How to Meet Locals While Traveling: A Q&A with COUCHSURFING

Whether you're an active Couchsurfer, have never tried it, or have never heard of it - here's your chance to learn more about meeting locals and finding free accommodation with Couchsurfing !

Reflections on Traveling Through Morocco

Have you ever loved a destination but couldn’t figure out why, or a way to express your feelings? That’s my dilemma with Morocco.

Why Travel Makes You Awesome

Other than these reasons, why do YOU think travel makes you awesome?

The Ultimate Budget Guide to Laos

While not the cheapest country in South East Asia, it is one of the best! Have you been?

Timeline Photos

Back in South Africa and heading to Vienna tomorrow. Now that I'm back in the land of good wifi, I'll be posting a ton of new pictures from Madagascar. First up: Me and my new bestie.

If you want to see some past ones, I posted them on Instagram:

10 Ways to Visit Stockholm on a Budget

Stockholm is one of the best places on earth — don’t let the prices keep you away!

A Traveler's Manifesto: Travel Rules to Live By

I say we take the following pledge, so we can be the people other travelers want to know and locals don’t hate! Are there any other "travel rules" you'd add?

Why Solo Female Travel is Different

In many ways, solo male and female travelers aren’t so different. But in so many other ways it is.

What Makes a Nomad a Nomad?

We are all "tourists". We are all "travelers". So let's stop labeling each other. Because it doesn’t matter.

How This 70 Year Old Couple Traveled the World

I love their story.

How to Experience the Czech Republic Beyond Prague

This country sees more and more tourists each year but they mostly stick to Prague. Once you escape that beautiful (but crowded) city you’ll find an inexpensive country with some of the most beautiful and rugged landscape in this part of Europe!

How to Become a Travel Photographer

If you’ve ever looked at beautiful images and wondered how to get shots like that or if you want to learn how to make money as a professional travel photographer...then this is for you!

How to Travel Anywhere in the World (From Start to Finish) for $1,000

Today I want to introduce a new concept and strategy for planning and taking a trip based on conversations I had this year with readers of this site. I spent a lot of time writing it so I hope you read it! Check it out.

7 Things I Learned While Driving Through the American South

Travel breaks down barriers and misconceptions about people and places. The more you travel, the more you understand people (even when you don’t agree with them).

The 9 Best Places to Teach English Overseas

With seemingly millions of places to teach abroad, where are the best places to go? What countries provide the best experience, pay, or benefits? Here’s my list of where to score a fun, rewarding, and well-paying job teaching English overseas:

Timeline Photos

I made a new friend in Madagascar! 🦎

The Joy of Solo Travel

Solo travel isn’t always easy, but it is worth it.

You Can't Win If You Don't Play

My life isn’t going to change unless I make it happen. Neither will yours. It’s when we start living our life that we find the stuff we love doing.

The Ultimate Budget Guide to Thailand

If you want to get more out of Thailand than most travelers do, here's how you can get to know the culture, get off the well-trod tourist travel path, and have a fun time that yields a deeper understanding of the country.

9 of the Best Destinations in Costa Rica

I never get tired of the jungles, white-sand beaches, amazing sunsets, and warm, clear water found in Costa Rica!

17 Easy Steps for Planning Your Next Trip

No matter where you're headed next, this step-by-step guide to planning a trip will break the process down so planning becomes easier and less overwhelming!

My In-Depth Guide to Experiencing the Maldives

I highly recommend visiting the Maldives before the world catches on to how budget friendly the country really is!

How this Boomer Canadian Couple Traveled the World for a Year

I've been receiving more and more emails from boomers looking for travel advice. Today I want to share the inspiring story of Esther and Peter who took a year-long sabbatical to travel the world!

Are you travelling or simply collecting places?

This is an old theme and concern, but with so many people wanting to be Insta famous and taking 398,439 pictures of their travels, this post is a good reminder that there's more to places than pretty photos.

How to Make Travel Blogging Your Career

If you ever wanted to know how I grew my website and created a travel blog that inspires, helps, and LASTS, check this program I made with al my tips. I know there's a lot of bloggers out there so I think might help!

Guardians of the Peruvian Amazon » Adventure in Motion

This is a really awesome video World Nomads created in an effort to help protect the Peruvian Amazon. It's an incredible initiative. Watch the video (and feel free to give it a like so they can win too!)

How to Get Over the Fear of Rejection

As travelers, we face rejection on the road almost every day. This is a great article about why you should never let fear stop you from practicing a new language, trying to meet new friends, or dealing with unsupportive people when traveling!

Visiting the Taj Mahal? Here's what you need to know

I actually have not had the chance to visit India yet. I'm saving this for when I do!

7 Common Travel Myths That are Completely WRONG

Myth #1: Travel is expensive and, unless you have a trust fund, you can’t really do it.

