Archive for the “Travel Tips” Category

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 […]

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

Let’s start this blog post with a short exercise. I want you to get out a sheet of paper and write down all your set expenses. Write down how much you pay for your rent (mortgage), your car payments, cable bill, cell phone, insurance, 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, and other similar things. […]

14 Ways to Be Prepared for Anything While Traveling

When I was a kid, I was a boy scout. I made it pretty far too but then I became a teenager, decided it was “lame” and quit. As a boy scout, I learned how to tie knots, camp outdoors, be a good citizen, play with knives, and got to have cool sleepovers. One of the most important things you learn as a Boy Scout is their motto to always “be prepared”  and as I’ve grown up and traveled the […]

8 Great Alternative Budget Vacation Ideas

While many of us dream of world travel, or, at least taking a few months off from work in pursuit of adventure, for many it’s not always feasible. While I frequently talk about long-term travel and round the world trips, I know that realistically, not everyone can travel that way. I don’t think traveling the world is hard, but I also know that what I do isn’t for everyone. For a number of reasons, people just aren’t able to do […]

Renting an Apartment While Traveling

Lately, a lot of short-term rental companies have been asking me to stay with them. These companies offer furnished apartments for rent as an alternative to hotels. I’ve avoided them for a while as I generally like the social atmosphere of hostels. And, when I do want something non-hostel or hotel related, I usually just Couchsurf or stay with friends. But the email barrage finally wore me down and I figured I would give this whole short-term apartment thing a […]