The Many Benefits of Solo Travel

The Many Benefits of Solo Travel

At first, traveling alone wasn't really my scene. I was staying in Amsterdam, my first stop on a three-month trip to Europe. “Maybe I hate this city because of its inherent melancholy, flowing through the pipes of the old houses, lining the underbelly of the...
How to Pack for a Backpacking Trip

How to Pack for a Backpacking Trip

Packing for a backpacking trip can be a daunting task, but can be accomplished with a bit of preliminary research. The pack I use is the REI Women's Ridgeline 65. It’s small enough to carry on a Ryanair flight, but big enough to store all that I need. It expands as...
How to Eat Cheaply Abroad

How to Eat Cheaply Abroad

Eating is one of my absolute favorite activities while traveling. Some of my best travel memories are through food; whether it’s finishing dinner in France with a plate of oozing, raw-milk cheeses or devouring a fresh, cilantro-flecked ceviche in a Chilean seafood...
Essential Safety Tips for Backpackers

Essential Safety Tips for Backpackers

When I first started traveling at 17, I paid too much attention to backpacker safety. I held back from talking to strangers and used a money belt for the first three days (THANK YOU, Rick Steves). Needless to say, being overly cautious takes the fun out of travel. But...