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What are we all about?

We are travelers, adventurers, avid outdoorsmen(and women), we are explorers. We are Always Wanderlust!

What the heck is Wanderlust? It simply means the desire to explore and discover the world wherever it may be – near or far!

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What can you expect?

  •  Read funny and crazy travel stories.
  •  Get inspired by awesome photography.
  •  Help you save money on your travels.
  •  Plan your next adventure.
  •  Learn how to make travel a big part of your life.
  •  Learn to put experiences above material possessions.
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Go and check out our travel resources page for advice on how to travel smarter and cheaper, whether choosing to become a digital nomad or not and even how to improve your photography. Whatever walk of you’re from, you can learn and gain something from reading Always Wanderlust!

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We curated a list of our favorite resources, articles, and tips to help get started and get an idea of what Always Wanderlust is all about.

Travel Resource


Carry On Luggage Size Chart – 180 Airlines International/Domestic

A comprehensive guide and useful chart to over 180 airlines carry-on allowance and restrictions.

How To Have A Travel Budget – Realistic Plan You Can Stick To

This guide will help you plan a realistic travel budget for however long and for everywhere.

The Best Day To Buy Airline Tickets

This is a question that’s on every traveler’s mind. Is there even such a thing? Whether you’re going on a vacation, visiting family across the country, or on a business trip – you want the best deal on your flight ticket. You’ll probably spend countless hours on Google trying to find the answer. The internet is ripe with responses and eager to help with all sorts of tips, advice, travel hacks, and all sorts of magical apps that will magically determine the best day to buy flights. They will tell you that you should purchase your ticket six weeks prior to your flight or some variation of the same response. But. Table of Contents What’s the Best Day to Purchase Airfare?Cyber Monday, Black Friday, and Travel TuesdayPro Tips For Buying Cheap FlightsUse SkyscannerA Long Layover is a Good ThingHave Some FlexibilityTurn Inconvenience to ConvenienceSet Up an Email Alert for Cheap…

How to Start a Travel Blog & Make Money – The 2020 Guide

Steps to launching a successful travel blog in today's extremely competitive travel blogging arena.

23 Best Travel Apps You Will Use and Continue Using Through 2023

Seasoned travelers know how useful apps can be for planning their adventures. Here are the Best Travel Apps and mostly free apps right now.

Common and Unusual Scams – Tips on How to Avoid as a Tourist

Scams directed towards tourists happen all over the world, whether it is a third world or first world country. Here's information to protect yourself!

The Best Flight Booking Apps To Find Cheap Airfare

Here's a definitive list of the best flight booking apps to find the cheapest flights on your iPhone or Android smartphone.

How To Save A Lot Money For Travel

Want to save a lot of money for travel? Go cold turkey from your consumer addiction. Break free from the stranglehold of consumerism.

How To Travel Around The World for Free (Or Very Cheaply)

Want to travel around the world but broke? Let's get into the various ways you can travel around the world cheaply or even free.

How To Find Cheap Flight Deals With Google ITA Matrix

Google ITA Matrix Software is a great tool for finding cheap airfare but it so much more. Learn how to effectively search and book flights.

How To Save and Make Money for Travel – Actionable Life Hacks

Tips on how to change your lifestyle to be geared towards adventure travel. Life hacks that will change your life

Photography


Lake Tahoe Pictures That Will Blow Your Mind

Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in the world. Here are 25 photos that prove it and will compel you to visit Lake Tahoe.

25 Pictures that Will Inspire You to Visit the California Coast

25 pictures that will inspire you to visit the California Coast. The California Coast is beautiful! Here are photos that prove it.

Norway Pics That Prove It’s A Real Life Fairy Tale

Majestic mountain peaks, lush green forests, amazing fjords, northern lights, and phenomenal coastal views.

The Best Spots To Take Photos In Budapest

The best spots to take photographs of Budapest. Complete with tips and map locations where you can take home a memorable picture of Hungary's Capital.

Best Photo Locations in Lake Tahoe | Nevada & California

Lake Tahoe is a photographer's paradise. Here are the best photo locations around the lake.

22 Pictures That Prove The Canadian Rockies Rock

The Canadian Rockies is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that comprises of provincial and national parks from Alberta to British Columbia Banff.

Tipsoo Lake

Tipsoo Lake sits at an elevation of 5,298 feet above sea level in the Northern Cascade Range just under the summit of Chinook Pass.

