Over the years, what I carry in my bag has changed a lot. Most of that change has to do with the fact that I now carry a lot of gear related to blogging, but it also reflects the fact that I’ve learned a lot about packing since I first hit the road in 2006. And trust me, there is a lot to learn!
Updated: 7/10/18 | July 10th, 2018 For years, I’ve been hearing about the tour company Busabout. They offer hop-on, hop–off-again bus tours throughout Europe, similar to the Kiwi and Oz Experience. Like then, Busabout has set routes through Europe and along that route, you can leave and rejoin the bus whenever you want. I’ve never […]
Rail passes are all about math. Nothing else matters about them except their ability to save you money. If they can’t do that, they are worthless, so I make sure to track all the numbers. Is the pass worthwhile? Let me explain…
I get a lot of questions about European train travel and the value of European rail passes. I’d heard mixed reviews about them from other travelers so I decided this trip it was finally time to answer the most important question – “will buying this pass save me money?”
A few weeks ago, Contiki Holidays put up a message on Facebook that “you can literally save hundreds of dollars going with Contiki over doing it on your own” and that backpacking was “so 1997.” Amused, I tweeted how that wasn’t right since independent budget travel is always cheaper. Contiki tweeted otherwise. Whether or not […]
I think of many of my posts while in the shower. This one just came to me ten minutes ago while I was getting fresh and clean. Rather than sit on it, I’d thought I’d post it now before I forgot all the witty things I was going to say. Everyone has their own favorite […]
Last night, I watched the movie “A Map for Saturday.” It was amazing. Utterly and totally amazing. The movie was recommended to me by a fellow traveler, and chronicles a man’s round-the-world trip in 2005. It is filled with interviews from other backpackers, and very accurately captures the highs and lows of travel. It’s the […]