Archive for the “Guest Bloggers” Category

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 […]

6 Offbeat Things to do in Istanbul

This is a guest post by Emily Starbuck-Crone from Maiden Voyage Travel. When I went to Istanbul, the big historical sites – Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar, and the Spice Market – blew me away. But I also wanted to find fun things to do that were less touristy. Locals ended up giving us some great tips. One advised my partner and I to go to the Basilica Cistern, and that was the first we’d heard of it. […]

How to Represent Travel on Your Resume

This is a guest post by Sherry Ott. You’ve just finished your life-changing travels and now you are back home and considering how you are going to find work again. Whether you’re travels were a career break, gap year, or sabbatical you will need to figure out how you account for the time and experiences on your resume. I often work with travelers who are re-entering the workforce and are faced with the following questions when trying to update their resume. […]

How to Spend 24 Hours in Santiago

This is a guest post by Kyle Hepp. I’m not an ambitious traveler. Let’s get that out of the way before we even start this post. I’m sure plenty of people would try to see more in Santiago in a day, but after leaving here for 7 years, this is simply my idea of an ideal 24 hours in Chile’s capital. Please note: There are plenty of typically touristy things you could do that aren’t on this itinerary. I figure […]