Articles written by: Nikki Hodgson

Five Reasons to Study Abroad

Five Reasons to Study Abroad

In college I was required to study another language for at least one year. For some unknown reason, I chose to study German. After two semesters, I stayed after class to ask my German professor a question. She had one for me too. “Why don’t you study abroad in Germany?” [...]

Summer Travels: How to Beat the Heat

Summer Travels: How to Beat the Heat

  Oh, summer, that blissful time of year when both temperatures and flight prices skyrocket. Unless you’re planning on heading to the Southern Hemisphere for Winter: Round Two, you’re going to be dealing with heat, heat, and more heat. If your travel plans consist of lounging next to a body [...]

Five of the World’s Awesome Train Trips

Five of the World’s Awesome Train Trips

  Traveling by train. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. 1. Comfortable seats 2. I can get up and walk around. 3. They have alcohol. 4. Restaurant car. 5. Big windows. 6. I don’t have to drive. 7. Observation decks. 8. Plenty of room to stretch [...]

How to Travel With Your Outdoor Adventure Gear

How to Travel With Your Outdoor Adventure Gear

It was Hemingway who argued that the best way to get to know a country is to explore its contours on bike, however, he didn’t give any indication as to whether you should bring your own bike or rent one. Travel and the pursuit of outdoor adventure is a combination [...]

Traveler’s First Aid Kit: What to Pack

Traveler’s First Aid Kit: What to Pack

  Ok, be honest, how many of you embark on an adventure without a First Aid Kit in your bag? Don’t worry, I won’t tell your mom if you don’t tell mine. However, I’ve spent enough time wandering around new places in search of Band-Aids and Tylenol to learn that [...]

How to be a Good Dinner Guest

How to be a Good Dinner Guest

  While living in the Middle East, I was often invited to have dinner with friends, neighbors, or random people I saw on the street. “Please, you are most welcome. Come share dinner with me and my family,” was a phrase I heard on an hourly basis. My first dinner [...]

Finding the Perfect Bag

Finding the Perfect Bag

Narrowing down the perfect bag can be a difficult endeavor. Almost as important as selecting the perfect traveling partner, having the right bag for the trip can make a big difference. It can’t be too big, but you don’t want to have to sit on it to get it to [...]

5 Rules Not to Break in Germany

5 Rules Not to Break in Germany

  Germany was my adopted country for one year while I was studying in college. Why I went to Germany instead of say, Costa Rica, is beyond me. Apparently I felt the need to experience snow and sauerkraut and lots of it. Whatever my reasons for going, I had an [...]

Traveling Safe

Traveling Safe

So you’ve got your Ultimatesafe, your laptop protection, your RFID blocking wallet, and your anti-theft bag protector. Your luggage is all set, your passport is safely stowed, and your data is secure. Now what about you? Whether you’re traveling solo or as part of a tour group, traveling increases your vulnerability. It’s [...]

Etiquette for Visiting Places of Worship

Etiquette for Visiting Places of Worship

  Some of the world’s most amazing structures also happen to be churches, mosques, and synagogues. Whether you’re religious or not, there are a few things you probably want to keep in mind while visiting sites that are considered sacred. If covering up in a mosque or standing up when [...]