Shalee Wanders Adventure Blog: International Travel

As a young adult, international travel was an entirely new realm for me. An entire map of unexplored territory. Six years and 30-some countries later, I've fallen madly in love with places around the globe.

Lost in Translation: Why We Thought We Were Being Robbed in Colombia

LOST IN TRANSLATION: WHY WE THOUGHT WE WERE BEING ROBBED IN COLOMBIA   As I packed up the last of my belongings at our Colombian mansion I couldn’t help but think how smoothly the trip had gone despite the many…

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

The Four Weirdest Places We’ve Slept While Traveling

THE FOUR WEIRDEST PLACES WE’VE SLEPT WHILE TRAVELING     I’m sorry if this is your first time here. We’re about ready to get to know each other real quick. Josh and I travel on a tight budget, which often…

Europe on a Budget: Slovenia

Six Travel Hacks to Extend Your Dollar in Europe

SIX TRAVEL HACKS TO EXTEND YOUR DOLLAR IN EUROPE   I’ve heard it time and time again. Travelers spending anywhere from $2,000 to upwards of $25,000 for a ten-day jaunt through Europe. The thought of traveling overseas automatically means spending…

How to Go From Counting Quarters to Counting Countries

HOW TO GO FROM COUNTING QUARTERS TO COUNTING COUNTRIES If you’re reading this and live in the United States or another first-world country, you are more privileged to travel than a vast majority of the world. It doesn’t matter where…

Chicamocha Canyon: Colombia Travel Tips

How I Managed to Get Eleven People to Travel to Colombia

HOW I MANAGED TO GET ELEVEN PEOPLE TO TRAVEL TO COLOMBIA     If you ask me how I managed to get eleven people to travel to Colombia, I don’t have an answer. Rewind a few months. I’m sitting in…

Female Solo Travel New Zealand

Seven Places to Go When You’re Lost, Broke, and Ready for Adventure

SEVEN PLACES TO GO WHEN YOU’RE LOST, BROKE, AND READY FOR ADVENTURE   You’re at a crossroad in your life. Maybe it’s a failed relationship, a crappy job, or just a total “over it” outlook on life. You’re ready to…

How to Support Ethical Animal Tourism

HOW TO SUPPORT ETHICAL ANIMAL TOURISM   Oh, animals. They’re fluffy and cute, sometimes massively terrifying, and other times mildly so. We’re instinctively drawn to interact and be in their presence. I mean, who doesn’t want to cuddle an adorable…

New Zealand Solo Travel

It Took Me Three Days to Fall in Love With THIS Country

IT TOOK ME THREE DAYS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS COUNTRY     I think New Zealand is the world’s “most wanted” travel destination. Have you ever had someone tell you they DIDN’T want to visit the land of…

Stories Behind My Ten Favorite Travel Photos

STORIES BEHIND MY TEN FAVORITE TRAVEL PHOTOS Pictures are worth a thousand words, but sometimes they’re worth much more. Travel or not, we each have photos we cherish that capture a particular moment of happiness. Or perhaps a not-so-happy moment…

How I Snagged a $21 Flight to Australia

HOW I SNAGGED A $21 FLIGHT TO AUSTRALIA   I recently had you all guess where I snagged an international flight for $21 on Instagram. I received dozens and dozens of questions from you asking how it was possible once…

Six Overrated Tourist Attractions

SIX OVERRATED TOURIST ATTRACTIONS     There are certain places which travel beyond our expectations, and then there are those which fall short. There aren’t many (or possibly any) places I can say I hate, but there are a few…

How Much Does it Cost to Travel The World for a Year?

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO TRAVEL THE WORLD FOR A YEAR   The $$$$ of travel is a question I get more often than not. And of course, everyone who asks that questions knows the answer: it varies. But…

How to Travel With Your Significant Other and Not Kill Each Other

HOW TO TRAVEL WITH YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER AND NOT KILL EACH OTHER     I’ve stood on a lot of cliffs with my boyfriend, Josh. Together, we’ve traveled to twenty-some countries and over thirty states. To be honest, I’m surprised…

Four Reasons Why Everyone Should Visit Scandinavia

FOUR REASONS EVERYONE SHOULD VISIT SCANDINAVIA   Scandinavia might have words like menneskerettighetsorganisasjonene, and the winters might be brutal, but if you’re looking for awe-inspiring landscapes, friendly people, and saunas with beer, it’s a region not to be missed. Consisting…

One Year of Travel: A Photographic Journey

ONE YEAR OF TRAVEL: A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY It’s officially been a year since I declined a full-time job after graduation to embark on a life-altering adventure. I could write a book (actually, I am writing a book…eek!) about everything that…

One of the Most Underrated European Countries: Poland

  When we think of Europe we often think of the quaint coffee shops of Paris, pubs of Dublin, and gelato of Italy. Don’t get me wrong, Italy’s gelato=one of my closest moments to reaching the clouds of heaven, but…