Traveling the World Blind: An Interview with Dan

The ability to see all the beauty in the world – from a sunset over the mountains to the mist of a cloud forest to the crystal blue waters of Thailand – is something we often take for granted.

How to Plan a Trip to a Place You Know Nothing About

To go some place completely different pushes you out of your comfort zone, and that can be a tricky (and exciting!) thing...

Timeline Photos

Madagascar has been a unique experience. From lush jungles to arid Westworld looking land to waterfalls to lemurs galore and more, this is one beautiful country. It's cheap, the people are nice, and did I mention it's beautiful? I've had some incredible days here.

But it's also a sad place. Corruption and environmental degradation is rife and the poverty is honestly the worst I've seen in all my travels. The people are wonderful but it's heart-wrenching sometimes. I've come across a lot of good local NGOs and will be writing about this side of paradise too. It's not all lemurs and vistas!

Is it Safe for Women to Travel India?

"While travel in India will require heightened attention and common sense, let me assure you it is worth it." - Candace from Moment Catchers

Hungry Residents in ‘Survival Mode’ on U.S. Virgin Islands

Reading the news from Madagascar has been very depressing. Harvey ripped through Texas and Irma ripped through the USVI, BVIs, St, Marteen/Martin, and lots of other islands.

The Virgin Islands are especially heart breaking for me because I spent a lot of time there in 2015 and it holds a big place in my heard. It's heartbreaking to read about the sheer level of destruction that has befallen my fellow citizens. Pretty much all of St. Johns and St. Thomas are destroyed.

I don't know of many resources to help these places but here are a couple of organizations local friends have recommended and that I've donated too.

The East Texas Dream Center:
The Montgomery County Animal Shelter:
VI Strong:

If you know of any local organizations, please feel free to add any to the comment section.

The Ultimate Budget Guide to Paris

I love visiting Paris (especially in the Fall)! Here's how to save big and experience all of the unique, local delights on your next trip to the City of Lights.

How to Take the Perfect Travel Photograph

If you want to capture some great moments on your next trip, here's a 'know before you go' post!

The 2017 Reader Survey: How am I Doing?

Greetings from Madagascar! Today I went chasing waterfalls, found a cool swimming pools, and watched lemurs try to steal stuff from my bag!

While I'm here, I would like to ask a favor: I'm doing my annual reader survey to get an idea of what is going right, wrong, and what can be improved on the website.

The survey will only take five minutes to complete and will really help me improve the website.Your feedback would greatly be appreciated! I'll take none of it personally. I'm here to be the best website for you!

So, please, tell me how I'm doing!.

How These 5 People Found the Path to Their Dream Trip

A little over a year ago, I helped five people make their travel dreams come true. Here's how you can apply their lessons to your own trip.

How to Handle Panic Attacks While Traveling

I actually experienced my first panic attack while I was traveling in Patagonia last year. If you deal with anxiety on the road, here's a great post that can really help.

Everything You Need to Know About Travel Insurance

Last month, I posted an updated guide to travel insurance. In a follow up, here's some of the most common questions (and their answers) I get about it.

How Jim Didn't Let a New Disability Change His Travels

Since there’s not a lot of information in the media about traveling with a disability, I think stories like this are important to share.

How to Get an English Teaching Job Overseas

If you've been dreaming of living and working overseas, teaching English is one of the best ways to do so!

Timeline Photos

It takes a while to get around Madagascar because the roads are so terrible. There are no highways here, just winding dirt (sometimes paved) roads. Sometimes 250km can take up to 7 hours. I don't mind the long drives though because I get to read and stare at views like this.

5 reasons why Sri Lanka is the new hottest destination to visit

I absolutely loved my time in Sri Lanka last year! If you've been thinking about taking a trip there, here's more convincing!

The Ultimate Guide to Iceland

Winter is coming and, with it, a chance to see the northern lights in one of my favorite destinations in the world.

7 Favorite Travel Books Worth Reading in 2017

It's been a while since I've done a best travel books list! Since I know many of you are book lovers like me, I wanted to share some of my favorites from this year (and how you can get a discounted Kindle!)

How to Visit Napa Valley on a Budget

It's officially wine season in Napa Valley! Here's how to drink lots of wine for not lots of money!

How to Become a Travel Writer

There's much more to travel writing than all the press trips, sponsored content, and Instagram selfies we see today. If you want to stand out from the crowd, learn to tell better stories, and make writing your profession, check out this course I created!

How To Spend Four Days in New York City

There's a never ending list of things to do and see in New York City. Here's how to best use your time.

Timeline Photos

Beautiful views at Blyde Canyon in South Africa, the third largest canyon in the world and the largest green canyon. It's a good stop on the way to or from Kruger. Could stare out at this view for hours!