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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]