What to do on a Quick Day Trip to Berkeley

As I wrote in our guide to San Francisco, I went to undergrad in the Bay Area, so we couldn’t take a trip to San Francisco without visiting my alma mater-UC Berkeley.  After nearly ten years of talking about Berkeley to Albert, I finally got the chance to show him the campus and some, unfortunately not all, of my favorite parts of the city.

Exclusive Interview with the Secretary-General of the UNWTO

Most of you reading this post already know that we started Backpacking with the Bonds to help travelers think about how their travel affects the places they visit-both positively and negatively. All of our posts and guides are written to help travelers to think about and design their trips to maximize their impact on the local economies. Recently, we wrote a blog piece about the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) International Year of Sustainable Tourism, to showcase the international initiative to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism to development.

How to Spend a Quick Day Trip to Montreal

We traveled north from Burlington, Vermont to our friends’ lake house on Lake Memphremagog in the province of Quebec, Canada.  On our way there we decided to go a little out of our way to visit Montreal. Neither of us had been and we simply couldn't miss an opportunity to catch a glimpse of what the city had to offer. In short, Montreal is awesome and we will have to go back. We didn’t even scratch the surface of this vibrant city.

International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

Did you know that the United Nations has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development? The purpose of which is to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism to development among public and private sector decision-makers and the public, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for change.

Our First Airbnb Experience

 Surprisingly, Carrie and I only recently stayed in our first Airbnb. Our first stay happened to be in the home of Airbnb, San Francisco. On a recent work/leisure trip to San Francisco I had the chance to experience both accommodation options in the city-a hotel in Union Square, which I won’t name and an Airbnb in the Mission, which I will happily promote. 

Wait… it cost you how much to travel to Helsinki, Finland and back?

Full disclosure, Carrie and I are not independently wealthy. We earn average salaries for our positions and education in the Washington DC metropolitan area. People often ask how we afford to travel as much as we do.  Well the secret is...

Jordan Road Trip Part III: The Dead Sea to Madaba

Mid-morning on day five of our road trip we began our drive up the windy route through the hills toward the historical city of Madaba, where I (Albert) served as a Peace Corps Volunteer. With the Dead Sea receding in the distance behind us, my excitement grew.  I had been looking forward to returning to Madaba since I left nearly 8 years ago. 

Jordan Road Trip Part II: Aqaba to the Dead Sea

After a few days of lounging around in balmy Aqaba we packed our car yet again and drove north to the Dead Sea.  Even though Albert and I both lived in Jordan for two years, neither of us had taken the Jordan Valley Highway.  This highway spans the length of the country from Aqaba in the south to just near the border with Syria in the north running along the Dead Sea and Jordan River.

Jordan Road Trip Part I: Amman to Aqaba

After spending a few days in Amman, Albert and I packed up the little Hyundai we rented from Budget and headed to the furthest point south in Jordan, Aqaba.   Situated on the Gulf of Aqaba and bordered by Saudi Arabia and Israel, with Egypt off in the horizon, Aqaba has a desert climate and makes a perfect escape in the colder months.

Weekend in NYC for The NY Times Travel Show

At the end of January, Carrie and I traveled to New York City to attend The New York Times Travel Show!  The travel show is a full 3 days, with sessions for travel professionals on the first day, followed by two days of sessions for the public and access to the exhibit hall where hundreds of destinations market themselves to would-be travelers. It’s the event for anyone interested in travel.

Top 5 Beach Destinations to Escape the Winter and Tips to Get You There

We recently met up with travel bloggers Diana and Hope of MVMT Travel Beyond Bounds at The NY Times Travel Show.  As part of our Escape the Winter campaign this week we interviewed Diana and Hope about their top 5 beach destinations to escape the winter and tips to get you there.