Archive for the “Travel Advice” Category

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 Cope with Travel Mistakes (Because I Can’t Stop Making Them)

I make a lot of mistakes. Despite years of constant travel to over seventy countries, I can’t believe how often I still make rookie mistakes when I should know better. For example, in the last couple of months alone, I have: Almost gone to the wrong airport – twice. Mistakenly booked two plane tickets for the wrong day (yay cancelation fees!). Overpaid for a taxi when I knew I was being ripped off. Forgot to haggle for market goods (thus […]

How Families and Senior Travelers Can Use the Advice on this Website

I’m thirty-two, single, and mostly travel alone. These are things that probably won’t change anytime soon (though my mother keeps asking me when that second one will). As such, most of the travel tips on this website tend to be focused on what I, a single traveler, learn about traveling better, cheaper, and longer. But that doesn’t mean my advice is only for solo travelers. My belief is that budget travel tips are universal because when we all touch down […]

17 Easy Steps for Planning Your Next Trip

I remember when I started planning my first trip. I had no idea what I was doing. When I decided to quit my job and travel the world, I walked into a bookstore and bought Lonely Planet’s Southeast Asia on Shoestring. It made the trip seem more real, but it didn’t prepare me for planning a long world trip. Back then, there weren’t really blogs, guides, and apps like there are today. I was lost. I figured it out as […]

Why Going Home Does Not Mean Failure

“You’re going home?” I asked her as we sat in the hostel’s common room. “Yeah, I really miss my boyfriend and family. This long-term travel thing just isn’t for me. I’ve cut my trip short and will be going home in a few weeks.” “Wow!” I replied. “Well, it’s important to do what makes you happy. At the very least, traveling taught you something about what you do and do not like. That’s a win.” And, with that, we moved […]

How to Deal with Unsupportive Friends and Family

When I first started to travel long-term, people asked me what I was running away from, wondered why I wanted to be gone so long, and would mostly tell me I was crazy or weird. Suffice it to say, I didn’t get a lot of encouragement and support in the beginning. Sometimes your friends and family, the people you want most to be supportive of your trip, aren’t as enthusiastic as you’d like them to be. They don’t understand and […]

When Three Days is Not Enough Time

For years, I’ve been able to explore destinations at my own pace. Two days, two weeks, two months; it didn’t matter – I had as much time as I needed. In my view (still unchanged), when you travel, less is more. It’s better to see fewer attractions and go deeper than cast a wide net and go shallow. You get to know the people and places better, and you won’t rush, stress, or spend a lot of money on transportation. […]

How to Overcome Feeling Overwhelmed

Planning a trip can be pretty stressful. Where do you start? What do you do first? Will everything work out? Taking time off and traveling around the world is a big life change and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. So how do you manage to stop being so overwhelmed? How do you get over that feeling of not knowing where to begin? It’s easy — and I’ve developed a unique four-step process to doing so (patent pending): First, buy your […]

How to Overcome Being Alone

Before I first went away in 2006, I had these expectations about travel. My trip was going to be a non-stop adventure filled with colorful and exciting people. I’d make friends everywhere. I’d be talking to strangers on buses. Locals would be inviting me out places. I’d be drinking a latte, strike up a conversation with my beautiful waitress and then the next thing I’d know we’d be at a wine bar with her teaching French. It was going to […]

The Goldilocks Number: Why $50 a Day is Just Right

Last Tuesday, my book How to Travel the World on $50 a Day was released, and a lot of people seemed to wonder whether $50 per day was “extravagant” or just the right amount. I got asked questions like “Can it be done cheaper?” “Why $50?” and “What does that number include?” Today, I want to talk about exactly that subject and magic number. To answer those questions, let’s first talk about where that number comes from. I didn’t pick […]