Archive for the “Travel Tips” Category

6 Ways to Avoid Staying in a Bad Hostel

What makes a good hostel? How do you avoid the bad ones? After staying in hundreds of hostels since I first started traveling the world, I’ve become quite adept at figuring out very quickly if the hostel owners know what they are doing or just randomly woke up one day and said “Let’s open a hostel. It sounds like fun.” While hostels are all about the people, management can do a few things to make their hostel a lot less […]

Over a Dozen Facts That Will Make You Want to Travel More

Earlier today, a community member sent me a link to this video. It’s put together by Buzzfeed, and while I wouldn’t normal link to them, I thought this travel video was filled with good information that only reinforces the fact that travel makes you awesome. Between the facts and images, I was hooked and wanted to re-share this video with you here. There’s not much more to say so here it is. Enjoy! My own experience has shown me that […]

How to Stay Fit and Healthy on the Road

I’m not a healthy guy. Ok, I am a very healthy guy when I am home in my apartment with my juicer, kitchen, and nearby Whole Foods. On the road, it’s another story. Even with the high expectations and goals I set for myself a few years ago, I’ve failed at maintaining a healthier lifestyle on the road. While I make more health conscious decisions, I still go out too much, never sleep, and stuff my face with pizza because […]

How to Become a House Sitter and Never Pay for Accommodation

A lot of readers were interested in learning more about house sitting, the method of watching people’s houses while they’re away in exchange for free accommodation. I’ve never done it, but Dalene and Pete from Hecktic Travels do it all the time, so I brought them in to talk more about the subject. Enjoy! As I write this, I’m sitting in a comfortable leather recliner in front of three large bay windows. In my purview are tall pines covered in […]

How to Travel And Eat Your Way Around the World

This is a guest post by Jodi Ettenberg, foodie extraordinaire and writer of The Food Traveler’s Handbook. She is one of my favorite travel bloggers and it’s a honor to have her guest post here while I am in Africa! The beauty of traveling the world is that you can hone in on the things you are most curious about or the themes that bring you joy. For many people, this means adventure or volunteering or climbing as many mountains […]

Cheap Places to Travel on the US Dollar

The United States dollar isn’t what it once was. Though it has gained strength recently because of the ongoing debt crisis in Europe, it has fallen against the Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian dollars as well as just about every other major currency in the world. (It dropped greatly against the Swedish Krona while I was there this summer!) As a constant traveler, I worry about currency moves like only a Wall Street trader would. Small changes in the value […]

How to Travel and Work Around the World with WWOOF

The subject of WWOOFing around the world isn’t one I’ve dealt with, yet readers often ask about it. In order to find out more about this unique way to see the world, I turned to frequent WWOOFer and freelance writer Sophie McGovern to tell us all about it. A storm was brewing in northern Italy, moody clouds rolling over the valley. Inside a farmhouse, my friend and I were dusting shelves of antique books and ornaments. Not something we expected […]

Cheap Ways to Travel Across Europe

Even with the falling Euro, traveling around Europe can still be fairly expensive, especially if you are traveling long distances or miss out on that killer fare from Ryanair. I sometimes get sick to my stomach at how much transportation can cost even for the shortest distances. But, despite the high valued Euro, high transportation costs, and general expensiveness of Europe, there are still many ways to travel around Europe affordably: Megabus Megabus is a cheap way to get around […]

Why I Left a Four Seasons and Moved Into a Hostel

This is a guest post by Maneesh Sethi of Hack the System. Like me, Maneesh is a “travel hacker” and he recently tried to get back into hotels after hosteling for years. I thought his conclusions made for a story worth sharing here. It seemed like a dream vacation: a free three-week, all-expenses paid trip to Thailand while staying in 5-star hotels. I boarded the plane, landed in Chiang Mai, and sat down in the sleek black Mercedes Benz that […]

22 Ways to Cut Your Expenses, Grow Your Bank Balance, and Have Money for Travel

I want to start this blog post with a short exercise. Get out a sheet of paper and write down all your set expenses: rent/mortgage, car payments, cable bill, cell phone, insurance, school payments, and the like. Tally them up. Then write down all your discretionary spending. This is what you spend on food, movie nights, drinks, shopping, that daily coffee from Starbucks, cigarettes, sports tickets, your daily mid-day snack, and other similar things. If you don’t know what you […]