2 Weeks in the Galápagos for $600

The Galápagos Islands.  They’re famous for being the place where Darwin made some important observations which contributed to his world-changing theory of evolution.  It’s a paradise for lovers of birds and wildlife and geology.  Giant tortoises, iguanas that have adapted to swimming in the ocean, Galápagos penguins and other unique and endemic species live in abundance here–and they’ve never developed a fear of predators.  You can walk right up to wild birds and they keep on doing their thing, as if you weren’t even there.  Snorkeling and diving opportunities balance out the hiking and wildlife activities for a very fun, well-rounded and educational vacation.
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Cheap Hawaii

Sometimes my readers write to me with travel-related questions.  I always do my best to help out, and sometimes share some of the questions and answers here in my blog posts.  I hope you find them helpful!  Feel free to add pointers of your own in the comments below, or ask me anything about travel.  Who knows, maybe your question will be featured in a future blog post?

Today’s question comes from S.B.:


So i’m trying to plan to travel to Hawaii for my one year anniversary.  I would love to learn how to see Hawaii for cheap. but safe because this will be my first trip away from the mainland U.S.  I want to do a lot of attractions such as beaches, horseback riding, etc.  Thanks for helping–I’m eager to learn how to travel on a budget!  ~S.B. Continue reading

3 Strategies for Cheap Airfare

Sometimes my readers write to me with travel-related questions.  I always do my best to help out, and thought I’d share some of the questions and answers here in my blog posts.  I hope you find them helpful!  Feel free to add pointers of your own in the comments below, or ask me anything about travel.  Who knows, maybe your question will be featured in a future blog post?

Today’s question comes from L.M.:


Hi Lily,

I actually found your site while looking up travel grants for teachers (and read through your helpful and extensive list).  I’ve applied for the first one on the list, the BUSS program to study Shakespeare in London.  Since the scholarship covers tuition, room and board, and most food, I need to figure out how to finance my plane ticket to London in July, should I get the scholarship.  Any pointers? Thanks.  ~L.M. Continue reading


Grants [Updated: April 2017]

As a PreK-12 or college/university teacher or administrator, do you want to travel more–yet struggle to find a way to afford it? What if someone else paid your travel expenses and gave you a professional development opportunity that would enrich your classroom? Many of these opportunities come with an obligation to contribute your learning in some way (via lesson plans, curriculum development, blog posts, research findings, etc) in exchange for your grant, but isn’t sharing your knowledge what teaching and traveling is all about?

Read on to learn about 29 Travel Grants and Other Travel Opportunities for Teachers and Education Professionals! [Updated April 2017.]

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My trip to Benin, West Africa.

My trip to Benin, West Africa. (The airfare cost me $86 from Denver & included several days in Paris on the way home–find out how in the teleseminar!)

If you missed my call last week, I’ve got the replay ready for you!  I’ve also added slides to it for your viewing pleasure.  Before you start watching, be sure to grab a copy of the free handout HERE.

In this call, you’ll see and learn:

  • About how I was kidnapped as a child and taken to Mexico (and a copy of my “missing” poster)
  • How I started traveling after finishing college, before I had even started my job
  • Three major lessons I have learned about travel, and how you can apply those lessons to your own travel plans to save hundreds or thousands of dollars
  • Numerous tips for safety, saving money, and increasing your travel opportunities
  • Pictures of various trips I have taken around the world

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Welcome TCKid Readers!

For those of you who missed my interview with Myra on TCKid TV, have a look:

(By the way, if you’re not coming from a TCKid site and you’re not sure what a TCK is, you must visit the TCKid website at tckid.com and learn a little bit about us weirdos–you might even discover that you’re one, too!) Continue reading

Survey Results

Results of My Travel Survey

(c) DepositPhotos/antimartina

(c) DepositPhotos/antimartina

I received an overwhelming response to the travel survey I put out recently–much better than I expected, actually!  Thank you so much to those of you who participated!

So if you are curious about what people said in my survey, I’ll share some of my findings and conclusions and a couple of stories.  (And by the way, if you are interested in this course, CLICK HERE.)

The results were pretty interesting.  On the first question, which was “How often would you travel abroad if there were NO obstacles standing in your way,” can you guess what the most popular response was?   Continue reading

The Day I Received 50 Books

The Day I Received 50 Books

Happiness of Pursuit BookDay before yesterday, while I was busy mixing mud for the earthbag house we’re building, UPS delivered three small boxes and two huge ones with my name on them.  I couldn’t recall placing any large orders in the recent past…

I washed the mud off my hands, picked up one of the smaller mysterious boxes and opened it.  Inside were five copies of Happiness of Pursuit.  My books had arrived!

A few weeks ago I pre-ordered 10 of these books by world traveler Chris Guillebeau, one of my favorite bloggers, intending to do a big giveaway on my website and very much looking forward to reading the book myself.

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The EPoP Cooks Listener Challenge!

EPoP Podcast IconMy most favorite podcast ever is Travis Sherry’s Extra Pack of Peanuts Travel Podcast, and if you’ve been hanging around my website here looking for some good travel tips, then you’d definitely also love Trav’s podcast which always has a ton of them!  CLICK HERE to open up his podcast page and check it out.

So one of Trav’s recent podcast guests was Sasha Martin, from GlobalTableAdventure.com.  A few years ago, Sasha set out to cook a meal from every single country in the world–all 196 of them–and she did it!  On her blog, she recorded her quest and shared all of her recipes.  Trav and Sasha shared a listener challenge on the podcast to get as many people as possible to cook one or both of two possible recipes.   CLICK HERE to open the show notes page for the episode on Extra Pack of Peanuts.  I was glad that both options were vegetarian, and chose to try the Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Arugula and Chevre, which comes from Argentina (I’ll attempt the Guinness Cake from Ireland some other day). Continue reading

September 2014: THE LAST ISSUE!

September 2014 Issue: Overcoming Fear
and Achieving Goals

September 2014 Issue

UPDATE: This issue is now available for sale in PDF format.  CLICK HERE to buy it now!

The September 2014 issue of Travel Beyond Excuse Magazine is live!  It is also the final issue of Travel Beyond Excuse Magazine.  Why?

I’ve been having lots of fun with the magazine, but have found that it takes too much of my time and resources away from other projects I would like to work on for my Travel Beyond Excuse readers!  A magazine, I have discovered, is really a project for a team–not an individual like me.  As Steve Pavlina so eloquently put it in one of this month’s articles, “To free up time and energy for future growth in new directions, you have to drop the merely satisfactory. This gives you a shot at the truly beautiful.” Continue reading