Archive for the “Travel Tips” Category

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 […]

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 […]

How to Represent Travel on Your Resume

This is a guest post by Sherry Ott. You’ve just finished your life-changing travels and now you are back home and considering how you are going to find work again. Whether you’re travels were a career break, gap year, or sabbatical you will need to figure out how you account for the time and experiences on your resume. I often work with travelers who are re-entering the workforce and are faced with the following questions when trying to update their resume. […]

How to Eat Cheap Around the World

While you might never know it from my body mass, I love to eat. A lot. In fact, eating is one of my favorite activities, and also one of my favorite aspects of traveling. Food is such an integral part of so many cultures that to skip out on meals when you travel is to miss a huge part of traveling. I’m always disappointed when I meet travelers who cook all their meals in a hostel kitchen. Why come to […]

Four Tips for Taking Better Travel Photos

This is a guest post by Bethany Salvon. Everyone wants to take good travel photos, but most people are frustrated when what they see doesn’t translate accurately onto film or into pixels. Taking good photos takes time and practice. However, there are some quick tips that can be used to make your photos better right away. It doesn’t matter if you’re taking photos with your phone, a point and shoot, or an expensive SLR, some basic photo tips are universal […]

The Vegetarian Backpacker

When we tell people that we’re traveling around the world, the first question I get is, “But, how do you eat?” I was raised a vegetarian, stuck with my vegetarianism through college in the South, the land of vegetables boiled with ham hocks, and wasn’t going to change my eating habits because of our round-the-world trip. At the same time, eating is one of the main reasons we travel, so one year of boring salads and convenience store packaged foods […]

How to Pick a Good Hostel

Good hostels are always hard to come by. Places can be very hit or miss and usually, the reason a hostel is good has more to do with the people staying there than the physical place. I’ve stayed in dumps where I had fun in because of the people there and amazing hostels that bored me to death. Hosteling is, after all, about the people you meet. However, staying in a place that knows a traveler’s needs is always better […]