Take the First Step Out the Door (A Community Challenge)

The Dutch have a saying: “He who is outside his door already has the hardest part of his journey behind him.” It’s one of my travel quotes. The first step in any endeavor is always the hardest. It takes courage. You have to overcome your fears and that’s not always easy. I remember how hard it was to take the first step when I started traveling. I was scared and nervous. Would everything turn out alright? Once I got out […]

30 Fantastic Photos from Iceland to Inspire Your Next Trip

Last month, I finally visited Iceland. Iceland wasn’t the impossible budget destination people made it out to be. The locals were warm and welcoming, took me around, and showed me their homes. They were incredibly hospitable and I made a lot of Icelandic friends on my trip. And, while locals make any destination better, what blew my mind was the magnificence of the natural landscape. It’s bewitching. You find yourself in a spellbound daze as you move from place to […]

Help Plan My Trip to the Caribbean

In a few weeks, I’m heading to the Caribbean. I’ve been to a few islands down there (Bahamas, Curacao, Grand Cayman) but have never spent an extended amount of time there so I’m pumped! I’ve always wanted to sail around the region. I’m flying into Puerto Rico on November 2nd, spending a week there, and then heading to the US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands with a friend. After that, I don’t know. My only plan is to head […]

Why Solo Female Travel is Different

On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s not a topic I can cover and since there’s a lot of solo female travelers out there, I felt it was important to bring in an expert. This is her column this month. My male friends who travel have been invited into the homes of locals for meals just as often as I […]

11 Tips to Help You Visit Expensive Iceland on Budget

Iceland. The land of sheep, northern lights, volcanoes with unpronounceable names (try Eyjafjallajökull), and high prices. It’s supposedly one of the least budget-friendly countries in the world – which made visiting even more appealing to me. I always view expensive countries as a challenge. Figuring out how to visit a country on the cheap is like solving a puzzle to me and I relished the challenge of figuring out if Iceland could be visited on a budget. And, after eleven […]

Smartphones, Tablets, or Laptops: What’s Best for Travelers?

On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters is here giving you great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. Here is his column this month. “Should I bring a laptop, tablet or smartphone?” It’s a question I’m often asked – and for good reason. There are pros and cons to each device and, with overlapping features, picking the one that’s right can be confusing. There are a lot of issues to think about with […]

19 Reader Questions and Answers

Every day I get asked hundreds of travel questions. My inbox is constantly full, and it takes hours each day to answer them all. I’m not bothered because I enjoy answering people’s travel questions and helping others travel more. However, not every question merits a single 1,000 word blog post to answer it; most have simple and short answers to them. Today, I’ve taken twenty questions that were asked on Facebook and posted the answer here. So, without further ado, […]

61 Travel Tips to Make You the World’s Savviest Traveler

Most people aren’t born savvy travelers. It’s something that only comes with on the road experience. In the beginning, you make a lot of mistakes. Travel savviness is a process born of missed buses, foolish behavior, cultural unawareness, and countless tiny errors. Then, one day, you begin to seamlessly move through airports and integrate yourself into new cultures like a fish to water. I want to help speed up the process and help you avoid my mistakes (and I often […]

Post-Trip Depression: It’s Often Emotionally Harder to Come Home than Go Away

Before my first trip around the world, I was driving through Boston with my friend Mike. One of the things I was talking about was how different life would be when I returned home. Where would my friends be in life? How would they change? What jobs would they have? New hobbies? New relationships? I imagined a world of possibility. “Everything will be exactly how you left it,” he said. “When I studied abroad, I thought the same thing. But, […]

How to Backpack Europe with a Baby

Last week, Cameron, our new family budget travel guru, talked about his travels and gave us a preview of his upcoming columns. Continuing the family travel topic, I thought it would be great to share our next reader interview on family travel. We haven’t had an interview on the topic yet so let me introduce Marcus and Paula, a young couple from New Zealand, who took their ten month old to Europe. They virtually sit down and talk about their […]