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What To Do When Your Parents Say No To Traveling

I had an extremely lucky start to life.  I was born without any major physical or mental disabilities. I was born into a stable family environment, raised in an average middle-class American household, and I graduated from high school with flying colors.  So when I approached my parents about going to Morocco after graduation, they both just looked at each other like, “Where the hell did this come from?”…

A Guide For Americans Moving To London: What You Need To Know Before You Take The Plunge

Before we continue, I’d just like to encourage you to give up.  Abandon ship.  This was my hardest move yet AND I’M STILL struggling to adjust to my new home for more reasons than one.  I wanted to focus on the realities that come with a major move to London and remove the romanticism that comes with this “international dream.”  Let’s just say the British took it personally…

How To Plan An Epic Backpacking Trip

Sometimes I get “Travelers Block” while planning an EPIC backpacking tour.  It’s a lot like “writers block,” but it happens when I get overwhelmed with how many places I want to go to and can’t decide where to start and where to end.  To plan or not to plan?  That is the question!  My most epic backpacking trips have always relied on spur-of-the-moment decisions, but I won’t deny that there’s…

How To Travel The World While Working Freelance

One question that REALLY grinds my gears is “How can you afford to travel the world?”  I’ve been accused of being a trust-fund baby, but if you could see my bank account information, you’d know that wasn’t true.  So how do I, and many other travel bloggers, afford to see the corners of the earth? We. Freaking. Hustle. Most of us travel the world WHILE working freelance abroad.…

Choosing An Organized Tour: The Good, The Bad, And The Criminal

I much prefer to travel alone whenever possible. I like meeting people in hostels, spending entire days at spas, and doing whatever the hell I damn well please when I damn well please it. No one puts Vanessa in the corner.  However, I do go on organized tours if I’m traveling through rural areas sometimes.  After a near-trafficking experience in India when I was 20, I’ve become rather jumpy when…