My 2015 Group Tours: Two Trips to Europe!

At the end of 2013, I started leading group trips. I’ve done four so far and have really enjoyed them. I like meeting readers, exposing others to my travel style and taking them around to some of my favorite places in Europe. I want others to fall in love with the places that made me love travel so much. This year I’ll be offering two short tours in the fall: one to Paris and Amsterdam and one to Prague and […]

What Makes a Nomad a Nomad?

What makes a nomad a nomad? Or a backpacker a backpacker? How do you define a budget traveler? Am I a nomad because I move around a lot or did I give up the rights to call myself that when I got an apartment? Am I a luxury traveler because I stay in a hotels or a budget one because I use points to stay in them for free? I was faced with these questions last month when asked how […]

7 Common Excuses People Use to Avoid Family Travel

On the third Friday Saturday of every month, Cameron Wears from The Traveling Canucks is here to give us tips and advice on how to travel better with your kids. This is an often requested topic so I’m excited to have him on the team! Here is this month’s article. Before having kids, we didn’t spend much time thinking about what travel would be like with little ones. We knew having kids would be a big part of our future […]

Hogmanay: Edinburgh’s Amazing New Year’s Celebration

I hate New Year’s Eve. To me, it’s a non-holiday. A night out where bars have an excuse to overcharge customers, people get excited for a twenty second countdown, and you realize after the clock turns over that life is still the same. New Year’s Eve is just another night. I typically spend the “holiday” with my friends in some foreign country and am home shortly after midnight. I don’t see what the fuss is about. Yet, despite my dislike […]

How to Stay Safe When You Travel as a Solo Female

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 an important topic I can’t cover so I brought in an expert to share her advice. This month her column is on safety tips, since it’s been a common question on my book tour stops. One of the chief concerns for most would-be solo travelers is safety. Can I stay safe on my […]

12 Things Not to Do When You Travel

Travel writers always talk about what to do when you travel. It’s all must-see attractions and things to do. Go here, do this, see that, and act this way. But what about all the things you shouldn’t do on the road? There are plenty of mistakes travelers make that lead to wasted money, lost time, and missed opportunities. It is easy to say what to do, but we writers sometimes to forget to mention the don’ts. A lot of the […]

The Great American Road Trip (Part Deux)

To Americans, there’s nothing that hold more appeal than the classic road trip. It’s built into our cultural DNA dating as far back as the 1920s. In Jazz Age America, the car was a symbol of freedom – a chance to escape your small town and the watchful eyes of parents. It allowed men and women to sneak off together in a way never possible before. As the highway system was developed in the 1950s, a wave of kids set out […]

Has Technology Ruined the Travel Experience?

On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. He is our resident expert, trying out new products and seeing what works so you end up with gear that doesn’t break and a laptop not filled with viruses! This month’s column is about the change technology has brought to travel. If you’ve ever read the comments on an article about travel technology, you’ll likely have found […]

My 12 Recommended Books for 2015

There’s nothing more inspirational than a well-written travel book. It can fill you with awe, wonder, and wanderlust. Books make those 10-hour bus rides through Laos more bearable. They get us excited for new destinations and can change our world view. I’ve always been a voracious reader, but my goal this year is to read one book a week (if not more). I go through fits and starts with reading. I’ll read a book or two a week and then […]

Updates From the Book Tour!

As the sun rises in Asheville, North Carolina, it is day 12 of my cross-country tour to promote my new book, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. This is my seventh stop and I’m having an amazing time driving around the U.S., meeting other travelers, spreading the gospel of budget travel, and sightseeing in my own backyard. Since the book’s release a few weeks ago, a lot has happened and I wanted to share some of highlights […]