Travel Tips

When the drugs don't work

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Picture this: You’re backpacking alone in a tropical exotic country, far far away from home with all its comforts, amidst language barriers that are amusingly out in full force, travelling with companions randomly met on your journey… then you wake up at 2am throwing up last nights stir-fried chicken and vegetables with a fever and feeling like you’ve been f[...]

Dear Ryanair - you suck.

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It's pretty common knowledge that Ryanair is probably the cheapest airline out there. Everyone knows that they are the biggest crooks in the history of airlines but we all book them anyways, don't we? My first "I'll never fly Ryanair again" situation was when I flew from Düsseldorf/Weeze (which is actually their first trick: they are not even allowed to c[...]

Beating the Post-Travel Blues

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As I prepared to leave Europe after 8.5 months of mid-winter wandering, everyone around me began trying to warn me about what was apparently going to be the roughest part of my trip…going home. Friends who had been on similar long term trips told me to get ready to be depressed for months, shocked and saddened by being home and “settling in”. I felt a certai[...]

How to save money for traveling

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Solo traveler recently posted an article on saving money to sponsor your travels and came up with some good suggestions such as emptying your wallet each night of all change to save in your travel piggy bank or to sell your stuff on Ebay. This inspired us to share with you how we generate the extra cash needed to finance our travels. After a little Q&[...]

The suitcase scooter for the busy girl

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For months I have been searching, debating, considering and dismissing a ton of hand-luggage sized suitcases, always hoping, but never finding that something slightly special that could accompany me on my monthly short trips to various European cities. Or I should rephrase, I've never found anything special that did not come with a $900 price tag on it. I'm [...]

Busking the world

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When I travel, I hardly go on a trip without my guitar. For two reasons: There is no easier way to make friends sitting in  a hostel all by myself playing a song everybody knows. There is no better way to make some easy money! Now, I have to admit: Point No. 2 is a little bit tricky and you have to follow a few rules to finance your travels with m[...]

Customize your own bike with Bike Republic

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On my last day in San Francisco I headed over to Urban Outfitters for some final shopping. I checked mostly for the sales on furniture and frames when suddenly my heart dropped and my breath needed catching. Why? Because I saw this beauty: The bike of my dreams. Im in love with the white tires and the brown saddle and the fact that baskets can be place[...]

Four Favorite Event Finding Links for the US

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I don't know about the rest of you, but I personally have a problem with hearing about cool stuff after I've already left a place. A great band playing the day after I'm booked to leave on a night bus? The best vegan restaurant which I somehow never found? Here are some of my favorite tools for finding food, events, cool stores and such, in the US. They're p[...]

Getting Around In the USA: the Craigslist Rideshare

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Back in March and April I traveled around Germany for a month and half, using rideshares from Mitfahrgalegenheit. Back in the US, car-less and anxious to visit different folks where Oakland public transit doesn't go, I was determined to find a similar alternative. If you've ever tried to travel around the States, you know that domestic flights are not cheap [...]

Couchsurfing: Getting along with guests and hosts

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I've already written a bit about couchsurfing as a whole and a few safety tips. But practicalities aside, let's get down to the grittier stuff. The next question I want to address being, how in the hell do you know how to properly behave around these people? One of my favorite things about couch surfing is that every interaction is different and each host[...]

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