Travel Advice

Bedbugs, Head Lice, and Mold: 7 Reasons Travelers Skip the Hotel

By Guest Poster | April 12, 2011

I have a pretty high tolerance for grossness so I can’t say that staying at a hotel has ever really bothered me. Ignorance is bliss I guess. Still, I thought this was a pretty interesting article so I’m anxious to know, do you worry about these things, and does it influence where you stay? Gross. […]

What’s Still in My Pack, 6 Month Later?

By Steph | March 27, 2011

I’m not a big fan of packing lists. Or at least of publishing them on the internet. You work so hard on figuring out what you want to bring with you and then everyone comments and tears it apart because- oops, different people need and want different things. What I thought would be more useful […]

The Art of the Travel Nap

By Steph | March 10, 2011

“I love a good nap, sometimes it’s the only thing getting me out of bed in the morning” – George Costanza Back in September I was strolling down the Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto with a French girl I’d just met. “What do you want to do next?” she asked. “Oh I dunno. Maybe go back […]

Your One Stop Post for Accommodation on a Shoe String

By Guest Poster | August 19, 2010

Today’s guest post comes from Anna Cleal, who knows a thing or two about finding a place to sleep that will fit your (minimal) budget. I know I’m at the risk of sounding cliché by using the terms shoe string and travel in the same sentence, BUT hear me out on this one because I […]

Six Slick Ways To Stash Your Cash

By Guest Poster | May 13, 2010

So we are onward and upward with the guest posts! Today’s post comes from Monica Wong and has some very sensible tips for keeping track of your cash on the road: I’m pretty low maintenance when I travel. No jewelry. No makeup. No comb. That’s right – no comb. I haven’t brushed my hair since […]

Good Tourist/Bad Tourist: A Local’s Perspective

By Steph | April 11, 2010

Along with the fluffy pink cherry blossoms ( and abundant sunshine, something else begins popping up in Washington around April. Tourists. From April to August DC is awash with out-of-towners. Great locust sized hordes of them clog the metro and swamp the mall. I will say up front: everybody is a tourist at least some […]

How to Make Friends Abroad

By Guest Poster | April 8, 2010

Congratulations! You’ve made the leap and moved to another country. You’ve covered all the logistics–apartment, insurance, bank account, tax identification number–and oriented yourself to your new surroundings. But now that you’ve settled in, a new, more cringe-worthy challenge, awaits–making friends.  So how do you make friends abroad?   Now, depending on your age and how […]

Natural Remedies for the Weary Traveler

By Steph | February 4, 2010

Today we kick off Guest-Post-Stravaganza with a neat post from Dona Francis of Wandering Dona. Dona has spent time traveling in Africa, India, and South East Asia. Her experiences in the field have taught her a lot about natural first aid and natural remedies, which she shares with us today.     It’s inevitable that […]

Top 5 Tips for Eating Vegan On the Road

By Steph | December 20, 2009

Today’s guest post is by Nancy Harder of Nancy the Gnomette. Like me, Nancy is a twenty-something traveler and writer. Unlike me, Nancy and her family lead a vegan lifestyle. As a dedicated carnivore, I was curious about how veganism/vegetarianism mixes with the traveling lifestyle. I asked Nancy to provide some pointers for staying true […]

How to Have a (Non-Miserable) Holiday Away From Home

By Steph | December 13, 2009

Spending the holidays away from home can be one of the most difficult aspects of long-term travel. Whether or not you are religious, the holidays are a time for tradition and family togetherness. When you are far away from the familiar it can be very easy to start feeling lonely and sorry for yourself. I’ve […]

Emily Gerson on Traveling with Contiki

By Steph | October 2, 2009

This summer, my sister and I went to Europe; one week traversing Italy, and another week in the Greek islands.  Planning Italy was doable, but organizing the Greek leg was torture. The ferry schedules were always changing and difficult to decipher. We also kept hearing that they are never on time. Great. We learned that […]