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Countdown to our LeafCanoe Kickstarter Campaign!

It’s an exciting time here at LeafCanoe! We have some new developments in the works for the coming months, including an awesome LeafCanoe Kickstarter campaign. If you have been enjoying the LeafCanoe app so far, you’ll love some of the changes we’ll be bringing on to the platform.

LeafCanoe Kickstarter

Our latest change has been the launch of our Expert Program. Over the last several months, we’ve been growing our list of travel experts – those folks who really know a lot about a particular style of travel – and have worked with them to be part of our Expert Program. Under the Expert Program, travel experts have the opportunity to create travel guides, and earn money for their guides. What’s more, they will be known in the LeafCanoe community as experts on their particular style of travel. There are still plenty of spots left under the Expert Program, so if you’re interested in being one of our travel experts, now is the time! Or if you’re interested to see who our current travel experts are, read about them on our blog post, Get to Know Your Travel Style.

If you’ve been following LeafCanoe, you may have seen that we will soon be launching a LeafCanoe Kickstarter campaign on July 9th. The campaign will help turn LeafCanoe into a marketplace to create and sell personal smart travel guides. Our travel experts will play a big role in this big change, so if you haven’t signed up to become a travel expert, this is one more reason to do it now.

LeafCanoe Kickstarter

At LeafCanoe, we are all about building a travel community, beyond just the creation and sharing of travel guides. With the LeafCanoe Kickstarter campaign launch just a month away, we’ve created a Facebook event to get you excited and revved up about the campaign. Now you can get updates on the latest developments of the Kickstarter campaign, be introduced to our LeafCanoe travel experts, and share this event with friends in your travel circles.

If you’re interested in more ways to get involved with our travel community, then you’re in luck. With our Facebook event page, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to engage with the LeafCanoe travel community through our daily themes. They’re geared to help spread the word about our Kickstarter campaign, and build excitement.

LeafCanoe Kickstarter

Each Thursday is #leafcanoehometown day. Share what you love about your hometown with the LeafCanoe community.

Friday is #leafcanoeexpert day, where we’ll be introducing you to our LeafCanoe Travel Experts, and give you a chance to get to know who they are and their travel style.

On Saturdays, we’ll have #leafcanoefriendship day. This is an opportunity for you to share the LeafCanoe Kickstater Facebook event with your friends among your travel circles.

Sunday is #leafcanoetravel day. This is when we’ll share our upcoming travel plans, and invite you to join in on the discussion.

And finally, on Mondays we’ll be having #leafcanoesneakpeak day. This is our most exciting day of the week, because we’ll be giving you exclusive sneak peaks about our Kickstarter campaign.

LeafCanoe Kickstarter

This is an exciting time for LeafCanoe, and we want to share that excitement with you. As always, you can always share with your friends this great tool by having them download the LeafCanoe app and see for themselves. But as we countdown to the launch of our LeafCanoe Kickstarter campaign, the biggest thing you can do is join the event on Facebook and share it with your friends. Spread the word and spread the excitement! Help us create a community of travelers. And most importantly, help us make LeafCanoe the best marketplace for travelers!

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Meet a Travel Expert: Amanda Tiffany of Gallivant Society

In the world of travel, becoming a travel expert is something that almost every traveler aspires to become. Travel experts know the secret spots in a particular locale, they are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to travel tips and advice, and they are always the ones with the most interesting stories to tell.

This week, we are highlighting travel expert, Amanda Tiffany, a nature lover and traveler extraordinaire. Amanda’s leaves, including “Explore the Untouched Beauty of Southern Belize” and “The Possibilities for Adventure are Endless in Cayo, Belize” all draw from her experiences living overseas and experiencing nature. Having lived and traveled abroad for many years, Amanda has plenty of stories to share with the LeafCanoe community.

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We recently caught up with Amanda, and asked her to share some of her travel experiences with us.

When and why did you start the Gallivant Society blog?
Gallivant Society was established last year in 2015. Right now it’s a side project that I hope will eventually lead to a full time, location independent source of income.

