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, relationships and safety.

Affaires de Coeur

Choosing Between Romance or Travel: Key Turn-of-the-Millennium TV Characters Help You Decide

Choosing Between Romance or Travel: Key Turn-of-the-Millennium TV Characters Help You Decide

Maybe you just met, but it’s been days, months, even years since someone piqued your interest like this. Or maybe you’ve known each other for years, and the spark just ignited. Unfortunately, it’s only hours before schedules…

Journeys End In Love[r]s Meeting

Journeys End In Love[r]s Meeting

At the risk of sounding a bit kooky (even though I am certain that many other people do this), sometimes when I need guidance, I say a prayer, let the Bible fall open, and read the first verse to which…

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. What we did not have time for, I felt, was…

Numbers and Never Agains

Numbers and Never Agains

For travelers, it’s how many states or countries or continents visited. For Lotharios, it’s how many lovers bedded. For social media users, it’s the number of friends/followers/connections. But for all of us, these numbers are…

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 can still enhance your own world. Whether you’re packing…

Crossing the International Date Line

Crossing the International Date Line

My French Then-Boyfriend, Part I: How We Met What happens in France is unlikely to stay in France, in the life of a solo female traveler. It will be dragged around several more countries in a smelly, overstuffed backpack…

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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