The Downsides of Long Term Travel

Over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to do some incredible things during my dabble in long term travel.  From trekking to Mt. Everest Base Camp, to SCUBA diving between tectonic plates in Iceland, to hiking the Great Wall of China and becoming a beach bum on the island of Koh Lanta in Thailand. I wouldn’t trade a single second of anything I’ve done in the past 13 months. Continue reading The Downsides of Long Term Travel

My Worst Hostel Experience (so far)

I have to say, I’ve had pretty decent luck with hostels so far.  They aren’t the usual dingy hole-in-the-walls that they used to be, with a reputation for uncleanliness and lack of safety.  These days many hostels are making their way towards ’boutique hostels’, which are actually more like hotels. I’ve had hostels with free breakfast, privacy curtains, individual plugs and lamps for each bed, your own locker for your Continue reading My Worst Hostel Experience (so far)

5 Fun Free Things To Do In Brighton, England

After spending a week and a half house sitting near the South Downs, my wonderful hosts offered to drive me down to Brighton, a lovely little city on the south coast of England. While Brighton is quite the popular tourist area during the peak summer months, it was a bit more subdued in October (though there were still plenty of people about).  I was only there for 2 nights, but Continue reading 5 Fun Free Things To Do In Brighton, England

How to Save Money on Accommodation by House Sitting

When you travel long term like I have for the past year, and you don’t have any source of income, you need to get creative on how to save money. The most expensive part of traveling is definitely accommodation.  I stay in hostels for the most part, which definitely helps, but in places like London, or really just Western Europe in general, housing is still expensive.  A spot in an 12-18 Continue reading How to Save Money on Accommodation by House Sitting

The Red Carpet at the Emmy Awards: What’s It Really Like?

Earlier this summer I found out that through my Chase Ultimate Rewards, the by-product of having a Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card, that I could buy tickets to sit on the red carpet of the Emmy Awards for $150.  The Emmys just so happened to be occurring on the exact Sunday I was going to be in L.A. visiting my friend Meagan, and since I could buy two tickets, we Continue reading The Red Carpet at the Emmy Awards: What’s It Really Like?

Nerding Out UK Style: The Doctor Who Experience and Sherlocked Convention

Those of you who know me well (or many even those of you who don’t), know I’m a big ole’ nerd. If you read about my trip to the Harry Potter Studio Tour near London, you figured it out real quick like. Needless to say, that’s surely not the only nerdy thing I did when I was touring around the UK this spring.  Because not only is it home to Continue reading Nerding Out UK Style: The Doctor Who Experience and Sherlocked Convention