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Journey Here Travel was born from the desire for empowerment. We’ve learned to explore and discover wisely but fearlessly, and we seek to empower others to do the same, regardless of age, identity or finances. Join us!

2 weeks ago

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[J] I’m going back to New York City this weekend to see family and meet with some colleagues. And on the heels of my return, just eight days later, I’m leaving for a solo trip to Slovenia. So I’m halfway through A LOT of planning.I’m not renting a car during this trip to Europe, and I’m venturing out several days from Ljubljana, the capital city where I’m staying, so I need to dope out public transportation — from the airport, to Bled Lake, to the caves — with times, stations, bus lines and passes. It’s a lot. But anticipation is half of my joy!Like everyone, I have to wedge this planning into life: self-employment tax prep, work, bill paying, mail, groceries, prospecting for work, family time, some sleep. But with practice, I’ve been able to get faster. Here’s my process for planning a trip itinerary; give it a try and let me know what works for you! journeyhere.travel/plan-a-trip-itinerary/(Photo: A throwback to a trip to NYC with my daughter, Mia, for my 40th birthday See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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[H] What makes you feel like the “Queen of the world”? (I took liberties with that Titanic quote)Being prepared and organized! I keep all of the apps I’m going to use in one folder (labeled for that trip), on my phone. Airlines, accommodations, banking, etc. This makes it so easy to find what I need quickly. My most used travel apps? WhatsApp and GoogleTranslate. WhatsApp is a globally used messaging app and has been the most reliable for staying connected at home when using various Sim cards and for communicating with locals when I’m abroad. Did you know Google Translate has a conversation feature? Two people can speak in their own languages back-and-forth and it will translate and play aloud for each person. This was extremely handy in Ecuador where the language is Spanish, and my Spanish is pretty useless. I used this feature a lot with my driver in Quito. Because my Spanish is so limited and we spent several hours together when he served as my personal guide for some of my excursions, it was so handy. We had some great conversations using this app. Check out the rest of my list on the website: journeyhere.travel/14-travel-apps-for-travel/#traveltechnology #travelover50 See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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Happy Galentine’s Day! 🧡 Whether you’re learning to kayak together, enduring a rainstorm together or seeing the wonders of the world together, traveling with a friend is fabulous.Planning a girls’ trip? Check out our tips to engage and assuage everyone. And tell us your best girls’ trip stories in the comments or at hello@journeyhere.travel!journeyhere.travel/planning-a-girls-trip/ See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

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If you’re traveling internationally, and you want to plug things in, you may need an adapter, converter or transformer. Here, we demystify those tools so that your trip is electrifying in all the right ways!journeyhere.travel/adapter-converter-transformer/ See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

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]H] Tips for visiting Quito, Ecuador. Quito sits above 9,000 feet, so prepare for an altitude adjustment. Drink lots of water. I’ve been doing daily Liquid IV (powder you add to water) plus about a liter of water or more per day. Bananas are good and I packed Ibuprodin. I’m prone to headaches and I’ve had a few doozies. Chamomile tea also helps, a local gave me that tip. English is not widely spoken. Practice your Spanish and make sure you know how to use the conversation feature in Google Translate. Is it awkward asking someone to speak into your phone? Yes, but it gets the job done and people seem to find it somewhat amusing. As Elana at the coffee shop said “Quito is the most beautiful city in all of South America.” I’ve only seen a tiny sliver and I’m inclined to agree. However, it is the only city in South America I’ve been to, so I’m gonna have to take her word for it.Some thing I always forget when I’m traveling is in big cities the temperature is always warmer. There’s a lot more concrete, so 70° feels like 80 – 60° feels like 70 – pack appropriately.I spent a lot of time walking backwards on the treadmill, and doing the stairmaster in preparation for this trip, and I still was not prepared for the hills here. The most I’ve paid for an entire meal was $8.00 USD (they use USD). My dinner tonight was two dollars and it was two ginormous empanadas and I am more than stuffed.Every single time you cross the street triple check for cars. The traffic rules are very unclear to me. Most people are very kind and gracious and let you cross. But not everyone. i’ve been working every day, so I’ve only been getting out for about an hour at a time, but towards the end of the week I’ll be spending a little bit more time exploring and have more to share. See MoreSee Less
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