Trip Planning

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.

Notes From the Home Front: Anticipation Fatigue

By Steph | August 27, 2009

Now that I no long benefit from school breaks and spend my summer days in a gray windowless cubicle summer really doesn’t appeal to me very much. In Washington DC these oppressive sticky days seem to stretch on indefinitely. I’m fairly certain it’s been August for at least five, maybe six months by now. The […]

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 2 of 3: Two for the Road

By Steph | August 18, 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 […]

Applying for a Passport: The Basics

By Steph | July 30, 2009

Before you can go adventuring anywhere it is essential that you have a valid passport. People tend to put this off as it’s a slightly complicated and tedious process. Don’t leave this to the last minute as the process can take a long time and speeding it up is costly! I would recommend applying for your passport right away, even if you haven’t started planning a trip yet. That way you will have it when you need it and in the meantime it is a useful peace of identification in many situations.