Walking Among the Dead at Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Death is not the end for the residents of Père Lachaise in Paris. Their tombs and graves are gawked at every day by hundreds of camera-touting tourists seeking the cemetery’s famous and not-so-famous inhabitants. The cemetery was built in 1804 as the city ran out of room for new graves within its limits. It was named after Louis XIV’s confessor, Père François de la Chaise (1624–1709), who lived in a house near the cemetery land. At the time, the cemetery […]

Big Improvements to this Site Coming Soon (Thanks for Your Feedback!)

Back in June, I released my annual reader survey – with a twist. To elicit more responses, I offered a free round-trip economy ticket. Boy, did I underestimate the number of people who would respond as a result! I figured that since the survey was long and required open ended answers, not many people would complete it – but over 5,500 of you did! (That’s a lot more than the normal 500 or so that typically answer!) And the survey […]

15 Highlights from 8 Years on the Road

Three weeks ago I celebrated my eight year anniversary of being on the road. On a warm morning on July 26, 2006, I left home for a year-long trip around the world. I didn’t return until 18 months later. I thought I’d be happy going back to cubicle life when I returned. I’d put my MBA to good use, promote renewable energy, and head down the path towards the American dream (job, wife, house, retirement, etc.). But the moment I […]

Win a Trip for Two to Morocco!

As many of you know, a couple of months ago I ended my long-standing partnership with G Adventures. We both were going in different directions and they were no longer a fit for this website. What is important for me is to work with a company that has a great product and wants to work with this community and help us travel cheaper. To that end, today, I’m officially announcing my new partnership with Intrepid Travel. Intrepid Travel is a […]

7 Ways to Stay Motivated to Travel

A motivated person can achieve anything they set their mind to. But how does one stay motivated, especially to travel, when you are busy working and living life while your family and friends disparage your ideas, you’re overwhelmed planning your trip, or maybe you’re just burnt out from being on the road? Motivation is not an unlimited wellspring but a battery that has to be kept fully charged. While the idea of travel is always inspiring, sometimes life gets in […]

How to Find the Perfect Apartment on Sites Like Airbnb

I used to hate renting apartments from websites like Airbnb, Wimdu, Homeaway, or Roomorama. As a solo traveler, I preferred the social atmosphere of hostels. It was simply easier to meet other people. And when I did want something other than a hostel, I used a hospitality network or stayed with friends. But since first writing three years ago about how I didn’t like this type of accommodation, I’ve actually grown to love it. A LOT. While I may not use […]

A Reminder to Roll with the Punches

Bonjour from Paris! Today, I start my next European group tour. For two weeks, I’ll be taking twelve readers to some of my favorite bars, restaurants, and locations around Western Europe. We start in Paris, a city I can’t get enough of. My countless visits here never get boring. Walking down its cobblestone streets, gazing at the Eiffel Tower, lounging in one of its parks, and smelling fresh bread and cheese at the markets fills me with joy. It’s like […]

Life on the Road as a Gay Couple

One things we haven’t focused on this site is LGBT travel and, as we bring in a wider range of reader interviews, I wanted to highlight LGBT readers as I’m curious learn about their experiences traveling around the world, as many countries have harsh anti-gay laws. So when Auston e-mailed me about being the next reader profile, I jumped at the opportunity. I wanted to know how he and his husband face or have dealt with any discrimination and his […]

22 Ways to Save Money in Paris

Uncorking a bottle of French wine on a sunny day, spreading Brie on a baguette, gazing out on the Paris skyline in front of the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre – to me, that is the perfect day. Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world thanks to its cobblestone streets lit up at night under the glow of street lights, historic architecture, incredible music, savory delicious food, and smartly-dressed locals. Paris is a city I just melt into. But […]

Help Stop the Promotion of Unethical Tourism (Boycott TBEX!)

Every year, a travel bloggers conference called TBEX is held in North America. I’ve gone many times. This year, the conference is being held in Cancun, Mexico and, as part of the offering of pre-conference activities, they are offering dolphin encounter experiences where you can go play and swim with captive dolphins. When I saw this, I was shocked. Captive dolphin experiences are a mass market, irresponsible form of tourism and it’s shocking that a travel organization that often talks […]