Drop the Suitcase and Get a Pack
For some reason it never gets old watching someone dragging a roller suit case, or for that matter a regular suit case, around a country full of potholes, puddles, sand, dirt roads and stairs. Solution: USE A BACK PACK! Though they can be heavy at first you’ll get used to the weight and will be very thankful you’re not struggling every time you move from place to place. Take your time when you’re picking a pack, do thorough research and do not settle on the cheaper pack to save an extra buck. Money that...
The Art of Travelling Without Planning
Step 1) Plan your trip, Step 2) Buy your plane ticket. As most solo travelers would agree, these two steps are both the least and most important aspects of traveling alone. To be fair, buying the ticket is the most important. Not because you necessarily need to have a ticket to get where you are going, but because once the ticket is bought there’s no backing out. This is the beginning of a new adventure, and in most cases a new outlook on life.
In terms of travel, the word ‘plan’ tends to be used...
1. The Time Issue
Egyptians are not known for being prompt. One of the most perplexing aspects of Arab cultures for Westerners is their sense of time. When you’re meeting someone out on the town and they say 8, expect to see them around 10. When someone tells you they’ll get back to you at 1, it can be at 2, or 3, or maybe even the next day. “Give me five minutes” means “I need a little time,” “Give me an hour” means “I need a lot of time,” and “I’ll get it to you tomorrow” means you should plan for next week. And if...
Trying to squeeze in too much is a classic cause of traveler anxiety and undue stress. Novice travelers are prone to cramming too many plans in too short a time frame. It’s easy to think “how often do I get to travel all the way to **insert place**, I need to make the most of it while I’m here!” True, it would be a waste to sit in your Paris hotel and watch seasons one through six of Lost, but it would be just as bad to rush through everything the city has to offer and not enjoy or really experience any of it. So find the middle...
Istanbul, Turkey is home to one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. The Grand Bazaar, first opened in 1461, currently receives around 250,000 – 500,000 visitors daily. The vast majority of these shoppers are tourists, and most of them end up paying too much for their souvenirs. The Grand Bazaar is home to hundreds of multilingual expert salesmen who are determined to sell you their wares. Many of these salesmen have an array of witty greetings and one-liners, and are in general pretty entertaining people. They all...
The market used to be men in suits, shelves of ledgers, newspaper, yelling into the phone to buy or sell. It was a very elite club. Luckily the internet came along, and with it online trading platforms, news websites, streaming stock quotes and a host of other great tools for stock traders of all levels. The club today is much bigger – and you’re invited!
Most people view the stock market as this mysterious risky machine where you put in your money and cross your fingers that it all doesn’t evaporate before your eyes. Especially...
1. Don’t Book With an American Carrier
You would think that US airline companies have great food, lots of legroom, or something good they’re offering customers that keeps them on the verge of bankruptcy. Alas, the opposite is true. Compared to their foreign counterparts, they just kinda suck. Most of the planes have that “grandma’s house” smell with torn up seats and carpets and an underpaid staff. The food isn’t bad for airplane food but you do have to pay for any alcohol after that first drink, and...
Buying a pack is one of those exciting shopping experiences for backpackers, campers, and adventurers of all kinds. The trick is to find the best pack at the best price. If you’re looking to pack a good amount without feeling like there’s an elephant on your back, then a medium size pack is right for you. This size is perfect for extended hikes or backpacking trips around the world if you’re not quite ready to go minimalist with a pack smaller than 50 liters. However, if you’ve got a lot of hauling to do, strong legs, good...
Buying a pack is one of those exciting shopping experiences for backpackers, campers, and adventurers of all kinds. The trick is to find the best pack at the best price. If you’ve got a lot of hauling to do, strong legs, good endurance, or you’re just a big guy, you’re in the 80 liter and up pack category. But these packs are not for the faint of heart. If you’re going on a two week European backpacking trip you might want to think about leaving a couple pairs of jeans and that sleeping bag at home and check out a small...