Solo Travel Tips

Travelers are constantly giving and receiving advice: where to eat, sleep and visit as well as how to get there and when. Here are some travel tips about money, gear and safety.

Budget Travel + Packing Light

Five Best Luggage Backpacks for Women Travelers

Five Best Luggage Backpacks for Women Travelers

Wearing a backpack as luggage isn’t just a way to travel, it’s a way of life. Hoisting and hauling all your possessions for the duration of a trip connects more deeply to the experience overall. It’s attached to you, literally, unlike pulling a suitcase. As a backpack traveler, your pack may become your cuddly sleeping…

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 be under the mistaken impression that Venice is all about pungent canals, overpriced-everything and couples-only romance. I hope this post changes your mind, because Venice is high on…

6 Tips for How to Overpack

6 Tips for How to Overpack

Every travel blogger seems to have a “How to Pack like a Pro” post. This is not one of them. While I completed my Eurotrip as a purported “backpacker,” I started with a backpack AND a suitcase (the contents of which were later dispersed through France and Italy once the roadtrip fell through). Trying to…

Travel Safety and Misadventures

Airport Bars, Hotel Bars and Raising the Bar

Airport Bars, Hotel Bars and Raising the Bar

Airport and hotel bars were once my favorite places. I adored the atmosphere of travel and travelers, the quelling of anxiety, the ease of conversation and the typically-fleeting but…

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…

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…

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