Archive for the “Interviews” Category

How Emily Taught English to Fund Her RTW Adventure

There are a lot of ways to fund your travels – we’ve met readers who’ve taken odd jobs, worked on yachts, volunteered, saved for their trip, and more. What I love about reader success stories is that they highlight the diversity of ways to make travel a reality – it doesn’t always have to be “have a good job, make lots of money, save, travel.” All you really need is the will. Plus the stories are great motivation! Today, we’re […]

Reader Stories: How DJ Made All His Dreams Come True

In our last reader story, I highlighted the story of Vikram and Ishwinder, an Indian couple who navigated a complex visa system in order to travel the world. Indians face a lot of restrictions on where they can visi and, for most countries in the world, face an extensive visa process. So do Filipinos. It took a Filipino friend in Bangkok four years to obtain an EU Shengen Visa, despite having a good job, a fiancé, and lots of roots. […]

How this Indian Couple Navigated a Complex Visa System to Travel the World

As an American, it’s easy for me to travel the world. My dollar goes far (though not as far as it used to) and I only have to worry about visas to a few countries around the world. Yet not everyone is blessed with a golden passport (EU, British, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand passports fall under this scope, too) and it can be very hard to not only save money for travel but also obtain a visa to most […]

How Oneika Gets Teaching Jobs Around the World

I’ve featured a lot of readers on this website – solo travelers, couples, young and old travelers, Brits, Canadians, and Americans. But there are still a lot of viewpoints I haven’t covered. So today’s reader interview brings some more diversity and perspective to our series. Today we talk to Onieka, a thirty-something single black traveler from Canada who teaches in Hong Kong. A lot of e-mails ask me about racial prejudice on the road and since it’s a perspective I […]

The Future of Guidebooks with Travel Legend Pauline Frommer

A few years ago, I interviewed travel legend Pauline Frommer, picking her brain for great travel tips. Since that time, the guidebook company that bears her family name changed hands before ending up back in the family. Additionally, the guidebook industry itself has changed a lot (competitor Lonely Planet was also sold). With all that change, I thought it would be a good time to sit back down with Pauline and talk about what’s next for the guidebook industry, Frommer’s, […]

Reader Story: How Arielle Found a Job Working on a Yacht

Money is what keeps people from traveling more, but it doesn’t have to. There are a lot of ways to earn money and travel. I saved over $20,000 for my original trip but, after I decided I never wanted to stop traveling, I knew I had to find a way to earn more money so I taught English in Thailand and Taiwan to help keep me traveling. However, if teaching isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other jobs to […]

How to be a Travel Hacker in the United Kingdom

I’ve been writing about travel hacking a lot lately and one question that keeps popping up is “Matt, how can we travel hack in the UK?” Well, while I know a lot about doing this in the UK, I don’t know as much as Robert (aka Raffles) from Head for Points, the premier travel hacking website for the UK. Today, I sit down with him and he explains in great detail how those of you from the UK can get […]

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Interview to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

When I first started thinking about traveling the world, I bought a book most of you have probably heard of: Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts. It was a treatise on the personal and world benefits of travel, especially long-term travel. That book put into words all the thoughts and feelings I had about travel at the time and helped ease a lot of the fears I had about my decision to […]

How This 70 Year Old Couple Bucked Convention to Travel the World

When I saw him in the hostel, I couldn’t help but smile. There he was, a man who could have been my grandfather, hanging out with college-aged backpackers and having the time of his life. The younger travelers were enamored with his stories of past travels and his ability to drink them under the table. No one cared he was in his 70s. Age mattered not one bit. I believe that most of my advice on this website is universal. […]

Interview with Frugal Traveler and Writer, Matt Gross

In December 2009, I saw the tweet that changed my life. It was from Matt Gross, who was then the Frugal Traveler for the New York Times. He tweeted asking if there were any travel bloggers who were earning any money from their blog. I tweeted back the Internet equivalent of “Teacher, pick me, pick me, pick me!” And pick me for an interview he did. I remember eating lunch when I got his call and holding up my Kiwi […]