Nomad by Trade

A travel blog for the kid at heart.

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UN Security Council Chamber

Touring the United Nations Headquarters in New York City

Visiting the United Nations headquarters in New York City is an awesome way to get an up-close look at how the international governing body functions. My boyfriend and I weren’t sure if it was possible to take a UN headquarters tour, but we were pleasantly surprised to discover that it’s very visitor-friendly and that there were plenty of same-day tickets still available. If you’re a little bit nerdy or interested in government, this is a great place to visit on your trip to New York City.

Outside the United Nations Headquarters in New York City

How to get to the United Nations headquarters

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best souvenirs from around the world

Travel Bloggers Reveal the Best Souvenirs They’ve Ever Bought

There are plenty of cheap, mass-produced souvenirs for sale in touristy areas – one of my strongest memories of Paris is of constantly declining to buy anything from the guys draped with dozens of mini Eiffel Tower replica keychains – but every once in a while you come across a souvenir that truly connects to you. The perfect souvenir can come in many forms – the functional one that you use regularly for years to come, the sentimental kind that makes you smile fondly every time you glance at it, and the truly unique one that never fails to start a conversation. I asked a group of fellow bloggers from around the world to weigh in on the best souvenirs that they’ve purchased throughout their travels.

Christmas ornament from Germany

By Sage from Everyday Wanderer

Christkindlmarkt ornament - Everyday Wanderer

Photo by Sage from Everyday Wanderer

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Things to do in winter in Michigan

Ten Reasons to Visit Michigan in Winter

Just because the weather is cold doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Michigan in winter. Whether you want to explore the outdoors or keep warm inside, there are plenty of winter activities in Michigan for everyone. Pack a coat and some gloves, and get ready for a season full of holiday activities and other great adventures.

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Christmas travel gifts for nerds - featuring Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Marvel, and more

Travel Gifts for Nerds and Geeks

In addition to being a die hard traveler, I’m a nerd through and through. The easiest way to get me to buy something is to slap a Star Wars or Harry Potter character on it. I had an awesome time trolling Amazon for the best travel gifts for nerds, geeks, or – as I like to call them – awesome people. Click on their favorite fandom in the table of contents to jump straight to that section.

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Star Wars gifts

I’m kicking off the list with Star Wars gifts for travelers because it’s definitely my biggest fandom. I like it enough to have named my dog Artoo after everyone’s favorite little droid, so you can tell I’m serious.

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Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom - Disney World for adults

How to Save Money at Disney World

Disney trips are expensive, but there are several hacks to save money at Disney World. My days as a Cast Member and the resulting trips back to pick up shifts during my broke college days taught me all kinds of secrets to save money at Disney World. Read on for my best tips for Disney World on a budget.

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Christmas presents for business travelers

Christmas Gifts for Business Travelers

Buying Christmas gifts for business travelers is a bit tricky as it’s often hard to know what will make their lives easier and what will just be dead weight in their luggage. Have no fear. As a veteran road warrior who has been living out of a suitcase Monday-Friday for most of the last four years, I’m here to help you earn yourself a spot atop the gift-giving podium this holiday season with this list of presents that business travelers are sure to love. You may even find that frequent fliers who are traveling for fun instead of work will adore some of these too.

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Christmas gifts for business travelers  - what to buy business travelers for Christmas

Gifts for business travel carry-ons

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Winter travel tips

Winter Travel Tips from Expert Bloggers

Traveling in the winter isn’t the easiest thing to do – you have to pack way more clothing than you do in the summer and are often at the mercy of the weather – but it’s also incredibly  rewarding and if you plan on visiting German Christmas markets, viewing the Northern Lights, or planning a ski vacation, you’ll have to venture out into the cold. These winter travel tips from experienced bloggers should prepare you to face winter weather.

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Pick the right clothes to keep you warm

By Cat from The Compass is Calling

Kemi, Finland - Travel tips for winter

Photo courtesy of Cat from The Compass is Calling

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Surviving Solo Business Trips

So you’re going on your first business trip. Now what? Landing in a brand new city, grabbing a rental car, and setting off to somewhere new all by yourself can be intimidating at first. What if you get lost? Will you be bored in the evening? What about having to eat in a restaurant by yourself? I’ve been traveling for business regularly for three years now, and here are my best tips for surviving solo business trips.

Eating out alone

BBQ dinner dining out alone on a solo business trip

Would you want to miss out on this feast just because you were too self-conscious to go to dinner alone?

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Entrance to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland - Is it worth visiting?

Should You Visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland?

The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s top tourist attractions. Its stunning blue waters contrast beautifully against the surrounding black volcanic rock, but its immense popularity leaves many potential visitors wondering if it’s too touristy to bother with. There are numerous pros and cons for visiting the Blue Lagoon, and you should weigh them all before deciding to buy a ticket or skip it.

Should you visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland?

Why you should visit the Blue Lagoon

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View of lake Tahoe from Van Sickle Bi-State Park

Hiking Your Way to a Spectacular View of Lake Tahoe

If you’re looking for a great view of Lake Tahoe, hiking in Van Sickle Bi-State Park might just be for you. What’s a bi-state park, you ask? It’s a park that crosses state borders – between California and Nevada, though Nevada’s park service does most of the management. It’s an easy hike in South Lake Tahoe that takes you partway up the mountain for a perfect view of the lake.

I hit the business trip jackpot when I landed a customer along the shores of Lake Tahoe, and I was determined to see as much of the surrounding scenery as possible. Because of the fact that I have to work during the day, I’m limited to evenings which makes day-long excursions off-limits. (Someday I’ll write about the exquisite torture that business trips like this bring to a travel junkie like me.) The hike in Van Sickle was perfect for me because it was both beautiful and relatively quick.

The best view of Lake Tahoe at Van Sickle Bi-State Park

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