Having enough money to travel is a matter of priorities. Do you want a late-model car, or a trip to Brazil? Would you rather hit the mall twice a month or walk on the Great Wall of China? Live in a trendy neighborhood or explore the markets of Indonesia? No matter how poor you think you are, you can save up and take an amazing adventure to the destination of your choice. The trick is to make saving money painless and easy. Establish a system for saving, and you won’t have to agonize over simple money decisions.
[Sprinkling on your shoes]
“Experiential travel” and “conspicuous leisure” are the new buzzwords in the tourism industry. Travelers don’t just want to go somewhere; they want to have unique experiences that truly connect them with the soul of a destination (and that can be shared on social media to make all their friends jealous). Rare and amazing experiences are a form of social currency used by those who believe that are actions create our identities.
Swimming with great white sharks, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, surfing on the moon – these types of experiences are highly valuable currency: bragworthy (aka well-suited for a Facebook profile pic). But travel isn’t just high-flying adventures and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Check out the LEAST bragworthy travel experiences that I have witnessed or participated in during my tenure as a worldromper. How many have you checked off your shit-bucket list? Continue reading
The best travel experiences push you outside of your comfort zone, to an unknown place where you are a weird-looking stranger with odd habits who seems a bit lost. And you might actually be lost. But whether you’re navigating your way through an unfamiliar airport or trying in vain to find a street with no name, you don’t need to walk around like you haven’t a clue what the hell is going on. Don’t make yourself a target. Learn how to project confidence even when you are riddled with anxiety inside. Continue reading
Dining alone presents a challenge for many. Eating is usually a social event full of shared laughter – except when it’s not. Whether you travel alone often, or just find yourself at a table for one, the usual advice is to bring a book to read, chat up your server or eat at the bar for company. You could do that. OR you could… Continue reading
Whether you’re a hard-core backpacker, a duffle queen or a bag-rolling traveler, you’ll need to slim down your stash of personal items when you head out for a day of sightseeing and adventures. Bring too much, and you’ll be worn out by lunchtime with all the excess poundage; bring too little and you risk getting cold, hungry or sunburned – while your jacket, snacks and sunblock sit unused back in the room. Continue reading
What do you want to do before you kick the bucket? Where do you want to go? What do you want to learn? Who do you want to be?
You’ve got one life to make it happen, and only you can decide what “it” is. Create your own bucket list, and design a map of life intentions that will leave you happy and satisfied when you finally reach the end of your journey.