16 Ways to Study a Language Abroad for Free

Language immersion is not only the best way to learn a new language, but also sort of the reason this blog exists. When I turned 21, I only spoke English, and one of the reasons was that I thought I’d just never have the time…

How to Sit Alone on a Greyhound

If you’ve ever taken a long-term backpacking trip or just been a poor college student in the US, you’re probably familiar with the horror and suffering known as the Greyhound bus. And if you’re a regular rider, the only hope for maintaining your sanity may lie in finding a seat…

Is Mexico Safe for Travelers?

I’ve been dying to write this post for a while now, because its title is a question that’s been posed to me so many times this year: “Is Mexico safe for travelers?” After spending eight months in Mexico an in 12 of its 31 federal…

(Un)common Sense Tips for Budget Backpacking

In my last post I shared some updates about where I am on the road from NOLA to Bogotá and how I’ve stretched my limited funds to get here with budget backpacking. After that post, I realized I’m always alluding to ideas like ‘cheap travel’ and ‘backpacking on…

Location Independence Mexico City

NOLA to Bogotá Update: Becoming Location Independent in Mexico City

Last October I left the Netherlands to go work as a volunteer teacher in Bogotá, Colombia, but somewhere along the way I took a wrong turn and landed about 3,000 km north in Mexico City. Instead of moving to one place, I’m now traveling indefinitely, and instead…

72 Hours of Hitchhiking

I only hitchhiked for the first time in August last year, but I instantly fell in love with it. In the twenty or so times I’ve jumped into cars with strangers in Western Europe, the Balkans, and now the US, I’ve sat next to a lot of…

A Year of Travel: 8 Highlights and 4 Reflections

I spent 2014 wrapping up my Master’s degree in the Netherlands and cramming in as much travel as possible. Between finishing my thesis and scraping together pennies out of my student budget, the first half of the year was a bit slow — my daily adventure…