Win a Free Trip to Peru and Machu Picchu (Plus Cyber Monday Book Deals)

It’s Cyber Monday here in America (doesn’t that sound like something people used to do in AOL chatrooms?) and every year on this day I run a sale on my books. But today is extra special because I am also announcing my next trip giveaway. I haven’t done one yet this year so I am long overdue. And what better time to give away a free trip than during the holiday season? This year’s trip is: One free trip to […]

How Pat Got a Free Business Class Ticket (and You Can Get One Too!)

Last month, my friend Pat came to me with a problem – he wanted to fly Cathay Pacific business class round-trip from the U.S. to a conference in the Philippines. He had only a few frequent flyer miles and was all like “travel hacking, what?” He needed help. In the words of Barney Stinson: “challenge accepted!” I had two months to get Pat the 110,000 miles he needed. I’ve written about traveling business class for free before, but as with […]

Reader Story: How Helen Successfully Traveled and Volunteered Around Africa

Years ago, my friend Zach backpacked from Cape Town to Cairo. It was him, a small backpack, and nothing else. He hitchhiked, rode in the back of buses and trucks, slept in ultra-cheap accommodation, and ate only local food. I was fascinated by the stories he told me of his adventure. Africa is always seen as a scary place to travel alone, with danger and theft lurking around every corner for the unsuspecting traveler. But there are a lot of […]

How Do You Decide What Travel Content to Trust?

Every so often a debate bubbles up in the travel blogging world about the ethics of taking sponsored trips or posting sponsored content or links (i.e., content or ads that someone paid you for). The debate rises to the top, the opposing sides argue why they are right, and the discussion fades away, never really resolved. Recently that debate surfaced again and, while I normally never blog about blogging on this site, I’m breaking my cardinal rule because I want […]

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 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 Irish person I didn’t like), rolling verdant green hills, leprechauns, pots of gold, lucky charms, hearty food, and ancient castles. Last month, I went […]