Articles written by: Nikki Hodgson

How to Find the Best Restaurants

How to Find the Best Restaurants

  When I travel, I am concerned with one thing and one thing only: food. Sure, the museums are great and the architecture is fabulous. The villages are quaint and the people charming, but what I really want to know is….when do we get to eat? Every waking moment, I’m [...]

How to Keep Your Stuff Safe While Swimming

How to Keep Your Stuff Safe While Swimming

  We’ve all been there. Sitting on a beautiful beach, waves lapping at the shore, cool water beckoning relief from the blazing sun. You look at the water, you look at your stuff, you look at the water again. You know you shouldn’t leave your valuables just sitting on the [...]

Five Inexpensive Souvenirs That Don’t Suck

Five Inexpensive Souvenirs That Don’t Suck

  It’s the last day of your trip and as you’re admiring the photos you’ve taken and the few items you’ve managed to snag for yourself, you suddenly remember that you haven’t picked up any souvenirs for anyone else. Oops. That’s when it happens. You rush around the stores near [...]

Five Little Luxuries for Backpacking Travelers

Five Little Luxuries for Backpacking Travelers

  When you’re a backpacking traveler, you learn to let go of life’s little luxuries pretty quickly. Anything that can’t be shoved into your backpack and easily carried gets left behind for weeks, months, or years at a time. You learn to live without more than one pair of shoes, [...]

How to Show Travelers Your City

How to Show Travelers Your City

  Any traveler knows the delight of being invited to see a place through a local’s eyes whether it’s through a friend, a tour guide, or a benevolent stranger. So why not do the same for other travelers and open your home or offer your time to someone visiting your [...]

Adventure Travel: Tips on Getting Started

Adventure Travel: Tips on Getting Started

  Adventure travel is the genius combination that satisfies the wanderlust’s desire for new places and the outdoorsman’s thirst for adrenaline and adventure. As gratifying as it can be to run to the top of North Africa’s highest peak or to kayak around the island of Corsica, planning and executing [...]

The Moroccan Hammam: What to Expect

The Moroccan Hammam: What to Expect

  It’s hot, dry, and dusty. You’ve been wandering for hours through the medina of Marrakech. Your feet are tired, you’re covered in the dusty sand of the desert, and if one more vendor jumps out at you to come and look at the wares in his shop, you’re going [...]

Ice Cream Around the World

Ice Cream Around the World

  Ice cream, in all its glorious forms, is the best part of summer. Is there anything more fabulous than strolling down the street enjoying a waffle cone packed with your favorite flavor of gelato? No, there’s not. Unless you’re lactose intolerant. Then it’s probably not so fabulous. Not to [...]

How to Travel Alone

How to Travel Alone

  Traveling alone can be as liberating as it is intimidating. While it’s great to hit the road with an awesome travel buddy or two, sometimes that’s not always an option. You might find a great last-minute travel deal, maybe your vacation time doesn’t match up with everyone else’s, or [...]

Tips on Learning a New Language

Tips on Learning a New Language

  The inability to communicate is definitely one of the more intimidating aspects of traveling. Whether you’re staying in a place for a few months or a few days, stumbling over the vowels and consonants of a foreign language can leave even the most composed individual retreating from a conversation [...]