What do you look for when you travel?
When I travel the two big things I look for is nature and culture. I love hiking, spelunking, and scuba diving. Basically I’m up for any activity where I get to enjoy the great outdoors. For this reason, I can’t say I’m a city person. But I do love the diversity that cities provide. I truly enjoy trying new foods, visiting museums and other exhibits, and going to festivals that aren’t as readily available in small towns.

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What’s your travel motivation and goals?
My goal is to be able to work wherever my travels take me.

Wanderlust is a true affliction I suffer from. I have a strong desire to see everything and go everywhere. I’m always planning for the next trip. Even while I’m on holiday, the next adventure or 20 is already in the planning stages. My goal is to be a slow traveler. To me, this means I would like to live in a different location every few years, fully immersing myself in the local culture and experiences available. I enjoy really getting to know a place and the local people. Not that I’m opposed to the weekend blitz vacation, by any means.

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What has been your favorite travel memory so far?
This is a really hard question as every trip has its own unique set of memories. The most rewarding memory I have was volunteering in Belize for four years. I’m fluent in American Sign Language and worked with deaf individuals and their families, helping them to be able to communicate and interact better with each other. New Zealand, however, is by far the most beautiful memory I have so far. I spent two breathtaking weeks driving around the South Island in a caravan seeing the most indescribable beauty.

What leaves can we expect next from you?
I’m currently in Northern Michigan for the summer working on my ASA. I just spent a week in the Keweenaw Peninsula on a geology field study. Traverse City and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are among a few of the gems Good Morning America voted to be the “The most beautiful place in America” in 2011. I would like to complete a series of guides from a local perspective so future visitors can enjoy Northern Michigan to its fullest.

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With experiences in Belize, New Zealand, and all throughout North America, Amanda is certainly quite the travel expert. If you love her nature-loving style of travel, check out the rest of her leaves on the LeafCanoe app, available for download at the App Store.

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Get To Know Your Travel Style

The wonderful thing about travel is how each experience can be unique and different. Just as each person is a unique individual, each traveler has their own travel style. With LeafCanoe, you can find leaves that suit all sorts of travel styles. From adventurous exploration in the outdoors, to a peaceful retreat on the beach, travel can be what you want it to be.

Over the past year, our expert LeafCanoers have created leaves that represent the wide spectrum of travel styles. If you’re looking for ideas for travel, they’re a great resource to start with. Take a look at these travel styles and see which one suits you the most.

Slow TravelDan McElroy
Do you enjoy living in the moment? Do you prefer to get to know a destination in depth, rather than moving quickly from one destination to another? For some travelers, going at a slower pace is the way to go. This means spending more time in a particular destination, and really understanding the ins and outs of that place. Or it can also mean using forms of transportation that aren’t as fast, such as cars or bikes. Dan McElroy from Searching for your Zen, knows this quite well. He spent several months road tripping around the United States, really taking the time to get to know the country. If you’re looking for travel experiences that showcase the ins and outs of a destination, check out some of his leaves, such as “Jaw Dropping Scenery at Glacier National Park” or “Washington DC – In A Day!

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Budget TravelLaura Studen
If you’re not careful, travel can get pretty expensive, especially if you do a lot of flying overseas. Fortunately, travel doesn’t necessarily have to be pricey. If you love to travel but have limited resources, then you might fall under the category of a budget travelers. Budget travelers know how to get the most travel value out of what they have. Rather than staying at a luxury resort, they choose more simple accommodations like a hostel or a guest house. Instead of eating out every night, they occasionally cook dinners from home. And when it comes to choosing destinations, budget travelers will choose cheaper countries rather than more expensive ones. As a student, Lauren Studen, of Girl x Departure, has a lot of experience with budget travel, and her leaves focus on how to get the most out of a destination. Check out her leaves about Turkey, such as “10 Free Things to do in Istanbul” or her leaf about Bangkok called, “15 Things To Do in Bangkok.”

