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’d been 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 to 4pm PST, I’ll be teaching everyone the secrets of travel…and it’s all free. This is going to be a live version of my […]

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

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 […]