5 Unusual Souvenir Ideas

Souvenirs are a great way to bring home memories of your travels. Every region has distinct items or styles of items. It’s always fun to bring home something unique to where you were traveling. That being said, I also like to collect similar types of things everywhere I go. It’s …

Opting Out of Airport Body Scanners

Full-body scanners have been added to or replaced metal detectors at many US airport security checkpoints. This new technology has been a bit, shall we say, controversial. Health and privacy concerns battle against efficiency and effectiveness. There are arguments for both sides. What many people don’t know is that these …

5 Steps to Perfect Packing

Perfect packing is an art. It may seem simple enough – throw what you need into a suitcase and go! But a little more thought and effort as you pack can translate to an easier, well-prepared, and organized trip. Major positive effect! Long-term, budget travelers like me especially have to …

Frugal Introvert: A Travel Oxymoron?

As my tag line professes, I am a frugal introvert. In other words, I’m a budget, solo traveler who needs less socializing and stimulation and more alone time than extroverts. These two qualities don’t seem like they’d be compatible. How to reconcile the needs of an introvert with the challenges …

Best Gear for Road Trips

Road trips are a special kind of travel. Hitting the road in your own set of wheels gives you the freedom to go wherever you want whenever you want (provided you can drive there, of course…). Plus, you don’t have to limit yourself to a suitcase so you can bring …

Double Your Destinations by Extending Layovers

I’m always looking for ways to see more for less. One great trick I’ve used is extending layovers. This essentially gives you two destinations for the price of one (at least flight-wise). Here’s how I do it: What is a Layover? I’m sure most people know what a layover is. …

5 Best Views in the USA

The United States is a big, beautiful country. There are so many amazingly scenic natural wonders. I’ve traveled all over the country (checked off my 48th state this week!) and am always on the lookout for stunning views. There are so many, it was very difficult to weedle my list …

Hostels: Not Just for Youth

Hostels are synonymous with backpackers in their teens and twenties crammed in 8 or 10 (or more!) to a room with a social party atmosphere. Not all hostels are like that, of course, but it is a stereotype for a reason. And it can make for a fun environment for …

Tips for Overnight Travel

Traveling overnight is one of my best tricks for saving time and money. Not everyone thinks of this option or they discount it as too uncomfortable and inconvenient. I’ll admit, it’s not for everyone. But overnight travel doesn’t have to be the nightmare people who’ve never done it might think …