Eight Other Travel Blogs to Inspire Your Wanderlust

EIGHT OTHER BLOGS TO INSPIRE YOUR WANDERLUST   When I begin looking for my next destination, I don’t often turn to guidebooks or the Travel Channel. Instead, I gain most of my wanderlust from reading other blogs. Bloggers tend to…

Seven Things That Suck About Long Term Travel

SEVEN THINGS THAT SUCK ABOUT LONG TERM TRAVEL   I dreamt for years about traveling long term. Waking up every day in a completely new environment, without the slightest clue to where I was going next or how I was…

European towns: Cheb, Czech Republic

8 Alternative European Towns to Visit

8 ALTERNATIVE EUROPEAN TOWNS TO VISIT We all know about Paris and Rome. We’ve added Santorini and Cinque Terre to our list of “must-see” places. Twenty years ago these sights were busy, today they are a tourist hell. Sure, some…

Around Europe in 90 Days

AROUND EUROPE IN 90 DAYS (VIDEO)

Everything You Need to Know About the Eurail Pass

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE EURAIL PASS Gallivanting around Europe is nothing new to young explorers. For those taking the leap to travel Europe for an extended period of time, there is one key element that will make or…

What Happens in Europe…

WHAT HAPPENS IN EUROPE…   Three months in Europe comes with a lot of memories (and mishaps). When beginning a journey of such magnitude, you know that along the way you will create stories both good and bad, and come…

How to Visit 25 Countries for Under $3,500

HOW TO VISIT 25 COUNTRIES FOR UNDER $3500   When you leave to travel an entire continent for 90 days, you come home feeling as if everything has changed, even though it hasn’t. That was me when I drove into…

Mount Olympus: A Trek up Greece’s Highest Mountain

MOUNT OLYMPUS: A TREK UP GREECE’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN   And I peeked over the edge, only to realize that a thousand-foot cliff waited for me on the other side. I was roughly 400 vertical feet from the summit of Mount…

European towns: Quedlinburg, Germany

Traveling Europe on A Budget

TRAVELING EUROPE ON A BUDGET Currently in Warsaw, Poland downing a foreign alcoholic cider that cost a whopping .62 cents.   ANYWAYS. I hear you’re interested in traveling in Europe? Backpacking maybe? So you’ve decided to travel through Europe and…

What I’ve Learned from My First Month Backpacking Europe

WHAT I’VE LEARNED FROM MY FIRST MONTH BACKPACKING EUROPE     When I said goodbye to the United States on June 1st with nothing but a backpack, a passport, and a boyfriend, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. We…

The Island of Cies

THE ISLAND OF CIES   Arriving in Europe on June 2nd with no plans, no itinerary, and a limited budget was probably one of the scarier things I’ve done while traveling. I’ll admit that although I’m not a planner (or…

8 Tips for Tight Budget Travel

8 TIPS FOR TIGHT BUDGET TRAVEL   Some of us are visual learners (myself included). This week I decided to take a different approach to share some of my tips while traveling on a budget. What is the twist? AN…

Why I Chose Not to Study Abroad

WHY I CHOSE NOT TO STUDY ABROAD     Yes, I am a college student travel blogger. And no, I haven’t studied abroad. It is one of the most frequent questions that I am asked. I respond “no” and wait…

How to Save for Your First Big Adventure

HOW TO SAVE FOR YOUR FIRST BIG ADVENTURE   You’re dreaming of it, right? You want to lie on the beaches of Thailand, skydive over the mountains of New Zealand, picnic next to the waterfalls of Iceland, and camp under…

Caribbean Paradise: Budget Travel Meets All-Inclusive Luxury

CARIBBEAN PARADISE: BUDGET TRAVEL MEETS ALL-INCLUSIVE LUXURY     I would be lying if I said I didn’t recently enjoy a week in paradise at an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic. Weird, right? Not usually my thing. Being a…

How to Make Iceland Affordable

HOW TO MAKE ICELAND AFFORDABLE     1. Tent it How cold do you think Iceland is? The answer is not as cold as you may think. Tenting is completely doable in the summer months and will save a traveler…

VIDEO: A Trip Around Iceland With Strangers

Iceland’s Ring Road: The Adventurers Dream

ICELAND’S RING ROAD: THE ADVENTURERS DREAM Iceland is like a nature IMAX film on steroids that is also the supermodel of life’s landscapes. It is simply stunning, almost to a point where I forgot I was actually living. It’s where…

How to Capture Travel Moments: 11 Tips

11 TIPS FOR CAPTURING TRAVEL MOMENTS   Every time someone tells me they think I take amazing photos I just want to hug them. It’s probably one of the best compliments I get just because it’s something I love to…

Positives and Negatives of All-Inclusive Mexico

POSTIVES AND NEGATIVES OF ALL-INCLUSIVE MEXICO     If I could walk around barefoot, un-fancy and sleep in my hammock for the rest of my life I think I would be pretty content. So saying pulling up to a massive…

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