Practical Wanderlust is a budget travel blog with a twist: our readers are willing to splurge where it matters, such as on amazing food, fancy drinks, and one of a kind experiences. Mission is to To challenge ourselves and take risks. To inspire others who love travel to integrate exploring and adventure into their daily lives, and to show them how to make budget travel feasible and affordable.
When Jeremy first told me about Morro Bay, the tiny town along California’s Central Coast where he grew up, I had a picture in my head that looked a lot like Southern California: waving palm trees, beautiful people wearing neon shorts and roller skating or whatever, warm sunny days at the beach. But when we […]
Beignets. Jazz music. Ghosts. Gumbo. New Orleans is one of the most unique places in the USA, with a complex history that reflects the story of the United States. And the food - oh, the food! 3 days in New Orleans is just enough time to eat plenty of Creole food, befriend some ghosts, learn about complex history, and explore New Orleans' most beautiful neighborhoods. Here's the perfect 3-day New Orleans itinerary!
Have you ever CLICKED with a place? We clicked hard with Savannah and we've been trying to figure out why. Was it the town's stunning beauty? Was it the fact that everything or we ate or drank was absolutely incredible? Was it the thrilling tales of ghosts and murder and hoodoo lurking behind the closed shutters of Savannah's elegant, refined homes? Was it the weird quirks, the unexplained mysteries, the myths and legends and nuanced history of a city that's older than the country it's in? Well... yes. Here's 29 of our favorite quirks, stories, and anecdotes from one of the most fascinating places we've ever visited: Savannah, Georgia.
Have you ever fallen head over heels in love with a place? We fell HARD for Savannah, Georgia. Here's the thing: Savannah, Georgia is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, and one of the most historically important cities in the USA. But underneath all that genteel elegance lies a fascinating web of stories, myths, and legends ranging from quirky to downright morbid. And that nuanced complexity is what makes Savannah absolutely enchanting. From amazing food and drinks to historic homes and spine-tingling ghost stories, here are all the best things to do in Savannah, GA on the perfect weekend trip!
If you’re planning a trip to Beantown, there’s a few things you should know about locals: most of them don’t say chowdah, almost all of them run on Dunkin’ Donuts, and none of them approved of the branding shift to Dunkin'. I learned all of this and more from our Guest Poster, a Boston local with insider knowledge who created the ultimate 3-day Boston weekend itinerary!
Bali, Indonesia: land of white sandy beaches, glittering temples, cute but evil monkeys, lush green jungles, and active volcanoes. It's no wonder that Bali tops the bucket lists of everyone who's ever watched Eat Pray Love (or casually browsed through Instagram for 5 seconds). We were enchanted by the whole island of Bali during our 2 week trip! Although we tend to be terribly accident prone and make lots of dumb mistakes during our travels, our trip to Bali was nearly disaster-free - I mean, we did crash a motorbike one time, but that's it. So we've got tons of great advice to pass along! In our essential Bali packing list, we're including 43 essential things you need to bring stay cool, comfortable, and healthy (and eco-friendly) whether you're hostel hopping or staying in Bali's beautiful bungalows and villas.
Just across the Bay from San Francisco, Oakland, California is an urban cultural mecca that stretches from the coast to redwood-covered rolling hills. Did you know that Oakland is home to TWO huge redwood parks, a lake in the middle of downtown, 3 historic Art Deco theatres, a food and coffee scene that rivals San Francisco, a system of hidden staircases, and over 600 street art murals? We've lived here for 8 years and we're STILL discovering new things to love about our home city every day! Here are 29 things nobody tells you about Oakland, California.
Tapas. Museums. Otherwordly cathedrals. Avant garde art. Gothic architecture. Wine. ... Did we mention the tapas? Barcelona is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain and the center of Catalan history and culture. In between stuffing our faces with cones of manchego and acorn-fed iberico ham, we spent most of our time in Barcelona getting lost in the narrow alleys of the Gothic Quarter. But don't worry: for this walking tour of Barcelona, we've tapped 3 Barcelona experts to create the perfect self-guided tour, complete with insider tips, photo ops, and tons of history and culture (and food).
Years ago, when I was a Walt Disney World Cast Member, I didn't think about what I threw into my bag on my way to the parks. I would just hop on a bus and go have lunch in Epcot or grab a Mickey Bar. Like it was routine. Like it was NORMAL. Oh, how I miss those days! Now that I'm a regular shmuck again, packing for Disney is a STRUGGLE. It's like packing for a marathon combined with packing for a costume party combined with packing for a camping trip. But with the right packing strategy, you can feel comfortable all day long and save money on unnecessary purchases in the parks! Here's everything you need to know about the essential gear to bring, what NOT to pack, & budget-friendly Disney packing tips!
We Californians like to joke that the only state we love as much as California is Colorado. (I say joke, but we're being totally serious.) But I think it's because we share a lot in common with our landlocked friend-state: legal weed (hayyy), glorious snow-capped mountains, and an unofficial state-wide obsession with rock climbing. Something else our states both share is an endless number of towns, villages, cities, and parks to explore on a weekend getaway! There are also tons of fun, beautiful, and downright weird places to explore on a weekend getaway in Colorado. We partnered with some of our favorite travel bloggers to create this list of the best weekend getaways in Colorado!