Backpacking

Why Stay at a Hostel in the US?

By Steph | August 15, 2013

Did you know that the United States even had hostels? It seems a lot of people do not. Hostels are just not that popular with most Americans (probably due in part to a smear campaign by the Movie that Must Not be Named). I would be that most Americans backpackers who happily stay at hostels […]

The Pros And Cons Of Traveling By Bicycle

By Guest Poster | April 14, 2013

What do you do if you want to travel the world but your partner suffers from claustrophobia on public transport? Well for us, the answer was to travel by bicycle. If anyone had told me a even year ago that I would be travelling by bicycle from Mexico to Argentina in 2013, I would have […]

How I Rearranged My Life to Move to Kenya

By Katie Baxter | February 6, 2013

I’m sitting here on my sunbed-makeshift-office looking out onto the Indian Ocean on the coast of Mombasa, Kenya. It’s just me, my laptop and the sound of the waves and I’m wondering what on earth took me so long to make the decision to get out here. I’m Katie, and I’ve just quit my job […]

How I Was Totally Wrong About RTW Travel

By Steph | January 13, 2013

I always knew I wanted to travel, and amazingly I never really wavered in that belief. It took me two years to save up and plan what I thought at the time was going to be a year-long round-the-world adventure. I thought I had it all figured out but I was so so wrong. Lately […]

How To Survive Hitchhiking In Africa

By Guest Poster | December 26, 2012

Sure Safaris are cool and excursions to remote villages are enlightening but nothing is as adventurous, life altering, and just plain fun as a hitchhiking tour. And this goes double for hitchhiking in Africa. When you hitch through Africa, you experience it not as a tourist but as a traveler. Through miles of walking, you […]

What To Tell Your Family and Friends When You’re Leaving for Travel

By Michael Tieso | November 20, 2012

It was the summer of 2008 when I told my family and friends that I was considering to quit my job and travel around the world. It didn’t go so well the first time. This is what happened. I was working in a nice comfy job making an okay living for myself. I had a […]

Confessions of a Traveling Male

By Guest Poster | September 13, 2012

This post isn’t by me- obviously. When Jeremy asked to write a guest post he- rightly, pointed out that my blog is somewhat lacking in the male perspective. While his experiences are very different from mine, I’m glad he chose to share such a personal story: So here I am, a twenty-something solo traveler, gallivanting […]

Reasons Not To Give Up on Hostels

By Steph | September 6, 2012

Two and a half years ago I wrote a post asking why people are so afraid of hostels. It was based on the weird misconceptions and ideas of coworkers and friends who had never been in a hostel, but had some terrifying ideas about them thanks to a certain horror movie that shall not be […]

When the Going Gets Tough

By Guest Poster | August 15, 2012

This is the line that really got me about this guest post: “In the world of nomads, the admission that you would genuinely rather be home at any point breaks an unspoken code.” I think we all feel like that at some point in our travels and it’s really hard to accept. I think this […]

The Dorm Room Sex You’re Not Having

By Guest Poster | July 12, 2012

Slightly more risque than my usual content, but this guest post just made me chuckle: Arguably there is no experience more unique to backpacking than having to share a room with a couple having sex. Whether they are two travelers from opposite sides of the world who have just met or a boyfriend and girlfriend […]

Your Turn: Your Horrible Hostel Stories

By Steph | March 22, 2012

Well, I asked for your funniest hostel stories and oh man you guys delivered. I get into that though I wanted to share a hostel horror of my own that I encountered last week in Uruguay: Yup that’s basically two seperate beds nailed together. Major engineering fail. Feel sorry for poor Mike who had to […]

Wanted: YOUR Hilarious Hostel Horror Story

By Steph | March 13, 2012

We all know hostels aren’t the scary boogyman movies make them out to be. They are safe, budget accommodations for backpackers and I’ve stayed in some marvelous ones during my travels. So no, they aren’t inherently scary, but they ARE sometimes the settings for some crazy and sometimes terrible stories. I was out to dinner […]