Tag Archives: Travel Tips

Best time to visit Asheville NC: Fall colors, wildflowers & snowy hikes

The best time to visit Asheville NC depends on what you want to do

Picture yourself on top of one of the tallest mountains in the East, watching the sun set on a warm summer night. Imagine walking through a field of wildflowers — pink rhododendrons, white mountain laurels and bright-yellow goldenrod blooming all around. Visualize frozen waterfalls, or mountain slopes covered with fiery red foliage. There is no […]

Solo Backpacking Tips for Women: Planning a safe backpacking trip alone

These tips for solo female backpackers will prepare you for any trail

You’ve got all the gear. You’ve planned the perfect route and trained for weeks to get in shape. You’re all ready for your first backpacking trip. The only problem? You have no one to go with. It’s time to arm yourself with some essential solo backpacking tips so you can hit the trail all on […]

Cold Weather Hiking Tips for People Who Hate Winter

Me in my typical winter hiking outfit -- shell jacket and waterproof pants.

When the days get shorter and the temperature drops, it can be temping to hide inside. Curling up with a hot cup of coffee and a warm blanket in front of a fireplace seems much more appealing than freezing your tail off to go outside and explore. But when the cabin fever sets in, winter […]

Solo travel in Thailand: Ultimate Guide for women going to Thailand alone

Traveling alone in Thailand is one of the most rewarding experiences on the planet.

Thailand is one of the best countries in the world for solo female travel. It’s the perfect introduction to Southeast Asia. It has beaches and temples, mountains and cities — everything you could want as a backpacker. Plus, solo travel in Thailand couldn’t be easier or safer. I spent a month experiencing Thailand solo travel […]

Kigali to Kabale by bus: Fly into Kigali, Rwanda to track gorillas in Uganda

Lake Bunyonyi, just 8 km from Kabale, is a good staging point for gorilla trekking and is easy to reach from Kigali.

If you’re planning a backpacking trip through East Africa, gorilla trekking is probably high on your list. Uganda is the cheapest country to track gorillas in. But to reach the gorillas in Uganda, it’s faster and easier to fly into Kigali, Rwanda. Then, you’ll need to get from Kigali to Kabale, Uganda. Every tour company […]

Is Colombia safe to travel? A solo female’s take on safety in Colombia

Colombia safety is not an issue for most backpackers - especially not in Cartagena.

Tell your friends and family that you’re visiting Colombia, and you’re sure to get some raised eyebrows (at best). Most people associate the country with Pablo Escobar, FARC, and the drug trade deep in the Amazon jungle. But is that the true story? Or is Colombia safe to travel?   Over the past 20 years, […]

The BEST hostels in Colombia: A complete guide of where to stay

Hostels in Colombia are world-class: Clean, comfortable and social, with tons of atmosphere.

Good hostels can totally make or break your trip when you’re traveling. A few nights in a bad place to stay leaves you sleep-deprived, cranky, and miserable. But a great hostel is a hive of social activity, where you can make friends with the local staff and get the inside scoop on the best things […]

Buses in Colombia: A detailed guide to Colombia transportation

The Colombia transportation system is one of the world's best -- don't let the occasional chiva bus fool you!

If you’re planning a trip to Colombia, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to get between all of the country’s amazing cities, towns and beaches. It’s very uncommon — and astronomically expensive — for foreigners to rent cars here. So you’re going to need to use a lot of public transportation. Luckily, the buses in […]

14 best places to visit in Colombia: Beaches, cities mountains & more

Colombia is a microcosm of South America. It has snow-capped mountains, gorgeous beaches, pulsing nightlife, great coffee, vibrant cities, friendly people and more. You could travel for months here and never get bored. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the luxury to travel endlessly. So I put together this list of the best places to […]

The ULTIMATE guide to traveling from Jardin to Salento by bus

Chiva buses are famous throughout Colombia, but now only used on remote Zona Cafetera roads.

Colombia’s Coffee Axis instantly seduces travelers. The region offers year-round warm weather, gorgeous hikes in the mountains, charming small towns, friendly people, and all the coffee you could drink. Jardin and Salento are two of the best bases for day hikes and coffee tours — Jardin is very off-the-beaten-path, while Salento has all the amenities […]