James Feess

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We are James and Susan from The Savvy Backpacker. We focus budget travel in Europe.

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The Most Common Ways Travelers Waste Money - Guide To Backpacking Through Europe

When it comes to a credit card, it makes sense to get a card that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees (most cards charge around 3% so you’d pay $30 in fees if you charge $1000). Don’t wait until you’re out and about because once you’re hungry, you’re much more likely to settle for anything that’s convenient — which often means you’ll pay too much and/or settle for a sub-quality meal. Know how long it takes to get to the train station or airport: Public transportation isn’t always efficient or on-time so give yourself some extra time. If you need cash, skip the money exchange offices that you’ll find in every airport/train station and simply withdraw it from ATMs.

The Best Toiltery Items For Packing Light

sized GoToob+ refillable bottles — specifically, because GoToob makes some of the best leak-proof bottles that I’ve tested. These silicon bottles come in a variety of sizes (1.7, 2.5, and 3.4 ounces are all carry-on sized) and a variety of colors — they come in a few larger sizes as well if being carry-on compliant isn’t an issue. I’ve found that different countries use different deodorant formulas so I always pack a regular-sized stick of whatever I normally use — stick with a solid deodorant instead of liquid/aerosol since they don’t count against TSA restrictions. If you have a specialized hair care routine, then I recommend putting your shampoo and conditioner into refillable no-leak travel bottles like the GoToob+ bottles, or check out Amazon to see if your favorite product comes in a travel-sized option.

Our In-Depth & Long-Term Wear Test (2020)

Aside from the comfort, the main reason to buy Allbirds comes down to the sustainable materials they use — notably wool in their Wool Series of shoes and eucalyptus tree fibers in their Tree Series of shoes. The Wool Runners are solid everyday casual shoes with a sporty style — get the Allbirds Dashers if you want true running shoes. The Tree Dashers have been updated to the Tree Dasher 2 so many aspects of the Tree Dasher has been improved (I’m currently testing them). In terms of comfort, the Dashers (their running shoes) have the most cushion/support but the Runners (their everyday athletic-inspired shoes) are a close second.

Testing These Cozy, Retro-Styled Wool Sneakers

I’m always on the hunt for comfortable minimalist shoes, and the brand that’s become famous for making the “world’s most comfortable shoes” is back with a new pair of sustainable/eco-friendly merino-wool sneakers — the Allbirds Wool Pipers. The Wool Runners, like all their shoes, are made from sustainable materials like Merino wool, eucalyptus pulp, castor bean oil, and sugarcane. In short, the Allbirds Pipers are a minimalist casual sneaker that lives up to Allbirds’ reputation of being super comfortable, but I personally think they’re a little less comfortable than the Allbirds Wool Runners and Tree Dashers since they provide less arch support than their sportier cousins. On the other hand, I think the Pipers are better looking than the Wool Runners and Tree Dashers since they have more of a streamlined retro sneaker look as opposed to a chunkier “running shoe” look.

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