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 …

Itinerary-Free Travel: Pros & Cons

When I first started traveling by myself (or with peers) at age 16, my trips were pretty well planned in advance. I would have all of my flights and hotels/hostels booked. I knew the route number and departure time of every train I wanted to take. I usually even had …

The Downside of Budget Travel

  I’m a budget traveler. I’m an expert at finding the best deals – super cheap and completely free options for everything from flights to accommodation to sightseeing. I’ve dedicated quite a few of the posts on this blog to different aspects of how I do just that. It’s allowed …

Improve Your Travel Vocabulary

  I’m a bit of a vocab geek. I love collecting unusual words and using precise words for specific meanings. “Travel” is such a broad term but there are so many variations! In a previous post, I put together some of my favorite foreign words that have no English translation. …

Best Travel Quotes

  Sometimes all you need to get out there and travel is a little inspiration. I love a good travel quote. The best ones give you a serious case of wanderlust, make you say “That’s so true!”, or give you pause to contemplate and wonder. I love to scribble good …

Why I Hate Cruises & the Exceptions

  Most of the reasons a lot of people love cruises are the very reasons why I, as a solo, introverted, budget traveler, hate them! This is not an all-inclusive, adamant, burning hatred, but more of a general aversion to the sensibility and method of travel that most standard cruises …