Posts in Rants
3 Travel Friendly Housing Alternatives

When you own or rent property, that monthly mortgage bill can put a huge damper on extra money that could be re-purposed for travel. It seems a little ridiculous to pay for an empty apartment while you take that great American road trip you’ve always dreamed of. For that reason alone, travel and conventional living don’t really mesh well for some people. That’s why I started brainstorming and researching to come up with some liberating living alternatives.

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7 Things We Learned This Year: The Busy Rat's First Birthday Celebration!

Around this time last year, Andrew and I nervously hit “publish” on our new amateur travel blog, The Busy Rats. We came into our own as travelers this year, and felt that the best way to commemorate our blog's first anniversary would be to share the most important things we learned along the way, whether it be life lessons, travel tips, or our weird, sentimental enlightenments! (I’m a sucker for those)

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This Is Who We Are: On The Fear Of Failure

Often in modern discussions young people like you and I are pressured to outdo ourselves; we are told that to succeed we “need” the best grades to get into the best colleges that will lead us into the most respectable careers so we can afford the best house in the best neighborhood fit for the best spouse and best children and so on… To me, it seems as if we don’t have any control over our own destiny. But in reality I know that it is ok for us to feel lost, and ok to have not reached our full potential just yet. 

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The Traveler's Playlist: 10 Best Road Trip Songs

The Busy Rats presents our first top ten listicle, so it’s only fitting that we share something so dear to our hearts: a travel playlist. Andrew and I are both very fond of music. He collects vinyl and I collect CD’s, we both play guitar, piano, and sing, write for the amazing Music in Press, and listen day and night to music both old and new. 

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No Tresspassing: The Morality of Urban Exploring

If you have a curious or adventurous mind, you may have been drawn to that abandoned church on the corner of your street, or the old insane asylum just a short drive down the freeway. Maybe you watch too many tacky ghost TV shows and couldn’t help but admire the chaos that ensues when nature encroaches on our domain. If so, you’ve probably considered or even partaken in urban exploration. 

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