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Intellectual TravelKathryn Damicone
Travel isn’t always just about the destination. For some travelers, it’s about learning the history of a place, or diving deep into the social and cultural aspects of that destination. Intellectual travelers enjoy the educational aspects of travel, the opportunity to enrich the mind with historical knowledge or a cultural context.  These are the type of travelers who will spend months learning the language before visiting a new place, or who will immerse themselves in the literature of a particular country. At the heart of it all is the desire to connect with other cultures. LeafCanoer, Kathryn Damicone, also known as SocioKathy, loves focusing on the human to human connections that comes with travel. Her leaves, such as “Destination Dresden” or “Maui’s Must See List,” focus a lot on cultural exploration, so typical for the intellectual traveler.

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Adventure TravelDaijie Huang
On the other end of the spectrum is adventure travel. This type of travel is centered around people who love fast paced environments, and who love to test the limits of what their body can or cannot handle.  Adventure travel oven involves activities that are physically challenging or are in a unique location. Those who love adventure travel are happy when they are doing things such as climbing hills, ziplining through a forest, or riding ATVs through the sand dunes. LeafCanoer’s founder, Daijie Huang, has traveled to some very exciting travel destinations with her family, and for those with a more adventurous travel style, her leaves are the perfect travel inspiration. Check out her leaf, “Visit Machu Picchu,” or “18 Day Kenya Safari Itinerary” for some wanderlust worthy adventure travel ideas.

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Pop-Culture TravelToni Frazer
Like the intellectual traveler, the pop-culture traveler doesn’t always focus on the destination. However if that destination is related to something in a movie or a tv show, than the pop-culture traveler is sure to seek it out. These types of travelers are the ones who like visiting a landmark because it was featured in a film. Or they enjoy creating trips that are inspired by a movie, book, or tv show.  LeafCanoer, Toni Frazer, of Enchanted Serendipity, loves visiting filming locations. Her leaf, “The Notebook Filming Locations” showcases several spots in North Carolina where the movie was filmed. Another leaf of hers, “Chicago, Illinois Filming Locations,” highlights filming locations of famous John Hughes movies.

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Nature Travel – Amanda Tiffany
For some, the wonders of nature are what inspires them to travel. Nature travelers love exploring the natural surroundings of a destination. They are drawn to the beaches, the forests, the mountains, and lakes. They focus on the beauty that surrounds them in nature, and they love taking pictures to showcase this natural beauty. Amanda Tiffany from Gallivant Society, has plenty of experience with nature travel. Her leaves about Belize, such as “Explore the untouched beauty of Southern Belize” and “The possibilities for adventure are endless in Cayo, Belize,” all showcase the wonderful natural beauty that can be found during your travels.

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Local TravelAstrid Vinje
Like the slow traveler, those who enjoy local travel often opt to get to know one particular destination really well, rather than hopping from one destination to another. For the local traveler, the focus is on taking the time to live like one of the locals. Local travelers love activities such as cooking classes or city tours, because it gives them a chance to really get to know the local culture. They also enjoy doing activities like visiting a local park, or going to the city market. LeafCanoer, Astrid Vinje, of The Wandering Daughter, loves exploring the local scene during her travels. Check out her leaves such as “A Tasty Tour of Seattle” or “Day Trips From Seattle” for ideas on local travel.

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Responsible TravelLaura Fairbourn
Traveling the world brings with it a sense of social responsibility. Many travelers want more from their travels than just seeing the tourist sites. They want to leave the world better than when they found it. For the responsible traveler, travel is about making sure that your activities do not have a negative impact on the environment or the cultures of the places you visit. They love doing volunteer activities, and are drawn to destinations that exemplify sustainable travel. For LeafCanoer, Laura Fairbourn, of Grassroots Nomad, travel is about having a positive impact on the world. Her leaves, “Petra” and “Savamala Street Art – Belgrade,” offer a unique perspective to travel that focuses on understanding the local culture and history.

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Every traveler has their own unique travel style, and LeafCanoe has a leaf for almost every type of travel style imaginable.  Some of the travel styles not highlighted here include luxury travel, which focus on staying at luxury resorts and pampering yourself on your travels, and food travel, which seeks out to find the very best meal.

If you’re looking for inspiration on where to travel next, think about your travel style, and follow one of our LeafCanoe experts! If you want to become an expert, check out our expert program!

To get started on exploring the different travel styles, download the LeafCanoe app.

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