How to Stay Connected Abroad

A Traveller’s Guide to SIM Cards

Anyone who isn’t living under a rock knows that WiFi is everywhere, making it really easy to stay connected while you travel (not always a good thing!). But WiFi does have its issues. In the “developing world” it’s not always dependable, and in the “developed world” it comes at a price. There is an easier way.

Saving for Long-Term Travel, Part Five

Continued from Part Four

A Flashpacker’s Travel Expenses

I could have spent less money than I did. But I don’t budget, and it’s hard to be frugal when you’ve got $30K sitting in an account. I don’t believe I wasted money, but I did make a few mistakes that cost me, such as pre-booking expensive accommodation in Goa and chasing Lady Luck in a Singapore casino. But, I still think I’m a budget traveller because I stay in hostels and self-cater when possible, I couchsurf, I take public transit when possible, I make use of discounts and free activities, and I choose budget accommodation when hostels aren’t available. Here’s a sample of what my adventures have cost me, in average daily costs.*

On Blue Jeans and Hiking Boots

The eternal debate on how to pack for a RTW trip

A quick search of RTW or backpacker packing tips will generate tons of hits about how (and what) to pack for long-term travel of the backpacking variety.

The most common piece of advice (and surely the most universally applicable and accurate) is TAKE LESS STUFF AND MORE MONEY.

3 ½ Days in Wales

During the whirlwind of London 2012 excitement, I did manage to get out of the city to do a little touring. After my volleyball and fencing events were over, I jumped on a Megabus to Cardiff for a little taste of Wales.

Watching Bolt in Style

Nothing beats the experience of being in an Olympic stadium or arena—despite the airport-style security queues, the £10 spent on Cornish pasties and a Coke or two, and indignity of being herded on to trains when the event is over. (At every event I’ve been to, people leave early to avoid the rush—at a run-of-the-mill sporting event, I can see the point, but I’m not giving up a single minute of an Olympic event for a little convenience).