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9 Things They Don’t Tell You about Joining the Peace Corps

9 Things They Don’t Tell You about Joining the Peace Corps

I had the great fortune to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer from 2006 to 2008 in the Republic of Zambia. The experience was highly gratifying, but to say I went into my service fully prepared for the challenges that lay ahead is complete and utter nonsense.

Top 5 Inspirational Travel Movies

Top 5 Inspirational Travel Movies

The Beach Based on an excellent book by Alex Garland, this movie is essential viewing material for anyone adventurous. It’s about a young American named Richard, who flies to Southeast Asia in search of an exotic journey. 

Around the World: The Toilet Edition

Around the World: The Toilet Edition

Everybody poops. Or so they say. For those that find themselves pooping in exotic and remote locations there are a variety of toilets that can be found or created depending on where you are.

5 Countries With Shockingly Severe Drug Laws

5 Countries With Shockingly Severe Drug Laws

For the record, using illegal drugs in any foreign country poses potential risks. However, narcotics offenders in certain countries face steep fines, lengthy prison stays

Travelers and House Sitting: A Perfect Match

Travelers and House Sitting: A Perfect Match

Imagine staying in a beautiful home in another country for free. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. If you have a flexible schedule,

Tips for an (Un)Successful WWOOFing Experience

Tips for an (Un)Successful WWOOFing Experience

After my first winter in the Pacific Northwest, I had already decided it was time to spend my summer somewhere sunny and warm. I had

5 Best Ways to Sleep on a Plane

5 Best Ways to Sleep on a Plane

All travelers aspire to be able to sleep anywhere, at any time, in any conditions. Yet, for many, sleeping on airplanes remains the most difficult

The Joys of Living Out of Your Backpack

The Joys of Living Out of Your Backpack

As much as I wish it were the case, I’m not currently traveling. I’m sitting in my apartment that has two bedrooms and a whole

Staying at The Free Travel House

Staying at The Free Travel House

It’s the catch-22 of traveling. As young adults, we’re encouraged to take off and explore the world before we saddle ourselves with responsibilities that make it difficult to head off to Mongolia and stay in a yurt for a year. Unfortunately, as young adults, we don’t have any money.

Plane Etiquette: How to Annoy Everyone

Plane Etiquette: How to Annoy Everyone

A little etiquette goes a long way, but no etiquette is way more fun. If you’re not satisfied simply annoying your flight attendants, follow these tips to see how quickly you can get your fellow passengers to clench their fists, turn a shade of purple, and give dozens of extremely [...]