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Karen Barlow



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AWhat has been your favorite food experience while traveling?

Just spent an evening at Eat Street Markets​ in Brisbane. Fantastic food, great atmosphere and great company with some locals. There are a huge number of vendors with a wide variety of international foods to choose from, along with non-food vendors and... See More

AAny advice for a young, inexperienced traveler?

Don't wait until you're old to start. If you have the opportunity to travel while you're in school, do it. Learn as much as you can about the rules (how to get into a country legally, what to do/not to do to stay out of trouble) and then experience as much as... See More

AWhat are your favorite travel books?

Can't say it's my "favorite," but just read Travels by Michael Crichton. It's autobiographical non-fiction (not his usual fiction stuff) and a really entertaining read. Also have to recommend Vagabonding by Rolf Potts - excellent read as well as invaluable... See More

AWhere would you go in August?

With such a short amount of time, I'd suggest something closer. Northwest Costa Rica​ has lots of natural options for things to do, and they tend to get a lull in the rainy season during that time. I went to another part of CR during May and the rain... See More

ABest resources for a round the world trip? and air (both now owned by Bootsnall, I believe) are the best sites. They won't limit you to one alliance and they search low-cost regional airlines as well, so you get the most flexibility and often a lower price. They really work with... See More

AWhat's your favorite travel backpack? What are their best feature/pitfalls?

I'm going with the Porter46 for an open-ended (at least 6 months, likely longer) trip. Like someone else mentioned, I considered the Tortuga, but decided on the Porter because I could try it out at REI. Got mine at REI for $130, then found it on eBags for $80 with a... See More

ALanguage Learning Meet Ups

I read about someone who did this through They lived with a family in Barcelona for a month or so, learning Spanish and teaching the family English. Have had it in the back of my mind to try on my upcoming RTW trip! See More

AWhat are good ways to kill time on a plane?

A phone or tablet full of books, movies, music, games, tv shows, and podcasts (both audio and video). If none of those are working for me, I sleep! :) See More

ABest way you make/save money to travel?

For me, downsizing was the biggest help. Selling things I really didn't need (I used consignment for both clothing/shoes and furniture, but craigslist/eBay would work, too) allowed me to stop paying for a storage unit and move into a smaller place with lower rent. I... See More

AAny Advice for Home Exchange?

Check out You can use someone else's home, even if they don't need/want to use yours. Good luck! See More

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