I recently asked subscribers of my newsletter about the number one thing that holds them back from traveling. The near universal answer? This problem — and how to overcome it — is my most asked question. I have answered this question in a plethora of posts, emails, tweets, and Facebook posts.
Most people aren’t born savvy travelers. It’s something that only comes with on-the-road experience. In the beginning, you make a lot of mistakes. Travel savviness is a process born of missed buses, foolish behavior, cultural unawareness, and countless tiny errors.
NOTE: This post has been updated to reflect 2016 prices. Iceland: the land of sheep, northern lights, volcanoes with unpronounceable names (try Eyjafjallajökull), and high prices.
Every day, a dozen new travel websites start up in hopes of making your trip planning easier, help you meet locals, crowdsource your advice, or save money. And with equal speed as many travel websites fail each day. A lot of travel start-ups try to fill a void where none exists.
I used to hate renting apartments from websites like Airbnb, Wimdu, Homeaway, or Roomorama. As a solo traveler, I preferred the social atmosphere of hostels. It was simply easier to meet other people.
On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us tips and advice on travel tech and gear.
The end of the year is just that time for favorites lists. Last week, I wrote about my favorite blogs of 2013, and this week, I want to talk travel books. Part of the tool belt of any traveler is a good book.
Prague is a destination that always seems to be in vogue. It’s been on the tourist map for a long time, and the crowds show no signs of abating. Prague is a gorgeous, well-preserved medieval city coupled with a rich history, expansive parks, Vegas-style nightlife, and a hint of romance.
On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. This month’s column is on data security.
Years ago, the website Earth Porm reposted my article “The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You’re Broke,” and in January, social media maven and actor George Takei shared the post with his eight million Facebook fans (as a huge Star Trek geek and sci-fi nerd, I did jump up and down a bit wi
The Internet has changed travel. Though not always for the better (one just needs to see how many people are checking Facebook in a hostel to agree), it has allowed people to share, connect, and collaborate in ways that haven’t been possible – even just a few years ago.
Every industry has their own “best practices” — proven rules and standards that guide the industry. Travel is no different.
Each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. There’s so many options to choose from that Dave is here to tell us what gear and tech is worth it – and what should be avoided, speaking from his own personal experience.
Nicaragua used to be a secret. “Pshhh, have you been to Nicaragua yet? That’s where you really want to go,” travelers would say. It was the land of backpackers and intrepid travelers. Tourists veered toward Costa Rica instead as Nicaragua’s rough past plagued its image.
We all want to take that vacation, career break, or gap year trip, but with the way the economy is right now, many people are concerned about being financially stable. To some, travel is not an option; it is a luxury. However, the idea that travel is always expensive is simply not true.
On the first Tuesday of each month, Dave Dean from Too Many Adapters gives us great tips and advice on travel tech and gear. In this month’s column he answers all your tech-related questions. I get asked a lot about travel technology every day, especially since I started writing on this website.
Everybody wants to have more exciting, interesting, and adventurous travels. It’s those epic trips that make for the best stories, the best photos, and the best memories.
After 12,000 miles and four and a half months on the road, I’m home. My epic book tour across the country is over, and I fell in love with the United States all over again. I think the United States is an underrated destination.
Last month, I finally visited Iceland. Iceland wasn’t the impossible budget destination people made it out to be. The locals were warm and welcoming, took me around, and showed me their homes. They were incredibly hospitable, and I made a lot of Icelandic friends on my trip.
I had been standing alone by the side of the road for two hours, hoping someone would give me a lift. Earlier that morning I’d taken the ferry to Brjánslækur, where I naïvely assumed the bus would align with the ferry’s arrival.
People always ask how travel has changed me. If I look back at who I was before I began traveling and compare that to who I am now, I would have to say that travel has made me a better and more well-rounded person. I’m way cooler now than I was at 25 when I first left to explore the world.
On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s not a topic I can cover and since there are a lot of solo female travelers out there, I felt it was important to bring in an expert.
Australia is one of the most remote countries in the world and, ironically, one of the most popular places to visit, especially among backpackers and budget travelers. Because of its distance from the US, not many Americans tend to visit Australia.
Photography. It’s not something I’ve very good at. I take all my pictures on an iPhone and, if they aren’t used on the blog, they mostly just sit on my hard drive. But I still think photographs are important for the memories they represent.
Last summer while I was living in Sweden, I met up with travel writer Doug Lansky, the man behind several worldwide destination guides for Rough Guides.
The issue of women’s safety in India has been in the news frequently lately. Many women have expressed concerns about traveling there, and many more have opted not to go at all. I’ve never been to India — and I’m also not a woman — but I feel this is an important subject to discuss.
I guess this is the week of interviews! On Monday, Dave and Vicky shared why they travel the world, and today Lee Abbamonte talks about being in Libya when Qaddafi was being overthrown, as well as being the youngest American to visit every country in the world.
Here’s a secret: I love being a cheesy tourist. As much as I love getting off the beaten path and learning about local cultures, sometimes I love the artificial world the mainstream travel industry has created.
A few months ago, I was wasting time researching on the Internet when I came across a travel blog written by a guy who traveled the world in a wheelchair. For hours, I read his blog, intrigued by what he did. I love when people don’t let their limitations hold them back.
For years, I put off going to Japan because I was afraid of how expensive it would be. The rumors I’d heard about the country’s high prices made me hesitant to go.
