Articles written by: Nikki Hodgson

What Does Your Packing Style Say About Your Travel Personality?

What Does Your Packing Style Say About Your Travel Personality?

  When it comes to packing, love it or hate it, everyone has their own technique. Packing can be a definite art form, but even when you have it down to a science, there is always room for a little personal flair. Do you painstakingly organize every item or do [...]

What To Do If You’re Arrested Overseas

What To Do If You’re Arrested Overseas

In Thailand, it’s illegal to throw your used gum on the sidewalk. In Zimbabwe, it’s illegal to make an offensive gesture to a presidential motorcade. In Italy, punching someone is technically considered a felony. The point? Sometimes you can get in trouble for things you hadn’t even considered in your [...]

Food Poisoning: How to Avoid It

Food Poisoning: How to Avoid It

  Aside from getting arrested or mauled by a polar bear, getting food poisoning while traveling is one of the best ways to ruin an otherwise fabulous trip. With a sensitive stomach and a penchant for making poor decisions where delicious but dubious food vendors are concerned, I speak from [...]

How to Survive a Motorbike Ride

How to Survive a Motorbike Ride

  Although there are plenty of travelers who blur the line between appropriate risk and absolute insanity, my line between adventure and suicide is actually pretty distinct. So when a friend suggested that we explore the pockmarked roads of Mbale, Uganda on the back of a rickety motorbike, I made [...]

Traveling for Work: How to Combine Business and Pleasure Travel

Traveling for Work: How to Combine Business and Pleasure Travel

  In an ideal world, our travels would center around the pursuit of pleasure. We’d spend more time sampling the cuisine of local street vendors under the open sky rather than poking disinterestedly at the array of limp cheese Danishes and universal cereals at the hotel breakfast buffet. We’d spend [...]

How to Survive a Camel Ride

How to Survive a Camel Ride

At some point in your traveling career you will be lead to believe that riding a plodding ungulate through the desert is something that must be crossed off your travel bucket list. I was like this once. My more experienced camel-riding veteran travelers tried to warn me, but I wouldn’t [...]

Travel Photography Etiquette

Travel Photography Etiquette

  Taking a photo is one of the best ways to capture a trip and serves as an inexpensive and unique souvenir of some of our best (and worst) travels. Unfortunately some abuse the power of the photographer and use it as an excuse to be inconsiderate of both locals [...]

Road Trip Tips

Road Trip Tips

  My Grandparents weren’t from the U.S. Hailing from England, they resettled to the U.S. after WW2 and moved around from state to state before my Grandfather accepted a job in Illinois. With my Dad and I settled comfortably in California, summer was the time I headed toward the land [...]

What’s in My Venturesafe?

What’s in My Venturesafe?

While my family and friends are under the impression that working as a travel blogger consists primarily of searching out and consuming gelato, they’re only partially correct. Ok, fine. They’re mostly correct, but I can blog and search out gelato at the same time. I’m very talented where desserts and [...]

Our Favorite Travel Apps

Our Favorite Travel Apps

While there is absolutely something to be said for just showing up in a place with no plans, no guides, and no idea what’s going on, there are also a lot of tools out there that make life as a traveler much easier. Enter the world of travel apps. Need [...]