Product Reviews

In Search of a Quest: The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau (+Giveaway!)

By Steph | October 2, 2014

Nobody wants to be boring. Part of the drive to live an unconventional life is tied up with an incredible fear of complacency. Getting too comfortable, getting settled, getting stale. These are things that have been on my mind lately as Mike and I relax into a more fixed life here in Seattle. We have […]

Yonderbound: Your Hotel Travel Scrapbook

By Steph | August 26, 2014

This post was written by me, brought to you by Yonderbound. Okay fellow planning-files, listen up, this one is for you. Anyone who has traveled extensively knows that there are two types of travelers. There are the fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants guys, who like to just show up somewhere new and roll with whatever comes their way. My […]

Using Hotspot Shield to Watch the FIFA World Cup

By Steph | June 5, 2014

A couple of months back I revealed to you one of my secret travel tools: Hotspot Shield, a VPN service that allows me to watch videos and protect my computer around the world. Now Hotspot Shield has asked me to share another really handy use for their product: watching international sports. Now I know I’m […]

Why A VPN is a Traveler’s Secret Weapon

By Steph | April 20, 2014

This post is brought to you by Hotspot Shield. All opinions are my own. No matter how you travel, certain equipment is just essential. Stuff like a good suitcase (or sturdy backpack), comfortable walking shoes and sunscreen. Since we live in the twenty-first century I would add a decent camera, my kindle and of course, […]

Swarovski Binoculars, Cute Clothing and the Perfect Travel Purse

By Steph | September 8, 2013

Sometime mid-summer I was emailed by a PR company asking if I wanted to review the Swarovski Optik CL Pocket. To my great disappointment they aren’t binoculars covered in bright pink crystals, but they ARE a “new binocular for high-end travel lovers” retailing at 670 euros a pop. My first thought was “WHY do these […]

Travel Memoirs to Read on the Beach This Summer

By Steph | June 13, 2013

People love to read on vacation. All of those long flights, lazy afternoons on the beach and languorous days are perfect for stretching out with a book. It’s the best time for light, escapist reading. During the winter I immerse myself in serious novels and long reads but when it gets super hot out I […]

Joining the 21st Century: I’m a Smart Phone Convert

By Steph | November 20, 2012

I like to think I’m a pretty tech-savvy person- I mean I make my living online after all. Now though, I feel I can finally reveal my greatest shame: I’ve never owned a smart phone! I have excuses! I’m poor! I’ve been traveling abroad for the past two years, blissfully cell-phone-less (yeah I’m a little […]

A New Way to Travel With “How to Become a House-Sitter”

By Steph | September 16, 2012

I get solicited to review a lot of ebooks, but I only bother to do so if I think it’s something that’s going to be really useful for your guys. This one is definitely useful, particularly if you’re tired of the traditional ways of traveling and looking to do some really slow travel. So what […]

What I’m Reading on the Road

By Steph | July 29, 2012

You might not know this about me, but in addition to being a travel junkie, I’m also a huge book nerd. I never go anywhere without a book and I’m usually knee deep in a couple of interesting reads. This used to be a big pain in the butt when I was on the road […]

Rosetta Stone: Does it Work?

By Steph | October 2, 2011

Learning Spanish is (probably) 90% will power. Sadly, will power is not my strong suit. When it comes to Spanish it seems that I have this painful mental block that I just can’t seem to push past. I think it’s PTSD from high school Spanish and those rows of neatly conjugated verb charts. O, as, […]

Capturing The Journey: A Different Kind of Photography E-Book

By Steph | September 19, 2011

Most travelers love to take pictures. Even if you’re not a blogger, even if you never intend to publish them or share them past your circle of friends, travel photos preserve the special moments and memories of a trip and let you relive the beauty of a place long after you’ve left. That is, if […]

The Underground Guide to International Volunteering

By Steph | August 3, 2010

Although I think most of us backpackers work really hard to make our dreams happen, it’s no secret that we are still a privileged bunch. This is particularly true compared to the way most of the world lives day-to-day (feeling poor? Check out your position on the Global Rich List for some perspective. Nothing opens […]