Summer is just around the corner, and whether you’re looking forward to a break from school, an epic backpacking trip, or even just a week away from the daily grind, it’s time to start thinking about your next great adventure. Be it around the corner or around the world, Stephanie Yoder of Twenty-Something Travel and Mike Tieso of Art of Backpacking are experts on planning trips of a lifetime. Since leaving her job in September 2010, Stephanie has been traveling almost nonstop – keeping busy with escapades like climbing the Great Wall of China. Mike has also been traveling around the world writing, photographing and filming his journey for the past three years.
Join us this Wednesday, March 21st from 12 – 1 pm PT to get tips direct from the source, as Stephanie and Mike join us live from their current locale of Buenos Aires. To participate, follow @Bing, @Fareologist, @20stravel and @artofbackpackin – and be sure to include the hashtag #BingIt in all tweets to follow along and contribute to the conversation. As a special bonus, we’ll give away $50 gift cards to two lucky participants.
In the meantime, here are a few tips from Stephanie and Mike to get you in the travel state of mind:
- Don’t be afraid to go it alone! Traveling solo can be intimidating but it’s one of the most rewarding ways to experience the world.
- Pay attention to the season where you are going – being stuck at the beach in rainy season is not so fun. Neither is being swallowed by the crowds in Italy in mid-summer.
- Eat local foods as often as you can. Food can tell you so much about a country’s culture. Don’t be scared to pick an item off of the menu with your eyes closed.
- Don’t over plan: leave room for spontaneity, as it is the core of a fun travel experience!
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– The #BingIt Team:
- Kari Dilloo – @karidilloo
- Ted Roduner – @roduner
- Archana Ramachandran – @archana