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  • Hostel Hacks: What to Pack

    Hostels are a great way to keep costs down when traveling. If you can handle the inconveniences (and lack of privacy) that come with dorm life, you can save some serious…

  • 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…

  • 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…