Articles written by: Nikki Hodgson

Travel Insurance: Yay or Nay?

Travel Insurance: Yay or Nay?

Travel insurance is usually the first thing to get dropped by the budget conscious traveler. As someone who has spent the night in multiple train stations, airports, and once in the middle of a roundabout in Haifa (long story) in order to save money, I’m definitely wary of purchasing anything [...]

Biting the Bullet: The Joys of Passport Renewal

Biting the Bullet: The Joys of Passport Renewal

With less than six months before my passport expires and only one page left for visas, I decide it’s time to bite the bullet and make an appointment to renew my passport. Incidentally, the phrase “bite the bullet” comes from war medicine (or lack thereof) when surgeons operating on soldiers [...]

Best Airlines for Budget Travelers

Best Airlines for Budget Travelers

Once by sheer luck and a New York blizzard, I ended up in first class. As I rushed onto the plane in a traveler’s flurry, my arms burdened with coats, books, and boarding passes in an RFID blocking passport case, a poised flight attendant asked if I would care for [...]

How to Purify Your Water on the Fly

How to Purify Your Water on the Fly

Ok, so you’re traveling, right? Maybe you’re in Uganda or Mexico or Vietnam. It’s beautiful, but it’s hot and after hours of traipsing around in the sun, you’re ready for a comfortable chair and a cold drink. You walk into a restaurant with your Anti theft handbag, collapse into a [...]

Overpacking: How to Avoid It

Overpacking: How to Avoid It

Overpacking? Guilty. I travel constantly, incessantly. For years I’ve lived out of a suitcase and yet, I still fall victim to overpacking. I envision myself nimbly skipping out of the airport and onto the train, hopping from bus to bus, and walking up and down narrow cobblestone streets with nothing [...]

5 Ways to Travel by Boat

5 Ways to Travel by Boat

When the temperatures rise, humans do three things. First, we complain about it. Then we get ice cream (go here for tips on ice cream treats around the world). Once we have those two obligations out of the way, we head to the water. And rightly so. Sitting on the [...]

5 Alternatives to Skiing

5 Alternatives to Skiing

Let’s say your friends are heading up to the slopes for a weekend of glorious skiing and fresh powder. And let’s say you really want to go because…hello, a weekend in the mountains with

The Best Travel Accessories for Your iPad

The Best Travel Accessories for Your iPad

I love my iPad. As a travel blogger with a lovely, but very heavy computer, this little tablet has made my life easier and my shoulder much happier.

Must Have Items for the Hostel Traveler

Must Have Items for the Hostel Traveler

While I definitely wouldn’t turn down a night in a five star hotel, I love staying in hostels…which is good because I’m still at that point in my traveling career where my budget necessitates either hostelling or couchsurfing.

How Not to Spend Christmas Alone While Traveling

How Not to Spend Christmas Alone While Traveling

If you grew up celebrating Christmas, it can be a bit of a downer to find yourself alone in a hotel room on Christmas Day, reminiscing over past Christmas celebrations, and missing your friends and