Last weekend, my family and I had the opportunity to hike in the Opal Creek Scenic Area and Wilderness. It is located east of Salem, in the Willamette National Forest. Opal Creek runs through thousands of acres of protected old growth forest, crisscrossed with over 30 miles of hiking trails.

Hiking Opal Creek (Oregon)

Last weekend, my family and I had the opportunity to hike in the Opal Creek Scenic Area and Wilderness. It is located east of Salem, in the Willamette National Forest. Opal Creek runs through thousands of acres of protected old growth forest, crisscrossed with over 30 miles of hiking trails.

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There's a big world out there filled with islands just waiting for your arrival. We curated the 49 best islands across the globe that you absolutely must visit before you die. Time to get out the bucket list.

49 Islands You Must Visit Before You Die

There's a big world out there filled with islands just waiting for your arrival. We curated the 49 best islands across the globe that you absolutely must visit before you die. Time to get out the bucket list.

83 Unreal Places You Thought Only Existed in Your Imagination travel destinations #travel #wanderlust #explore

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You've got #wanderlust, a passport, and time off... Just don't make these mistakes.

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GIFTS FOR TRAVELERS: More than 40 holiday gifts ideas for travelers --> Pin this post for wanderlust-inspiring travel gift ideas for any occasion.

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GIFTS FOR TRAVELERS: More than 40 holiday gifts ideas for travelers --> Pin this post for wanderlust-inspiring travel gift ideas for any occasion.

Even though it was our first long-term trip and despite the mistakes we made while abroad, we came back with a pretty manageable savings depletion. We can proudly say that we backpacked through Europe on less than $3,500, and we had the time of our lives doing it. That's why we want to share some of our tricks with you. Travel can be affordable for everyone that tries to do it reasonably, so we hope these tips inspire you to take the plunge like we did.

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Even though it was our first long-term trip and despite the mistakes we made while abroad, we came back with a pretty manageable savings depletion. We can proudly say that we backpacked through Europe on less than $3,500, and we had the time of our lives doing it. That's why we want to share some of our tricks with you. Travel can be affordable for everyone that tries to do it reasonably, so we hope these tips inspire you to take the plunge like we did.

Packing guide for backpacking Southeast Asia

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