Things You Didn’t Know About Uruguay

By Steph | March 18, 2012

Quick, name 3 things about Uruguay. Name even one thing about Uruguay. If you’re like most people, including myself up to a couple weeks ago, I doubt you can. Before I came down to South America I’m not even sure I could find this tiny country on a map, let alone tell you the difference […]

6 Excuses Not to Travel (and Why They are BS)

By Steph | January 26, 2012

Enough already with the excuses! I’ve heard them all over the past few years. I never ask for them, but whenever I meet someone at a party, tell them what I’m up to and what I’ve chosen to do, the excuses come pouring out. It always amuses me a bit, because I would never expect […]

Here Are Your New Year’s Resolutions

By Steph | January 3, 2012

I’ve never been big on New Year’s Resolutions. Big, grand gestures that are usually completely abandoned by mid-February. Sure we’d all like to lose weight, exercise more and stop biting our nails but ain’t gonna happen b/c of some magic decree. Still, I can kind of see the point of using the start of the […]

2011 in Review: The Good, the Bad and the Best Links of the Year

By Steph | December 29, 2011

Well, it’s the end of the year again. It’s been a pretty crazy year for me (maybe for you too?) and looking back I can hardly believe everything I got up to in the past 12 months.  I celebrated last New Year’s in Bangkok, drinking buckets and dancing on Koh San Road. The first three […]

The ABC’s of Travel

By Steph | December 27, 2011

Travel meme time! In the past week I’ve been tagged twice, once by Matt from Landlopers and once from Adventurous Kate. I don’t always go in for these things but I thought this would be a fun way to revisit some old travel tales. Kind of like a sitcom clips reel of blog posts. If you’re […]

Six Steps to Bliss At Tayrona National Park

By Steph | November 22, 2011

Camping in Tayrona, perched on the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia, has been the highlight of my travels in Colombia so far. It’s a gorgeous swath of jungle and beaches that’s totally removed from the real world. Like so many things in life though, it’s a reward you have to work for. It’s not easily […]

My Most Impulsive Travel Moves

By Steph | October 16, 2011

Sometimes it pays to plan ahead. In the past I’ve always been a big planner: pouring over Lonely Planet and creating detailed itineraries. For me planning is part of the fun! It’s a way to make sure I get to see and do everything I want. I used to lovingly craft out written lists and […]

Three Personality Traits that Make a Successful Expat

By Guest Poster | October 6, 2011

You’ve been thinking about it for a while. You’ve been googling jobs abroad, exploring ESL teaching opportunities, researching backpacks, pricing flights and dreaming of booking them. You think you might be ready, finally ready, to take the leap and embark on a new life abroad. But traveling the world isn’t all glitz and glamour. If […]

What a 74 Year Old Man Can Teach Us About Backpacking

By Steph | July 19, 2011

Contrary to the chaos you might observe at a party hostel on a Saturday night, backpacking isn’t just for the young. I’ve met all kind of people in common rooms around the world: from brave 18-year old solo travelers to cool dudes old enough to be my dad. Or, in the case of Bill, my […]

Taking an Extended Trip: What I Did Wrong

By Steph | June 28, 2011

On Sunday I posted a list of all the things I think I did right on my extended Australasia trip. This ranged from remembering to pack jeans to being flexible in my planning, but really boiled down to following my gut and not other people’s advice. So let me start off this post on what […]

Taking an Extended Trip: What I Did Right

By Steph | June 26, 2011

I’ve been home for a couple of weeks now and I’ve had some time to reflect on this big giant trip that just happened. I have a feeling I won’t be able to fully wrap my head around it until I get a little more distance from it. Now everywhere I go, excited old friends […]

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 […]