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

During four years of European travel, I’ve stayed at more hostels than I can think of. Ones I won’t ever remember, ones I wish I wouldn’t remember, and ones I wish I could stay at forever. I love hosteling. I’d never want to stay at a hotel as I find hostels great value and easy places to meet people. Here are my favorite places to rest my head when I go to Europe: Kabul (Barcelona, Spain) Kabul is tied for […]

How to Cope with Travel Mistakes (Because I Can’t Stop Making Them)

I make a lot of mistakes. Despite years of constant travel to over seventy countries, I can’t believe how often I still make rookie mistakes when I should know better. For example, in the last couple of months alone, I have: Almost gone to the wrong airport – twice. Mistakenly booked two plane tickets for the wrong day (yay cancelation fees!). Overpaid for a taxi when I knew I was being ripped off. Forgot to haggle for market goods (thus […]

The Ultimate List of Things to Do in Medellin

One of my big goals for 2014 is to finally get to Colombia. It’s been on “the list” for a long time. Many of you have asked for information about the country, so today I turn the blog over to my friend Dave from Medellin Living. He traded his backpack for an apartment in the city. Dave gives us the ultimate list of things to do to one of the most popular destinations in Colombia. Once dubbed “The Most Dangerous […]

Reader Story: How Arielle Found a Job Working on a Yacht

Money is what keeps people from traveling more, but it doesn’t have to. There are a lot of ways to earn money and travel. I saved over $20,000 for my original trip but, after I decided I never wanted to stop traveling, I knew I had to find a way to earn more money so I taught English in Thailand and Taiwan to help keep me traveling. However, if teaching isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other jobs to […]

10 Ways to Visit Stockholm on a Budget

One of my favorite places in the world is Stockholm (I even attempted to live there last year). I love the city’s historical beauty, the natural beauty of the archipelago, and the beautiful people. Throw in lots of parks, delicious cafes, and bars, and you have the recipe for one of the greatest destinations in the world. Over the years, I’ve developed a good network of friends in Stockholm, and I’ve been there so much I feel like I know […]

13 Travel Books That Will Give You Serious Wanderlust

The end of the year is just that time for favorites lists. Last week, I wrote about my favorite blogs of 2013 and this week, I want to talk travel books. Part of the tool belt of any traveler is a good book. Long bus, train, or plane rides can get pretty boring and can give you a lot of “dead” time if you haven’t mastered the art of the 10-hour blank stare. I read a lot, and one of […]

Escaping the Winter (and Doing a Free Online Travel Workshop!)

Two months ago, I moved to New York City to be a homebody. Since then, I’ve only left the city once (I went overnight to Detroit to speak at a university). It’s been a wonderful experience – I’ve been going to the gym more, using my kitchen (though not as much as I would like), making new friends, sightseeing, and settling into a routine. But a nomad can’t stay home forever and as winter sets in and a slushy goo […]

My 14 Favorite Travel Blogs of 2013

As I brought up a few weeks ago, I don’t read many travel blogs anymore, since there’s often too much sponsored content and I find them bland. A lot of people asked what blogs I do enjoy reading. There’s a bunch I read on a regular basis—sites that inspire me to travel better and satiate my wanderlust. The last time I pointed you in the direction of some good blogs was in 2012, so I’m long overdue for a suggested […]

The Grass is Never Greener

As I lay on a beach on the island of Ko Lipe, my Kiwi friend Paul turned to me and asked, “Backgammon?” “Of course,” I said. This was a daily occurrence during our month long stay. We’d play for hours before heading to our favorite restaurant in the “town center.” The owner would teach us Thai and local Chao Lay while laughing at our inability to handle spicy food. We’d laugh along with him, share some jokes, and head back […]