Eytan from 20 Liter Adventure shows us how to travel ultra light.
TurnipSeed Travel is thrilled to present a comprehensive, ultra-light packing guide from seasoned blogger Eytan Levy of 20 Liter Adventure. Eytan is a self described "pretentious English major whose rant-laden, sarcastic tirades occasionally include budget travel tips and other international nonsense." We're thrilled to have him on our team!
"I could never do that."
"I like options."
"I want to look nice."
As an obsessive ultralight backpacker, I've heard every excuse in the book. Most of the time, people find it absolutely unthinkable that anything less than 52 outfits will serve their needs while they're on the road, so they won't even bother trying to cut things down, or paying attention to those who have.
There's a great arts scene waiting to be discovered in Tunisia. This is what makes the International Festival of Sousse so memorable.
The last several years have been tumultuous for Tunisia and it's coverage in the press has reflected that. Tunisia was at the forefront of the Arab Spring, disposing its less-than-democratic ruler and triggering revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa.
But unlike its more tempestuous neighbours, Tunisia has made huge strides towards democracy and is no longer embroiled in the conflict it found itself in back in 2011. Once again safe to visit, Tunisia sits perched at the top of North Africa and has a lot to offer tourists. One event that’s certainly open for visitors is the International Festival of Sousse, that runs every year in July and August. Here' what you need to know about one of Tunisia's most popular festivals.
Montreal's traffic is notorious. So why was I about to explore the streets by bike?
Adventure is not my strong suit and I'm best known for being a little bit hesitant (at best) or even a total wimp (at worst!) While I excel at many adventurous activities in theory, when reality hits, it's a different story! So when I had the chance to take a private cycling tour of old Montreal, I leaped at the opportunity. Finally, this was the kind of adventure I could handle, I was sure of it!
So How Did I Do?
Turns out, I did pretty good! I had a few shaky moments in the beginning when I realized I would have to compete for street space with the legendary Montreal traffic, and a few more while cycling up a mild hill - turns out I forgot I had to shift gears! A few bumps in the road not withstanding, the gentle bike tour was just my speed and I was thrilled by how much access I had to the tucked away, charming corners of the city.
Grand Canyon National Park offers adventures for both the wild and the wimpy!
Few locations capture the beauty, mystery, and romance of the American Southwest like the Grand Canyon. This extraordinary natural wonder captivates thousands of people each year and for good reason – it really is stunning! While extraordinary adventures are everywhere to be found, the Grand Canyon is still a wonderful destination for anti-adventurists like me! You could spend days admiring the scenic vistas, honing your photography skills, and enjoying informative presentations from the renowned park rangers.
Family travel and frugal fun!
Welcome to our new interview series "Save, Splurge, Steal". Getting great value when I travel is always such a fun challenge for me and I love to learn how other people get the best possible experience for their available time and money. I'm asking top travel bloggers to share their expertise and I hope you enjoy their responses as much as I do!
Meet the Barefoot Nomads!
The Barefoot Nomad travel blog is all about travel, tech, family and fun. From hot air ballooning through Turkey to snorkeling with sea turtles in Mexico to riding camels in Morocco, they prove that you can have great adventures with your kids. Follow Micki and Charles (and their gorgeous family!!) for expert travel tips, great tech help, and inspiration for your family travel all in one helpful, quirky space. Oh, and a lot of talk about ice cream!
For two years, I called St. John's my home...
I lived in St. John’s, Newfoundland for 18 months as a graduate student at Memorial University and had previously visited different areas of the island several times to visit friends. Renowned as one of the friendliest places in the world, there were many things I loved about Newfoundland…. but also a few that I didn't. Here's my take on this popular destination!
1.) Rich folklore – Newfoundland has a wonderful artistic community, ranging from music to literature to handicrafts to storytelling. Visiting a museum or going on a walking tour is a great thing to do in St. John’s. Every guide has a flare for the dramatic and knows that sharing oral legends is as important as sharing the facts of history.
It's a skirt! It's a short! But is it really a skort?
Like many ladies, my view of a skort is an above-the-knee pair of shorts with a skirt-style front, combining the sporty practicality of shorts with a more polished skirt finish. My Tilley Endurable skort is much different -a pair of knee length, lightweight, comfortable, regular shorts – with a detachable skirt that can zip over them! How crafty is that!?! The skirt layer is a few inches longer than the shorts, hitting below my knees, and attaches around the waist band via a discreet zipper. You can easily unzip the skirt portion in under 30 seconds, and it just takes a tiny bit longer to re-zip it back on.
Everyone has enemies. Mine always surface when I travel. Here's an intimate look at my many moments of travel embarrassment and hillarity.
It’s natural to have some reservations, some nervousness, some fears about travel. While most people have concerns about bed bugs or pickpockets, I have some unique nemeses that I try to avoid on every trip. They sound so silly but these are the source of much travel embarrassment!! Here are my 5 most fearsome adversaries.
There’s bad blood between my family and the rooster community. As a young girl, my father regaled me with his childhood tales of being attacked by roosters in the barnyard, assuring me that these crafty, vindictive birds would peck your eyes out if you were to trip and fall! Such charming bedside stories!
A Fresh, Funky, Fashionable Hotel
Travelers expecting a standard chain hotel in suburban dominated Vaughan will be in for quite a surprise when they check into Aloft. Inspired by loft style accommodations, Aloft features ultra-modern design with funky retro touches, super stylish finishes, and a lot of comfort.
To say that the rooms of Aloft don’t resemble your typical hotel room is an understatement. You essentially enter through the bathroom, with the main door being right beside the open bathroom area. While the bathroom lacked the tub I so adore, it did have a large, brightly lit, glass shower and one very nice touch – built in shampoo and body wash dispensers attached to the wall. What a great idea! Environmentally friendly, economical, and streamlined. The fact that they were filled with Bliss products was a nice bonus touch.
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