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 […]

How to Hack a Free Trip Around the World: 2014 Edition

Travel hacking is a constantly changing world – tips, tricks, and advice that worked even a few months ago can suddenly be obsolete. Deals come and go, programs change, credit cards come and go, ways to game the system end as new ones begin, bank rules change – it’s endless! Nothing in travel is really evergreen. So six months after I released my book, The Ultimate Guide to Travel Hacking, it is time to re-release an expanded and updated version […]

Why You Should Skip School to Travel the World

With the cost of higher education rising dramatically each year, should you forgo college* and instead use that money to travel the world? It’s one of the questions I receive a lot from graduating high school students and disenchanted college freshmen or sophomores. In their e-mails, they express a desire to pursue higher education but, at the moment, they aren’t sure what they want to do and would rather travel and “figure life out.” School doesn’t seem to be a good […]

A Prohibition Bar Crawl Through NYC

Warning: This is not a budget-friendly post, but it will make you thirsty! I love the 1920s—a lot. Midnight in Paris is one of my favorite movies. I had a Prohibition-era themed birthday party this year. I own vintage clothes. I listen to a lot of jazz. I’ve started taking swing classes. If I could live in any other time, I would pick 1920s NYC or Paris. The Jazz Age and I are buddies. And that’s one of the reasons […]

How Emily Taught English to Fund Her RTW Adventure

There are a lot of ways to fund your travels – we’ve met readers who’ve taken odd jobs, worked on yachts, volunteered, saved for their trip, and more. What I love about reader success stories is that they highlight the diversity of ways to make travel a reality – it doesn’t always have to be “have a good job, make lots of money, save, travel.” All you really need is the will. Plus the stories are great motivation! Today, we’re […]

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 […]