All tagged backpacking

8 Foods You Must Try in Thailand

If the only thing that interests you about Thailand is the food, it would be a trip worth taking. There is so much incredible food in Thailand. Noodles, curries, meat sticks, desserts, the list goes on and on. In Thailand you will find foods from all different cuisines, but this is my bucket list of Thai food you must eat in Thailand!

How I Knew I Wanted to Travel Alone

My love for solo travel is not something I “just knew” about myself. It was not something inherently inside me that I always did, knew I would do, or dreamed of doing, it was actually a total accident. My break into the world of solo travel was not...

A Letter to the World from an American Traveler

When you leave for a trip abroad the last thing you want to do is immediately get into a heated discussion about the politics of the country you just left. Two of the huge reasons people travel are to open their mind to other cultures and other ways of life and to get a break from your normal daily routine. If Americans can agree on one thing right now after the results of the election, it is that nobody can agree on anything and

How To Have The Best Weekend Ever In New Orleans!

New Orleans, where American, French, African, and Spanish culture come together to make a city like nowhere else. The architecture, the food, and the atmosphere of New Orleans is inherently unique. After four visits to New Orleans in two years I have finally gathered together what you need to do to experience as much of the city as you can in one weekend visit.

Big Sur-Vival Guide

Are you gearing up for a road trip along the Big Sur coast? Maybe you’re going to visit San Francisco and have some extra time to kill but haven’t decided how to spend it yet, or perhaps you’ve seen someone’s stunning photos of the Big Sur, added it to your destination bucket list, but don’t actually know anything about it. I just drove along that beautiful coastline and to be completely honest...

(Not) Hiking Volcan Baru

I stepped off of a yellow school bus into the city center of Boquete and looked around at the new atmosphere. Very different from the hot islands of Bocas Del Toro I had come from, I was in 60-degree weather with mountains in sight. As I stepped off my bus I caught a glimpse of Hostel Mamallena right in front of me which is where I was headed to ask about their shuttle and sign up to do the overnight hike up Volcan Baru.

Making Friends as a Solo Traveler

Don’t you get lonely traveling by yourself? Do you get bored being alone so much? Aren’t you scared to solo travel? These are just a few of the questions I get asked on a regular basis about my solo traveling endeavors, and the answer is absolutely not. I always manage to make friends when I travel by myself and you can too! For those who question how I do it or those who need a little push, I’m going to give you a few examples of ways to break through that barrier to making new friends!

Swimming Through a Galaxy

Walking to my hostel in Bocas Del Toro, I came across a wooden sign that said, “Night Tours! Ask Inside!” I kept walking as I thought about what an interesting concept it was, something I hadn’t seen in the other places I’d visited...

What Draws Me To Travel

The greatest part about my trip in Central America can not be specified into a certain place, a specific moment, or one experience. I loved the experience as whole, the people, the places, all of it. One of the things that I loved the most no matter where I was was...

5 Ways To Save Time And Money Planning Your Next Trip

As I have traveled more and more I have started to become my friends go-to travel agent, and then my friends, friends travel agent, and their friends travel agent, and before I know it I’m handing out travel, planning, and booking advice to people I don’t even know!  As it seems to be such a popular question in my life as of late, I have decided it’s time to write about it and provide an available resource for people.  Finding affordable travel is not hard, and I can guarantee you...