Airline Review: Aer Lingus

On my recent flight to London, I flew the Irish carrier Aer Lingus. For $350, they were the cheapest deal, and they code-shared with my frequent flier program. I expected an awful flight, as some of my Irish friends didn’t have kind words about the carrier. But I actually found the flight to be great. Aer Lingus used to be a major carrier but has restructured itself to be a low-cost carrier offering cheap flights around Europe and America via […]

Beijing Night Life

This is a guest post by Jennifer Gregory of the On the Go Travel Blog. If you’re planning to visit Beijing for the Olympics this year, you’ll be happy to discover that there’s no lack of places to eat, dance, drink, and enjoy live entertainment, music, and films every night of the week. Plus, Beijing is known for its fun discos and karaoke. With so much to do here, the hardest part of enjoying your nights out will be deciding […]

Free Things to Do in London

Being in London, one of the most expensive cities in the world, on one of the tightest budgets in the world, I’ve been learning how to navigate the city while spending as little money as possible. If you ever find yourself here on a tight budget, here are some free things to do in London: Get a Free Map. The tourist office charges £1 for a map, but if you grab the pamphlets for the walking or bus tours, they […]

Ye Olde London

My flight to London was uneventful. Well, it could have been eventful, but I was sound asleep until we landed in Dublin. When I connected from the Irish Republic, I was surprised I didn’t pass through passport control in Heathrow. I looked, but it was right on to baggage claim for me. Now I’ve managed to get into England without a UK stamp on my passport. Weird. My friends live about 45 minutes away from Heathrow in North London. Or […]

Thailand’s Street Food Culture

It’s 6pm in Bangkok, and all over, street vendors are busy selling food. Thais do almost all of their grocery shopping on the street. Locals walk around with little bags full of rice, curry, noodles, or soup. With food so cheap and kitchens so few and far between, very few Thais in Bangkok cook their own meals. Sidewalk chairs are filled with coworkers sharing meals before they go home. Eating here is a social activity where hunger pangs, not the […]

Interview with Leif Pettersen

Today we talk to Leif Pettersen, travel writer and guidebook author, about traveling, writing, and life as a nomad: Nomadic Matt: For starters, what gave you the travel bug? Leif Pettersen: I eased into it. It started with a few trips to visit friends in Mexico in my teens and being shipped off to Norway at 18 for a six week language/culture program. A quarter studying theater and literature in London at 22 is when the bomb really went off. […]

The Saturday City: Hoi An

Hoi An is located in central Vietnam, and is the center of Vietnam’s clothing industry – at least for tourists. Hoi An was a major international port in the 16th and 17th centuries, and a major center for Chinese and Japanese immigration. Many of these ancient structures are preserved, and the heart of the city is still the Old Town, full of winding lanes and Chinese-styled shop houses. A river flows through the town, splitting the old section from the […]

Free Things to do in Boston

Boston is one of the most-visited cities in America, and people from around the world flock here during the summer months. Chances are Boston is on your list to see and, as you know, big cities can be hard on the wallet. Boston has a lot to do, meals get expensive, and hotels aren’t cheap. But I grew up in this city, and though it’s no longer my home, I know it like the back of my hand. There’s a […]

The Life of a Traveler

Last night, I watched the movie “A Map for Saturday.” It was amazing. Utterly and totally amazing. The movie was recommended to me by a fellow traveler, and chronicles a man’s round-the-world trip in 2005. It is filled with interviews from other backpackers, and very accurately captures the highs and lows of travel. It’s the best travel movie I’ve ever seen. For anyone who has ever backpacked or traveled for a long time, it’s an easy movie to relate to. […]