Thanks so much for joining us at our Smithsonian lecture, “A Dozen Offbeat Adventures: Must-See Destinations for 2018.”It was an absolute honor to share our story and a few of our favorite destinations, tips and tricks with you. We discussed our 12 favorite destinations, though that is just a dozen from our favorite 75 featured in our National Geographic book, Ultimate Journeys for Two. If you’d like to find out more inspiring places to explore, get a copy of our book on Amazon or custom signed copy in our HoneyTrek shop.

We are happy to share our powerpoint presentation from our January 9th lecture and as well as our free flight+lodging resources–from housesitting to frequent flyer miles. Use the resources below in combination with our Free Flights & Lodging checklist to jumpstart your journey. If you’d like to receive our newsletter with destination mini-guides and award travel tips & tricks, sign up here, and and if you have any questions or would just like to say hello, just post a comment on our Facebook.

2018 Smithsonian Presentation
As promised, here is the PowerPoint from our talk, “A Dozen Offbeat Adventures: Must-See Destinations and Travel Tricks for 2018.” If you need any help planning a vacation to any of these 12 destinations or anywhere else you dream of exploring, check out HoneyTrek Trips, our off-the-track travel agency.

Frequent Flyer Tips
See our mini-guide to collecting airline miles, along with our preferred reward programs and Mileage tips & tools:

Free & Affordable Lodging
Our favorite sharing economy sites for priceless lodging experiences:

Housesitting Tips
Learn the basics of housesitting and the best sites to join:

Volunteering Opportunities
Begin with a bit of do-good inspiration at and watch the helpful volunteer travel videos at Consider an affordable project with Use your professional skills to help social impact organizations excel with Discover free projects abroad at

Favorite Phone Apps
Download these handy travel apps: XE currency converter, offline GPS, Wunderground weather, Skyscanner flights, Google Translate, Google Voice, Rome2Rio directions, and TripIt itineraries.

Packing Lists
See all the tested-and-approved products we use on the road, along with personal reviews, shopping links, and videos:

Travel Insurance
If you’ll be traveling multiple times a year (and we hope you do), it’s a no-brainer to get annual travel insurance. For as little as $125 (and not much more for a couple), Allianz Global Assistance will cover you for medical emergencies, trip interruptions, cancelations, theft, lost baggage, and just about anything that could go awry on the road. We love their breadth of coverage, incredible customer service, and peace of mind so much that even became brand ambassadors for them.

HoneyTrek Trips
Our off-the-track travel agency, HoneyTrek Trips, will help you plan, book, and venture to hidden-gem destinations. Being part of the Tzell network, we can secure better rates and plenty of perks to add value at every turn. From the moment you dream up your vacation to the time you return home, we are here to make sure your trip is out of this world. Check it out and give us a call (877-727-TRAVEL). We want to discover your travel style and tailor our road-tested advice for your journey of a lifetime.

Trip Coach
If you’re considering taking a trip around the world or delving deeper into frequent flyer points and miles, visit We teach one-on-one workshops to help travelers mobilize their journeys.

Ultimate Journeys for Two
Find our favorite 75 destinations in the world and best travel tips our new National Geographic book, Ultimate Journeys for Two. Get a signed copy here.

Connect with Us
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