12 Things I’d Tell Any New Traveler

Hope. Fear. Excitement. Traveling for the first time provided me with wave of conflicting emotions. When I left to travel the world, I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t well-traveled and was as green as they come. No one I knew had ever done this before. To compensate for my lack of preparedness, I followed my guidebooks and wet my feet with tours. I was young, inexperienced, and made a lot of rookie travel mistakes. A big sign hung […]

Updates from the Book Tour #2

Hello from Las Vegas! It’s day sixty-six of the #fiftyaday book tour. Last week, after driving over 5,000 miles through a dozen states, I watched the sun set marvelously over the Pacific. After two months of traveling, I made it across the country. It was one of those “I can’t believe I really just did that” moments where you look back and realize the adventure you had and all you’ve done. There was a sense of pride and accomplishment as […]

How to Spend 4 Days in New Orleans

New Orleans. NOLA. The Big Easy. A city by many names, all conjuring the jovial “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” (“Let the good times roll!”) attitude towards life the city is famous for. New Orleans is filled with scrumptious French-inspired Creole and Cajun food, live jazz music, street performers, and an appreciation for all the temptations of life. Life is lived well here in the Big Easy. I first visited in 2006 on a road trip across the country. It […]

Discovering Purpose on a Farm in South Africa

On the second Wednesday third Thursday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s a topic I can’t cover so I brought in an expert to share her advice. After a day of herding cattle in the South African bush, I collapsed on the couch in the farm cottage. I’d just snake-crawled under electric fences, body to ground so close I left an impression in […]

Living Les Bons Temps At Mardi Gras

As I threw beads over the wrought-iron balcony of Bourbon Bandstand in the French Quarter, I looked down at the crowds: strangers in elaborate costumes toasted drinks, laughed, and danced with each other as streets bands performed jazz. Everyone moved as if part of a well-rehearsed stage production performed countless times before. “Mardi Gras is certainly wild,” I thought. “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” (“Let the good times roll!”) Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is the day before Lent, in which […]

7 Common Travel Myths That are WRONG (and Why I’m Giving Hands On Help Now)

Years ago, the website Earth Porm reposted my article “The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You’re Broke,” and in January, social media maven and actor George Takei shared the post with his eight million Facebook fans (as a huge Star Trek geek and Sci-Fi nerd, I did jump up and down a bit with joy). As I went through the comments on George’s Facebook post, I was shocked and saddened by the mean and dismissive comments as well as by […]

Everything You Need to Know About Using Smartphones When You Travel

On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us 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 how to pick the best phone for when you travel. As a travel tech writer, I get asked about using smartphones when we travel. […]

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 […]