Travel Lessons Learned: Hostels (Part 1)

I fell in love with travel while studying abroad.

As an international business major, studying abroad was a requirement of my undergraduate degree… and I really took that requirement to heart. I studied or volunteered abroad every single summer during my years as an undergraduate student, and I graduated college having visited a total of 9 countries. While I was studying abroad I usually stayed with a large group of other students at a budget/efficiency hotel or I stayed in a dorm room.

My experience staying in hostels really began after I graduated college. For the next two posts, I’m sharing some of my experiences staying in hostels (and tips for choosing a hostel you’ll love). Check back this weekend for Part 2! Continue reading “Travel Lessons Learned: Hostels (Part 1)”

The Beauty of a Trip Well Planned: Our Trip Planning Timeline

So I’ve missed a couple blog posts… but my time was productively spent! We’ve officially booked every stay and every train ticket for our upcoming trip to Austria, Germany and Hungary next month. Coupled with the flights we purchased earlier this year, we’re officially DONE.

Well…. we aren’t completely done, but we are done with all the things we like to get planned ahead of time. So how exactly did we do it?

How do we make decisions on what to plan and what to leave to chance?

What is our trip planning timeline? Continue reading “The Beauty of a Trip Well Planned: Our Trip Planning Timeline”

How to Travel with Limited Vacation Time

The internet is full of travel bloggers who live on the road long term, and I love reading their stories and seeing their pictures. I think that living abroad would be the ultimate adventure, and I hope that I have the chance to have that adventure someday.

However, that day is not today.

Today, I worked 8 hours in my Nashville office. While I probably stared at a computer too much and definitely sat too long, my work had a direct impact on people’s lives. Figuring out creative ways to help small businesses may not sound quite as exciting as spending the day drinking from a coconut in Thailand, but I actually think of both as adventures…. just different types of adventures.

Unfortunately, my adventure here in nonprofit micro finance land offers limited vacation time to pursue my adventures abroad. So how do I balance my day job with travel? Continue reading “How to Travel with Limited Vacation Time”

Fighting Your Worst Enemy

We all have that person in our lives.

Before you’ve truly begun to formulate an idea for a novel, a business plan, a personal goal, or a new blog, that person’s voice is already listing all the ways that it could go wrong. The seemingly infinite number of ways that you could fail. The insurmountable competition from numerous companies, people, blogs and books that have executed this idea better than you in the past. The reasons you are unqualified. All the times you have failed

over

and over

and over again. Continue reading “Fighting Your Worst Enemy”