Archive for the “Guest Bloggers” Category

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 […]

How to Travel And Eat Your Way Around the World

This is a guest post by Jodi Ettenberg, foodie extraordinaire and writer of The Food Traveler’s Handbook. She is one of my favorite travel bloggers and it’s a honor to have her guest post here while I am in Africa! The beauty of traveling the world is that you can hone in on the things you are most curious about or the themes that bring you joy. For many people, this means adventure or volunteering or climbing as many mountains […]

The Tightwad’s Guide to NYC Culture

This is a guest post by Jeff Dobbins, a New York City based writer and tour guide, who is one of the best authorities on the city I know. New York City has an abundance of cultural riches – remarkable sights, incredible food, world-class museums, and superb theater, music, and dance. But a look at some of the city’s prices ($450 for dinner at Masa Restaurant, $477 for a ticket to the Broadway show, The Book of Mormon) and visitors tend […]

How to Travel and Work Around the World with WWOOF

The subject of WWOOFing around the world isn’t one I’ve dealt with yet is often a question asked by readers. In order to find out more about this unique way to see the world, I turned to frequent WWOOFer and freelance writer Sophie McGovern to tell us all about it. A storm was brewing in northern Italy, moody clouds rolling over the valley. Inside a farmhouse, my friend and I were dusting shelves of antique books and ornaments. Not something […]

7 Gorgeous Hikes Around Yosemite Park

This is a guest post by Adam Costa. Yosemite is the second oldest national park in the U.S. and is unquestionably one of the world’s most beautiful places. Its collection of granite domes, alpine meadows and high altitude lakes draw roughly four million visitors a year. For me, it was my home for three months as I served burgers and fries by day and hiked the vast landscape in the afternoons and weekends. I lived in Tuolumne Meadows, located along […]

Why I Left a Four Seasons and Moved Into a Hostel

This is a guest post by Maneesh Sethi of Hack the System. Like me, Maneesh is a “travel hacker” and he recently tried to get back into hotels after hosteling for years. I thought his conclusions made for a story worth sharing here. It seemed like a dream vacation: a free three-week, all-expenses paid trip to Thailand while staying in 5-star hotels. I boarded the plane, landed in Chiang Mai, and sat down in the sleek black Mercedes Benz that […]

Learning to Speak a Language from Day One

This is a guest post from Benny Lewis from Fluent in 3 Months. This new year, many travelers may have made one of their resolutions to be about learning a foreign language. However, experience has told me that if your New Year’s resolution is to “speak Spanish/French/Japanese,” you are probably bound for failure. But fear not! After learning and becoming fluent in many languages, despite only speaking English until age 21, I have developed a few tips that will make it […]

How to Travel the Trans-Siberian Railway

This is a guest post by Katie Aune. The Trans-Siberian Railway is one of the most famous train journeys in the world. For me, it was the highlight of the three months I spent in Russia. I traveled in reverse, going from Vladivostok to Moscow (most people start in Moscow) and went slowly, taking nearly a month to complete the journey and stopping in five cities along the way. Planning Your Route The traditional Trans-Siberian route stretches 9288 kilometers between […]