Category: General Travel Tips

It Might be Time for a Staycation…

We can’t all travel all the time. I wish we could! However, that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun lives full of new and exciting experiences, relaxing getaways, and fun filled weekends. I tend to lean heavily on the staycation as a means to get me through the boring parts of life between “real” travel experiences.

Career options for digital nomads.

So…you want to be a digital nomad? There is no time like the present to start taking steps towards achieving your dreams!

If you’re sitting here scratching your head and saying, digital whaaaaat?, a digital nomad is a person who has taken their careers completely online so they can work from anywhere in the world, as long as there is an internet connection.

Ok, so maybe that beautiful beach in the photo above isn’t likely to have an internet connection (in fact, I know it doesn’t, because I took that photo in Australia and it was a pretty remote place that involved a drive down a long dirt road to get to).

Still, if you have an internet connection and the right career, you can travel without having to quit your job. Pretty cool, right?

Don’t let dietary issues stop you from traveling!

There is a percentage of the population who, like myself, suffer from some sort of dietary issue. For me, it’s an unfortunate celiac diagnosis that leaves me unable to eat gluten without becoming ill. For others, it might be a dairy or shellfish allergy, an intolerance to soy, or a myriad of other issues. Other people who might experience issues are vegans and vegetarians or others on special diets. As a result of special dietary needs, traveling can sometimes be problematic since it involves venturing out into the unknown where your trusted food sources aren’t readily available and you may not be privy to where your best dining options might be.

Making a Layover Suck Less

Let’s face it: layovers suck. Who wants to spend hours upon hours sitting in an uncomfortable chair in an airport terminal, listening to announcements over the loud speaker, babies crying, and people coughing? Certainly not me. As a traveler, however, layovers are a fact of life. I’m a big fan of flying nonstop whenever possible. Sometimes, however, there are times when a layover is inevitable due to available routes, or direct flights being more expensive.

On Getting Fingerprinted While Entering Japan

I am writing this story for all of you out there who, like myself, have “faint” fingerprints that can’t be read by machines. I know you’re out there, and I also know that if you’re planning on traveling to Japan, you’ll likely be wondering what will happen when they fingerprint you at the border, which they do for all foreign nationals entering the country. Quite frankly, I had a hell of a time getting reliable information on the topic when I was planning my trip to Japan, so I wanted to write a detailed account of my experiences to help out my faint fingerprinted brothers and sisters out there in the hope that this will save you some of the frustration I faced when researching the topic.

Road Trip Tips! Part 1.

The Great American Road Trip is a beloved pastime in my country. However, as my country is also enormous with large areas of unoccupied wide open spaces, it can also be boring. If you’re planning a road trip (in any country!), you might want to follow a few of these tips to make your journey smooth and entertaining.

Great Photo Apps for Travelers

More and more of us are traveling these days with just a smart phone rather than carrying guide books, maps, a music player, a phone card, and a camera like in the old days. Remember carrying all that stuff? It’s nice to have the load lightened. Still, for those of us who love taking beautiful photographs, we may sometimes feel a smart phone doesn’t capture our images in just the way we want them. Not to worry, there’s an app for that! Obviously, Instagram is a great go-to app for making beautiful travel photos. (shameless plug for my Instagram!!!) However, when Instagram just isn’t enough, there are plenty of other apps out there to help you create and edit your travel memories just the way you want them.