Travel with Training Wheels

Date: August 17th, 2011 | No Comments

Unlike many of the intrepid travelers I’m privileged to know these days, my first forays into international travel were quite un-intrepid (if that’s even a word). I’d been shuttled back and forth across the United States three times in cross-country moves with my family, but it wasn’t until my sophomore year of college that I [...]

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Searching for “Strange” When Traveling

Date: July 21st, 2011 | 2 comments

There are plenty of reasons to get off the couch and hop on a plane. Perhaps you want to do a tour of New York’s hot dog carts. Maybe you imagine spotting a new species on a bird-watching trip. You might be on a mission to climb the tallest peak in every country. Or maybe [...]

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Getting to Know Italy

Date: June 2nd, 2011 | 1 comment

An Italian vacation is the stuff of dreams – it’s the kind of trip people discuss in “once in a lifetime” terms, although many make multiple trips over the years. Even if you do end up going back, you want your first trip to Italy to be the sort of experience that will, years later, [...]

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Learning Another Language

Date: February 1st, 2011 | No Comments

As any traveler these days can tell you, it’s fairly easy to get by on English alone (provided that you’re patient and have a good sense of humor). The English-ization of the world doesn’t mean learning a foreign language isn’t still a good idea, however. Knowing even a few words in the language of the [...]

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Last Minute Holiday Shopping for Travelers

Date: December 22nd, 2010 | No Comments

I know we’ve mentioned holiday shopping a few times already around here, but we know that there are some real procrastinators out there – and despite the fact that there are only a few shopping days left until Christmas (and the date by which you had to get stuff to the post office is long [...]

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What will be hot in 2011?

Date: December 14th, 2010 | 1 comment

Several years ago, the BootsnAll staff got together and produced a list of places we thought would be independent travel hotspots for the following year. We’ve come out with similar lists each year since then – partly because we think it’s a fun exercise, and partly because we started taking suggestions from readers. Last year, [...]

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Can travel make the world a better place?

Date: December 1st, 2010 | No Comments

Once you get past the giddy stages of trip planning – picking out where you want to go, imagining the amazing things you’ll see, making lists of the foods you want to eat – then you inevitably end up at the more mundane parts. I know very few people for whom creating a budget is [...]

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BootsnAll Traveler Connect: Internet Tool for Solo Travelers

Date: July 14th, 2010 | 1 comment

People who know me (and many who don’t) know that when I started working for BootsnAll back in 2006 I was, by any measure, the atypical BootsnAll traveler. At that point I’d never stayed in a hostel, I hadn’t taken off backpacking around Europe (or anywhere, for that matter), and I really didn’t relish the [...]

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Connecting Travelers in a Digital Age

Date: July 1st, 2010 | No Comments

I spent last weekend in New York at the second Travel Blog Exchange conference with colleagues Sean Keener and Katie Hammel, and since the trip was a whirlwind of activity (for more than just me) it’s been interesting to watch the recaps filter through the blogosphere over the last few days. It’s easy to say [...]

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Summer Travel Destination: National Parks

Date: June 22nd, 2010 | No Comments

It’s finally technically and officially summer around here, although we’re still suffering from unseasonably cold and wet weather in Portland (remember this, people, next time you ask me if you should move here). I can tell from all of the “OH MY GOD IT’S SO HOT” updates on Twitter and Facebook, however, that bona fide [...]

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BootBlog is the company blog of the BootsnAll Travel Network, a company that has been connecting travellers since 1998. Our goal is to inspire, educate and cultivate an organic community of independent travellers. But what does that mean? Well, we love to travel and we love to connect other travellers who have the desire to get out and see this great world of ours. BootBlog will showcase what is going on around the office, around the company and within our community of travellers.

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BootsnAll Launches Traveler Connect Facebook App
BootsnAll Travel Network is launching a Facebook application to connect travelers. Portland, Oregon June 21, 2010 -- BootsnAll Travel Network has created a Facebook application -- BootsnAll Traveler Connect -- that helps connect travelers. The app lets you find other travelers going to the same place you are, or connect with locals living there. Users can ask travel questions, arrange … [Read more]

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BootsnAll Member Bideshi in Portland
It's been awhile since we had a BootsnAll member stop by the office. However, thank to a recent post on the message boards wondering where the Boots Crew were these days, we managed to arrange lunch with Bideshi, aka Mike (blue shirt below). bideshi-apr10 With a couple of stints working in South … [Read more]


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BostonAwhile back I posted here about getting into the Boston Globe Travel Show for free. Turns out that was for the trade conference during the day on Friday Feb 19th, not the travel show for regular consumers like you and me that runs from the evening of Friday, February 19 to … [Read more]

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