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…

(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…

Transitioning through Texas

My last few days in familiar territory on the road from NOLA to Bogotá were spent in Texas. It’s a state that demands enough attention that Americans have strong opinions one way or another about its culture and politics, and familiar enough outside the US that most of its…

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…

Backpacking the Hispanosphere: NOLA to Bogotá

When I left Holland this October, my intention was to travel a bit through the Balkans and London, go spend a month or so with family in Florida, and then by the end of December fly south to Colombia where I would teach English in…

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…