Snoqualmie Falls in Washington State

Located only 25 miles outside of Seattle, Snoqualmie Falls is among the United States most magnificent waterfalls.

6 Very Useful Tips For Adventure Travel Photography

Adventure Travel Photography is not easy to get into but easy to master. Improve your photography with these 6 very useful tips.

The Chinook Pass in The Fall

Spectacular views of Mount Rainier await if you're willing to step off the downtrodden road just a little.

The Mobius Arch in Alabama Hills, CA

Exploring and photographing the famed little arch in the Eastern Sierras.

Outdoor Resource


Hiking Gear List – What to Bring Hiking?

Whether you're a first time or avid hiker it's good to be prepared and know what gear to have.

16 Must Have Camping Accessories For Your Backcountry Adventure

Ready to go on a camping adventure? Here are the best accessories you need.

Guide to the Best 4 Person Tent for Camping and Backpacking

Looking for the best 4 man tent for backpacking or your family? Come find out!

Top 10 Best Hiking Shoes For Men & Women in 2020

Whether trailblazing or out for a leisurely day hike, we've got the perfect shoes for you.

The Best 10 Person Tents For Camping And How To Choose in 2020

We round up the best 10 person tent for camping for your next outdoor excursion.

The Best 6 Person Tents For Camping And How To Choose in 2020

Looking for a 6 person tent for your next camping trip with your family? We will help you find the best money can buy!

The Best 8 Person Tents For Camping and How to Choose in 2020

Let us help you find the best 8 person tent for your family on your next camping trip!

How to Budget & Plan An RV Road Trip (w/ RV Trip Planner)

Learn how to budget and use the best rv trip planner app on your RV Adventure.

RV Camping Essentials – With Printable Checklist!

Table of Contents What To Take RV Camping?RV Checklist:RV CHECKLIST – PRINTABLE PDFRV Essentials and TipsParking Spots & Leveling Blocks Utilities Pack a Mechanic Rent Your RV From OutdoorsyKitchen supplies Campfire goodies Emergency Kit Food and Water Galley(Bed & Bath) EssentialsTools and Repair EssentialsRV Kitchen EssentialsClothing EssentialsExtras/MiscellaneousPetDOWNLOAD THE  CHECKLIST What To Take RV Camping? A camping trip can last days or weeks, and if you’ve never hit the road in an RV before, you might not know where to start. Whether you’re heading out for a weekend or the rest of your life, there a few things that you need to turn your caravan into a home and save some headaches along the way. Packing for any trip can seem extremely daunting, especially a camping trip. Whether you are new to the RV life, or you are just trying it out for a weekend, certain essentials can make the experience an incredible one. RV Checklist: 1 – RV…

Camping Checklist – Printable Supplies Packing List

The camping and packing guide you need on your next camping trip w/ a printable checklist!

How to Prep for a Perfect Road Trip

Is summer just around the corner? That means that now is a better time than any to plan what your road trip will be.

Essential Ultralight Travel Gear for the Adventure Traveler

This post will likely contain affiliate links that will help me get a Venti Cappuccino at Starbucks. I know you’re being an enabler and not helping with my caffein addiction but it’s so damn good I can’t stop. You should try with a sprinkle of vanilla! I’m a proponent of ultralight backpacking so most of my gear is multi-purpose, like stuffing your jacket or pants into a compression pack and using it as a pillow. It also depends on where I’m going or what I’m doing as well. I’m not going to carry my snowboarding gear when out Kiteboarding on a tropical island! I suppose you could rent all this stuff at the location but I’m particular about my boards and gear – They’re all high-quality stuff that specifically fit me (Splitboard). I’m just not into rentals. If you’re looking for the ultimate travel photography gear, go here: Photography Gear. BACKPACKING…

Photography Gear


What’s in my Camera Bag? A Photography Gear Guide!

Gear. Whether we admit to it or not, we are obsessed with camera gear as photographers. I get asked the “What camera or lens are you using?” question often enough that if I had a dime for each time I’ve heard it, I’ll be able to buy the Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens! As every other photographer will tell you, gear doesn’t matter that much (and it’s true!), but I would be lying to you if I didn’t get excited about the thought of getting the latest and greatest Sony EF lenses. I don’t always get the most expensive gear you can find. I tend to be all more cautious in my purchases and always factor in the ROI of a gear purchase as well as the price to performance ratio. In short, you’ll probably be surprised by my gear choices. It’s catered to my personal preference and…

The Best Lenses for Sony a6000 Series (a6300, a6500, and a6400)

For travel, landscape, and adventure. The best lenses for the Sony A6000.

