Day 1 & 2 in Kyiv, Ukraine (9/20/21-9/21/21): -There are exchange places all over the city center with much better rates than the airport.-No one yields to pedestrians and I hate it.-Ukrainian banks have PINs for their credit cards. It was an initially awkward, heated conversation explaining to my receptionist that USA credit cards don’t have PINs because he pretty much thought I was stupid.-Ukraine and Estonia are the only countries I’ve been to on this trip that are weirdly […]
Things to ALWAYS Do Abroad: 1. Download films to watch and music to listen to offline on apps like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Music/Prime Video, Pandora, Spotify, and YouTube Music. Keep in mind, several apps like Hulu or Pandora are not normally available outside of the US or their selection changes by country such as Netflix. My choices are Netflix and YouTube Music because they have the highest selection, in my opinion, are affordable, and are available in the majority of […]
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My Christmas consisted of enduring a typhoon, bartending at a Vietnamese beach bar, and exploring paradise!
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Get out of the hotel room. The biggest waste of opportunity and money is going on holiday or vacation in a new city and spending all your time in your hostel or hotel room doing what you could’ve done at home for free. Get out and explore! See something new, stroll through a park, find an observation deck, have a local beer at a brewery. Drink it all in! Get off the beaten path and get a little lost. I […]
What is backpacking? Essentially it’s traveling across several countries or cities with only the bare minimum of necessities that can fit into, well, a backpack. Generally backpackers are on a budget of some sort and therefore look for the most efficient supplies in terms of quality, size, and, of course, price. Here’s how to prepare like a pro! Be Proactive: Decide where you want to go! Two popular options are: Eurotrip Backpacking: There are dozens of itineraries to choose from […]
Houston Hostel: What to expect: Hostels come in a variety of forms. Most common rented rooms have twin size bunk beds, a shared bathroom and shower, and generally 4-8 roommates per room but can be as many as 32! The typical room options are co-ed, same sex, or private rooms which are based on double occupancy so if you’re traveling alone and want a room to yourself you’ll be paying for a room intended for two or more people and be paying what would […]
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I get asked the same two questions all the damn time: How do you afford to travel all the time? See: https://etchedinadventure.com/2016/03/10/how-i-save-money-to-travel-every-mont and How do you find all these deals? See: https://etchedinadventure.com/2016/02/12/the-budget-traveler-in-the-u-s/ How do I do it? I break A LOT of rules when it comes to traveling. I don’t have travel insurance, I go on spontaneous road trips regularly, and I seldom take off from work! Also, I break the number one rule: I’m okay getting lost in new places […]
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