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drinking chicha in Peru near Urubamba

Eat Local, Drink Local, Buy Local When You Travel on a Budget

The “locavore” and “slow food” movements have taken off bigtime in the last decade, but budget travelers have been following them for ages for economic reasons. If you eat local and drink what’s made in the region, it’s much easier to
travel water filter by Grayl

An Easy Way to Purify Water: Grayl

The people who have set me up with a GRAYL water purifier twice probably don’t want me to start off this post with an ugly photo of garbage, so I’ll put that further down. When you look at that pile of
water purfier for travelers Lifestraw kit

The Ultimate Guide to the Best Water Purifiers for Travelers

If you want to be a responsible traveler, the first step is one of the easiest: get a travel water filter. If you are buying bottled water all the time as you travel around the world, you are a walking environmental
travel story walking in Tasmania

Traveling Through Burma, Bohemia, Tasmania, and the Deep South

We took a little break on Perceptive Travel last month with new material and instead did a retrospective with five “best travel writing” award winners from the past year and a half. Now we’re back with stories from near and far.
The travel gear I couldn't kill

The Travel Gear I Couldn’t Kill

  Wouldn’t it be nice if you bought a travel gear item for your adventures and no matter how hard you tried, you couldn’t wear it out? Well, that photo above is from a trip to Oaxaca in 2014 and I