Archive for the “Guest Bloggers” Category

The Joy of Solo Travel

This is a guest post by Laura, our resident expert on female travel. Solo travel isn’t always easy. It tests my patience, courage, and willingness to adapt to situations outside of my comfort zone. But, despite the challenges, because of solo travel, I’ve met people and had adventures I don’t think would have had otherwise. Traveling alone has taught me many things and opened up many great doors. Some of my favorite memories are: Come Stay with Me While laying […]

A Girl’s Guide to Italy

This is a guest post by Laura, our resident expert on female travel. The reasons to travel to Italy are as varied as its gelato flavors. Some people go to get a taste of history while others take part in the outdoor activities. For me, Italy is all about indulgences…and over indulgences! From architecture to food to wine to life, Italians go all out. They know how to eat, they know how to dress, and they know how to party. […]

Trusting Others in Jordan

This is a guest blog by Laura, our resident expert on female travel. My alarm went off at half past four. As I waited outside in the dark for my taxi to show up to take me to the bus station, a man appeared from the shadows of the restaurant, and I jumped, startled from being in a half-asleep state. He was the security guard and after seeing that I was awake, he brought me a cup of Arabic tea. […]

Female Travel Tips from Female Travelers

This is a guest post by Laura, our resident expert on female travel. I’ve been fortunate enough to be inspired by many great women in the travel blogging community. And what better way to share female travel tips than to survey the experts! I asked other female travelers what their best travel tip is for other female travelers, and here are the results: “If you want to exercise but aren’t in an area where you can do it easily (run, […]

Ladies, Don’t Leave Home Without It!

This is a guest post by Laura, our resident expert on female travel. I always seem to learn things the hard way, and packing for long-term travel is no exception. I used to pack for every possible situation, for the “what if” moments. Of course, if you backpack for a few weeks with all of these unnecessary items, you end up discarding many things along the way that you don’t need. After living in Africa with minimal facilities (like no […]

Dealing with Harassment

This is a guest post by Laura, our resident expert on female travel. Many female travelers experience varying levels of harassment on the road, while others may not hear so much as a catcall. Although it happens everywhere, harassment towards women is more common in some places than others, and you should be aware of this unflattering side of travel. No, it shouldn’t scare you or prevent you from traveling, but being prepared to deal with situations will make your […]

Women Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Travel Alone

This is a guest blog by Laura from A Wandering Sole. Laura will be writing on female travel for this site. She’ll have a column every other week. As much as I love to write, this is one topic I’m clueless about. So take it away Laura. It’s dangerous. How will you get there? Where will you stay? By yourself? But, you’re a girl! If you’re female and have an interest in travel, then you’ve probably heard these things before. […]

Hosteling for Baby Boomers

This is a guest post by Barbara Wiebel of Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel. When I explain to people that I usually stay in hostels during my travels around the world, the initial reaction from most baby boomers is astonishment verging on horror. “Aren’t they filthy?” “Don’t you have to put up with a bunch of drunken twenty-somethings who party all night long?” “Are they really safe?” Due to the number of budget hotels and motels available in the […]

The Vegetarian Backpacker

When we tell people that we’re traveling around the world, the first question I get is, “But, how do you eat?” I was raised a vegetarian, stuck with my vegetarianism through college in the South, the land of vegetables boiled with ham hocks, and wasn’t going to change my eating habits because of our round-the-world trip. At the same time, eating is one of the main reasons we travel, so one year of boring salads and convenience store packaged foods […]

9 Reasons to Volunteer on Your Trip

Moving around all the time is exciting, but after months of changing location several times a week, a traveler can long for a place to unpack their bags for awhile and try something different. Volunteering internationally is the way I choose to step off the backpacker trail, and it’s enriched both my life and my travels. I’m giving my time and energy to people who need help, but I’m getting so much back in return that it almost feels as […]