Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Truth About Affording Travel: Six Crucial Steps

Some people tell stories about moving to New York with $20 in their pocket. Not me. When I moved to New York, I had $7,000 saved up. I figured I could last six months on it, if I was careful. Three months and over a hundred cover letters later, I got a part-time job. It paid about $300, every two weeks - not even enough to cover rent.

The thing no one tells you about being poor is how time-consuming it is.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Austin's 6th Street

I used the last of the credit cards points I racked up over the summer to buy a flight to Austin, Texas, for the Christmas break. My parents recently relocated to a retirement community north of the city, so I was eager to see both them and their new house. Mom and Dad used my visit as an excuse to get down to Austin for the first time since they arrived.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

12 Places I'll Follow You in 2015


I follow travel blogs. A lot of them. Most fall within a certain category - 20-30-something, female, solo travelers from the United States. There are outliers for each demographic, sure, but overwhelmingly, I read blogs where I can imagine myself in the traveler's shoes with little effort. (Travel fan fic, guys - it's what it comes down to.)

As 2014 wrap-up posts have been posted, and 2015 plans and wishlists start to emerge, I'm seeing some patterns. Some are smack-you-in-the-face obvious. (I'm going to XYZ!) Others require more of a leap in logic, judging where people have gone in the past, or what hot events will inspire them to travel in the near future.

While I don't have any grand travel plans this year, here are some places I'm looking forward to reading about (or hoping to!) in 2015...

Friday, January 2, 2015

A Homecoming

My travel guides have a bookcase once again!

I had grand plans to post consistently through November and December, starting with a series on Denver and ending up with Christmas in New York. But life (and preschool plague) caught up with me. And there's the good news - after several months of uncertainty, I've found a new job, a new place to live, and a new (to me, anyway) car. I have so much to look back on and be thankful for in 2014, from my once-in-a-lifetime World Cup trip to the family members I was able to fall back on when I returned and found myself homeless and jobless.