Smart Travel Tips

Traveling on a Budget

Traveling on a Budget

Traveling the world is a dream for many. Yet few ever travel to more than a country or two. Why? For many, money is the biggest deterrent. Imagine if you could reduce the cost of your trip enough to make your dream destination a reality. When you envision this in your [...]

The Price of Good Outdoor Gear

The Price of Good Outdoor Gear

Repeat after me: Hi, my name is (___________) and I am a gear junkie. Don’t worry, gear hoarding and over-enthusiasm is a common issue.  Without generous people like us, where would all those deserving hiking pants, freeze dried crème brulee , and insulated water bottles live?  But…have you ever had that moment [...]

A Simple Guide for the Ultimate Florida Keys Trip

A Simple Guide for the Ultimate Florida Keys Trip

Oh the Florida Keys…such a magical sliver of paradise. Whether spring break, wedding/honey moon or just a good ol’ fashion getaway- you can’t go wrong with that string of island pearls. But alas, it can get a bit pricey. Under all that nautical bliss lays the gut wrenching “ching ching” [...]

When Pigs Fly

When Pigs Fly

There have been reports of a possible swine flu pandemic starting up in China and I couldn’t be more excited. The last time they warned everyone off due to the Swine Flu scare in Mexico in 2009, I had my best vacation ever. Let me explain. Back in 2009 the [...]

The Semi-Vegetarian Traveler: When To Indulge In Your Carnivorous Exploits

The Semi-Vegetarian Traveler: When To Indulge In Your Carnivorous Exploits

One day, at the age of 13, I decided to become a vegetarian. And I remained this way for the next 13 years. I became a vegetarian because of animal rights, but my reasons for staying veggie changed and evolved over the years; just as I changed and evolved over [...]

For Those Who Can’t Leave Their Pets at Home

For Those Who Can’t Leave Their Pets at Home

We’ve all seen it. The lady with the Chihuahua purse. As in, the lady who brings her Chihuahua everywhere, packing the dog inside of her purse. Whether or not this is you, humans have a unique relationship with their pets. A loyalty and trust is often built between the two, [...]

Travel Agents: Are There Really Any Left and If So, Why?

Travel Agents: Are There Really Any Left and If So, Why?

I am a travel agent. I don’t have a license, a certificate or even a secret decoder ring but I do have a computer with internet access. Of course, that means I’m also a doctor, realtor, lawyer and all around expert–in-everything, but that’s fodder for another column. Right now I’m [...]

Traveling Off-Season

Traveling Off-Season

Ah, the off-season. Time to re-cooperate, repair and plan. Or is it? The height of tourist season has its advantages, but also its drawbacks.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Hostel

Things to Consider When Choosing a Hostel

Ah hostels, the hit-or-miss dormitory/prison/horror film setting enjoyed by countless youth every year in Europe and beyond. Hostels are defined as group accommodations, where strangers occupy the same multi-bed rooms and share community bathrooms and kitchens. Every backpacker has a good hostel memory and a bad hostel memory. It’s part [...]

Travel Insurance: Yay or Nay?

Travel Insurance: Yay or Nay?

Travel insurance is usually the first thing to get dropped by the budget conscious traveler. As someone who has spent the night in multiple train stations, airports, and once in the middle of a roundabout in Haifa (long story) in order to save money, I’m definitely wary of purchasing anything [...]