Archive for the “Guest Bloggers” Category

14 Ways to Safely Hitchhike Across the United States

My first experience with hitchhiking was in Belize. Back in 2005, I hitchhiked the entire country as it was the most common way locals got around. If they were doing it, why not me? It was a lot of fun and a lot easier and safer than I thought. Since then, I’ve hitchhiked around a handful of countries and met some interesting (and not so interesting) people. Hitchhiking is still a popular and common way many people worldwide get around, […]

How to Learn the Basics of Any Language for Your Next Trip in Four Steps

I’ve always been bad at languages. I barely made it through high school Spanish and have forgotten all the French I hired a tutor to teach me. I’m cursed. Or so I thought until I became friends with Benny Lewis from Fluent in 3 Months. Benny has mastered a method for learning languages that has helped me break languages down into smaller, more easily learnable parts. With his help, I’ve remembered a lot of my Spanish, learned Thai, and know […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is it Safe for Women to Travel India?

The issue of women’s safety in India has been in the news frequently lately. Many women have expressed concerns about traveling there and many more have opted not to go at all. I’ve never been to India — and I’m also not a woman — but I feel this is an important subject to discuss.Today, please welcome Candace Rardon, who spent many months traveling around India by herself, to discuss safety and solo travel in India. Here is Candace…. My […]

A Guide to Traveling with Technology

This is a guest post by travel tech guru Dave Dean of Too Many Adapters, a site devoted to technology for travelers. Wondering what to take on the road when it comes to electronics?  You’re not the only one.  Long gone are the days where a cassette player and film camera were the height of travel gadgetry.  Walking into a hostel common room now you’d be forgiven for thinking you had accidentally stumbled into the local electronics store. You’re likely […]

How to Be a High Roller in Vegas on a Low Roller Budget

I love Las Vegas. I avoided going for years because I like to gamble but when I finally went, I found the city offered a lot more than just ways to lose money. Many people think Vegas is expensive but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of ways to experience Vegas without breaking the bank. Today, I’ve enlisted my friend Abby Tegnelia, editor of Vegas Magazine and all-around Vegas guru to show us how to have a first […]

How to Ethically Volunteer Anywhere in the World

I’m frequently asked about volunteering overseas and unfortunately, I don’t know much about it. So today, I’m turning the blog over to friend and volunteer tourism expert Shannon O’Donnell from the blog A Little Adrift. She’s been volunteering around the world for years and recently published a book on the subject. She is the expert so without further ado, here is Shannon’s advice on finding good volunteer opportunities. A foundational motivation underpinning the past four years I have been traveling […]

How to Become a House Sitter and Never Pay for Accommodation

A lot of readers were interested in learning more about house sitting, the method of watching people’s houses while they are away in exchange for free accommodation. I’ve never done it but Dalene and Pete from Hecktic Travels do it all the time so I brought them in to talk more about the subject. Enjoy! As I write this, I’m sitting in a comfortable leather recliner in front of three large bay windows. In my purview are tall pines covered […]