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Lauren Haas

I'm Lauren, the founder of Indie Travel Guru. I'm living proof that a life of travel and adventure is available to anyone who wants it. At 40, I was a single mom with no passport, a poverty-level income, and big dreams. At 48, I started traveling the world with everything I own in a backpack. After 7 years of living as a digital nomad, I've settled down. But I still love to travel the world on a shoestring budget, and I especially love to empower others to travel!

Can You Drink The Water?

    Is it OK to drink the water where you’re going? Here’s how to find out — and what to do if it’s not.

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    SUITEDNOMAD Compression Packing Cubes Review

      I’ve been using the SUITEDNOMAD Compression Packing Cubes Set for over a year now, and these ultralight cbags are making my travel life easier. Here’s my review. 

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      Easy Turkish Travel Phrases on Flash Cards

        Want to learn enough easy Turkish travel phrases to get by, without all the extras? I got you.

        Here are the phrases I use most when traveling to shop, dine, and make friends — all on flashcards so you can study & quiz yourself! I’ve given the pronunciation that an American can easily learn well enough to be understood.

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        How to become a Digital Nomad: Everything you need to know

          In May of 2013, I sold all my worldly goods and became a digital nomad. That means everything I own fits in a backpack, and I live all over the world. The question I’m asked most often is how to become a digital nomad, so I’m gathering all the details in this one spot.

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          The Best Way to Exchange Currency

            In the old days, travelers who wanted to exchange currency had to go to their bank and place an order weeks ahead of their trip — and banks built a profit into the transaction rate. 

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