Japan Rail Pass: How it Works and Will it Save You Money?

Japan Rail pass and bullet train.

  Is it Cheaper to Buy a Japan Rail Pass? Whether a Japan Rail Pass (affiliate link) will save you money will depend on your itinerary.  If you are planning on visiting several different places and/or covering long distances, a JR pass will likely save you money, sometimes a lot of it.  However, if you […]

Best Laid Plans: Things I Never Manage to Accomplish When I Travel

Travel tips, travel plans, travel mishaps
It's been a long time since this volcano erupted.

  With each new trip, comes ideas of me as a photogenic, confident, and savvy traveller.  As I prepare to leave home again, I think I have learned from my past mistakes.  I recall the things that made me feel uncomfortable or less adventurous than I could have been, and I think to myself, ‘This […]

Coping with Homesickness While Travelling

"Homesick," Tina Leggio

After the initial excitement of your trip has begun to wear off and you find yourself in an unfamiliar situation, you may find yourself longing for home.  The feeling of homesickness can be especially confusing when it arises outside of the desire to return home.  That’s because we all have an “instinctive need for love, […]

Why I love Coming Home: Getting Over the Shock of Returning from Travel

Welcome home.
(Pete Lambert, www.flickr.com/photos/peterjlambert/6907106690)

Travel is exciting.  Planning for travel is exciting.  Learning about new places and cultures, fresh adventures and different people every day, constant surprises, discovering strengths you never knew you had… everything is thrilling and even simple chores like doing laundry become an adventure when you have no idea where you are going or how to […]

Packing Challenge: How to Fit Everything You Need Into One Small Carry-On Bag

Two weeks in Costa Rica in one carry-on bag
There is always room for a tutu!

Now that many airlines are charging for checked baggage, the desire to pack everything you need into a carry-on has become more common.  Besides saving you money, reducing your luggage to one small piece will simply make your life easier.  With only a carry-on, the airline won’t lose your luggage leaving you to wear the […]

Essential Travel Packing Checklist: Everything in a Carry-On

Too much luggage
Photo credit: Pam, www.flickr.com/photos/beancounter/4084285086

Travel with less luggage to save yourself money and hassle by using my essential travel packing list.  This is a list I have compiled over several trips and has been pared down so that everything can easily fit into your carry-on.  You can adjust this list to suit your needs for a particular destination.  For […]