Articles written by: Patrick Hutchison

Road Trip: Patagonia

Road Trip: Patagonia

[agustavop]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Patagonia is as close to the Wild West as anything in the world. Vast expanses of wild mountains, prairies, lakes and rivers just waiting to be explored. It’s a place where broken down cars can leave you truly abandoned and in serious danger. But that’s what makes it so [...]

Tour Group Considerations

Tour Group Considerations

[danchooalex]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Tour groups are the 2nd grade field trips of the adult world. Matching name tags, coach buses and pee-chees packed with carefully printed itineraries are the mark of the modern tour group. Many travelers avoid tour groups because they have a reputation of being restrictive and tame, but you [...]

Incredible Train Journeys

Incredible Train Journeys

[iSailorr]/[iStock]/Thinkstock There’s something about trains that inspires wanderlust in nearly every traveler. Perhaps it’s the antiquity, the gentle rocking, the slowly unfolding landscapes or the sound of the whistle. Whatever the cause, few things are as memorable as a long rail journey, especially on these trains. The Trans-Siberian The Trans-Siberian [...]

Backpacking Europe with Pets

Backpacking Europe with Pets

[Carmelka]/[iStock]/Thinkstock One of the biggest reasons many travelers are not also pet owners is the responsibility of having your animals watched after while you are off seeing the world. But, some pet loving travelers can’t resist the loyal companionship or the wanderlust and manage to merge the two together. Accommodation [...]

Art Souvenirs for Penny Pinchers

Art Souvenirs for Penny Pinchers

[Lucy Claxton]/Thinkstock Choosing souvenirs is one of the most challenging parts of traveling. It’s difficult to find simple objects that can capture the mood, emotion and adventure of a trip abroad. Printed art is one of the best ways to remember your trip and it packs well, but it is [...]

Using a Cell Phone While Backpacking Europe

Using a Cell Phone While Backpacking Europe

[Maxim Kostenko]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Having a phone while traveling can be a huge asset. You can call ahead to hostels, make reservations for trains and busses while rushing between stops and keep in touch with people back home. The problem for most travelers is understanding how international calls will affect their own [...]

Best Apps for Backpackers in Europe

Best Apps for Backpackers in Europe

[PaulGrecaud]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Backpacking in Europe has become a rite of passage. Few self-respecting college graduates have gone without some trip to the old-country; to see where history was born and to find out about the world. Unfortunately, few backpackers go with enough foresight to prepare for a world that is wholly [...]

Travel Blogging 101

Travel Blogging 101

[jgaunion]/[iStock]/Thinkstock Keeping friends and family updated about your travels can quickly become a real chore, both for you and those you are trying to stay connected with. Contacting people individually takes time and money. Mass e-mails are a solution, but they color and variety. One of the best ways to [...]

Road Trips Worth Replicating

Road Trips Worth Replicating

[Fuse]/Thinkstock For many travelers, it all starts with a road trip. It probably started in high school, piling into whatever beat-up piece of crap you and your friends managed to buy, pooling funds from your various customer service jobs. Those first experiences inspired the traveler in you and now you’re [...]

Beverage Meccas of the World

Beverage Meccas of the World

[MarkWagonerProductions]/[iStock]/Thinkstock One of the great joys of traveling is exploring the foods of a foreign place. What does a bowl of pasta taste like in Italy? How much better are tacos in Mexico? But just as important as the food is the drinks that you wash it down with. Experience [...]