All About Monastery Stays

When considering budget accommodation for your travels, a monastery may not be the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, it may not come to mind at all! For centuries, however, monasteries (and other religious places such as convents and temples) have been traditional stopover places for weary travelers …

Vacuum Packing: Pros & Cons

Vacuum packing is the process of packing your clothes in a heavy-duty plastic bag and then sucking all the air out of it. There are two main styles of vacuum packing bags. For one, you actually attach a vacuum cleaner to a specialized opening and literally vacuum all the air …

Best Sustainable Travel Gear

I’m increasingly vigilant about looking for ways to be more sustainable in my life. We need to care for our planet and care for ourselves. An easy way to start is to use more sustainable products. Instead of plastics that take decades to decay in landfills and fill up our …

Getting Lost Abroad

Getting lost in a foreign place, where you don’t know anyone and don’t speak the language, sounds like a traveler’s worst nightmare! Believe it or not, it’s actually something I actively try to do. “Are you crazy?!” you may ask. Maybe a little, but I do actually have reasons and …

Why Credit Card Travel Booking Portals Are Not Worth It

Credit cards can be great for travel hacking. Build up points and redeem said points for free hotels, flights, transportation, and other travel-related expenses. Check out my Beginner’s Guide for all the details on how this works. These travel rewards credit cards routinely offer large bonuses when you spend a …

Sights Worth Paying For

As a hardcore budget traveler, I typically seek out free or cheap attractions. Big, famous sights often come at a cost and half the time when I do shell out for them, they leave me a bit underwhelmed. I’d rather see 10 cool, less-famous, budget-friendly sights than one super expensive …

All About Bike Sharing

Bikes are a great way to exercise and get around by your own power. They’re not something you usually throw in your suitcase when you travel, however.  Just because you didn’t bring your own bicycle doesn’t mean they’re not available. More and more cities around the world are offering super …