Hostels are great for the budget conscious traveler, if you don't mind sharing a room with four to 20 of your closest strangers. This type of accommodation offers more than just the bare essentials if you know what to look for when booking. Even with updated facilities, en suite rooms and brand new amenities like … Continue reading Hack a Hostel Stay
There are many ways to see a city. You can grab a map or two and plot out your own plans. Where to go first, how to get there by foot, bus or train, check schedules and let adventure take you where it will. Or, you can book a guided tour that will handle the … Continue reading To Tour or Not to Tour?
Dietary restrictions can pose a whole new set of issues to consider when planning a trip. Especially when the trip you are planning might be to a country where you don't speak the native language. A language barrier can make an already tough spot a bit harder to navigate. As with any part of the … Continue reading Can I Eat Anything? : Dietary Restrictions
Purchasing a rail or metro pass. Is it really necessary? Well, that really depends on a few factors. Where are you traveling? Big city Rural town When are you traveling? Summer Autumn Spring Winter How long will you be abroad? How much walking are you comfortable with doing? Are you fine walking for miles around … Continue reading Getting Around: Do I need a Rail Pass?
For those of us who are compelled to write, it may seem that sitting down at our computer to hash out a few thousand words a day is an easy feat. However, anyone who feels the draw of the page can tell you, myself included, that no matter how beautifully you string together words, there … Continue reading Vagabond Authors: Finding time to write!
The list of things to see in Dublin, Ireland is seriously extensive. If I listed all of them on a rolled up piece of paper it would tumble to the ground and roll away when extended. It is easy to rack up a tab with all the entry fees and tour costs as you try … Continue reading Dublin on the Cheap: 10 Free or Nearly Free Things
Destination chosen - Check Lodging chosen & Deposit paid - Check Airfare booked - Check check! Great! The basics are taken care of and you are definitely going on your trip! **I don't recommend skipping booking your airfare and putting a deposit down on your lodging. Do it early and get it out of the … Continue reading Squirreling It Away: Saving for a Trip
Travel has this way of exciting the soul and intoxicating the mind. The all encompassing joy that starts to flow through your being when the planning stage begins can distract and occupy the mind completely. What to wear, what to see and where to stay? Perhaps you are like me and you make lists, the … Continue reading Apps: Prepping for all that walking!
Shoes. Stilettos, wedges, flats, boots, galoshes, flip-flops, gladiators, sneakers, cleats. Whatever your preference, shoes are a vital aspect to any wardrobe, and picking which pairs to pack on your trip can be a difficult, if not heart-wrenching, endeavor. You want whatever is practical, but, if you are like me, you also want to look cute. … Continue reading Shoes: the Good, the Bad, and the Practical