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 …

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 …