Author Archives: Shelley Seale

About Shelley Seale

I'm Shelley, a journeyer and learner of the world, freelance journalist and author, yoga chick and dog lover. I pound the keyboard from home barefoot every day, and while my boss is demanding she also occasionally lets me have the early afternoon cocktail. I think not going into an office or collecting corporate paychecks are very good ideas, though not always profitable. I have written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian, Texas Monthly and CNN, among others. Neither the New York Times nor Johnny Depp have answered my letters yet. I love yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. I believe in karma. Mean people suck. If I could have any dream job I would like to be a superhero. I have performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, I don't know how to whistle. My mantra is "travel with a purpose."

The Top 25 Destinations for Independent Travelers in 2015

From our friends at BootsNAll Travel: The ultimate destination list for travelers who want to get the most bang for their buck, especially when considering what is typically the biggest expense — flights — and/or planning longer-term travel. Most travel … Continue reading

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Win a FREE One-Year Home Exchange Membership!

If you have read our book or are a follower of this blog or Facebook page, you likely know that one of our favorite ways to travel for free is by doing home exchanges. Really, it’s the best of all … Continue reading

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How to drive through all 48 of the contiguous United States in 113 hours

Have you ever thought about visiting all of the United States? In fact, the two of us have a goal to visit all 50 states by the time with both turn 50 – 2015 and 2016, respectively. But what if you wanted … Continue reading

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United Airlines makes big changes to its frequent flier program

United Airlines is making a sweeping change to its Mileage Plus frequent-flier program, saying customers will soon earn miles based on the fare they pay, not how far they fly. USA Today reported that United becomes the second of the big “legacy” … Continue reading

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Man ‘all by himself’ in airport makes epic music video

What would you do if you found yourself stuck in an airport overnight after your flight was canceled? Most of us would be stressed, maybe eat or sleep or read or watch something. Some of us would likely bitch about … Continue reading

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The 50 Most Visited Tourist Attractions in the World

The Daily Mail of the U.K. just ran a story about the most popular tourist attractions across the globe, according to number of visitors. The list was compiled by LoveHomeSwap.com. The first sentence of the Daily Mail article says: “It’s … Continue reading

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Friday Travel Dreaming – 2/14/14

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! We ourselves aren’t real celebrators of the day (we prefer having our own special day). BUT, we can hardly think of anything more fun to do with any loved one — romantic, platonic or family — … Continue reading

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Friday Travel Dreaming – 1/31/14

Welcome to the weekend! This Friday being our “Travel Dreaming” day is perfect for us, as we are in the midst of planning our next trip to India this fall, and will be booking our airline tickets today – using … Continue reading

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Friday Travel Dreaming – 1/17/14

101 Clever Travel Tricks for 2014 When’s the best time to book a flight? How can a free upgrade actually cost you money? Why are duct tape, petroleum jelly, and dental floss among the most valuable things you can pack? … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays and New Year from Shelley and Keith

This is it – the last day of 2013. It has been a year with ups and downs for us – fortunately some awesome travel experiences and some good times, along with some personal challenges such as illness and deaths … Continue reading

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