Ten Reasons to Visit Australia

Ten Reasons to Visit Australia

Australia is one of the most remote countries in the world and, ironically, one of the most popular places to visit, especially among backpackers and budget travelers. Because of its distance from the US, not many Americans tend to visit Australia. The flights are long and expensive, and when you only have a few weeks…
My Favorite Australian Hostels

My Favorite Australian Hostels

I love Australia. It’s one of my favorite countries in the world. I’ve been going for over a decade and have crossed the country more times than I’ve criss-crossed my own. I’ve stayed in countless hostels throught Australia and, today, want to share some of my favorites. Base St. Kilda (Melbourne) Base is like the…
How Our Contest Winner Heather is Traveling South America on a Budget

How Our Contest Winner Heather is Traveling South America on a Budget

Last year, I gave away a trip around the world. After going through thousands of entries, in the end, Heather was the winner. She has had some amazing adventures already, and now and it’s time to catch up with her and find out about her trip, how the budgeting is going (is she doing $50…
How to Get Around Australia on the Cheap

How to Get Around Australia on the Cheap

With Australia being over seven million square kilometers, it takes a long time to get around the country. Considering the large distances, it’s no wonder few people end up traveling the whole country—there’s just too much ground to cover on a short trip. These large distances can lead to high transportation costs, and it can…
A Complete Visitor’s Guide to Rosslyn Chapel

A Complete Visitor’s Guide to Rosslyn Chapel

Dan Brown may have brought this chapel into popular culture in his book “The Da Vinci Code”, but this chapel was famous in its own right long before that. Rosslyn Chapel has been loved for both its amazing decorative artwork as well as the mystery that surrounds it with people for decades. History of Rosslyn…
The Bay of Islands: An Overview

The Bay of Islands: An Overview

A few hours north of Auckland is the Bay of Islands. It’s a small area where people go to holiday, sail, swim, see dolphins, and relax. The main tourist town is Paihia, though a lot of people go to nearby Russell too. If you’ve ever been to the Cape, Martha’s Vineyard, Byron Bay, or any…
How to Pick a Good Hostel

How to Pick a Good Hostel

Good hostels are always hard to come by. Hostels have more to do with the people staying there than the physical place. I’ve stayed in dumps where I had fun, because of the people there, and been to amazing, beautiful hostels that bored me to death. While hosteling is about the people, staying in a…
The Cost of Traveling New Zealand

The Cost of Traveling New Zealand

New Zealand. The land of Middle Earth, Great Walks, kiwis, backpackers, adventure sports, delicious wine and pristine wine regions. And a land that sucks all your money from your wallet like a giant vacuum. I first visited New Zealand eight years ago. The country was so much more expensive than I thought it would be.…
The Culture Shock of Coming Home

The Culture Shock of Coming Home

I’ve been back in the United States for a week and a half now and it’s been a weird transition. Though this is my second time coming back home from overseas, it is no less strange. When I first came home after 18 months away, I found America to be a very strange place. It…
How to Get Around New Zealand

How to Get Around New Zealand

It’s easy to get around New Zealand. Buses go everywhere, cars constantly pick up hitchhikers, campervans are easy to rent, and backpacker bus tours zigzag around the country. Plus, there are trains and planes. In short, there’s no shortage of transportation options. When I was in New Zealand recently, I used nearly every one of…

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