Why I Ended My Partnership with G Adventures

I believe in being fully transparent on my website. I think it’s the only way to really run a website. And, so, in the name of full transparency, I want to talk about a big change that’s happened on this one. For the last ten years, I’ve been taking G Adventures tours. The first trip I ever took overseas in 2004 was with them, and that trip to Costa Rica gave me the travel bug that put me on the […]

Historical Walking Tours of New York City: The Good, Bad, and Amazing!

New York City has many walking tour companies—from free tours to food tours to neighborhood tours to expensive private walking tours. This place has it all, and with so much history and culture and so many nationalities represented here, it’s not really that surprising. New York seems to have a walking tour for everyone’s needs. Now, I love walking tours. I think they’re a wonderful way to see a city, get your bearings, and learn about where you are from […]

A Birthday Promise to Myself

Today is my birthday. I am thirty-three years old. I’m not a fan of birthdays. It’s not like today is any different than yesterday. My thoughts, feelings, successes, and failures are still the same. It’s the time in between the birthdays that changes us, not the day itself. And, anyways, why celebrate just one day of your life? Let’s celebrate life everyday. I like to treat every day as my birthday. However, as I look back on another year, I […]

14 Ways to Safely Hitchhike Across the United States

My first experience with hitchhiking was in Belize. Back in 2005, I hitchhiked the entire country as it was the most common way locals got around. If they were doing it, why not me? It was a lot of fun and a lot easier and safer than I thought. Since then, I’ve hitchhiked around a handful of countries and met some interesting (and not so interesting) people. Hitchhiking is still a popular and common way many people worldwide get around, […]

Win a Free Roundtrip Economy Flight!!!

I know the blog has been quiet recently. Now that I’m in NYC, you might be thinking I’ve run out of things to write about and have become boring.  No and definitely no! I still have a lot of stories and tips to share, but I haven’t had time to write them yet because (drumroll please)….I was writing a new book (and updating a few ebooks)! Yesterday, I dropped off the second edition of my book How to Travel the World […]

How to Find a Cheap Airplane Ticket

Airline tickets seem to get more expensive every year. That flight that cost $200 last year is $400 this year and, as flights often represent the biggest expense of someone’s trip, these higher prices are keeping more people at home. While the era of dirt-cheap air travel is over, there are still ways to find deals. The four major reasons prices go up and down are competition, supply, demand, and oil prices. Together, these four measures affect a lovely thing […]

Prague: Back to Where it Began

My life as a backpacker began in Prague. I arrived there two months into my trip. But those two months were spent staying with friends and driving across the US. It wasn’t spent in hostels or meeting travelers. Up until that time, my trip always felt like an extended vacation. But all that would change in Prague. Prague was the first place I stayed in a hostel and had to make friends with strangers in dorms, navigate on my own […]

Big Site Updates (and Something Awesome for Other Bloggers!)

I’m not giving up traveling. A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about how I no longer wanted to travel long term. Many of you thought I was going to give up traveling. That’s not the case! I’m just going to be traveling in shorter bursts. In some ways, that is the essence of a nomad – you stay in one place until the seasons change and you move on.  That’s what I’m doing. I’m still a backpacker, still focused […]

How to Spend Three Days Touring San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most eclectic cities in the United States. It’s home to liberals, hippies, hipsters, techies, immigrants, yuppies, one of the oldest gay scenes in the States, that big red bridge, Alcatraz, delicious Chinese food, seafood, and, well, food in general (this is a great city to be hungry in). To me, it’s a magical place. While it lacks that certain je ne sais quoi that would convince me to pack my bags and live there, […]

What All the Recent Changes in Frequent Flier Programs Mean for Travelers

Many of you may have noticed the many changes to frequent flier programs lately. Delta has completely revamped their program to be revenue-based instead of distance based, United has devalued their reward chart and added a revenue requirement, Air Canada devalued their rewards last year (twice), and American Airlines has made a number of unannounced changes to their program, including adding two new reward tiers. The North American frequent flier market isn’t looking so good. Across the world, frequent flier […]