Announcing My 2014 Europe Group Tours

I’m in Thailand currently taking twelve people around my favorite country in the world, showing them all the things that make me fall in love with it. I organize these tours as a way to share my love of travel and various destinations around the world. I want you to fall in love with these destinations just like I have. Plus, I want to show you how to travel and wander off the beaten path a bit. These tours are […]

My 15 Favorite Things to Do in Nicaragua

Nicaragua used to be a secret. “Pshhh, have you been to Nicaragua yet? That’s where you really want to go,” travelers would say. It was the land of backpackers and intrepid travelers. Tourists veered towards Costa Rica as Nicaragua’s rough past plagued its image. But over the years, travelers seeking a fun, cheap, and adventurous destination came here as an alternative to “touristy” Costa Rica and Panama once they realized Contras weren’t still roaming the jungles. So the secret’s out, […]

How to Pick (and Pack) a Great Backpack

Picking the right backpack is an important part of planning your trip. Too big, and you’ll have too much extra weight. Too small, and you’ll never fit anything in. Pick the wrong material, and when it rains, your stuff will be soaked. Plus, there are so many options and brands out there – it can all be very confusing. We all need to find our Goldilocks backpack. I spent well over an hour picking out my first pack – and […]

That Place Called Home

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.” These were words I hadn’t heard spoken in two years. And they were sorely missed. After landing in Bangkok, I glided effortlessly through an airport where I’ve been countless times and made my way to the train into the city. It was a routine I followed without thinking and I easily made my way to my hotel (I used points to stay for free at the new W hotel. It’s one of […]

How to Spend a Week in the Maldives for Less Than One Night in a Resort

I’ve always wanted to visit the Maldives. I’ve often dreamed of those over-water bungalows and white sand beaches. But those dreams turned into nightmares when I realized how much those bungalows actually cost. Luckily, changes in the way tourism is done in the country have allowed for a small but growing budget travel industry to emerge and today, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse shares how to travel the Maldives on a budget. She just got back and I’m […]

Reader Story: How Jessica and Her Boyfriend Worked Their Way Around the World

One of things that keeps people from traveling is money. They either don’t have enough, don’t think they can save enough, or fret about coming home with not enough. It’s easy to think “I can’t travel, I don’t have money” but there are a lot of ways to travel without leaving with a small fortune. I worked overseas to fund my travels and keep myself on the road. Last month, we met Arielle who worked on yachts to travel the […]

Come Watch My Free Online Travel Course!

Two months ago, I was asked to do an online travel course with Creative Live. Creative Live is an organization that runs free online classes on everything from photography to video production to marketing to (now) travel. It was a big, big honor to be asked. So next week, on January 29th and 30th, from 9-4pm PST, I’ll be teaching everyone all secrets of travel…and it’s all free. This is going to be a live version of my blog and […]

The Future of Guidebooks with Travel Legend Pauline Frommer

A few years ago, I interviewed travel legend Pauline Frommer, picking her brain for great travel tips. Since that time, the guidebook company that bears her family name changed hands before ending up back in the family. Additionally, the guidebook industry itself has changed a lot (competitor Lonely Planet was also sold). With all that change, I thought it would be a good time to sit back down with Pauline and talk about what’s next for the guidebook industry, Frommer’s, […]

How to Avoid Paying Bank Fees While Traveling

Banking overseas is more than just putting your card in an ATM. When you travel abroad, banking overseas involves knowing three things: how to avoid paying bank fees, eliminate foreign transaction charges, and get a good exchange rate. I know too many people who travel overseas and pay ATM fees and get hit with credit card transaction fees. There’s no need for it. You didn’t save up all this money in order to give it the banks, right? I know […]

My Current Favorite Hostels in Europe

The last time I wrote about great hostels in Europe was in 2011, and since then, I’ve stayed in many, many new hostels. Some were wonderful, others I couldn’t leave quick enough. Hosteling is very popular and established in Europe, and there’s a growing “luxury” hostel trend that incorporates more amenities (and higher prices) for travelers. Since hostels come and go and quality can change rapidly, I thought my 2011 post needed an update. Here are what I currently consider […]