Luxurious Lido, the Budget-Friendly Beach of Venice

Luxurious Lido, the Budget-Friendly Beach of Venice

Thanks to a last-minute travel buddy and an over-booked hostel, I ended up finding a silky-sand beach near Venice, Italy on a backpacker-friendly budget. You might…

Recommending Rome, Especially for First-Time Travelers

Recommending Rome, Especially for First-Time Travelers

I am often asked, “What is your favorite city?” and it’s a question I cannot answer. I find likable, laudable traits of every place I visit. But when asked…

Rome: Rose Garden Review & What Not to Do

Rome: Rose Garden Review & What Not to Do

The world’s second-largest rose garden is blooming in Rome, Italy. Although many travelers may skip it for more historical or religious sites, I recommend the garden, Roseto di…

Missed Connections and Missteps: Rome to Vienna

Missed Connections and Missteps: Rome to Vienna

“We are not going to make it to the airport on time,” lamented my new travel companion as we sweated tequila and anxiety in a traffic-stalled Roman taxi…

8 Guys You’ll Meet as a Backpacker and What You Can Learn From Them

8 Guys You’ll Meet as a Backpacker and What You Can Learn From Them

There was a time when I’d walk to Winnemucca, hula-hoop through Honduras and kayak to Kenya to find The One. Globe-trotting romances are often fleeting, but they…

Lift Lilt: My Eurotrip Elevator Speech

Lift Lilt: My Eurotrip Elevator Speech

Attending networking events and meeting lots of new people lately, I’ve honed my elevator speech (lift lilt in Euro parlance, perhaps?) answering, “So what do you do?” Everyone should…