How to Choose the Best Travel Camera

The definitive guide to mirrorless, dslr, point & shoot, drone, and smartphone camera for travel.

How to Choose the Best DSLR Camera for Travel in 2020

There are many DSLR Cameras on the market today. We round the best for travel.

The Best Canon Lenses for Travel – Epic Guide For EF and EF-S Mount

Looking for the best travel lenses for your Canon DSLR hasn't never easier. Find the best Canon Travel Lens for your EF or EF-S mount camera.

How to Choose the Best Camera Bag in 2020 (Epic Guide!)

We'll help you find the best camera bag travel, adventure, city excursion, and beyond.

How to Choose the Best Point and Shoot Camera for Travel in 2020

We help you find the best point and shoot camera for travel and beyond.

The Best Mirrorless Camera for Travel | How to Choose in 2020

Wondering about Mirrorless Cameras? Find the best for travel and beyond.

Polarizer Filter – Why You Need One and Which One to Get

A must-have lens accessory and one that will take your photography to the next level.

How To Choose The Best Travel Tripod For Under $100

Whether Carbon Fiber or Aluminum, find the best budget travel tripod money can buy.

Top 10 Best Sony E Mount Lenses (Full-frame) For Travel

Here are the best Sony E Mount Lenses for full frame (FE) mounted on the A7, A7r, A7s series cameras for travel and beyond.

How to Choose the Best Full Frame Camera in 2020

Find the best travel camera without compromising portability and function.

One Day In


Things To Do In Port Townsend | Washington’s Victorian Seaport

Come and explore the Puget Sound's Arts Community and Victorian Town!

Picture Lake & Mount Shuksan A Photographer’s Dream Come True

One day in one of the most popular photographic destinations in the Pacific Northwest.

Nusfjord | Exploring A Rustic Fishing Village in Lofoten, Norway

With rugged granite peaks and iconic robuer cabins, this village is a worthy stop.

Bodie – Exploring California’s Most Famous Ghost Town

Bodie is a ghost town right off highway 395 on a slight detour on State Route 270 and presents a historic fraction of “The Wild Wild West.”

A Day in Poprad: Things to Do

Poprad is a small yet dynamic city with plenty of things to do. Its centralized location in the High Tatras makes it an ideal headquarters

Excuse me. Will the Real Mitad del Mundo Please Stand Up?

The Mitad del Mundo is one of Ecuador's biggest attractions. However, it's not located in the middle of the world. Find out where the real one is.

Exploring Buda – The Classy Half of Budapest

Districts Buda and Pest make up the whole of Budapest. Here we explore the classy half of Hungary's capital city.

A Day in Eger: Of Turks, Castles, Beautiful Women, and Wine

What to do when you have a day to spend in Hungary's second-largest city, Eger? Wine, Beautiful women? Turks?

A Day in Szentendre: A Stone’s Throw from Budapest

Szentendre is a popular Danube bend day trip from Budapest. Is one day enough? Find out why you should visit Szentendre for a day.

A Day in Belgrade: A Hitchhiking Journey to the Balkan Gate

I hitchhiked from Romania to Belgrade. Read about that adventure here.

Brasov or Bucharest Day Trips: Viscri, Rupea, and Sighisoara

Explore two Unesco Heritage site and one of the oldest archaeological site in Romania in one day. Rupea Citadel, Viscri Fortified Church, and Sighisoara.

Sibiu: A City At The Heart Of Transylvania

The Heart of Transylvania. Sibiu was designated the European Capital of Culture in 2007 for good reason. FInd out what these reasons are!

Outdoor Adventures


Exploring the Valle de la Luna in the Atacama Desert by Mountain Bike

Valle de la Luna or Valley of the Moon is just 13 Kilometers from San Pedro de Atacama. Cycling in the Atacama desert is no easy feat.

How to Hike the Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) in Norway

Preikestolen or Pulpit Rock is one of Norway's most popular tourist attractions. Here's a guide on how you can make the best of it.

Trekking the Seven Ladders Canyon in Romania

The seven ladders canyon is one of the most accessible hikes in the Brasov area in Romania.

The 5 Best Hikes In Norway That Will Take Your Breath Away

Here's a list of the best hikes in Norway that you have to check out on your next Norway hiking adventure.

