paid Jobs on Boats</strong></p> <p>Many of the sites listed above have resources and sections for paid jobs on boats. But do a simple search for &ldquo;how to get a job on a mega-yacht,&rdquo; and you'll get pages of answers, including sites like these:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.yachtloop.com/">Yacht Loop</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.superyachtjobs.com/jobsearch.asp?hp=Y&amp;submitted=Y&amp;latest=Y&amp;TableOrder=Jobs.DateAdded&amp;Order=DESC">Super Yacht Jobs</a>&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h2>Warning to Novice Seafarers</h2> <p>Whether you're hitching a ride on a sailboat, working on a mega-yacht, or taking up a position on a smaller boat, a few words of caution are necessary, and although this is directed largely at women, it's good for everybody to consider.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm">When you are on a boat, you are living in a very small space, largely at the mercy of the captain. There is no escape if there's tension, whether you find yourself caught in the middle of a family fight or &mdash; worse yet &mdash; if a drunk captain feels like getting frisky or violent.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm">There are a lot of dudes who have packed up to live on their boats full-time, and they'd like nothing better than to have a partner to do it with. So be aware of captains who are also looking for love when they're looking for crew; miscommunications can happen.</p> <p>Thus, it's important for <em>both </em>the captain and prospective passenger/crew to get to know one another beforehand (at least through Skype and email) and to be very forthright about expectations.</p> <p>By no means are all boat owners like this; I met so many amazing people in the cruising world &mdash; people who I continue to stay in touch with and who have offered up a cabin on their boat any time. The boating community is a very small one, so the bad seeds tend to get bad reputations before long.</p> <h2>The Cruising Life</h2> <p>Some of the things I loved about the cruising life are how sociable it is, how easy it is to meet people, how mobile it is (duh!), and how lovely it is to hop on a dingy and enjoy &ldquo;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-save-money-at-the-bars">happy hour</a>&rdquo; on shore, meeting other like-minded people from all over the world.</p> <p>I feel like I've somehow pulled off a coup by having found free accommodations (and even a paid gig) to live on sailboats throughout the Caribbean for two months. Pinch me!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-get-free-accommodations-and-paid-jobs-on-boats&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%20to%20Get%20Free%20Accommodations%20(and%20Paid%20Jobs)%20on%20Boats.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Get%20Free%20Accommodations%20(and%20Paid%20Jobs)%20on%20Boats" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Get%20Free%20Accommodations%20%28and%20Paid%20Jobs%29%20on%20Boats.jpg" alt="How to Get Free Accommodations (and Paid Jobs) on Boats" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-accommodations-and-paid-jobs-on-boats">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-a-traveler-13-tips-to-keep-it-safe-easy-and-cheap">How to Host a Traveler: 13 Tips to Keep it Safe, Easy, and Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-great-jobs-for-snowbirds">9 Great Jobs for Snowbirds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-fun-affordable-travel-ideas-for-singles">6 Fun, Affordable Travel Ideas for Singles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-simple-rules-of-excellent-houseguest-etiquette">11 Simple Rules of Excellent Houseguest Etiquette</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting Lifestyle Travel adventure travel couch surfing housing sailing temporary work Thu, 10 May 2012 09:48:20 +0000 Nora Dunn 927930 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Travel "Must-Haves" That You Can Live Without http://www.wisebread.com/10-travel-must-haves-that-you-can-live-without <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-travel-must-haves-that-you-can-live-without" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/guidebook.jpg" alt="Woman with guidebook" title="Woman with guidebook" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you Google &quot;travel must-haves,&quot; you will be treated to pages upon pages of articles listing many travel-sized, helpfully collapsible items and nifty little space-aged gadgets all geared toward making your next trip hassle-free, and all (they swear) completely and utterly necessary.</p> <p>(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards)</a></p> <p>While every destination admittedly comes with its own set of packing requirements (a water purification pen would be pretty handy in some places) and certain factors (like traveling with small children) warrant an exception, it seems kind of silly that many people feel the need to travel with all the comforts of home &mdash; isn&rsquo;t the reason we go traveling in the first place to experience someplace else? Next time you travel, try to avoid lugging along these travel &quot;essentials.