The Ultimate Guide to Traveling While Working Full-Time

The Ultimate Guide to Traveling While Working Full-Time

It can be hard to travel when you work full-time. Especially if you’re American. After all, the United States is the world’s only advanced economy that does not require employers to provide paid vacation time. Thanks, (rampant, unchecked) capitalism....
Packing Challenge: How to Pack for a RTW Trip

Packing Challenge: How to Pack for a RTW Trip

So as you guys may have seen on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) I’m going to INDIA! I’ll be heading there with my friend McCall for six weeks of yoga teacher training and trekking in the Himalayas. And of course, the Taj Majal. But first I will...
How to Rent a Moped or Motorcycle Abroad

How to Rent a Moped or Motorcycle Abroad

I’ve wanted to write about renting a moped or motorcycle abroad for a while as it turns out there is quite a bit to know. Renting a moped abroad is something I’ve done several times now; from on the tiny Thai island of Koh Tao to the bustling beach...
How to Plan an Inexpensive but Awesome Trip Abroad

How to Plan an Inexpensive but Awesome Trip Abroad

There is a widespread (and erroneous) belief that traveling has to cost a fortune. Let me let you in on a little secret- it doesn’t. I have traveled to 35 countries and besides family vacations as a kid, all on a tight budget. With a bit of finagling, you can...
Dealing with Flashers and Other Creeps on the Road

Dealing with Flashers and Other Creeps on the Road

 This post is graphic in nature, so please stop reading if you are a blood relative or I have babysat you. Thanks! So in light of a recent incident here in France, I wanted to write about how to handle creeps both at home and abroad. In short, last weekend a guy...
The Expat’s Guide to Opening a Bank Account in Europe

The Expat’s Guide to Opening a Bank Account in Europe

As I recently discovered, European banking is completely different from U.S. banking. When I first arrived in France, I was completely baffled: How do you open a bank account in Europe? And while I have a Charles Schwab debit card that allows me to pay abroad with no...
The Best Travel Credit and Debit Cards for Backpackers

The Best Travel Credit and Debit Cards for Backpackers

Next week I leave for France for more than nine months, and it’s high time I change my international money management strategy. For too long I have been the victim of budget-killing $5.00 international ATM fees and 3% foreign transaction fees- so I started doing...
5 Creative Ways to Plan a Kick-ass Itinerary

5 Creative Ways to Plan a Kick-ass Itinerary

Before leaving for a big trip, I like to do some preliminary research so that I know what might interest me in the area. This allows me to have a loose itinerary, as I already have an idea of what I might like. Here are some of the ways I decide where to go in a new...
How to Drink Cheaply Abroad

How to Drink Cheaply Abroad

Drinking while abroad is an expense that adds up quickly, especially if you’re traveling on a party-friendly backpacker circuit like Western Europe or Southeast Asia. Here are some tips that can cut your drinking costs when abroad. Pub crawl. While I was...
How to Couchsurf (And Why I Love It So Far)

How to Couchsurf (And Why I Love It So Far)

This year for my 22nd birthday, I asked my parents for a trip to Greece. My parents were okay with paying for the flight as long as it was cheap- so off to Corfu I went for 130 euros. For the first three nights I stayed at the Pink Palace – an...