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 …

5 Top Tips for Packing Efficiently

Being an efficient packer is not only about fitting tons of stuff into a small space. It’s also about using that space wisely. I’m all about packing carry-on only!  Check out my other posts on minimalist packing and packing as lightweight as possible for all the details on those aspects. …

Iconic Street Food Around the World

I love eating street food. It’s cheap, readily available, and gives you an excellent idea of the national cuisine. There is so much amazing street food available around the world. It’s hard to go wrong! I’ve put together a list of the best, most popular, and most delicious street food …

Top 5 Travel Pillows

  Sleeping on the go, or in non-traditional places, is a normal part of traveling. Of course, travelers commonly take naps or even try to get a whole night’s sleep on a flight or bus or train ride. I’ve also laid my head down in many an airport, in my …

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 …

Ferries: Travel Hidden Gems

When you think about travel and transportation, ferries are probably not the first things that come to mind. They are more of a shortcut or a nuisance on road trips, depending on how you look at it. Or merely a way to get from the mainland to that fun island …

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. …

How Travel Helps Me as an Introvert

  When I taught English for a year on a little island off the coast of South Korea, there was one word I would hear people around me saying most often: 외국인 oegug-in (pronounced way-goog-een). This means “foreigner”. With my light hair and eyes, I definitely stood out in a …