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Meet Our New Travel Journal!

Posted: 1/31/23 | January 31st, 2023 One of the best souvenirs I have from my first trip around the world is the journal I kept over those 18 months. Having captured my thoughts and feelings as I traveled has allowed me to relive that trip over and over again in the years since. Memories fade, so being able to relive events as they happened is priceless....

The Ultimate Japan Itinerary for First-Timers: From 1 to 3 Weeks

Posted: 1/16/23 | January 16th, 2023 I’ve yet to meet a traveler who didn’t love their time in Japan. It’s just one of those countries that everyone loves. How can you not? The food is rich, carefully crafted, and delicious; the history and culture rich and long; the landscape breathtaking; and the people super friendly and polite. Japan remains...

The 6 Best Hostels in Queenstown

Posted: 1/13/2023 | January 13th, 2023 Located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu on the southern island of New Zealand, Queenstown is beautiful city set in an already beautiful country. With the Southern Alps looming as a backdrop and a shimmering lake in the foreground, Queenstown has a lot going for it. Known as the “adventure capital of the world,”...

A Complete Guide to the Japan Rail Pass

Posted: 1/9/23 | January 9th, 2023 Japan is one of my favorite countries in the world. The serene beauty of the mountains and temples, the hustle and bustle of the sprawling cities, the exquisite food, and its long history make for a fascinating place to visit. However, Japan has a reputation, especially among budget travelers, as being too expensive....

The 7 Best Hostels in Seville

Posted: 1/6/2023 | January 6th, 2023 Home to nearly 700,000 people, Seville (or Sevilla in Spanish), located in Andalusia, is one of the most popular destinations in Spain. Seville has a long, intricate past that is worth soaking up. Conquered by Islamic forces in 711, the region was under Muslim rule for centuries, which has given the city a unique...

The 6 Best Hostels in Auckland

Posted: 1/5/2023 | January 5th, 2023 Auckland is the biggest city in New Zealand. Nestled within an hour’s drive of over a hundred beaches, Auckland makes for a great base for day trips. While I wouldn’t spend a long time here (a couple of days should suffice), there’s plenty to keep you busy during your visit, from bungee jumping to lounging on the...

The 7 Best Hostels in Istanbul

Posted: 1/3/23 | January 3rd, 2023 Istanbul is a dynamic, sprawling, and historic metropolis known for bridging Europe and Asia. For centuries it was one of the most important cities in the world, a hub for trade and culture between the four corners of the earth. Like Rome, Istanbul has layers upon layers to unravel as you wander its bustling streets....

The 15 Best Books I Read in 2022

Posted: 12/20/2022 | December 20th, 2022 For the last five years, I’ve concluded the year with a list of my favorite reads. As a writer, reading comes with the territory. Writers just tend to read a lot. Then again, I’ve always been into reading ever since I was a little kid. I devour books. In a good year, I’ll read close to 80. This year was not...

Should Travel Be Inexpensive?

Posted: 12/19/22 | December 19th, 2022 The term “budget travel” has long been synonymous with “cheap travel.” Finding deals, getting off the beaten path, eating at “non-touristy” (i.e. inexpensive) restaurants, and staying in hostels. The budget traveler is on a quest for a “local” experience at a low cost. During the 2010s, the rise of sharing economy...

Where to Stay in Dublin: The Best Neighborhoods for Your Visit

Posted: 12/15/22 | December 15th, 2022 Dublin is a city with soul. While the capital of the Republic of Ireland might not have the aesthetics of Prague or Amsterdam, and while it might not have the in-vogue vibe of Paris or the hustle and bustle of London, it has something that many other European cities lack: soul, ambience, and heart. There are...

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