How To Explore Machu Picchu via the Inca Jungle Trek

How to explore Machu Picchu on your own via one of the popular trekking tours available, the Inca Jungle Trek.

Torres Del Paine Circuit: The Botched “Q” Trek

Torres Del Paine Circuit is the most popular hike in the National Park, it circles around the famed Cordillera Paine in Patagonia Chile.

Hiking Hermannsdalstinden Summit in Moskenes Norway

One of the most stunning Norway Mountains. Don't miss this hike if you're ever in the Lofoten Islands.

Hiking the Geiranger – Skageflå – Homlong Trail in Norway

The Skageflå farm in the Geirangerfjord is one of the most unusual landmarks in Norway.

Reinebringen – Hiking the Classic Trail In Reine, Lofoten

Reinebringen on the island of Moskenesøya is perhaps the most iconic hike in the Lofoten Islands.

Tatra Mountains – A Hiking Adventure in Slovakia

After my long stint in Budapest was coming to an end, I booked a one-way ticket for a train to the Tatra Mountains without anything planned and just "wing" it.

Trekking Cathedral Lakes in Yosemite National Park

A day hike in the Toulumne Meadows towards Cathedral Lakes turned out to be an eventful day.

Hakuba Japan Snowboarding (JaPow)

Hakuba has more bluebird days than Niseko. It's home to some of the best off-piste skiing in the East.

Awesome Places


The Best San Francisco Tours For The Budget Conscious Traveler

The city by the bay can expensive to explore. This travel guide will show you how to save.

Bucharest: The Complete Travel Guide To Romania’s Capital

Here's an epic guide to getting the most out of your visit to Romania's Capital

Where to Stay in Amsterdam | The Best Districts and Neighborhoods

The best places, boroughs, neighborhoods to stay in when visiting Amsterdam.

A Guide to the Most Beautiful Cities in Romania

What are the best cities in Romania to visit? Here is a list of the Coolest and Most Beautiful Cities in Romania that you should consider.

20 Cool and Fun Things to Do in Budapest

Whether it's your first time or third time in the city there are fun things to do in Budapest and fascinating points of interest.

Unraveling the Roots of the Catalan Culture

Unravel the roots of the Catalan culture by looking to its past and influential moments throughout history that helped shape the culture.

17 Best Things To Do in San Diego That Won’t Break Your Bank

San Diego is one of America's beloved cities with constant sunshine!

Argentina Travel Guide | By Car, Train, or Foot (How to Do it Right)

This epic guide will give you the best tips and inspiration for travel in Argentina.

The Top 10 Best and Must-Do Miami Tours for Under $100

Looking for things to do in Miami? Look no further than these cheap tours under $100!

The Best Things To Do In Dubai – The Ultimate Guide

Dubai is the crown jewel of the United Arab Emirates and it's not short on things to do.

Reflection Lakes at Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Mt Rainier is a fantastic place to photograph and even more so with Reflection Lakes as its mirror.

The Best Montenegro Hotels and Hostels for the Budget Conscious

Here are the best hotels & hostels in Montenegro for the budget traveler.

Funny Stories


My Near Death Experience with Goats in Norway

I can see my life slithering away into the abyss of oblivion. An army of horned beasts has descended upon me, and with them is the scythe of death ready to smite me down. One by one, they rushed towards me like an obstinate tempest, unstoppable and undefendable. With horns sharp as swords that curled around itself multiple times over but with sharp tips pointed at me and I’m on a bridge with no hope of escape. Wait; what? Goats? How the hell did I get into this mess? Alright, a little background is in order. Once upon a time. There was a guy who likes to go on adventures. He saw a bunch of cool pictures about Norway and went there to experience the fairytale himself. Little does he know of all the misfortunes (like getting detained for drugs) that would befall him there. There are weird things that…

I Got Scammed At Sacsayhuaman In Cusco, Peru!

I got scammed. Blitzkrieg hustled. But I grew up in a third world country, so I’m aware of all the scams directed towards tourists. I take extreme precautions in my travels, and rarely if ever fall victim to any scams. I lie low and blend in. Don’t wear a fanny pack. Don’t stand out in the crowd like Kim Kardashian in a room full of Nobel Laureates. Never tried to look like an ignorant tourist, so I rarely get targeted. But, maybe all the years living in the United States has dulled my senses because… I got scammed I wanted to explore the Inca ruin, Sacsayhuaman (pronounced Sexy Woman), in Cusco before I embark on my Macchu Picchu trek. It piqued my interested because most travelers I’ve talked to in Cusco has never even heard of it. Sacsayhuaman is the most prominent archeological find in Peru, and nobody’s heard of it?…

One Day in Pompeii | Do-It-Yourself Or With A Tour

Don't know what to do in Pompeii? You don't have to book an overpriced tour! You can do it yourself if you want!

