Author: Valerie Stewart

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Travel Vaccines – It’s Okay to Leave Home without Them!

Before Griffin and I left for Korea, we knew we wanted to do a lot of travel when our contract was up. So, I went down to a local travel clinic and got some vaccinations. Smart, right? As it turns out, not so much. I got 3 vaccines: Typhoid, Yellow Fever and a Tetnus Booster. Total price, more than $400. That pricetag hurt more than any of the shots! When we got to Korea, we priced some vaccines and found them about half the price of the same ones in the U.S. Better still, we waited until we got...

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Checking out Melbourne

Out last stop in Australia was Melbourne, a lovely city on the South East coast, a quick flight from Sydney. I was getting pretty excited about visiting Melbourne as we had arranged to stay with a friend of mine I hadn’t seen in nearly a decade. (Wow, that makes me feel really old.) We were planning to meet up with my friend, Victoria, and her family and head to nearby Phillip Island to relax a bit. Before meeting up with Vic, we checked out some of the scenes in Melbourne. Personally, I liked Melbourne a lot because it was...

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Seeing the Sights in Sydney

After spending several weeks enjoying the coast of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, we decided to continue down the east coast to Sydney. Griffin had visited Sydney before, but I hadn’t, so I was getting pretty excited. Upon landing we headed out to Bondi Beach to catch up with Griffin’s friend, Joel, who was letting us crash at his place for a few days. Bondi Beach is an awesome place and we had a great time relaxing there for a few days. After a couple of days at Bondi Beach, we hopped a train to just outside the...

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The Great Barrier Reef

About midway through our time in Indonesia, we needed to decide our next destination. Griffin’s little sister had set a wedding date, so our time was limited, but we knew we wanted to see all we could of Oceania before heading back to the U.S. So, we booked our next flight to Cairns, Australia, the most popular access point to Australia’s famed Great Barrier Reef. We arrived in Cairns and got settled into our hostel before trying to determine what avenue we wanted to take to get out on the reef. Griffin had been diving before and easily talked...

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Travel Gear Review: Travel Down Pillow – GooseFeet Gear

While traveling the world for the last 15 months, Griffin and I have had the “opportunity” to sleep in some interesting places. Hotels, hostels, people’s houses, airport chairs, buses, trains and just about any place else you can think of. Some places are great, others leave a lot to be desired. One thing you can always count on to be a factor in a good night’s sleep is your pillow. I have rested my head on everything from plush amazingness, to a couch cushion, to nothing at all. A couple of months in, I was a little worried about...

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