Trip Planning

Using TripIt to Stay Organized

By Steph | October 25, 2009

As I’ve said before, I’m a fan of having an old-fashioned pen and paper travel notebook.  However, once you move from the brainstorming phase to making concrete plans you’re going to need a system to handle all of the electronic reservations and information coming your way. TripIt is an online tool that can help you […]

Creating a Travel Notebook

By Steph | October 18, 2009

There are people who love to plan, and people who don’t. While I admire the fly by the seat of their pants set, I definitely fall into the planner category. For me the initial stages of planning a trip: deciding where I will go, learning about the history and culture, anticipating all the delicious possibilities […]

Forget the Hostel: Unusual Accommodation Options

By Steph | October 13, 2009

Choosing where you will spend the night is an important part of your travel plans. Most people go for the classic youth hostel, the local, cheap business hotel or, if the weather allows it, a place to put down a tent, but what about less common choices? Today’s guest blogger, Aelle, seasoned world traveler and […]

Megabus and the Art of the Deal

By Steph | October 11, 2009

In the age of budget travel it is difficult to tell if that deal you’re being offered is REALLY a deal. Sure Ryan Air will fly you from London to Rome for 5 quid… …Plus £ 40 in taxes… … Plus the £ 5 mandatory online booking fee …Plus £ 30 to check your bag. […]

How NOT to Decide Where You Want to Travel; or Why I’ve Never Been to Paris

By Steph | September 27, 2009

Awhile back I wrote there is no bad reason to want to go somewhere. I stick by that assertion; everywhere is worth seeing to the right person. However, over time I’ve encountered reasons that don’t make sense for me personally. While other people may see these spots out, I tend to avoid them. Here are […]

Planning Your Travel Budget (Part 4 of 4)

By Steph | September 22, 2009

This is the final installment of my four part series on things to consider when planning your travel budget. Previously I discussed start-up costs, transportation and daily living. In this post I will be talking about a few extra costs to consider and some thoughts on pulling it all together.

Planning Your Travel Budget (Part 3 of 4)

By Steph | September 20, 2009

Welcome to Part 3 of Planning Your Travel Budget. I’ve already discussed start up costs and transportation.  Today I’ll be talking about cost of living. You cost of living varies wildly depending on where you a traveling and the style of travel to which you are accustomed. As a result, this is one of the […]

Planning Your Travel Budget (Part 2 of 4)

By Steph | September 18, 2009

Over the next couple of weeks I’m discussing 8 important things to consider when planning a budget .  Last time we covered start-up costs so lets move onto transportation issues. This will probably be one of the largest chunks of your budget, especially if you are visiting many places, so it is important to spend […]

Planning Your Travel Budget (Part 1 of 4)

By Steph | September 15, 2009

Figuring out a budget can be one of the most stressful things about planning a trip, especially if, like me, math makes you dizzy. Even so, it is one of the most important things you need to do before you can take off adventuring.I’ve come up with a list of 8 important things to consider when trying to put together a comprehensive price tag for your trip. Whether you are going abroad for a month or a year, these are all important things to consider.

Who Should You Travel With? Part 3 of 3: When Two is a Crowd (Going Solo)

By Steph | August 20, 2009

(This is a subject that deserves serious thought. Who you decide to travel with affects your trip experience in many large and small ways. Traveling in a group, traveling in a pair and traveling alone, I’ve done all three and will give you my personal advice over the next week. On Sunday I wrote about […]

Who Should You Travel With? Part 1 of 3: Why Traveling in a Big Group will Make you Crazy and Possibly Homicidal

By Steph | August 16, 2009

(This is a subject that deserves serious thought. Who you decide to travel with affects your trip experience in many large and small ways. Traveling in a group, traveling in a pair and traveling alone, I’ve done all three and will give you my personal advice over the next week.) It is so easy to […]

Finding Inspiration: Deciding Where You Want to Go

By Steph | August 11, 2009

So you want to get out and see the world! But where to go? I will confess this is not an issue I’ve ever really struggled with. I want to visit almost everywhere I read about so for me it’s more a matter of “when” than “where” to go.  However this list must be culled […]