Articles written by: Nikki Hodgson

5 Rules to Follow in Italy

5 Rules to Follow in Italy

  I love Italy, but sometimes being there makes me feel like I just transferred to a new middle school where I don’t know that I’m not supposed to sit in the front row of the classroom or that ordering chocolate milk at the cafeteria is only acceptable for first [...]

Surviving the Middle Seat

Surviving the Middle Seat

The worst seat on the plane, without question, is the middle seat of the middle row. If you’re stuck in this seat in the last row on the plane, you have my eternal sympathy. Airlines should just institute a “free alcohol for anyone in these seats” policy. For some reason, [...]

Tipping Around the World

Tipping Around the World

[mpalis]/[iStock]/Thinkstock There you are, seated around a table after enjoying a leisurely and delicious meal at a romantic spot. Perhaps meze at a nondescript restaurant folded alluringly into one of Istanbul’s many dark corners, or a weisswurst and beer at a solid slab of table in one of Munich’s beer [...]

Running While Traveling

Running While Traveling

[Ramonespelt]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Though traveling can be exhausting and physically demanding in and of itself, there are always those select few who feel the need to push the envelope and maintain their exercise regime while meandering across the globe. Runners generally fit into this category. Partly because there is nothing simpler than [...]

Five Objects to Help You Make Friends on the Road

Five Objects to Help You Make Friends on the Road

[Antonio Balaguer soler]/[Hemera]/Thinkstock Traveling is one of the best opportunities to meet new people. Wandering from place to place, constantly relying on those around you for directions, advice, or a helping hand, there is ample opportunity to strike a friendship with everyone you encounter. (By the way, thank you to [...]

How to Protect Your Laptop While Traveling

How to Protect Your Laptop While Traveling

Just once I would love to know what it feels like to travel without dragging my MacBook around. Though I love the thing desperately, it’s always just one more thing I have to worry about. We’ve been together for five years and it has seen multiple continents, dozens of countries, [...]

Step Off the Beaten Path with a Volunteer Vacation

Step Off the Beaten Path with a Volunteer Vacation

[gpointstudio]/[iStock]/Thinkstock It’s not that I don’t like lounging around on the beach with nothing to do but leisurely sip my margarita and occasionally cool off in crystal blue waters. It’s just that I can only handle it in small doses. Sipping a margarita on a beach in Mexico is pretty [...]

Quiz: Selecting a Traveling Partner

Quiz: Selecting a Traveling Partner

[Creatas]/[Creatas]/Thinkstock There’s a very good reason that if you want to test a relationship, you should take a trip together. Even the best friend can turn into the worst traveling partner and some relationships just can’t take the stress of two vastly different traveling styles. While it’s easy to come [...]

5 Ways to Entertain Yourself in an Airport Overnight

5 Ways to Entertain Yourself in an Airport Overnight

[zgr_pro]/[iStock]/Thinkstock We’ve all been there. Whether it’s getting stuck because of weather, absurdly early flight departures, or budgetary constraints, most travelers have spent a night or two trying to contort their bodies around the armrests of airport chairs in an effort to steal an hour or two of sleep. Inevitably, just [...]

Traveling as a Vegetarian: How to Cope

Traveling as a Vegetarian: How to Cope

[Hemera Technologies]/[AbleStock.com]/Thinkstock I’m a vegetarian. Well, sort of. Yeah, I know that’s generally a yes or no question, but in light of the fact that I travel so much, adhering to a strictly vegetarian diet can get complicated. That and there’s this thing called bacon. Don’t judge me. Despite my [...]