The Mystical Smoo Cave of Scotland

I wish I could be everywhere but until they perfect cloning technology, there’s only one of me traveling this big world. I now plan on having regular guest writers on the website to highlight places I haven’t been yet… places we can together dream of visiting someday. This month my friend Alex Berger talks about northern Scotland and shares the story of Smoo Cave. It’s beautifully written. Enjoy! Perched atop the worn limestone cliffs at the mouth of the Geodha […]

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Interview to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

When I first started thinking about traveling the world, I bought a book most of you have probably heard of: Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts. It was a treatise on the personal and world benefits of travel, especially long-term travel. That book put into words all the thoughts and feelings I had about travel at the time and helped ease a lot of the fears I had about my decision to […]

How Families and Senior Travelers Can Use the Advice on this Website

I’m thirty-two, single, and mostly travel alone. These are things that probably won’t change anytime soon (though my mother keeps asking me when that second one will). As such, most of the travel tips on this website tend to be focused on what I, a single traveler, learn about traveling better, cheaper, and longer. But that doesn’t mean my advice is only for solo travelers. My belief is that budget travel tips are universal because when we all touch down […]

Help Me Improve This Website

Now that I am home and settling down, I am making some long awaited improvements to this website. Over the next month, I’ll be making some design and navigation changes and I want your feedback on what I can do to make your experience better. I often run surveys to get your input and gauge how I’m doing in helping you travel. It’s time for more feedback. What articles are missing? What stories and tips would you like to see? […]

Home: The Death of a Nomad

When I decided to move to New York City, I had this vision of what would happen: I would move to NYC, settle down into my own amazing apartment, decorate it with lots of cool stuff, join a gym, take cooking classes, and, in between all that, take numerous trips to JFK airport and jet set around the world. I’d come back, stay for a few weeks, and do it all over again. I’d be able to balance my twin […]

My Love Note to The Irish

A couple of years ago, I had a twenty-four hour layover in Dublin. I crammed in as much sightseeing as I could and, though I got to see the sights, I never got to know the city. I vowed to come back. The Emerald Isle has always held a certain allure: Guinness, friendly locals (never met an Irishman (or woman) I didn’t like), rolling verdant green hills, leprechauns, pots of gold, lucky charms, hearty food, and ancient castles. Last month, […]

How to Travel Anywhere For Free

Imagine being able to fly anywhere in the world as often as you want — for free. Imagine staying in an overwater bungalow in the Maldives for free. Wouldn’t that be great? Wouldn’t never paying flights and accommodation allow you to travel more? Well, it’s possible — and I know because I do it all the time. What’s kept me traveling for so many years is not great riches, but lots of frequent flier miles and hotel points. Every year […]

Thoughts on Becoming a Tour Guide (And Highlights From Europe)

I knew it was going to be hard. I knew it was going to be a lot of work. I just didn’t realize how much work or how stressful it would turn out to be. Earlier this year, I decided to start organizing tours. In May I put together a tour through Europe and planned to take ten readers on an epic two week journey through Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Stockholm. I organized day tours, meals, hostel accommodations, train tickets, […]

Five Ways to Find a Cheap Flight

The cost of airfare is rising. It has been for a number of years. As planes fly fuller and airlines cut routes, they have less incentive to offer cheap fares. I remember when it used to be about $500-600 for a roundtrip ticket to Europe. Now, a fare that low is considered a deal with the norm around $900 (especially if you’re going to a major city)! This week’s video features five tips on how to find a cheap flight: […]

Announcing: My February 2014 Thailand Tour

Thailand has always been one of my favorite countries in the world and the years I spent living there are some of my most memorable. I long for Thailand on a constant basis and I love showing people around a country I still call home and opening them up to the magic that is Thailand. That’s why I was so excited in August to announce that one of the four tours I’ll be leading in 2014 will be in Thailand. […]