Hostel Etiquette

Staying in hostels is an essential part of the backpacking experience.  You save money and you often meet amazing people who make your travel experience, so you don’t want to piss these people off.

Here are the hostel etiquette guidelines to ensure that you’ll be well-liked during your stay: Read More


Traveling off the beaten path in developing countries can provide some of the most authentic and memorable cultural and local experiences; however, this doesn’t come without some culture shock and unique challenges.  But don’t let that deter you because many of these developing countries are the most beautiful, fascinating and worthwhile.  And they’re often less touristy and untouched, which is always a plus. Read More

After backpacking to nearly every continent over the past decade, these are the best travel tips I’ve learned along the way: Read More

Returning home after traveling the world for an extended period of time is often pretty depressing.  It means saying goodbye to freedom, constant fun, adventure and relaxation and returning back to reality, which means being tied down to work and responsibility and potentially getting yourself out of debt.  Major buzzkill.

But it doesn’t have to be all bad.   Read More

I love to travel the world and I love to do so alone.  A lot of people think I’m crazy for traveling alone, especially as a female, and a lot of people at home who aren’t familiar with backpacking and solo travel think I’m literally alone for the duration of my trip.  But let’s be clear- just because I choose to travel alone does not mean that I’m alone all the time.  With solo travel, whether you’re alone or not is often your choice- you can choose to be with people or by yourself.  I think everyone should travel alone at least once in their life. Read More

Africa is not an easy place to travel, so how can you travel around southern and eastern Africa?  You have three options: Read More

During my two months of traveling southern and eastern Africa, I had the chance to go on a few safaris in different countries.  I visited Etosha in Namibia, Chobe in Botswana, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, Lake Nakuru in Kenya, and while not quite a safari, gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda.   Read More