Archive for the “Travel Advice” Category

Hosteling for Baby Boomers

This is a guest post by Barbara Wiebel of Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel. When I explain to people that I usually stay in hostels during my travels around the world, the initial reaction from most baby boomers is astonishment verging on horror. “Aren’t they filthy?” “Don’t you have to put up with a bunch of drunken twenty-somethings who party all night long?” “Are they really safe?” Due to the number of budget hotels and motels available in the […]

9 Reasons to Volunteer on Your Trip

Moving around all the time is exciting, but after months of changing location several times a week, a traveler can long for a place to unpack their bags for awhile and try something different. Volunteering internationally is the way I choose to step off the backpacker trail, and it’s enriched both my life and my travels. I’m giving my time and energy to people who need help, but I’m getting so much back in return that it almost feels as […]

Why It’s Great to Travel Without a Plan

I’ve become a notorious last minute planner. When I first started traveling, I planned everything out. I knew where I would be on what day, where I was staying, and how I was getting there. Yet over the years, I’ve begun to travel with less of a plan….if any at all. In two weeks, I’m going to Europe and I just booked my flight. I still haven’t booked my hostel. And, while I have a general idea of the route […]

Don’t Have (Travel) Regrets

When I was in university, many of my friends studied abroad. They all came back speaking of life changing stories and experiences. They made it sound like a movie and it was something I always thought of doing. Being in a foreign country, learning a new language, reinventing yourself, meeting girls, and being able to legally drink. For a college student, it sounded like the perfect experience. Except I never went. I was always too afraid. Not afraid of what […]

Now is the Best Time to Travel

Life is stressful. Working, bills, the economy, errands, love, family, commuting- lots of stress. It all adds to the mountain and causes us much anxiety. When people feel stress, it’s important we relieve it and one of the best ways to do that is to travel. Travel can refresh us. It is like a time out from life- just like from grade school but this time it is fun. It slows us down, makes us stop and smell the roses, […]

How to Make Your Money Last

I get a lot of questions about travel in my inbox. Often the questions are simply “what’s the secret to traveling” and “how can I do what you do“. Lately, I’ve been getting some questions about budgeting and making the money last. How is it that I’ve made my money last so long? This a great question and an important thing to discuss so this blog post is long overdue. Telling people I have been traveling for three years usually […]

Staycation

There always seems to be a new term entering the travel lexicon- traveler, tourist, flashpacker, voluntourism, and staycation. Everyone always likes to define something. Then again, I guess giving it a name means you can feel like you know it. The latest word that seems to be catching on is “staycation”. O.K., the word has been around for a while but when friends on Facebook tell me they are taking a staycation, I know the word has gone mainstream. A […]

Don’t Learn a Foreign Language

A few weeks ago, I was at the Taiwan Lantern Festival. I went with my guesthouse owner’s nieces and a Korean guy who stays at the guesthouse long term. We were walking around and they were mostly speaking Chinese. They were discussing one of the niece’s boy problems. I guess all that teenage angst and romance you have when you are 16 is universal. Though they were speaking Chinese, I knew what they were saying. I followed along, I laughed, […]

How to Choose the Right Destination

Most of us want to travel, but we’re not always 100% sure of where to go. You have this urge to leave the comfort of your home, discover unfamiliar places, meet new people, and experience other cultures. The question is always where to go. Here’s some advice on how to choose the right destination for you: Duration Regardless of whether you live in Europe, America, or Asia, the duration of your trip often depends on work and what you can […]

Travel First Starts At Home

If you think travel is something that only happens when you take overseas plane flights, long bus rides, or cross-country train trips, you’re missing out on a world of opportunity much closer to home. Of course, you’re forgiven for associating travel exclusively with foreign lands, exotic food, and curious dress habits. That is, after all, the image handed down to us from the days of Marco Polo, David Livingston, and other great explorers and perpetuated by the Travel Channel and […]