Trip Planning

Exploring Your Roots Through Travel

By Kay Rodriguez | August 21, 2015

Growing up, I lived a fairly culturally ambiguous life. Though I am Filipino by blood, I was born in the US and have attended predominantly white, middle-class schools for most of my life. On top of that, I have a Hispanic last name (confusing, right?). To add some stranger elements to the mix, I listen […]

Vacation Rental Checklist: 7 Things To Bring Along to Enhance Your Rental Experience

By Steph | August 17, 2015

Staying in a vacation rental is the next best thing to being at home when you’re on the road, and I mean that in the best way possible. There is something so comforting about coming back after a long day of exploration and having your own personal space. It’s more intimate than staying in a […]

How To Rock the Long Layover

By Kay Rodriguez | June 5, 2015

We all know that feeling when you look at the cheapest flight to another city and find out that – yikes – it has a 16-hour layover. That knee-jerk reaction is natural, but it doesn’t mean you’ll be guaranteed a miserable day sitting in an airport doing nothing. In fact, most large cities have various […]

How to See the World by Travel Hacking

By Steph | May 11, 2015

I’m still on vacation week, but I’ve left you in the capable hands of some of my favorite bloggers from past BlogHouse events. Today Lance and Laura Longwell of Travel Addicts talk us through a subject I am clueless about: Travel Hacking. Travel hacking is extremely popular these days. What is travel hacking and how can it benefit […]

4 Reasons to Slow Down Your Traveling

By Jessica Dawdy | April 20, 2015

Let’s get one thing straight first: I don’t think there’s any one right way to travel; everyone has to discover their own pace, preferences, and style. That said, I’ve always been a huge advocate of slow travel. Everyone knows the world is large and there’s a lot to see, but here are a few reasons […]

Packing for Long-Term Travel

Packing for Long-Term Travel

By Kay Rodriguez | March 3, 2015

In the days leading up to my Southeast Asia trip, I was a total mess. Clothes were strewn across the room, my bag a disorganized chaos of toiletries, chargers, and plastic bags. There was a never-ending to-do list of things I needed to finish, clothes to pack, and items to buy. My backpack was getting […]

The Highs and Lows of My First Housesitting Experience

By Jessica Dawdy | February 17, 2015

Staying in another country for free and cuddling cute pets? House sitting seems like kind of a dream gig from the outside, but what is it actually like to move into a stranger’s home and take care of their pets for a few days, or even a few months? Here are a few insights from […]

Realistic Advice on Saving Money for Travel

By Steph | January 20, 2015

It’s one of my most commonly asked questions, and nobody ever seems satisfied with the answer, “how can you afford to travel so much?” Most of the articles I see on saving money for travel leave people unsatisfied. They usually offer solutions so small that they seem insignificant (cut out your morning Starbucks run) or […]

How to Travel in 2015: A Guide

By Steph | January 6, 2015

I love the potential and promise that comes with each new year. You know, before you’ve had time to mess things up with laziness and bad decisions. So before atrophy takes over and you end up parked in front of the couch, make your travel goals now. Where are you going in 2015? How are […]

Tips for Packing Light: Life in a Carry-On

By Kay Rodriguez | December 16, 2014

I am, by nature, not very good at packing light. When I go somewhere, I think of every possible thing I could need for my trip and try to shove it into the smallest bag possible. The result? Hair curlers, multiple pairs of shoes, too many toiletries, and an overstuffed, unzipped suitcase. Does this sound […]

Where Do You Want to Go in 2015?

By Steph | November 9, 2014

This post was written by me, brought to you by Contiki. It’s getting to be that time of year again, when we start reflecting on all the places we’ve been this past year and start making plans and goals for the next year. Last year I made a wishlist for myself, that included Central America, […]

How to Get Started House Sitting

By Jessica Dawdy | October 26, 2014

House sitting is officially my new favorite way to save money on travel expenses. Not only does house sitting equal free accommodation, but it offers an opportunity to live in a local’s home and become part of a community in another country. As I write this, I’m sitting in the garden at my home for […]