• Photography

    9 Reasons to Travel With A GoPro

    A GoPro is one of the best cameras to take traveling with you for many reasons. They’re small, adaptable, generally high-quality and an all-around great asset. When you’re planning for long-term travel, or even just a fun trip, here are 9 reasons you should take a GoPro in your bag. 1. GoPros are incredibly versatile cameras With modes for photos, videos, hyperlapse and more, GoPros can fit into a number of different spots in your arsenal. 2. GoPros are small and easy to pack No matter where you’re traveling or what you’re doing, space is probably an issue. The awesome thing about a GoPro is how small it is. It’s…

  • Costs,  General Travel,  Travel

    What It Actually Takes To Quit Your Job & Travel The World

    It seems everyone dreams of quitting their job to travel the world, but what does it take to actually do so? Depending on your personality and risk tolerance, it can be fairly complicated. But it can be done! 1. Figure Out Your Money Situation Yep, money comes first. One of the more annoying things to figure out, but alas – the world does run on money. You’ve got a number of options for the best way to handle money – savings, having a plan to work abroad, etc. Make sure you’ve thoroughly investigated each one. Saving Money to Travel the World There are lots of pieces of advice on how…

  • Costs,  Italy

    6 Ways to Visit Lake Como on a Budget

    Lake Como is an absolutely incredible place to go in Italy, but it’s not one that’s renowned for being cheap. However, if you’re careful with it, you can get the most out of your visit to Lake Como while on a budget! 1. Lake Como Accommodations on a Budget The first key for Lake Como is to figure out how to get your accommodations while on a budget. AirBnBs are plentiful in the area, with some more expensive than others (as with all things). One key for any place is that you can frequently get discounts of 20% or more if you’ll stay for either 5+ nights, or a whole…

  • Books,  Florida

    Great Books to Read While Visiting Key West and the Florida Keys

    The Florida Keys and Key West have been the home of many great authors, and are a great place to relax – so what better to do than find some fun beach reads for the Florida Keys? Key West is an incredible literary town, with a rich tradition of some of the world’s most revered writers calling it home. Combine that with the island lifestyle “where the weird go pro,” Key West and the Florida Keys are the perfect place to grab a great book and enjoy! Hemingway Books to Read in Key West A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway One of the most immortal classics by Hemingway himself,…

  • Costs

    7 Budgeting Tips for Long-Term Travel

    Long-term travel is a dream come true, but budgeting for it is a significant undertaking. When you’re budgeting for long-term travel, you have to have a plan for how much money you need, and a plan for when you get home. These budgeting tips for long-term travel are here to help you make sure you don’t get into a budget bind while you’re abroad. See how much I spent on my four-month round the world trip. 1. Plan Your Budget by Day By City or Country Before you leave for your trip, it’s a good idea to build a spreadsheet with the places you think you’ll go, and a rough…

  • General Travel,  Tips and Tricks

    How To Plan A Round-the-World Trip

    There are no shortage of logistics when you’re planning any sort of trip, but when you’re thinking about how to plan a round-the-world trip, there are even more. So when it came to planning my four-month round-the-world trip, I knew I was in for some major planning. Here’s a recap of how I planned my round-the-world trip, with some lessons I learned from hindsight as well. Put The Big Rocks In First You know the story about putting the big rocks in first in life? It’s equally applicable when you’re planning a big trip. For me, the big rocks were the key things I wanted to do. Everything else could…

  • France,  General Travel,  Greece,  Hungary,  Italy,  Romania,  Tips and Tricks,  United Kingdom

    Visiting Europe In the Summer: What You Need to Know

    School’s out, the sun’s out – it’s summer! You finally have a few weeks to take the dream vacation to Europe. Before you go, make sure you’re prepared for what to expect from summer in Europe. 1. Air Conditioning Is Not Used As Much As in the US Europeans, in general, are much more tolerant of the heat than in the US. If you must have air conditioning, make sure to double check that your hotel offers it – and definitely check if you’re using AirBnB. For places that have AC, know that it won’t be turned down quite as much as it would in the US. I heard many…

  • Italy,  Tips and Tricks

    12 Tips for Taking a Budget Trip to Italy

    Staying on a budget in Italy can be daunting, and it can feel impossible to take a budget trip to Italy. It’s an incredible country with so much to see and do, and all of it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But, it’s possible to adhere to your budget and see some of the most amazing things in the world. (Not to mention eating some of the best food in the world!) 1. Do Extensive Research Yes, it’s an old tip but it’s a good one. Make sure that your research includes as much as it can about where you’re going. Be prepared for the costs you’re likely to encounter. For instance,…

  • Books,  Italy

    Books to Read Before You Visit Florence, Italy

    Florence is one of the most unique and incredible cities in the world – and it’s also one of the most storied. One of the best ways to get ready for your vacation and immerse yourself in it while you’re there is by reading books set in that location. I love the history books that make the ancient city come alive, or the retrospectives that will explore how the Medici ruled the city, or even just the history books. All parts of Florence are alive with art, beauty and history. A Room With a View As a tourist, what I love about this book is that it’s the story of…

  • Books,  Italy

    Books Set In the Amalfi Coast, Capri, & Naples

    I love when I can read books set wherever I’m visiting, and there are many awesome books about the Amalfi Coast, Naples, and Capri! Books Set in the Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Sorrento The Night Villa This fascinating and suspenseful book is set both in ancient Pompeii and modern Capri. It’s the perfect read to feel deeply involved in the history of Pompeii, and to feel the romance of Capri. This is also an excellent beach or airplane book! Stones of the Madonna Set in Positano, this tells the story of two Americans who are – you guessed it – escaping from their past. Reasonably predictable, this book is no…