Best of 2023
Travel Like Anna: How to Travel on a Budget
by TravelLikeAnna
2M ago
A long exposure shot of Kuang Si waterfall outside of Luang Prabang, Laos  I kicked off 2023 in Sydney, Australia and will be ringing in 2024 in Thailand. In the last 12 months, I’ve been to 22 countries, which is why I took the last two months to sit still in Chiang Mai, Thailand to recharge. Reflecting on the year is always an exercise in gratitude for the beauty and diversity of the world and my experiences.   People often say I’m “lucky” because I get to travel for a living, which I wrote about in an old post. I’ve always found that slightly offensive because it devalues al ..read more
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13 Best Travel Gifts
Travel Like Anna: How to Travel on a Budget
by TravelLikeAnna
2M ago
Alfred the Gnome loves being part of my annual travel gift guide!  Since I’m on the road almost full-time, I’m always trying out new travel gear and clothing. I’ve collected a list of my favorite travel items that I’ve discovered this year that have made my life easier to help you find the best travel gifts. Several of these were suggestions from friends and other travelers that I wish I’d bought years ago! Here are 13 of the best travel gifts (big and small) to help you find the perfect gifts for friends and family. Feel free to add these to your own Christmas list before you send it ..read more
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12 Travel Gift Ideas
Travel Like Anna: How to Travel on a Budget
by TravelLikeAnna
3M ago
  Since I’m on the road almost full-time, I’m always trying out new travel gear and clothing. I’ve collected a list of my favorite travel items that I’ve discovered this year that have made my life easier. Several of these were suggestions from friends and other travelers that I wish I’d bought years ago! Here are a few ideas (big and small) to help you find the perfect gifts for friends and family. Feel free to add these to your own Christmas list before you send it to Santa! (AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: Please note that some affiliate links are used in this post. If you make a p ..read more
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Travel Safety Tips: What to Pack
Travel Like Anna: How to Travel on a Budget
by TravelLikeAnna
4M ago
In July, I photographed Big Ben in London. The iconic structure spent five years covered in scaffolding for a reconstruction project.  As a woman who travels solo most of the time, I am always thinking about my safety. I wanted to share a few tips for things to pack for safety along with how to stay safe online. I’m currently typing this from the airport and have every single one of these items with me. Pack a rubber doorstop. (I have a lightweight one just like this in my checked bag.) I put this on the inside of every hotel, Airbnb, or apartment door. This prevents or at least makes ..read more
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What to do about Lost Luggage & Broken Suitcases
Travel Like Anna: How to Travel on a Budget
by TravelLikeAnna
5M ago
Miradouro da Grota do Inferno on São Miguel island in the Azores, Portugal. [I’m back after a summer break—my blog was cloned by a scammer in late June so I was trying to get that resolved before I started posted again.] 2023 has been the year of luggage woes for me. After more than two decades of travel, my luggage was lost for the first time. I knew my time was coming. (It inspired me to write a post about what to do if your checked baggage is lost so you can benefit from my misfortune.) The first time my luggage was just left in Dallas overnight on my way back from Asia in March and arriv ..read more
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Guide to Chiang Mai for Digital Nomads
Travel Like Anna: How to Travel on a Budget
by TravelLikeAnna
8M ago
Left: Wat Doi Suthep; Right: Wat Phantao during the lantern festival in Chiang Mai I fell in love with Thailand just over 10 years ago when I was running photo trips for a student travel company in Southeast Asia. I’ve spent the two winters before the pandemic living in Chiang Mai and just returned for the first time after the pandemic.  While the city has changed a bit (places have closed and new ones have opened), it’s still the city I love so much.  Chiang Mai is the smaller laid-back sister to chaotic madness of Bangkok. It has a population of 200,000 and centers around the ..read more
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Best of 2022
Travel Like Anna: How to Travel on a Budget
by TravelLikeAnna
1y ago
The Acropolis in the late afternoon, Athens, Greece   Every month of 2022 felt like a different life. It was a blur of places across four continents—both new and old—and reunions with old friends. I finally feel like I’ve gotten my old life back—the one I spent over a decade building. Every year, I share a recap of my favorite adventures and photographs. Here’s the 2022 edition! I started and ended the year in my two favorite cities—Buenos Aires and Chiang Mai. These two places couldn’t be any further apart or any more different. I reluctantly flew back to the States in the spring. I s ..read more
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Travel Gift Ideas
Travel Like Anna: How to Travel on a Budget
by TravelLikeAnna
1y ago
Alfred the Globetrotting Gnome is excited to share our top travel gift ideas. 2022 has been an epic year of travel—Buenos Aires, road trips to Ocracoke Island and Marfa, hiking in Bend, Oregon, spending September on a four-mast sailboat in the Mediterranean for work, exploring Italy in October and now winter in Thailand! Now, that I’m back on the road full-time, I’ve been trying out new travel gear and clothing. I’ve collected a list of my favorite travel items that I’ve discovered this year that have made my life easier. Several of these were suggestions from friends and other traveler ..read more
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Why I Go Abroad for Medical Care
Travel Like Anna: How to Travel on a Budget
by TravelLikeAnna
1y ago
Photo Credit: Stock image from Pexels.com (Please note this post was originally written in 2019 and revised in 2022 with updated pricing and other details from my experience.) As a self-employed American, the cost of health care has always been one of my biggest burdens. It’s also part of why I spend half the year abroad. Travel insurance is $40/month (now $68/month in 2022 because I turned 40) with no copays or deductibles while my U.S. insurance was $450/month in 2017 with high copays and deductibles. Health insurance is one of those topics that gets me all riled up so I’ll do my best to a ..read more
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New Location Guides
Travel Like Anna: How to Travel on a Budget
by TravelLikeAnna
1y ago
The 1882 Los Morrillos Lighthouse near the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge in Southwest Puerto Rico.  One of my favorite things to write for this blog are location guides. It’s a wonderful way to relive my trip and share my advice with you! In this post, I wanted to share a collection of my published editorial work that are also serve as detailed location guides. For the past two years, I’ve been freelancing for the Washington Post travel section writing and shooting a variety of travel stories. These stories are narrative of a portion of my trip and include a detailed “If You Go” sec ..read more
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