Book Review – 40 Ways To Travel Better: Your Complete Guide To Maximize Time, Money, & Energy

Living in the Midwest of the U.S., it’s imperative to have some “winter reading” to get through times when it can even be dangerous to be outside. If the book is about traveling to places where you can go outside, that’s even better. So I jumped at the offer to review Kristin Blake’s book, 40 Ways To Travel Better: Your Complete Guide To Maximize Time, Money, & Energy.

2017 Year Round Up

My New Year’s resolution last year was to start a travel blog. I’ve never been good at following through with hobbies, but this project has been the perfect blend of travel, writing, and photography to keep me interested and challenged. However, the best part is that it pushes me to prioritize traveling when I might otherwise get sucked into the daily grind. It has also encouraged me to travel local (how had I not been to the mustard museum before this year?) and try to view familiar places with fresh eyes. I feel super lucky to have had these adventures in 2017…

5 Ways to Improve Your Hostel Stay

People seem to have strong reactions when I tell them I stay in hostels on my travels abroad. Some folks envision scenes from “On the Road,” while others are just plain horrified. It’s true that staying in hostels requires a few concessions, but it can also be an amazing way to travel. Follow these tips to make the most of your experience.

20 Things In My Suitcase

This lightweight towel has been one of the best travel purchases I’ve made. It’s particularly handy for staying at hostels, since it dries quickly and prevents you from having to either pack a full-sized towel or renting one at each hostel. It’s equally good for the beach or a pool; magically, sand doesn’t even stick to it.