Backpacking

My Top 4 Favorite Hostel Memories

By Steph | July 18, 2010

While I countdown days and hours and make endless preparations for my upcoming trip, I’ve also been spending some time reminiscing about my past travels and what’s unique about the spirit and fun of backpacking. This got me thinking about all of the strange funny things that have happened to me while staying in hostels. […]

What’s it like to WWOOF?

By Guest Poster | July 8, 2010

I like today’s guest post, by Lindsay Nicholls, not only because it is hilarious but because WWOOFing is something I’ve heard about but never had the guts to try. Never heard of it? Read on… As Ned and I washed the goat shit off in a cold mountain stream, I wondered what all the 18-35ers […]

How much is Too Much (Planning)? Plus! My Itinerary

By Steph | February 14, 2010

So I’ve been planning to take this round-the-world trip since last June, but it only occurred to me around January that I should probably start PLANNING this round-the-world trip.  I was then faced with a decision: how much of this trip needs to be planned out? And how? Obviously I will need to plan ahead […]

Why Are People so Afraid of Hostels?

By Steph | January 10, 2010

When I talk about my experiences with non-travelers, the subject of hostels comes up often. I’m always surprised by how many people have never stayed in a hostel, and how many people aren’t willing to. It seems to be one of the hardest backpacking concepts for many to grasp. A hostel is an inexpensive lodging […]

Sex, Drugs and the Travel Bug: An Interview with Grant Lingel

By Steph | October 20, 2009

Grant Lingel is a talented author who embodies the Twenty-Something Travel philosophy. Leaving college just 7 credits short of a degree, Grant moved to Mexico with nothing but a plane ticket and $300 in his pocket. The resulting adventures through Mexico and Central America are described in his new book Imagine: A Vagabond Story . […]

Forget the Hostel: Unusual Accommodation Options

By Steph | October 13, 2009

Choosing where you will spend the night is an important part of your travel plans. Most people go for the classic youth hostel, the local, cheap business hotel or, if the weather allows it, a place to put down a tent, but what about less common choices? Today’s guest blogger, Aelle, seasoned world traveler and […]