Archive for the “Travel Advice” Category

12 Things I’d Tell Any New Traveler

Hope. Fear. Excitement. Traveling for the first time provided me with wave of conflicting emotions. When I left to travel the world, I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t well-traveled and was as green as they come. No one I knew had ever done this before. To compensate for my lack of preparedness, I followed my guidebooks and wet my feet with tours. I was young, inexperienced, and made a lot of rookie travel mistakes. A big sign hung […]

7 Common Travel Myths That are WRONG (and Why I’m Giving Hands On Help Now)

Years ago, the website Earth Porm reposted my article “The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You’re Broke,” and in January, social media maven and actor George Takei shared the post with his eight million Facebook fans (as a huge Star Trek geek and Sci-Fi nerd, I did jump up and down a bit with joy). As I went through the comments on George’s Facebook post, I was shocked and saddened by the mean and dismissive comments as well as by […]

Four Reasons This is the Year of the Budget Traveler

When I started traveling in 2006, there were no large travel blogs as we know them, sharing economy websites, or apps, and there were few online booking sites for obscure destinations. I remember finding only one website about backpacking Europe and a couple of forums where I could ask questions. Information was there, but it wasn’t as easily found or as abundant as it is today. If you didn’t talk to the right travel agent, backpacker, or hostel owner, or […]

How to Change the “I’m Too Poor to Travel” Mindset and Say Yes to Travel

“Your advice is great if you are middle-class, your parents are giving you money, or you’re from the West. Your website can never work for me. I’m too poor to travel. This advice is only for privileged people.” I encounter this line of thought frequently, and after two recently-published articles on Thrillist and Thought Catalog, I’ve heard it even more lately. Every travel naysayer believes their situation is special, that they can’t manage what someone else did for “x, y, […]

19 Reader Questions and Answers

Every day I get asked hundreds of travel questions. My inbox is constantly full, and it takes hours each day to answer them all. I’m not bothered because I enjoy answering people’s travel questions and helping others travel more. However, not every question merits a single 1,000 word blog post to answer it; most have simple and short answers to them. Today, I’ve taken twenty questions that were asked on Facebook and posted the answer here. So, without further ado, […]

7 Ways to Stay Motivated to Travel

A motivated person can achieve anything they set their mind to. But how does one stay motivated, especially to travel, when you are busy working and living life while your family and friends disparage your ideas, you’re overwhelmed planning your trip, or maybe you’re just burnt out from being on the road? Motivation is not an unlimited wellspring but a battery that has to be kept fully charged. While the idea of travel is always inspiring, sometimes life gets in […]

What All the Recent Changes in Frequent Flier Programs Mean for Travelers

Many of you may have noticed the many changes to frequent flier programs lately. Delta has completely revamped their program to be revenue-based instead of distance based, United has devalued their reward chart and added a revenue requirement, Air Canada devalued their rewards last year (twice), and American Airlines has made a number of unannounced changes to their program, including adding two new reward tiers. The North American frequent flier market isn’t looking so good. Across the world, frequent flier […]

Why There is No Right Answer

In travel, everything depends on your individual needs and desires. What travel credit card should you sign up for? Depends on your goals. Should you buy a rail pass? Depends on how you travel. Backpack or carry on? Maybe. There is no “right” answer in travel. Beginner travelers always seem to be looking for the right answer. Should they do X or Y? What’s the solution to their problem? My answer is always “it depends,” because there are no universal […]

50 Random Travel Questions and My Answers

At the end of January, I hosted a Creative Live session on budget travel. Creative Live is an online education site that hosts multi-day educational courses on a variety of topics. They offer really good courses and get phenomenal, world class teachers. Over 10,000 people watched my two day course and Creative Live said I had one of the most active chat rooms ever in their business vertical. (How cool!) Because of all your awesome activity and questions, I couldn’t […]

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 picked […]