Archive for 'Stories'
Posted on 24. Apr, 2012 by Steph.
“I think we might have made a mistake,” I told Mike as we walked by the river hand in hand. The sun was shining without a cloud in the sky and several small dogs were frolicking at our feet. All around us happy people jogged, cycled and roller bladed (along with mullets, roller blading never [...]
Posted on 25. Mar, 2012 by Steph.
It shouldn’t be so hard to travel without a laptop.
It didn’t use to be. I was traveling laptop and fancy free as little as 3 years ago. I backpacked through Europe for months using only those dusty old terminals you find hidden in hostel corners. The world has changed, and so have I.
Posted on 22. Mar, 2012 by Steph.
Well, I asked for your funniest hostel stories and oh man you guys delivered. I get into that though I wanted to share a hostel horror of my own that I encountered last week in Uruguay: Yup that’s basically two seperate beds nailed together. Major engineering fail. Feel sorry for poor Mike who had to [...]
Posted on 13. Mar, 2012 by Steph.
We all know hostels aren’t the scary boogyman movies make them out to be. They are safe, budget accommodations for backpackers and I’ve stayed in some marvelous ones during my travels. So no, they aren’t inherently scary, but they ARE sometimes the settings for some crazy and sometimes terrible stories. I was out to dinner [...]
Posted on 15. Jan, 2012 by Steph.
“Where are we going tomorrow?” We had no idea. After 3 weeks of essentially vacation time (sunning, surfing, drinking, not much blogging) in Montanita, Ecuador, Mike and I were at a loss for what to do next. Our original plan was to go on to Cuenca, a supposedly charming colonial city in the mountains, then [...]
Posted on 21. Dec, 2011 by Steph.
Well it was bound to happen eventually. While I love a good thrill, I haven’t done nearly enough adventure activities on my travels. This is mostly because they usually cost quite a bit of money. To bungee jump in Australia for example, will run you $120+. For a traveler on a budget that kind of [...]
Posted on 13. Dec, 2011 by Steph.
Here’s the thing about altitude sickness: it sneaks up on you. It doesn’t affect everyone, and it doesn’t happen all the time, so you are lulled into a lovely sense of security, than WHAMMO- face in the trashcan. The first couple of days in Quito I was fine. More than fine, I was energetically exploring [...]
Posted on 17. Nov, 2011 by Steph.
So this is a little embarrassing to admit, seeing as I’m a self styled travel expert and all, but here it is: I’ve never been to Paris. Or anywhere in France actually. I’ve been to Spain, Italy, Holland, I’ve even spent a year living just across the channel in England, but I somehow never made [...]
Posted on 16. Oct, 2011 by Steph.
Sometimes it pays to plan ahead. In the past I’ve always been a big planner: pouring over Lonely Planet and creating detailed itineraries. For me planning is part of the fun! It’s a way to make sure I get to see and do everything I want. I used to lovingly craft out written lists and [...]