Archive for the “Travel Lists” Category

My 12 Recommended Books for 2015

There’s nothing more inspirational than a well-written travel book. It can fill you with awe, wonder, and wanderlust. Books make those 10-hour bus rides through Laos more bearable. They get us excited for new destinations and can change our world view. I’ve always been a voracious reader, but my goal this year is to read one book a week (if not more). I go through fits and starts with reading. I’ll read a book or two a week and then […]

10 Destinations to Visit When You’re a Budget Traveler

The world is full of affordable destinations, and it doesn’t require much effort to find them. No matter what continent, there are always places you can visit on a budget – even countries we think of as expensive are quite budget-friendly if you know certain tips and tricks. No destination is really ever “too expensive”. After ten years as a frugal budget traveler (expect an anniversary post next week) and, in light of the release of my new book, today […]

10 Interesting and Helpful Travel Websites

Every day, a dozen new travel websites start up in hopes of making your trip planning easier, help you meet locals, crowdsource your advice, or save money. And with equal speed as many travel websites fail each day. A lot of travel start ups try to fill a void where none exists. There are just some things that people don’t want, need, or desire. There many are with innovative ideas but are poorly executed and end up floundering. Then there […]

13 Travel Books That Will Give You Serious Wanderlust

The end of the year is just that time for favorites lists. Last week, I wrote about my favorite blogs of 2013 and this week, I want to talk travel books. Part of the tool belt of any traveler is a good book. Long bus, train, or plane rides can get pretty boring and can give you a lot of “dead” time if you haven’t mastered the art of the 10-hour blank stare. I read a lot, and one of […]

My 14 Favorite Travel Blogs of 2013

As I brought up a few weeks ago, I don’t read many travel blogs anymore, since there’s often too much sponsored content and I find them bland. A lot of people asked what blogs I do enjoy reading. There’s a bunch I read on a regular basis—sites that inspire me to travel better and satiate my wanderlust. The last time I pointed you in the direction of some good blogs was in 2012, so I’m long overdue for a suggested […]

27 Golden Rules For Not Ruining Your Trip and Becoming a Master Traveler

Every industry has their own “best practices” — proven rules and standards that guide the industry. Travel is no different. There are many rules to live by that help us navigate the unknown world with fewer costly mistakes and help quicken the pace in which we melt into the local culture. They make travel easier, better, and less stressful. I have my own rules. Below are my 27 golden rules for travel. If you follow them, you’ll be a master […]

19 Travel Goals to Accomplish Before 35

Back in June, as I was reflecting on another birthday, I looked at a very, very old version of my website and spotted a list of travel goals I’d written. I’d forgotten about that list. As I made changes to the site, I moved the list around, eventually removed it, put it back, and then put it aside for later use. But like so many lists I write, I had forgotten it in the dust bin of my mind. But […]

My Favorite Cheesy and Overrated Tourist Activities (And Why I Love Them)

Here’s a secret: I love being a cheesy tourist. As much as I love getting off the beaten path and learning about local cultures, sometimes I love the artificial world the mainstream travel industry has created. I think a lot of people think too deeply about travel, as if every moment on the road has to have profound impact and meaning. They are too quick to write off mass tourism. I’ve always found travelers who shun anything “cheesy” to be […]

Why Travel Makes You Awesome

People always ask how travel has changed me. If I look back at who I was before I began traveling and compare that to who I am now, I would have to say that travel has made me a better and more well-rounded person. I’m way cooler now than I was at twenty five when I first left to explore the world. Simply put, I’m a lot more awesome now than I used to be. In fact, I think travel […]

My Current List of Favorite Travel Blogs

I’m not going to lie – I think I have a pretty good travel blog. You probably do too, if you read it. I work hard to provide excellent practical travel advice to help you travel better, but I’m not the only great travel blogger out there. In fact, and I know this might be shocking, there’s a lot about travel that I’m not an expert on. Family travel? No idea. Travel as a woman? Clueless. Information on hotels? Only […]