Travel Inspiration

5 Meaningful Travel Resolutions for 2018 and Beyond

5 Inspiring Travel Resolutions for 2018 & Beyond

Last January I wrote a post about my travel, blogging, & personal goals. In it, I mentioned that I’m not usually one to make New Years Resolutions (despite the glaring contradiction). I was set on NOT posting anything like that this year, but naturally I found myself thinking a lot about 2018 travel plans.

Ever since I returned from New Zealand last year, I’ve been trying to find a way to balance my life of travel with my life of everything else. I keep coming back to one question:

How do I want to travel?

And by that I don’t mean what mode of transportation do I take or where will the money come from. I mean: what do I want travel to look like for me? How can I travel in a way that feels good and fulfilling?

All of this has brought me to a few travel resolutions for 2018.

My travel resolutions are not destination goals or things that can be checked off a bucket list. I’ve chosen words that inspire a deeper connection to the places I visit, the things I do, the people I meet, and overall, HOW I travel.

These resolutions are meant to guide me in my travels this year (and in the future). Perhaps my travel resolutions for 2018 can inspire the way you travel too.

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Travel Tips

Book Hotels with This App to Get Cash Back

How to Save Money on Hotels with Dosh App

If you travel a lot, you’re probably always looking for new ways to save money on hotels. As a budget traveler, I try to get creative with saving money on travel any way I can. That’s why I was so excited when my sister told me about the Dosh app.

Dosh is an app that gives you cash back on regular purchases at restaurant and retail partners. You’ll find a mix of well-known brands and local businesses on the app. When you spend money at these places, you’ll automatically get a percentage of the purchase back in your Dosh wallet. It’s the perfect way to save a little extra money to put towards your next trip.

The really cool thing for travelers is that you can search for and book hotels directly through the app, and get cash back for your stay!

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Travel Inspiration

7 Awesome U.S. Cities That Deserve a Return Visit

7 Cities in the USA to Revisit

Many people are of the “been there, done that” mindset when it comes to traveling. Once a place has been checked off the list, they never visit again. But some places are worth returning to.

While I love exploring new places as much as any other traveler, I’m often inclined to revisit a place I’ve already been to just for the fun of it. It’s such a great feeling to fly into a city having already done all of the “must-do” attractions. You have a chance to dig a little deeper on return visits.

As someone who generally prefers to travel slowly (very slowly), a typical weekend trip is just never enough for me. If I’m being honest, there are very few places I’ve been to that I wouldn’t want to revisit.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about all of the cities across the U.S. that I really want to see again. Even though there are tons of cities I haven’t been to yet, I can’t take my mind off the places I want to revisit. So I thought I’d go ahead and throw a little list together. Because I’m a blogger.

My reasons for wanting to return to each of these U.S. cities is different. Some for specific things, some just because. But I’ll share my reasons for revisiting each city plus what I’d recommend for your first visit!

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Looking Back on 2017: On Being Home, NOT Traveling, & 2018

It’s the end of the year, which means all of us bloggers are publishing our “year in review” style posts. Recapping the previous year is a good way to take stock of milestones, accomplishments, and failures (real or perceived). For travel bloggers, it’s usually a way to list off all the cool places we’ve been. I’m going to do this post a little differently, though.

I want to look back on 2017 and use it as a way to talk about a few things that have been on my mind all year.

At the start of the year, I was in New Zealand on a working holiday. On January 1, I was alone in Christchurch, trying to figure out what the hell I was going to do next. Do I stay in New Zealand another 3 months and get another job? Do I take my savings and travel around Southeast Asia as long as I can? Do I just go straight home and figure it out from there?

On the 23rd of January, 2017, I got on a plane and flew back home to Missouri, and that’s where I’ve been ever since.


Yes, it all seems like a big lie, doesn’t it? But I was determined to settle in so that I could truly focus on this blog, get caught up on all the posts I wanted to write, and just breathe for a moment. While I was stoked to keep writing about travel, I was ready for a break from actually traveling.

I did travel a bit in 2017, though. I took a couple of short trips close to home: a mid-south roadtrip plus a visit to Kansas City. I planned to travel more than that, but when it came down to it, I just didn’t want to.

Instead, I stuck around here in Missouri, got a part-time job to help with money while I spent time on this blog, and I stopped worrying about my next move. For a minute, anyways…

So, that should pretty much catch you up with where I am at the moment. Now on to a few things I’ve been thinking about a lot this past year.

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Working Holiday

Answering Your New Zealand Working Holiday Questions

New Zealand Working Holiday FAQ: Answering All of Your New Zealand Working Holiday Questions

I completed my New Zealand working holiday almost a year ago. Since then, I’ve received a lot of emails and questions from others who are about to start their own working holiday. A lot of the questions are the same, so I thought I’d go ahead and put together a FAQ post (frequently asked questions).

I’m actually working on a full New Zealand Working Holiday Guide, which will include ALL of the information you could possibly hope for. Since it’s probably going to be a while before I get that posted, I wanted to go ahead and get something up that covers the basics.

I love giving out advice about New Zealand, so I actually enjoy emailing with my readers privately. However, not everyone wants to reach out to me personally, so this post is meant to answer basic New Zealand working holiday questions for quick reference. Please be aware that rules for this visa will vary depending on where you’re from. Since I am answering based on my own experience, information in this post will be tailored to those from the USA, Canada, and the UK.

If you’re planning for your own New Zealand working holiday, or even if you’ve never heard of a working holiday, this post is the perfect place to start!

Here are answers to the New Zealand Working Holiday questions I get asked the most.

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12 Days of Travel Gifts

Follow @TravelDazeco on Twitter to enter to win some of my favorite travel gifts!

This giveaway is now closed & a winner has been chosen

Hey guys! I’m super excited about today’s post because I have something fun to share with you.

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen my #12DaysofTravelGifts tweet yesterday. I announced that I would be tweeting out my FAVORITE travel gifts every day for the first 12 days of December. What I didn’t announce was that I will also be doing a giveaway!

I came up with this 12 Days of Travel Gifts idea back when I made my huge Travel Gift Guide, but being the procrastinator that I am, I didn’t actually put any of it together until…yesterday.

But I decided I really wanted to follow through with this idea for two reasons:

  1. The holiday season is an exciting time, but it’s also a very busy time. I won’t be able to blog much this month, so I wanted to find a way to make up for it.
  2. Christmas is a time for giving! So obviously I wanted to do a giveaway to show appreciation to all of my followers and readers.

I’m going to keep this short, because I know you guys just want to hear more about the giveaway. So here we gooo. Read below to find out how this #12DaysofTravelGifts works and how you can enter to win my giveaway.

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