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  • camping can be tiring, but when you look at this amazing view from my campground onto the mountains you understand why camping is amazing

    How to Camp If You Hate Camping

    Full disclaimer: I love camping, but I didn’t always. Sadly, I didn’t even realize that I could be remotely outdoorsy until I left Washington, DC for Washington State. I now love…

  • How to Find a 5-Star Hostel

    I know, I know, you’re probably thinking a 5-star hostel sounds like a total oxymoron. However, just because you’re on a backpacker’s budget doesn’t mean you have to miss out on…

  • gap year ideas

    Seven Affordable Gap Year Ideas

    Gap years for both adults and teens seem to be more popular then ever. Just take a look at Malia Obama who deferred her admission to Harvard to spend a year…

  • How to Avoid Cancellation Fees

    When I travel, I try to plan as little as possible. Usually, I won’t even book my accommodation until I land. As unconventional as this may seem, this method works best for…

  • How Not to Look Like a Tourist in Washington, DC

    I loved living in DC. The bottomless brunch game is strong, there’s always something going on, and the city is filled with creatives, brainiacs, and some of the world’s most powerful…

  • Ethical Elephant Tourism

    Update March 2017: A reader alerted me that Ran-Tong Save & Rescue Elephant Centre is now offering elephant rides. While I stand by my personal experience there, I can no longer…

  • Handling Holidays Alone and Abroad

    When embarking on a long trip, there’s a good chance you may be gone during a holiday you normally spend with loved ones, such as your birthday or Thanksgiving. Like most…