The airport was as empty as I had ever seen one, with only a few passengers going through customs and anger written all over the remaining employees’ faces. It was 10pm and I had just landed in Trinidad. Being the cheapskate (errr…”budget traveller”) that I am, the least expensive way to get to Guyana was to have a layover here for the night and then fly to Georgetown in the morning. Read more “The Camo Conundrum”
Too much of anything can be toxic, including your own culture. When I read stories about hate crimes based on fear of “the other,” I think, “Gee, these folks really ought to get out more!” The antidote to insularity is travel. Read more “Five Tips to Get More from Your Travels”
My life is rich. I enjoy the mild southern climate of North Carolina and bask in my husband’s love. Bob and I have fulfilling work that earns us the respect of our peers, feel connected to the land and our neighbors, and want for nothing. Much about our happy life we owe to lessons learned during our travels. Read more “The heroes journey gets you the life you deserve”
With the weather turning colder, it only feels natural to make Chicken Tortilla Soup. I’ve been through multiple copycat recipes from several San Antonio restaurants, trying to concoct my own personal recipe that suits my taste. I’m still working on it, but I did make a large pot the other day. Being so excited about having it again (a twice a year experience, typically), I failed to remember how to actually eat it “properly”. I had remembered the cheese, but left out the lime, forgot to buy tortilla chips, avocado (not in season now) and add the little cilantro I’m growing on my windowsill. The following day, I added the three of four and it tasted much better. Read more “Desperate Times, Desperate Measures”
I had an epiphany the day I learned the Chinese word for China. Of course! Zhonguo or “center land” is their center in the same way Meiguo (“beautiful land,” America/United States) is mine. Their people are Zhongwen, just as native Americans referred to themselves as “the people.” We all gaze upon the world from our vantage point in the middle. Read more “Five Tips for Staying Centered Abroad”
Everyone knows I’m a cheap skate…I even admitted to it in this post! However, money when travelling is one thing you want to try and spend less of, unless of course you’re filthy rich. Since I’ve never known what that feels like, I try to get as much value out of my dollar as possible and I’m sure you would like to as well. I’ve come up with some frugal tips on how to save money on your next (and future) trips.
The word is getting out: house sitting is a great way to see the world and keep your budget down. I’ve done a few interviews talking about house sitting and I always warn that you should have a backup plan. You don’t seem to see anything but positive comments on the subject so I wanted to address the downside of house sitting. Read more “When House Sitting Goes Wrong”
Hi, my name is Steph and I’m a cheap skate. I’ll be the first to admit it…I don’t like spending more money than I have to on anything. That includes accommodation, however I refuse to stay in hostels. I did it once. ONCE. That was more than enough for me. I’ve been on the road for two years and have never stayed in one. For those of you looking for budget accommodations while traveling, I’m going to divvy out some tips to you and what I’ve learned while I’ve been out here. Read more “Budget Accommodation While Traveling Abroad”