Sites like AirBnB and Wimdu can really be money savers as you travel. Having a full kitchen can save you a lot of money, and I think the cultural experience is greatly enhanced by staying in a local neighborhood versus the tourist zone; not to mention cheaper.
While contemplating which countries were our favorite, it felt natural to highlight some of our favorite cities as well.
Obviously, packing for long-term travel is a bit different than when going on a short holiday. For our first 2 years of travel, we were very minimalist. I was surprised and proud of the fact that we had such few things considering all the crazy stuff we found in our US condo when we were getting rid of our stuff. Three-year-old grocery store receipts? After being on the road for awhile, though, one begins to “need” some simple but unusual things.