&quot;</p> <h2>1. Suitcases</h2> <p>They&rsquo;re big, they&rsquo;re heavy, and even though they usually have wheels, they can still be a pain to cart everywhere. What&rsquo;s worse, their size can fool you into thinking that any extra space after packing needs to be filled, prompting you to pack something else you don&rsquo;t need. Condense your possessions into a backpack for a more flexible, less cumbersome trip. You&rsquo;d be surprised how much they can hold, and provided you meet certain size requirements, backpacks can also help you avoid the headaches of checking your bags.</p> <h2>2. More Than One of Almost Anything</h2> <p>When packing for a trip, I often find myself rationalizing an extra pair of shoes for imaginary &quot;just in case&quot; scenarios. But the truth is, unless your trip&rsquo;s itinerary careens wildly from hiking up mountains to attending black tie events, one hat, one pair of shoes, and one belt should be all you need. Even limiting one&rsquo;s self to a single pair of jeans, while extreme, is entirely possible. Underwear, of course, is an exception to this rule. You should probably bring more than one pair of underwear.</p> <h2>3. Neck Pillow</h2> <p>A sore neck is definitely a bummer, but there are alternatives to relying on the official neck pillow. Even rolling the soft sweater you brought along can be a suitable substitute. Now, some people do swear by these, and so if you really feel like this item is nonnegotiable, I suggest an inflatable model that can be neatly folded and tucked away when not needed.</p> <h2>4. Keepsakes From Home</h2> <p>Although it may be tempting to bring a memento to remind you of home such as a stuffed animal or a particular piece of jewelry, there is literally no use for any sentimental trinkets while you&rsquo;re traveling. Yet, many travel sites suggest bringing something to ward off homesickness. An alternative to taking up space in your pack with teddy is to simply bring a few photos and tuck them into your wallet, or buy a country flag badge and sew it to your backpack.</p> <h2>5. Books</h2> <p>Books can make for great entertainment on long flights, but once you&rsquo;ve finished reading them, you&rsquo;ll be stuck carrying them around for the rest of your trip. This is true even of pocket-sized paperbacks. Stick to disposable recyclables &mdash; magazines, newspapers, etc., or else leave your paperback behind for someone else to enjoy.</p> <h2>6. Guidebook</h2> <p>Guidebooks offer advice and perspective on your destinations, outlining historical facts and famous landmarks in addition to recommending hotels and restaurants. These books are convenient, to be sure, but there are also many travel review sites online that offer the same services without the bulkiness of a book. Plus, relying on their expertise can often prevent you from discovering the magic of your surroundings yourself. So if you&rsquo;re looking to pack light, avoid bringing a guidebook along &mdash; spending your trip with your nose buried in someone else&rsquo;s experiences is a surefire way to miss your own. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</a>)</p> <h2>7. A Monster-Sized Camera</h2> <p>Lots of sites recommend bringing professional-grade SLRs (usually whatever model is new the month the article is published). Unless you&rsquo;re a professional photographer or photojournalist and you make your living using a camera, you really don&rsquo;t need a big fancy piece of equipment weighing you down. Pocket <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/remember-where-you-parked-your-car-and-more-35-practical-uses-of-a-digital-camera">digital cameras</a> are very affordable these days, are portable, and literally fit into nearly every pocket. Plus the newer ones take really fantastic pictures.</p> <h2>8. Basic Toiletries</h2> <p>Soap, shampoo, razors &mdash; even toothbrushes &mdash; are provided happily by most hotels. I regularly packed three plastic baggies full of conditioner and Q-tips for years before I realized that they were taking up valuable space, and I never used all of what I packed during the trip anyway.</p> <h2>9. Laptops</h2> <p>This popped up on more than one site&rsquo;s &quot;travel must haves&quot; list. I barely like carrying my laptop around the city, let alone an entire country! If missing emails is a concern, there are Internet cafes nearly everywhere you go, and if there aren&rsquo;t, chances are you&rsquo;ll have a hard time accessing the web on your laptop anyway. Unless you&rsquo;re on a working trip, leave the laptop at home &mdash; you&rsquo;ll love how freeing it feels to not be tethered to a screen.</p> <h2>10. A Plan</h2> <p>I wish I had a nickel for every time I&rsquo;ve gone somewhere with a detailed, to-the-minute itinerary only to have the most magical, memorable moments of the trip be the spontaneous ones &mdash; moments no one could ever plan. Of course, plan where you are staying at night and know what time your next flight is, but in terms of where to go, what to eat, and what to do during your day, try simply taking off in one direction and seeing where it takes you &mdash; you won&rsquo;t be sorry.</p> <p>It can be rather surprising how easy it is to get by without certain conveniences &mdash; and how little you miss them &mdash; once you&rsquo;re in the full swing of your trip. Sometimes it&rsquo;s to the point where you can&rsquo;t believe you once thought those conveniences were necessities in the first place. On your next traveling expedition, save your storage (and your back) from over-packing. Instead, challenge yourself to discover what you can live without.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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