The era of dirt-cheap travel is over, and since the flight can represent the biggest part of your trip expenses, finding that hidden cheap deal can be just as important as finding the right destination, the right tour company, the right backpack, or the right place to stay.
Every month (most of the time), Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice for solo female travelers as I obviously can’t talk expertly on the subject! She’s back this month with an awesome list of destinations for female travelers!
When I decided to quit my job and travel the world, I walked into a bookstore and bought Lonely Planet’s Southeast Asia on Shoestring. It made the trip seem more real, but it didn’t prepare me for planning a long world trip.
When I decided to quit my job and travel the world, I walked into a bookstore and bought Lonely Planet’s Southeast Asia on a Shoestring. I was in Thailand and was eager to get started. Buying that guidebook made my impulsive decision seem real.
I remember my first meeting with the chairman when I arrived at Leicester City this summer. He sat down with me and said, “Claudio, this is a very important year for the club. It is very important for us to stay in the Premier League. We have to stay safe.” My reply was, “Okay, sure.
I want to start this blog post with a short exercise. Get out a sheet of paper and write down all your set expenses: rent/mortgage, car payments, cable bill, cell phone, insurance, school payments, and the like. Tally them up. Then write down all your discretionary spending.
It was the middle of the night when the jangle of his cellphone woke Sanjay Khajuria from a deep sleep.
Right now, you want to travel more but you don’t have the money for the flights or accommodation or other costs. Maybe it’s a solo trip around the world, a family vacation, honeymoon, or quick trip to see your parents. Travel hacking will help you get there.
On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t adequately cover, so I brought in an expert to share her advice for other solo female travelers!
When I was a kid, I was a Boy Scout. I made it pretty far too, but then I became a teenager, decided it was “lame,” and quit. As a Boy Scout, I learned how to tie knots, camp outdoors, be a good citizen, play with knives, and got to have cool sleepovers.
You’ve probably been told the “golden rule” at some point in your life, but it’s not always ideal for those times you want to ooze charisma. That’s where the “platinum rule” comes in. It may seem like some people are born likable, but everyone is capable of developing charisma.
Picking the right backpack is an important part of any trip. Too big, and you’ll have too much extra weight. Too small, and you’ll never fit anything in. Pick the wrong material, and your stuff will be soaked in the rain. There are so many options out there that it can be very confusing.
“No really, I am. I’m going to quit and travel the world,” I said, turning my face back into the warm Thailand sun. It was 2004, and we were in Ko Samui. We had just visited Chiang Mai, where I had met the five travelers who so inspired me to travel the world.
Welcome to another edition of our new Africa column with Natasha and Cameron from The World Pursuit. While I’ve been to the continent in the past, I’ve only seen a few countries and this website is really thin on Africa content.
Highly addictive, horribly debilitating, unfortunately pervasive, and freaking delicious. If I had to point to ONE culprit to our country’s expanding waistlines and rapidly deteriorating health, it would be sugar.
FreeBSD is a fast, secure, modern Unix-like operating system with a fantastic community, great documentation, and powerful technologies like ZFS and LLVM. It’s my operating system of choice for everything from my i7-2600k desktop to my home router to my ARM plug computer jukebox.
On the second Wednesday of the month, Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes a guest column featuring tips and advice on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t adequately cover, so I brought in an expert to share her advice.
Data and creativity can work really well together. Don’t believe me? On February 1, 2013, a TV series called House of Cards debuted on the video streaming service Netflix. It proved an immediate hit. Two years later, it has a nine out of 10 rating from more than 275,000 reviewers.
What makes a good hostel? How do you avoid the bad ones? After staying in hundreds of hostels since I first started traveling the world, I’ve become quite adept at figuring out very quickly if the hostel owners know what they are doing or just randomly woke up one day and said “Let’s open a h
On the third Friday Saturday of every month, Cameron Wears from Traveling Canucks is here to give us tips and advice on how to travel better with your kids (multiple articles). This is an often-requested topic so I’m excited to have him on the team! Here is this month’s article.
If you’ve been following Marvel’s comics lately, you’ll know that Steve Rogers hasn’t been Captain America for a while now. He’s been drained of his super-soldier serum and turned into an old man, while former Falcon Sam Wilson has taken up the mantle (much to some people’s chagrin).
When I decided to move to Sweden, I switched airlines. Normally, I’m a loyal American Airlines traveler and member of the Oneworld alliance. I like American Airlines and their Oneworld partners (except Finnair — that airline sucks!).
Last week, I woke up at 4am to begin a long journey to Eleuthera, Bahamas, for a quick four-day trip. It was going to be a long day on very little sleep. First, Boston to New York, then to Fort Lauderdale before taking my final flight to the Bahamas.
Everybody wants what feels good.
During her 14 years at Netflix, Patty McCord kept a head-down approach, isolating herself within Netflix’s walls, to eventually come up with the brilliant 124-page document called “Netflix Culture: Freedom & Responsibility.
More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis. One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas.
As we stared up at the sky, patches of neon and dark green changed to light pink and back to green. They came out of nowhere, hung like curtains on invisible hangers, and danced a duet to an unheard symphony. They would appear, vanish, and reappear all over the sky.
A visit with Cupertino’s chief chipmaker, Johny Srouji. By Brad Stone, Adam Satariano, and Gwen Ackerman | February 18, 2016 Photographs by Justin Kaneps for Bloomberg Businessweek From A little over a year ago, Apple had a problem: The iPad Pro was behind schedule.
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