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Travel in your 30s

On Turning 29 and Being a Travel Failure

Photo: ThunderKiss Photography, Flickr Last month, I turned 29 on my second glass of wine at San Francisco International Airport, waiting for my red eye flight to Nicaragua. OK, maybe it was my third glass of wine (is that OK, or am I too old for that now?). I was en route to a destination…


48 Hours in Granada, Nicaragua | TheWeekendJetsetter.com

48 Hours in Granada, Nicaragua

There's not too much to do in Granada, Nicaragua -- but that makes it the perfect destination for a quick weekend getaway. The colorful colonial city on the shores of Lake Nicaragua is less than an hour from Managua airport. And with easy access to the Mombacho volcano, Masaya Volcano National Park and other points of…




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USA Road Trip: Chicago to California on I-80

Two months ago, I spontaneously relocated to California for a job opportunity. A month before the move, I'd never even considered living in San Francisco. It sounded expensive, and filled with traffic. While it certainly is both of those, I wasn't about to pass up my dream job (and I have an affinity for reinventing…



A Quick Guide: the Islands of Bocas del Toro

With tropical weather and a relaxed town catering to surfers and divers, the adventure-filled islands of Bocas del Toro aren't your typical Caribbean destination. Yes, there are white sand beaches and palm trees, but it's much less expensive and the vibe is caters more to hippies and backpackers than the jetsetting elite. In Bocas del Toro, there's…



5 Free Tools that Help You Save Money for Travel | The Weekend Jetsetter.com

5 Free Tools that Help You Save Money for Travel

There are a number of free tools that help you save money for travel by paying you for things you already do. I've always funded my travels with a combination of "travel hacking" and side jobs so that I don't have to live extremely frugally in my day-to-day life. But this year, I started pursuing my…


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8 Tourist Traps that Don’t Live up to the Hype

Photo: MK Feeney/Flickr If you're a traveler, chances are that at some point you've spent time at tourist traps. What defines a "tourist trap?" To me, it's a "must-see" attraction that is rather underwhelming given the time, money, and hassle you must invest in seeing it. I don't think all major attractions are tourist traps. Some are…


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Island Escape: 5 Reasons to Take a Weekend Trip to the Exumas

Last month I celebrated my birthday with a Bahamas weekend trip to the Exumas, a chain of beautiful cays and islands just an hour's flight from Miami. The Exumas are famous for the Swimming Pigs, which have been featured on TV show The Bachelor. But whether you want to get up close and personal with giant swine or…


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7 Things to do in Berlin, Germany in 48 Hours

I'll admit upfront that I didn't love Berlin. I didn't find any of its neighborhoods charming and the entire city feels... cold and grey. It might have had something to do with visiting at the end of October, but either way, Berlin and I just never clicked. It's important to note that part of the reason…