50 Random Travel Questions and My Answers

At the end of January, I hosted a Creative Live session on budget travel. Creative Live is an online education site that hosts multi-day educational courses on a variety of topics. They offer really good courses and get phenomenal, world class teachers. Over 10,000 people watched my two day course and Creative Live said I had one of the most active chat rooms ever in their business vertical. (How cool!) Because of all your awesome activity and questions, I couldn’t […]

Why T-Mobile is the Best Phone Carrier for U.S. Travelers

A long time ago in a state far, far away (Massachusetts), I used AT&T as my cellphone service provider. I had been using them since I was nineteen. When the iPhone first came out, I bought it because I could remove the original AT&T SIM card, insert a local SIM from the country I was in, and still have a handy dandy smartphone to Tweet from. So I unlocked my phone (hacked it so I could use it overseas) and […]

How this Indian Couple Navigated a Complex Visa System to Travel the World

As an American, it’s easy for me to travel the world. My dollar goes far (though not as far as it used to) and I only have to worry about visas to a few countries around the world. Yet not everyone is blessed with a golden passport (EU, British, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand passports fall under this scope, too) and it can be very hard to not only save money for travel but also obtain a visa to most […]

How to Learn the Basics of Any Language for Your Next Trip in Four Steps

I’ve always been bad at languages. I barely made it through high school Spanish and have forgotten all the French I hired a tutor to teach me. I’m cursed. Or so I thought until I became friends with Benny Lewis from Fluent in 3 Months. Benny has mastered a method for learning languages that has helped me break languages down into smaller, more easily learnable parts. With his help, I’ve remembered a lot of my Spanish, learned Thai, and know […]

How Oneika Gets Teaching Jobs Around the World

I’ve featured a lot of readers on this website – solo travelers, couples, young and old travelers, Brits, Canadians, and Americans. But there are still a lot of viewpoints I haven’t covered. So today’s reader interview brings some more diversity and perspective to our series. Today we talk to Onieka, a thirty-something single black traveler from Canada who teaches in Hong Kong. A lot of e-mails ask me about racial prejudice on the road and since it’s a perspective I […]

How to Take a Cruise for as Little as $30 Per Day

Cruises can be expensive affairs. First, ships reel you in with a “cheap” room and an onboard credit but then smack you around with high-priced drinks, non-included restaurants, and dollar-a-minute Internet. A couple of years ago, I went on the Oasis of the Seas (one of the largest boats in the world) on a seven-day cruise around the Caribbean. The listed price of this cruise? $800 USD. That’s expensive for a week of cruising. You could go to Southeast Asia for […]

The Saturday City: León

Located in northwest Nicaragua, León is a college town often overlooked by tourists who stay south near Granada, Ometepe, and the beaches. However, given that the area has so much to do, I expected a lot of tourists but instead found mostly empty hostels and few gringos wandering the streets during my visit. I’ll tell you – all those absent travelers are missing out. León, a city filled with history, delicious food, outdoor activities, volcanoes, and nearby beaches, was one of […]

Announcing My Brand New Blogging Course (50 person limit)

Many people ask me how to create their own blog, what techniques and strategies they can use to grow their website, and how they can turn their passion into a profession. Looking around the web, I realized that there’s nothing teaching real online business, marketing, writing, and growth tactics to travel writers and bloggers. Content may be king, but without good marketing and business skills, no one is ever going to read your pearls of wisdom. I’ve seen a lot […]

Why Pretentious Travelers Fill Me With Hate (And What I Do About Them)

Nothing irks me more than people disparaging people’s travel choices. I don’t get why people do it. The whole “traveler vs. tourist” argument, talking about what makes someone a “real traveler”, and making fun of people’s routes. People waste so much energy trying to lift themselves up above others. Isn’t travel supposed to make you open-minded? I do this for me. This is all my journey. I’m not in a race for the most countries visited, street stalls eaten at, […]

How to Use the Sharing Economy to Travel on a Budget

The Internet has changed travel. Sometimes hasn’t been for the better (one just needs to see how many people are checking Facebook in a hostel to agree) but it has allowed people to share, connect, and collaborate in ways that haven’t been possible before. And for the budget traveler and culture enthusiast this change has been terrific. There are now so many more ways to travel on a budget as well as get the most out of your destination and […]