How I Met the Woman of My Dreams in Japan

I was returning from a 2-week snowboarding trip from Hakuba, Japan, and jumping between trains and buses and back to trains again made for a long and tiring journey to the airport. To make matters worse, a nasty winter storm rolled in, delaying my flight back to the U.S. Stuck at the airport for a few hours. I went to a bar nearby to get a drink. The place was empty. Bored, I found myself slumped at the seat watching a random Japanese TV shows. I dozed off into sleep, and that’s when I saw her walking into the room. It was electric. She had a sculpted Amazonian figure which sat well with her twine-thin body. Her decanter shaped waist tapered down to compliment her long impeccable legs — a pair of arched eyebrows with sweeping eyelashes contrasted with her soft and burnished complexion. With deep blue eyes that glittered…

20 Things I Hate About Staying At Backpacker Hostels

Table of Contents What Is It Like In A Hostel?What are Backpacker Hostels?1 – Bed Bugs2 – Dirty Rooms3 – Dorm Sex4 – Excessive Noise5 – Crazy Drunken Parties6 – The Anti-American Backpackers7 – The Countries Visited Contest8 – The Holy Art Though Vegans9 – No Gyms10 – Crowded and Dirty Kitchens11 – Snoring Roommates12 – Lack of Privacy13 – Slow Wi-Fi14 – Cold Showers15 – Having To Pretend To Be Friendly16 – The Same Old Boring Conversations17 – Food Thieves18 – Bad Cooks19–The Single Serving Friends20– Good-Byes What Is It Like In A Hostel? The experience varies. Some hostels are cozy. Others are loud and noisy. Some are very quiet to the point it is boring. It just really depends on the hostel itself. What are Backpacker Hostels? It is a place where you can (for the most part) get cheap accommodation. Often, the rooms are dormitory-style where you…

Travel and Sex – How to “Get it On” Safely

Travel and sex. Getting busy under the sheets in some hostel dorms happens more often than you think. I’ve witnessed my fair share of dorm mates getting it on while I and other people are pretending not to notice. It’s one of the many reasons why I hate hostels. I have over a dozen stories to tell in various hostels all around the world – but that’s for another day. Since we’re just humans, after all, getting horny is only part of it, and it also permeates to travel. It’s especially true when you travel alone, and the call for companionship starts to take hold. Most travelers come prepared when it comes to traveling. However, most don’t expect to get laid, so safe sex preparations are often overlooked. If you are likely to engage in sexual activities on your travels; come prepared and practice safe sex. This means preparing any…

Detained For Drugs In Norway

The story of my unfortunate misadventure when I crossed the border from Sweden and got detained for drugs in Norway.

How I Found Myself in a 1-Star Hotel and on The Road Traveling

This is a story of how I found myself on the road and traveling the world.

An Unforgettable Ride on the Chicken Bus to Argentina

It was a hot and dismal day. It was the kind of day where you don’t want to get out of bed and hope the curtains can contain the sunlight that’s flooding through your window. It was the kind of day that made you regret all the copious amounts of alcohol you consumed the night before. This is not a chicken bus This was the kind of day I had in San Pedro de Atacama in Chile that I wished I could hide from. But it was a day that I had to catch a bus that ran only twice a week towards Iguazu Falls, which was in another country, Argentina. So, I gathered my things, packed them all tightly inside my backpack, and while fighting a massive hangover stepped out into the searing sun. The heat consumed me almost instantly, and I began to lose motivation to move my…

Code 5150 (a hiccup on the way to the airport)

On the way to the train station, I had a fascinating conversation with my Uber driver, Douglas. He was a man who looked like he’s lived a fruitful life. He asked where I was going. His eyes gleamed as soon as I mentioned I was traveling to Europe. I can see the wanderlust churning in his thoughts as he told me a little about his travel stories. Interesting dude He enlisted during the Vietnam war because he got into a lot of trouble in high school. Not really having much of a choice or future in his hometown, he and a friend got thrown into the fray of the Vietnam war. When the war was over, he came back to a divided nation reeling from the events of the war. Not feeling welcomed to a country he served, he and a friend fled to Europe. He spent six months there…

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