March links: Lucky travelers see grizzlies and ski in Death Valley

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Here’s what I’ve been reading this month.

Travel Media Ninja: There is no such thing as a “Lucky Traveler”
I really like this post by Josh, the Travel Media Ninja. Some people look at travelers and say “You’re so lucky!,” but anyone can travel. You just have to make it a priority and adjust your career and budget accordingly.

When I had an office job, I hoarded my vacation time so I could save up for trips. Now that I’m a starving freelance writer, I fit in budget excursions, like a recent 3-day trip to St. Louis that cost less than $100 total, thanks to Megabus and Couchsurfing.

If St. Louis doesn’t interest you, you can visit St. Petersburg or St. Lucia or St. Kitts just as easily with the right amount of determination. It’s up to you!

Northwest History: The Appalachian Trail in four minutes
Most people have seen this one by now, but if you haven’t, check out this stop-motion video of the 2,200-mile trail. It has over 431K views on Vimeo already.

Jack and Jill Travel: Why did the grizzly cross the street?
I’m obsessed with seeing bears. And Alaska is one of the two states I have yet to visit. But even if these two facts weren’t true, I’d still find Jack & Jill’s entry on seeing grizzlies in Denali National Park really interesting.

Men’s Journal: Death Valley’s Secret Stash
This is an older article, but since Death Valley is my Featured Travel Destination for March, I thought I’d include it. I mentioned that you can see snow in Death Valley National Park, even in summer. It turns out you can actually ski there! See the article for more.

Matador Network: Staying sane, well-fed and entertained on the road
This is a good broad overview of planning for a road trip. It also gives me a chance to announce that soon I’ll be starting a regular feature offering my own road trip tips, from how to survive on a $7/day food budget to the best gadgets to take with you (hint: a mini-stove that plugs into your cigarette lighter is a great idea.) Stay tuned!

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

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