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The Best Travel Backpack for Your Next Adventure

By Megan Stetzel | May 4, 2017

I recently had a friend ask me for suggestions for a backpack for her move to Southeast Asia coming up. I spent a year living in Bangkok, Thailand myself and have spent ample time backpacking around the world and have learned what goes into picking the best travel backpack out there. There are a couple […]

Why An IUD is the Best Birth Control for Travelers

By Steph | April 26, 2017

Do you ever discover something and then seriously kick yourself for not knowing about it earlier? I’ve felt like that about many things: Breaking Bad, stand up paddle boarding and Sri Lankan food for starters. And now I feel this way about my IUD. IUDs are having a bit of a moment now, thanks to […]

How to Pick The Best Hostels for Solo Travelers

By Guest Poster | September 14, 2016

For me, solo travel is a choice, not a circumstance. I didn’t decide to do the majority of my 15 month trip around the world alone simply because there was no one to come with me. Rather I craved the freedom and independence that solo travel brings. Solo travel means being able to wake up […]

A Financial Disaster in Southeast Asia

By Kay Rodriguez | August 25, 2016

I stared down at the white slip of paper in front of me and gulped. $2,200? How could I pay for this? Do hospitals in Thailand take credit cards? What would happen if I didn’t have the money to pay for it? I’d spent the last week in the hospital after an emergency appendix situation, […]

Hooking Up On The Road

By Megan Stetzel | July 5, 2016

There’s a country song out right now by Dierks Bentley called “Different For Girls”, yes I am a country fan. A pretty huge one, and I will always think Dierks’ eyes are what dreams are made of, but this song disgusts me. “She don’t throw any t-shirt on and walk to a bar She don’t […]

Staying in a Hostel: A First-Timer’s Guide

By Jessica Dawdy | April 18, 2016

Hostels are amazing, right? They’re cheap, fun, and just generally one of those you-have-to-try-it travel experiences. But they’re also kind of intimidating, particularly if you’ve never stayed in one before. I know I was worried that hostels would be filthy, loud, and filled with unapproachable, way-cooler-than-me backpackers but don’t give up on hostels. Instead for […]

How Backpacking in Central America is Completely Different Than Anywhere Else

By Megan Stetzel | February 22, 2016

The Central American backpacker trail differs greatly from its Southeast Asian and European cousins. It’s a different monster; a much more good-looking, older, hiking monster. Traveling through CA proved over and over again that any expectations I carried from previous trips must be thrown out the window. This was slightly to be expected due to the […]

Is This the Best Hostel in the US?

By Guest Poster | October 16, 2015

I’m a twenty-something traveler, but only just barely.   As I approach thirty, I find myself reflecting quite often. Approaching a milestone birthday, it’s only natural to think about where you thought you would be, or what you thought you might be doing.   There may also be a few things you thought you might […]

7 Conversation Starters for Solo Travelers

By Kay Rodriguez | October 14, 2015

Getting around as a solo traveler is hard enough, but on long trips it can be especially hard to “break the ice” with others around you. Of course, alone time is great but sometimes human interaction is a necessity for sanity and personal wellness. Sometimes, when I’m traveling alone, I go a little crazy if […]

Five of Kay’s Most Embarrassing Travel Moments

By Kay Rodriguez | January 22, 2015

When I get embarrassed, my eyes widen and my heart begins to pound, that sinking feeling of “oh crap, what have I done?” clouding my brain. My hands get clammy and I get slight goose bumps. I stutter when I speak. I feel the extremes of angry, sad, irritated, amused, mortified and confused all at […]

Workaway, Helpx, and WWOOF: What’s the Difference?

By Jessica Dawdy | October 5, 2014

It’s been more than two years since I’ve done a work exchange, but these programs will always feel special for me because they’re part of my “origin story” as a traveler. More than three years ago, before I had ever even read a travel blog, Brent reconnected with an old friend who had been WWOOFing […]

Challenges of A Traveling College Student

By Kay Rodriguez | August 24, 2014

With the heart of a traveler but the mind of a college student, I took a giant leap from exploring the world to corporate America this summer. Of course, this meant dressing in fancy clothes each day and learning about big business in the United States, but more importantly it meant that I was working […]