Travel Thoughts

Here you’ll find a list of travel-related posts that don’t fit into any of the other categories on this site.

They’re loosely categorized for you to browse here.

Travel Thoughts


You Can Live a “Normal” Life and Travel, Too
Why I’m Not Afraid to Travel Alone
Top 9 Questions About Solo Travel Answered
Life is Short. Travel Now.
26 Things Travel Has Taught Me
5 Ways Travel Has Made Me More Adventurous
Dear Americans: Please Use Your Vacation Days
When Their Dream is Not Your Dream
Don’t Be a Scaredy Cat — Just Travel (Common travel fears and how to overcome them)
5 Things My 86-Year-Old Grandma Taught Me About Travel
10 Inspirational Tolkien Quotes About Travel and Life
Why You Should Get Lost While Traveling
Travel Now — It Might Not Be There Tomorrow
Movies to Inspire Travel
Inspirational Quotes for Earth Day
Why You Should Do Things You Aren’t Good At


9 Reasons You Should Never Travel the World
Am I a Lame Traveler? (Or Why You Should Never Let Anyone Tell You Where You Should or Shouldn’t Travel)
Should You Quit School to Travel the World?
Dear Dad: Please Don’t Worry (a Treatise on Solo Female Travel)
Why Traveling as a Female Rocks (and Why it Sucks)
5 Reasons Solo Travel Sucks
The Traveler vs. Tourist Debate and Why I Don’t Give a Crap
5 Times When It’s NOT OK to Take a Travel Selfie
Why Guided Tours are Not the Devil
The Pros and Cons of Travel
Am I a Backpacker Now?
What is travel? Why do we do it?
“Dark” Travel as a Way to Pay Tribute
Are You an Impulsive Traveler?
Musing on My Concept of Home and How Travel Has Shaped It
It’s A Small World, After All
Smell: A Travel Memory Trigger
Travel Expectations vs. Travel Reality — Part 1
Travel Expectations vs. Travel Reality — Part 2
Travel’s Ugly Underbelly: When Other Travelers Aren’t Nice
When Tragedy Strikes a Place You Love

Personal Posts

Why I DIDN’T Quit My Job to Travel
My Travel Tattoos and Their Stories
And Then Everything Changed
Where it All Began: It’s Carmen Sandiego’s Fault
Why I’m a Weenie When it Comes to Solo Travel
How Travel Has Changed Me
My Travel Motivation


3 Great Destinations for First-Time Solo Female Travelers
7 Great Places for Solo Female Travel in 2015
How to Deal With Travel-Wary Parents
How to Survive a Long-Haul Flight
9 Money-Saving Tips For Travelers From Travelers
Converting to Carry-on-Only Travel (and Some Packing Tips)
Amanda’s Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers
Amanda’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers
Amanda’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers
Ways to Save Money in London
Ways to Save Money Traveling in New Zealand
How to Photograph the Northern Lights
How to Make the Most of a London Pass
7 Things to Know Before You Travel to Southeast Asia


Meet Giannina – Life as a Cruise Ship Employee
Cruising to Alaska: Tips for Success
Cruises as Family Vacations

Study Abroad

Study Abroad: Things to Consider


Love Locks Around the World
9 Signs You Are NOT a Hiker
My Experience with Budget Airlines in Europe
Long-Haul Flights: The Longest of the Long
My Top 3 Bad Weather Travel Memories
Air New Zealand: The Airline With a Sense of Fun
An Ode to Tacky Souvenirs


Travel Blogging

Because sometimes I do write posts for other bloggers.

My Life as a Travel Blogger
How I Make Money to Travel the World
How to Start a Travel Blog in 10 Easy Steps
How to Work With Tourism Boards
5 Lessons from 5 Years of Travel Blogging
Is Anybody Out There? Hang in There, Travel Bloggers
Secrets to Running a Travel Blog When You Aren’t Traveling
If I Were a Funny Travel Writer
Why the Travel Blogging Community is Awesome



  • Ion_ro says:

    Amanda thank you so much for shearing your experience and work with us. I would say sums up and enterly faculty in tourism :) You`re sure helping us sheaping the travel bug some may have hidden in us. Just reading your posts I understood travel the world equals accept the world and self the way it is. Keep up the good work!

  • Rachel says:

    Thanks so much for this blog. It’s delightful and inspiring.

    I have a question. I’m in my twenties and interested in going on a backpacking trip through Europe for about 6 weeks–by myself. Without using a travel program. (I’d have a self-made itinerary but it wouldn’t be through intrepid travel etc.). Does this seem like a stupid idea? Not safe? Any advice or experience you can share would be so helpful.

    Thanks again for being an inspiration!

    • Amanda says:

      That doesn’t sound like a stupid idea at all, Rachel! Europe is GREAT for a solo backpacking trip, because there’s so much to see and so many other travelers around all the time, too.

      I traveled around Western Europe for a month two summers ago with Busabout, using their hop-on, hop-off tickets. It’s not a guided tour at all – it’s just a bus pass, basically. But it was great because it made it really easy to meet other travelers, and I never had to worry about how I was getting from one place to the next!

      I’ve written about Busabout here if you want to read more:

    • i am a female in my 20s from ireland and i am going volunteering in a chrildrens orphange alone in bangkok . is it safe for women to travel alone in bangkok. any advice ?
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      • Amanda says:

        There are always lots of tourists in Bangkok – and for that reason alone, I think it’s quite a safe destination. I would expect some culture shock, though – Bangkok can be really crazy!! Also, I would make sure to read up on common scams in Thailand and Bangkok. The most danger you face is falling prey to a scam. Which of course isn’t terrible, but also isn’t fun!

  • Rachel says:

    Thank you so much for your response! I feel much better. You’ve got a really great site here. The best travel blog I’ve come across.

  • Aldis says:

    Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.

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