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 …

Winter Minimalist Packing Guide

  Winter clothes are heavier and bulkier. They take up a lot more space than summer clothes. So what’s the secret to minimalist packing in winter? It’s all about layers.   Several pieces that take up less space in your suitcase can be layered for added warmth. Less bulky items …

The Benefits of Eating Off the Tourist Track

  When traveling, finding a good, reasonably priced restaurant that is representative of the local cuisine can be a challenge. There are often places that seem like they fit this brief right around major tourist attractions. Of course, it’s a prime location to attract tourists! But these restaurants might not …

Global Entry v. TSA PreCheck v. NEXUS

  Getting through security and customs at an airport can be a real hassle. On your departure, you have to wait in a often huge line, remove coats/sweaters/scarves/shoes/belt, empty your pockets, take electronics out of your bag (including laptop, tablet, phone, e-readers, other larger gadgets), remove your liquids/gels/aerosols (that must …

50+ Unique Gifts for Travelers

  Are you a traveler and/or have one in your life? Looking for a travel-related gift they/you don’t already own? I’ve put together a list of 50+ fantastic items you may not have thought of that travelers will love!  Super useful items to pack for a variety of travel styles …

Train Travel: The Romance & The Reality

  The train is probably my favorite mode of transportation. I just love the clicking along the rails and the gentle sway as you speed through the countryside. Watching the world go by through big windows is mesmerizing and ignites my adventurous spirit. This feeling might be influenced by the …