standard Top 10 Reasons Why Backpackers Should Always Opt for Hostels over Hotels

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One of the most important aspects of any kind of travel is having a place to rest your head at the end of the day – especially if you’ve been exploring by foot the whole time. And if you’re like me, all you’re after is having a clean set of sheets and at least some excuse […]

standard My Alaska MVP Gold 75K Requalification Plans


Last year I status matched to Alaska MVP Gold 75K. I think it’s a great program to have miles in, and also a great program because [at least for now] there are some reciprocal benefits on both American Airlines and Delta. At the beginning of the year, I wasn’t sure that I was going to try […]

standard Airbnb Best Practices


Let this be said upfront: I love Airbnb. I have stayed at quite a few over the past year, and many have been fantastic experiences, and I’m sure I will stay at more Airbnbs over the coming years as well. However, I recently had a not-so-great experience with Airbnb. It really isn’t worth going into the specifics about it, but it has lead me to develop my Airbnb Best Practices.

standard Headed Somewhere Warm? Tips For Light, Cute Outfits

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This is a guest post written by the lovely Lisa Prang of [facebook]  Headed somewhere warm?Many people struggle with figuring out what to pack on a tropical vacation, let alone anywhere. If you are like me, I over pack even if it is an overnight trip! Reducing space in your luggage can be a headache […]

standard Travel Safety in Egypt: Reflections


There were at least three occasions before I went to Egypt that the idea of me getting my head cut off was brought up in conversation. I thought that was a little extreme… But many people close to me were clearly concerned about my safety in Egypt. In reality, the worst thing that could have happened […]

standard Five Cheapest & Best Points Hotels in Beijing


I’m going to Beijing for two nights on one of those ~$450 roundtrip business class fares from Washington DC. Usually when I travel alone I stay in hostels, but since I am going to be in the city for such a short period of time anyway, meeting people and making friends isn’t high on my priority […]

standard Cairo Travel Guide


The sprawling city of Cairo and the surrounding areas can easily take weeks or months to even start to make a dent in, so with just two days to see the city I left a lot untouched. Here are my thoughts on the sites I was able to make it to. Cairo Free Walking Tour The […]