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Welcome to Wanderers Compass

A Travel Blog for the Independent Traveler

Within all of us lies a Wanderer. There is a beautiful, fascinating world out there, awaiting our exploration. The wonder it brings is limitless. Wanderers Compass Travel Blog will awaken the Wanderer in you through storytelling, photography, destination info, and travel tips from our decades of experience. Whether it is your first trip or your 100th, no matter your budget, we will provide you the inspiration and tools to create your own independent and authentic life-changing travel adventure.

“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

A bit more about our travel style and blog

We are two ordinary people with families and jobs. As a result, when travelling, we need to make every moment count. Once off that plane, we hit the ground running. Every detail of our trips we plan ourselves, and we often do our own driving. That allows us to go off the beaten path, which is a great way to gain authentic cultural experiences. For instance, when we turn down that single-lane dirt road, wander the tiniest of villages, grab a brew at the local pub or, walk down that ancient alley.

After our first trip to Ireland, we became incredibly passionate about Castles; therefore, we seek them out on every trip. Our Castle Hunters page is dedicated to our castle adventures. Check it out here.

Launching a travel blog is a dream come true, and we are happy to have you join us on this journey. We ask you to bear with us as we build the Wanderers Compass Travel Blog. As we will add new content regularly, please check back often or join our community. We will send emails to update you on recent posts and happenings (promise no more than one email a month).

Feedback is always welcome and encouraged so we can improve the experience for you, our readers.

Though we emphasize independent travel, we want this site to be a resource for all travelers.

Above all, we will encourage you to be a responsible and respectful global citizen that travels with confidence, determination, a kind heart, and open eyes. We also will address sustainability issues in travel and our role as travelers to reduce its impact on these beautiful places we are privileged to visit.

Welcome everyone to Wanderers Compass. May you Wander in Wonder and live the extraordinary.

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Manarola, Cinque Terra, Italy

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Squaremouth.com

Our favorite travel insurance site!

If you are booking a trip, don’t forget to get travel insurance within 14 days of your first booking. We could not be stronger advocates of being well insured. Not for the little stuff but the big stuff like medical emergencies. We never leave home without it. Over the years we have used many sites but have now found our go-to site. Squaremouth.com does a fantastic job; it has a user-friendly interface, they use top-rated and reputable insurance carriers, and most policies cover Covid medical issues and cancellations. They also mediate on your behalf if you have issues with your policy.

Expedia.com 

Hotels, home rentals, BNB’s, flights, and other transportation & tours 

Expedia is a U.S based site whose mission is to power global travel for everyone and everywhere. Whether planning a family vacation, booking for business, or organizing the trip of a lifetime, they are the go-to resource. Wanderers Compass focuses on independent travel, and using sites like Expedia makes that possible. Every aspect of travel you would need, from airfare, accommodations, rental car, cruises to things to do, can be booked on Expedia.  

Booking.com

Hotels, Home rentals, BNB’s, Flights, and other Transportation & Tours 

Booking.com connects millions of travelers to memorable experiences, various transportation options, and incredible places to stay – from homes to hotels and much more. It is one of the world’s largest travel marketplaces for established brands and entrepreneurs of all sizes.

We always start with Expedia to check prices, but it sometimes says it is sold out. We then try Booking.com we find it lists plenty of rooms. Try both moving on to different accommodations.

Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO)

Traveling with a family or having an extended stay at your destination?

With over 2 million bookable vacation rentals, Vrbo connects homeowners with families and vacationers looking for something more than a hotel for their trip. The Vrbo community offers families various rental property types such as condos, cabins, lake rentals, beach houses, and more. Discover properties in destinations that everyone dreams of visiting.

VRBO is under the Expedia group ownership now, which many were worried about but hasn’t panned out to be a concern. It is a massive network that also has access to all forms of lodging should issues arise. Joelle has used VRBO for many years with her family travel will no issues to date.

Rail Europe

Discover Europe by Train

Rail Europe sells train and bus tickets for travel across Europe. They cover 24 countries, 105 rail operations, and 20,000 stations. They are the official agents for rail and bus operations in the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Rail Europe continues to add coverage all the time.

It is a fast, easy and economical way to purchase train and bus tickets for Europe. Eurail passes are also available to purchase through their site.

iVisa

Travel documentation made more accessible

iVisa.com is dedicated to providing customers with a simple, fast, and reliable way to get travel documentation for their journey. Their online application process makes getting visas, health declarations, or passport photos a breeze, and all from the comfort of your home. As a leading independent company in the travel documentation industry, they take pride in making global travel more accessible for everyone. In the end, it is a simple and affordable shortcut travel resource to get the necessary entry documents complete for your international travel.

Amazon.com

An excellent source for travel essentials and guides

Amazon is one of the most extensive shopping online sources in the world. Teams worldwide invent on behalf of their customers every day to provide lower prices, better selection, and rapid delivery. They offer a vast inventory, and it is their 1.7 million small and medium businesses worldwide selling on Amazon.com provide more options for customers.

Most of our travel books, accessories, luggage we buy from Amazon. We have ordered up to two days before travel and got what we needed.

MedjetAssist

Medical transport back home from anywhere in the world

They are the premier global air medical transport. One caveat to travel insurance is that medical evacuation usually gets you to the closest facility to care for you. Medjet gets you back to the U.S. to the hospital of your choice once you are stable enough to fly. They cover Covid related transports as well.

Medjet carries its own policies. The policy is only for transport and no other aspects of travel insurance. They have individual trip policies starting at $99 and annual policies for $295. Most of their policies limit the age to 74 and younger. Prices are not based on age below that.

Travelpro Luggage

Thoughtfully Designed | Meticulously Constructed | Quality Guaranteed.

This is the luggage we have used for years, left briefly to try others, and landed up running back to Travelpro. Travelpro luggage is carried by crews from over 90 airlines worldwide.

They take the time to learn what travel pros want and need, and then they build it. The key factor for us is it much be lightweight upfront but also very resistant to rough handling. This luggage is the best and we could not recommend it enough. It is our go-to luggage.

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