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10 Things You Should Never (ever) Do Abroad

With all the lessons I've gathered up over the last three years of travel, I can say in total honesty that I know exactly as much about what NOT to do, as what TO DO abroad.  With every "travel hacking" notation I've made along the way, there's been a warning frantically scribbled on my notebook beneath it. Today, I figured I'd share a few of those "warnings" from my own experiences [...]

20 Hours in Reykjavík (and what to do on a long layover in Iceland)

Well, WOW Air did one thing right in my books recently... they planted me in Reykjavic, Iceland for a day long layover. Iceland. My #2 bucket list country (next in line to Japan) and I had 20 hours to taste test the capital of the world famous island. Ready, set, GO! We landed at 10 PM. My next flight wouldn't be until 6 PM the next day. Airport shops were closing [...]

“How I stay safe and smart while I travel” by Alyse Grimm

Traveling solo can be a little intimidating for anyone, regardless of circumstance, age, gender, etc. A few small adjustments or general mindfulness can make all the difference and ensure that you aren’t unnecessarily putting yourself into harm’s way. The first few times I traveled by myself, I found myself hyper aware of my surroundings, self conscious and slightly anxious. I knew I was fine, but I couldn’t shut off the part [...]

Sleeping in a Capsule with Rainbow lights in LONDON

Throughout London you'll see quite a few St. Christopher's Inn locations- there are eight in London alone.  The hostel/hotel chain has many locations, and not just in the UK.  I actually stayed at another location in Berlin, Germany two years ago near the beginning of my travels and loved it.  They have four guiding principles at St Christopher's: Safe, Fun, Secure, Value- and I can vouch for all four. One of [...]

"My First Visit to LONDON" by HMD

London is a world famous city, and raved about in travel community for all it's offerings, sights and history.  It often shocked people that I hadn't made my way to "THE City" after so long on the road and quite a few trips to Europe, which is just a short flight away.  I put it off for various reasons, all the while knowing I'd make my way there someday and would [...]

How I Finance Traveling Full-Time

Originally when I left home in late 2015, my travels were only supposed to last a year. I budgeted for one year- accurately breaking down my budget to $50 a day and swearing to stick to it. What ended up happening was a surprise to me (a former shopoholic)... I repeatedly came under budget. Month two abroad, somewhere in Portugal, I started blogging, earning (very small) passive income and later began [...]

Staying Productive on the Road

Life of a digital nomad may look glamorous (and sometimes, it really is) but there are many factors that go into sustaining the lifestyle.  The biggest factor?  You guessed it.  M-O-N-E-Y.  Do some of us full-time travelers get paid to travel?  Yes, but it takes a lot of good old fashioned work to get there.  I am nearly two and a half years in and I'm just now starting to feel [...]

Unforeseen costs of long-term travel (and why I don't care)

One of my personal heroes, Elizabeth Gilbert, said "To travel is worth any cost or sacrifice," and she wasn't kidding.  Traveling is expensive, and not just for your bank account, but I agree with Liz.  It is all worth it.  I've given up a lot to travel, to keep following my dream to see every country in the world, and I don't regret a thing.  My life is an epic roller [...]

By |2017-09-21T14:15:16+00:00September 21st, 2017|Digital Nomad Life, Solo Female Travel, Travel hacks|5 Comments

People always know I'm an American abroad right away. Here's why…

There are a few things you're probably doing that make you stick out as a "typical American tourist" (effecting your favorability depending on what that person thinks of the states).  Sometimes , depending on the country I've been visiting, people love the fact that I'm American.  Other times, not so much.  It's been particularly interesting to see peoples' reactions to me being American post-election- but I won't be getting political right now, [...]

My Secret to Sanity on Long Flights

Every time I attempt to convince someone from back home to come visit me in South Africa (or anywhere else I've been the past year and a half), the issue of long, arduous flight times is brought up- and then used as a key reason excuse not to travel.  It's consistently a deterrent for all people, and not just in my circle. Flight times exceeding a couple hours are enough to [...]

By |2016-12-13T08:24:36+00:00December 13th, 2016|Solo Female Travel, Travel hacks|4 Comments