What all do you write about on here?

Travel… and anything travel-related.  This may be destination guides, camping tips, hiking tips, what to wear, what not to wear, how to pack, how to plan a trip, how to book an Airbnb, etc.  As I travel and learn new things, I try to use this blog as a way to share them.

How often do you post?

I try to post once a week on Mondays.  

How do I find the posts on ________?

The search bar, by far, is the easiest way to find anything.  You’ll find tabs for destination guides, and planning and packing, in the menu.  You can also use the drop-down menu on the side bar to browse articles by topic.

How do you afford to travel?

I actually can’t afford it.

No, seriously… how do you afford to travel?

Check out these posts on how to save money for a tripways I’ve cut down my travel expenses and how to plan a budget for a trip, for a more serious response to how we afford to travel.

Or buy my book How to be Your Own Travel Agent

I haven’t flown in a long time, will I get arrested if I bring______?  

Read this post on making the most of your quart-sized bag for packing toiletries in your carry-on, which includes an explanation of the 3-1-1 rule.  (Also, check out some of my travel-related beauty product recommendations.)

I just want to bring a carry-on, but I don’t know how.  How do I pack light?

I write about this often, but these articles should help you get started:

I also created a YouTube video:

Check out my travel product recommendations here.

I’m a man, what should I pack?

If you’re traveling internationally, or you just want to pack sharp, check out a post I wrote on men’s fashion.

Will you plan a trip for me?

No, but you can plan it yourself with the help of my awesome book How to be Your Own Travel Agent.

The reason I started this blog, and wrote a book, was to empower others so they feel like they are capable of planning the trip of their dreams on their own.  There are plenty of people in the world who will take your money and plan a trip for you, if you prefer.  (Which, we did for our first trip overseas.) Or, you can take the bull by the horns and do it yourself!  I write about ways to find budget accommodation, book flights, plan a budget, etc., so that you can feel free to go anywhere and see anything you like.  You don’t need to be a travel agent to plan a trip.  You can do this!

But you’re so much better at it than I am.  Won’t you please plan mine?

Practice makes perfect.  Maybe your first trip is a disaster.  We’ve made every travel mistake in the world, and I fully intend on making more.  (Read about five mistakes I learned on my first international trip here.)  That’s part of the process.  Don’t be afraid to make mistakes because you’ll learn and next time, you’ll be better prepared!  Or better yet, sign up to receive emails every time I post something new where I share my travel tips from things we’ve learned the hard way.  Maybe you’ll avoid some of the mistakes I made!  (For more advice on how to avoid mistakes, or when planning a trip check out ten reasons you hated your last vacation, things I learn and relearn when traveling, and seven things I hate about traveling.)

Since you’re an Ohio girl, any recommendations for travel in Ohio?

Well, certainly.  Check out my destination guides.  You’ll find a plethora of them under “Ohio.”

What was the best trip you’ve ever been on?

I almost always answer this question with “the last one I went on.”  When it’s fresh in my mind, I remember all the details about it and it turns into my favorite one.  However, if I had to pick just one, I would say the trip we took to England and Paris.  I fell in love with the English countryside.  I loved wandering around the Cotwolds.  I loved drinking tea in London and eating pastries in Paris.  We loved all the train rides and how simple it was to navigate the cities we visited.  It was just a good trip overall.  

What’s your favorite destination?

I have a lot of favorite destinations for a variety of reasons.  I’ll start with internationally.  My favorite country I visited was Ecuador.  The people are wonderful, there is just so much to do (markets, horseback riding, mountains, jungles, etc.) and everything is cheap.  My favorite major city I’ve visited is Rome.  It just has great food, great sites and that European ambiance.  In the states, I have to say Utah is pretty spectacular.  I’ve been there twice, and want to go back.  That’s a good sign, right?  Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia is also one of my favorites.

Where’s the most beautiful place you’ve been?

Torres del Paine National Park.  After every 15 minutes of hiking, you’re greeted with another breathtaking view of either a turquoise lake, a mountain, a valley, a hill, a glacier.  It’s just unreal.

What’s your least favorite trip you’ve been on?

I really didn’t care for the country of Chile as a whole.  The people were not very friendly (to me anyways), and the major cities lacked the excitement and historical sites I want to explore.  That being said, the country is home to the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.  The other places I didn’t enjoy had little to do with the place, and more about my state of mind when I arrived.  (ie, end of the trip so I was sick of traveling, I was hungry and couldn’t find a sandwich fast enough, etc.)

Who is your favorite travel writer?

Ask anyone who knows me, and they can tell you it’s Rick Steves.  He has great advice for new travelers and gives you the type of information you actually need.