Articles written by: Nikki Hodgson

9 Ways to Cope with a Fear of Flying

9 Ways to Cope with a Fear of Flying

[Pablo Demetrio Scapinachis Armstrong]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Just the other night while watching a movie with my family, one of the main characters, scared of flying, fell to the tarmac and kissed the ground as soon as he exited the plane. “Look, Nik, it’s you,” my family members shouted as they gleefully pointed [...]

The Perfect Travel Wallet

The Perfect Travel Wallet

[Jupiterimages]/[Photos.com]/Thinkstock Your wallet is the most important piece of travel gear and the one thing you definitely do not want to lose. Your RFID blocking passport case can be replaced, but the cash in your wallet? That’s harder to track down. Unless of course you have travel insurance. In light [...]

Tips for Renting a Car Overseas

Tips for Renting a Car Overseas

[Ron Chapple Stock]/Ron Chapple Studios]/Thinkstock The first time I rented a car in another country was in Israel. A friend had convinced me that we should head out to the desert for the weekend and that since we were going to need a car to get there, I should be [...]

Hitchhiking in Europe: Yay or Nay?

Hitchhiking in Europe: Yay or Nay?

[Paffy69]/[iStock]/Thinkstock After a weekend of backcountry skiing in the French Alps, my boyfriend and I caught a ride with a friend of ours down to the closest village. Our friend was in a rush and on his way home so he dropped us off with our anti theft travel purses and [...]

Over the Baggage Allowance? Here’s What to Do

Over the Baggage Allowance? Here’s What to Do

[Fuse]/Thinkstock Flying from Geneva to London the woman behind the check-in counter tells me I’ve misinterpreted the luggage weight restrictions. You see when I added one anti theft messenger bag for 11 Euros it asked me if I wanted to add a second bag for the same price. Figuring checking [...]

How to Haggle Like a Local in the Middle East

How to Haggle Like a Local in the Middle East

[Zeynep Özyürek]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Haggling can be intimidating if you’re not used to it. Often Westerners just want to be told a price and then–depending on the price– either hand over their money or walk away. End of story. Haggling can seem tedious and many people approach it with a bit of [...]

Finding Cheap Train Tickets in Europe

Finding Cheap Train Tickets in Europe

[Juilien Trombini]/[Hemera]/Thinkstock I had no idea traveling by train would be so expensive. In fact, after digging through my wallet in my anti theft handbag I calculated that it would be cheaper for me to fly from Switzerland to Egypt or Morocco on a budget airlines than take a train [...]

Lost Your Passport? Here’s What To Do

Lost Your Passport? Here’s What To Do

Once while visiting Morocco with a friend, the hotel manager asked us if we would like to leave our valuables in the hotel safe. Since that seemed like a pretty good idea, we readily agreed and there they remained until we were at the bus station getting ready to embark [...]

Luggage vs. Cobblestone: Tips on managing an unwieldy suitcase

Luggage vs. Cobblestone: Tips on managing an unwieldy suitcase

[zgr_pro]/[iStock]/Thinkstock For years I traveled exclusively with my trusty backpacking anti theft backpack. When I finally upgraded to a wheeled suitcase, I felt like I had earned my “I’m a grown-up now” badge. I imagined myself looking sophisticated and classy as I wheeled my suitcase behind me while rapidly crossing [...]

Traveler vs. Pickpocket: Walking through a crowd without losing your wallet

Traveler vs. Pickpocket: Walking through a crowd without losing your wallet

[AmmentorpDK]/[iStock]/Thinkstock There is nothing worse than losing your valuables while traveling. It’s bad enough to lose them when you’re at home, but losing your passport or your wallet (or both) while you’re thousands of miles away from home is a special sort of agony and trying to replace those items [...]