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    27 Websites that Help You Find the Cheapest Flights Available

    More often than not, flights can be the most expensive part of a trip. And the most common question I receive as a travel blogger is "what are your tips for snagging the cheapest flights?" Well, more than the time of year, booking at 2AM on a Tuesday (myth) or CONTINUE READING

    Scholarship Video Application Example: AYFN Winter Korea Cultural Camp Video

    In January of 2020, I traveled with the ASEAN Youth Friendship Network (AYFN) to Seoul, South Korea on a funded travel opportunity. Sometimes these opps ask applicants to submit a video application and I've received multiple requests to share my successful video application. Below you'll find their video application guidelines CONTINUE READING

    23 Travel Photos That Will Have You Excitedly Googling the Republic of Georgia (Photo Series)

    The Republic of Georgia may be a country you've never heard of before, but after these photos, I guarantee you will be Googling cheap flights to Tbilisi. You'll discover beautiful mountain landscapes, delicious wine from a culture that has been producing for more than 8,000 years, and interesting hints of CONTINUE READING

    5 Fit Travel Habits Worth Adopting to Not Gain Weight While on Vacation

    Personally, I travel to learn about and experience the world—not to obsess over my physique. But while you will never see me pass up a chicken alfredo or a mai tai, I also try to prevent binging unnecessarily while on vacation. Here are some simple, easy tips to not maintain CONTINUE READING

    8 Influencers With Inspiring Abundance Mindsets to Follow in 2020

    I’ve been in the “influencer” game since 2013, specifically in the travel niche. In no way am I an expert in influence (anyone who says they are is lying), but I’ve seen my fair share of the good and bad of this work. And inevitably, the ambition to build our CONTINUE READING

    An Expat’s Dubai Dress Code: What Can Women Wear in Dubai?

    Dubai, UAE is one of the most spectacular, awe-inspiring, and modern cities in the world. But despite being the modern international hub that as it is, Dubai is still a majority-Muslim country, and the culture still reflects that. One of the most common questions I had even before I moved here CONTINUE READING

    How to Craft the Perfect Application to Win Travel Competitions: Step-By-Step Example

    I’m Gabby Beckford the travel blogger and owner of Packs Light. While in college I was awarded more than $70,000 in financial aid, including travel grants and scholarships that helped me study abroad in Dubai, UAE, one of the most expensive cities in the world, completely paid for. Now 2 CONTINUE READING

    7 U.S. Virgin Islands Facts You’ve Never Heard Before

    The U.S. Virgin Islands are a gorgeous territory that of the United States located only 1,104 miles and about a 3-hour flight from Miami. It's constituents of St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix, and Water Island are popular tourist destinations because of their beautiful climate, stunning beaches, and Western infrastructure CONTINUE READING