Travel Styles

Why Are People so Afraid of Hostels?

By Steph | January 10, 2010

When I talk about my experiences with non-travelers, the subject of hostels comes up often. I’m always surprised by how many people have never stayed in a hostel, and how many people aren’t willing to. It seems to be one of the hardest backpacking concepts for many to grasp. A hostel is an inexpensive lodging […]

Who’s Running Away?: A Buenos Aires Birthday

By Steph | December 31, 2009

This is part three of Alex Pollack’s adventures in Argentina (my favorite installment so far). Be sure to check out parts one and two. It’s a black-blue December night and I’m sitting on a wide flanked step on the patio stairway of Milion, an elegant-spired mansion turned cocktail bar with French doors opening to a […]

Argentina, Te Quiero

By Steph | December 17, 2009

One of the first things I did when I began this blog is set up an interview with Alex Pollack, a college friend of mine and an awesome writer. Like me, Alex decided to go abroad after graduation (to teach in Korea), and like me, he caught the travel bug. This month, he’s taking a […]

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 […]

An American Girl in Jordan: An Interview with Cari Pittleman

By Steph | December 8, 2009

Today, I’d like to introduce Cari Pittleman; a fantastic writer and avid traveler who truly embodies the twenty-something travel lifestyle. Cari has spent time studying in Spain, Mexico and Ecuador in addition to traveling through South Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Currently she is studying Arabic full time in Amman, Jordan. Cari is also […]

Learn French in France: An Interview with Jason Hirama

By Steph | November 12, 2009

How would you like to spend a summer in Southern France, drinking wine, playing tennis and learning the beautiful French language? That’s exactly what Jason Hirama did. How did you come to the decision to move to move to Bordeaux to learn French in France?   The decision ultimately came down to two considerations.  The […]

Working Abroad with BUNAC (Part 2 of 2)

By Steph | November 3, 2009

Read Part One Here The Difference between Traveling and Working Abroad When I imagined myself living in London, I had this vision of jet-setting every weekend to different locations around Europe. I was wrong. For starters, I was poor. Very poor. London is terrific but as we all know it is very, very expensive. I […]

Working Abroad with BUNAC (Part 1 of 2)

By Steph | November 1, 2009

I’ve wanted to talk about my experiences working abroad with the BUNAC work visa program for awhile now. The six months I spent working and living in London are some of the happiest months of my life up to this point. But even though I went to London and not India or the Dominican Republic, […]

Sex, Drugs and the Travel Bug: An Interview with Grant Lingel

By Steph | October 20, 2009

Grant Lingel is a talented author who embodies the Twenty-Something Travel philosophy. Leaving college just 7 credits short of a degree, Grant moved to Mexico with nothing but a plane ticket and $300 in his pocket. The resulting adventures through Mexico and Central America are described in his new book Imagine: A Vagabond Story . […]

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 […]

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 […]