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Taking A Gap Year To Travel Mid-Career

Annelise McBride | Posted 04.23.2016 | Travel
Annelise McBride

We are five months into being jobless, five months into leaving our surfboards and apartment behind in New York City, and five months into backpacking around the world. I figured soon after setting out that I would feel irresponsible for ending a consistent job or stressed about what's next. But that hasn't been the case.

Do You Need a Sleeping Bag For Travel?

Dave Tomlinson | Posted 04.21.2016 | Travel
Dave Tomlinson

It's always been an interesting and well-debated question among budget travellers and everyone has their own opinion: "Do I need a sleeping bag for my trip?" To answer this, we probably need to look at the most important word in the question: "need." In other words, is it an essential part of your travel kit?

The Difference Between Travelling and a Holiday

Dave Tomlinson | Posted 04.18.2016 | Travel
Dave Tomlinson

I remember clearly arriving back from my first major trip abroad. I'd just spent the previous three months backpacking through Nepal and northern Ind...

I'm too Scared for my Safety to Travel for Free

Katherine Redmond | Posted 04.18.2016 | Travel
Katherine Redmond

When I set off on my first solo backpacking trip I vowed to push myself out of my comfort zone. "Do one thing every day that scares you", they say, and I did.

Cheap Sleeps: Hostels vs. Airbnb

Andy Steves | Posted 04.14.2016 | Travel
Andy Steves

In recent years, I've nearly exclusively used two websites to find my accommodation: hostelworld.com and airbnb.com. Let's dive into the pros and cons...

Travel Friends: 8 Reasons to Thank Them

Kimberly Erin Davies | Posted 04.13.2016 | Travel
Kimberly Erin Davies

Heading out on the road can be a downright daunting experience, full of the unexpected. Traveling is amazing. We see such spectacular things and are in a constant state of learning. But what is an experience without someone to share it with?

16 Questions To Stop Asking Flight Attendants

David Anthony | Posted 04.07.2016 | Travel
David Anthony

If you want to avoid eye rolls and sassiness, avoid asking these bothersome 16 questions to ensure a pleasant flight.

8 Ways to Backpack Chiang Mai (on a Budget)

David Anthony | Posted 04.06.2016 | Travel
David Anthony

A few helpful tips to make your backpacking experience through Chiang Mai, Thailand stress-free.

If You Want to Trek in Sri Lanka Get Off the Trails and Get on the Train Tracks Instead

Courtney Lambert | Posted 04.06.2016 | Travel
Courtney Lambert

Navigating up to the railway in Nuwara Eliya's tea country One, two, three; I mentally counted each wooden, rectangular plank I tread upon and shifte...

The Most Common Misconception About Traveling Alone

Dave Tomlinson | Posted 04.06.2016 | Travel
Dave Tomlinson

I've heard the comment a number of times and chances are you may have heard it also: 'I can't travel by myself because I'd get lonely'. This is the m...

12 Things You Need To Know Before Traveling To South East Asia

David Anthony | Posted 04.04.2016 | Travel
David Anthony

A few simple tips to help make your backpacking travels through South East Asia much more enjoyable.

10 Things You Won't Learn While Backpacking

Sierra Donahue | Posted 03.28.2016 | Travel
Sierra Donahue

Nothing feels like freedom quite like knowing you're carrying everything you need on your back, passport in hand, ready to adventure. As great as backpacking is, there's a few things it definitely will not teach you. Sorry, vagabonds. You'll just have to save these 10 lessons for home.

32 Everyday Things That Become Luxuries When Backpacking

Kimberly Conner | Posted 03.23.2016 | Travel
Kimberly Conner

We're backpackers. We're trying to see the world on a budget, and more often than not it means that we must sacrifice some things that were used to at...

The 5 Common Reasons for Travel Failure

Dave Tomlinson | Posted 03.21.2016 | Travel
Dave Tomlinson

Travel is a life aspiration of so many people. They dream of happy and fulfilling experiences that create equally happy and fulfilling memories. And ...

3 Things I Re-Learned about the Resiliency of Nature from Backpacking in the Great Smoky Mountains

Rosaly Byrd | Posted 03.18.2016 | Green
Rosaly Byrd

The Great Smokies demonstrated something to me that I so easily forget when I dwell solely on human's degradation of the environment: nature is resilient, when given the chance

Top 5 Ways to Save Money When Travelling

Dave Tomlinson | Posted 03.21.2016 | Travel
Dave Tomlinson

Saving money is just one aspect to your journey. For successful travel try to learn from those who are experienced. After all, they've made mistakes so you don't have to!

A Travel Itinerary in Five Easy Steps

Dave Tomlinson | Posted 03.17.2016 | Travel
Dave Tomlinson

For anyone wanting to travel, creating an itinerary can be important, especially if you have limited time. Some people will say that it's impossible ...

5 Things You Can Do to Inspire Your Wanderlust

Dave Tomlinson | Posted 03.15.2016 | Travel
Dave Tomlinson

So you've thought about traveling. You like the idea and it's something that you'll probably do "someday." It's all very vague isn't it? It sounds like you need some inspiration because there are seven days in the week and "someday" isn't one of them!

11 Reasons Why Virgin Coconut Oil Should be on Your Travel Packing Essentials List

Melissa Legarda | Posted 03.14.2016 | Travel
Melissa Legarda

Since discovering the natural miracle (repeat, miracle) that is raw organic virgin coconut oil, my life has changed for the better. I've thrown away m...

The Only Guide to Backpacking Southeast Asia You'll Ever Need

Courtney Lambert | Posted 02.25.2016 | Travel
Courtney Lambert

Planning a backpacking trip for the first time is an emotionally overwhelming experience. You're nervous, you're excited and you want to arm yourself with ample research and a fool-proof itinerary.

In Defense of 'Running Away From Your Problems'

Gennette Cordova | Posted 02.15.2016 | Women
Gennette Cordova

We're conditioned early on, especially as women, to value security above all else and cling on to it at all costs, and it takes an exceptional sort of fearlessness to tune out the expectations of the people in your life and risk your own security, in pursuit of genuine happiness.

Why You Should Quit Your Job and Travel the World

Jordan Dansky | Posted 01.07.2016 | Travel
Jordan Dansky

Okay so first things first -- this post isn't just for those itching to break out of the cubicle, grab their backpack, and spend all their savings on finding themselves. It's about honoring what's right for you and believing in your dreams and passions enough to take a huge chance on yourself.

This Is for Those Who Love to Travel

Candace Loy | Posted 12.30.2015 | Travel
Candace Loy

It can however still be a lot of fun, if you go in with a smile and wait your turn and choose to enjoy the fun and beauty there is.

So You Wish You Could Travel?

Marjorie Freimuth | Posted 12.16.2015 | Travel
Marjorie Freimuth

It irks me when people look at what I do as some great and mystical thing, when in reality, I just buy a plane ticket, pack a bag (that, more often than not, ends up being too full of clothes that I never wear), and work out the details on the way.

Teaching English Online: The Pros and Cons

Courtney Lambert | Posted 12.15.2015 | Travel
Courtney Lambert

I talk with housewives, engineers, doctors and students. I hear about their lives, traditions, customs and perspectives on issues such as sexism, marriage/divorce, family, travel and school.