• Holiday Travel Checklist: 17 Essential Travel Items For Your Carry On Luggage

    Airports in general are a mess, with flight delays, crying babies, loud conversationalists, and stressed out and exhausted travelers at every gate, but this mess seems to somehow become amplified and even more apparent every year during the holidays. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about all the surrounding chaos, but there is a lot you can do to make sure you are as comfortable and relaxed as possible on a long haul flight during the holidays. Make sure you have these 17 essential travel items for your carry on luggage on your holiday travel checklist in order to…

  • How to Write Blog Posts That Matter

    Now that you have your blog set up, it’s time to write your first blog post. If you’re brand new to blogging, you probably have no clue where to start with generating content. The more you blog, the better you will get at it. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to create meaningful and impactful content from your very first blog post. Use these 7 tips and the worksheet at the bottom of the page to learn how to write blog posts that matter.
    Week 1: How to Start a WordPress Blog With SiteGround
    Week 2: How to Write Blog Posts…

  • 8 Blogging Tools Every Blogger Needs (Plus Cyber Monday Sales!)

    Cyber Monday is here, and if you’ve been putting off getting your web hosting, email marketing service, online course, or other product that will help you develop your blog and boost your income, you can pat yourself on the back for procrastinating, for once. The deals below are some of the lowest I’ve seen, and I’m honestly a little sad that I already have everything I need already and can’t take advantage of these deals. Here are my top 7 blogging tools that every blogger needs, plus some Cyber Monday specials, too.

    1. SiteGround
    Deal: 75% off all hosting plans
    If you don’t…

  • How to Start a WordPress Blog With Siteground

    Having successfully started and grown a blog to over 10,000 monthly views in my first year, I have been approached time and again with questions about blogging. So, I am dedicating this month to imparting all my blogging knowledge and wisdom onto you. This four-week series will progress through the many stages of creating and growing a blog, culminating in a post on the question I am asked most frequently: how do you make money blogging? But first things first: you need to HAVE a blog before you can start making money with it. If you follow the steps below…

  • 7 Convincing Reasons to Use Instagram for Travel Planning

    Going on a trip doesn’t just happen spontaneously like when you suddenly want to go to the store. It requires planning, so that your trip can be a successful and unforgettable one. One helpful, albeit lesser known, tool for trip planning is Instagram. Below are seven reasons why you should use Instagram tools to help you with trip planning.

    1. You Can Reach Out to Other Travelers

    Instagram makes it easy for you to connect with other people who are also visiting the place you want to go. If you search for hashtags for, let’s say, Paris, and you see an interesting photo, you…

  • 2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Useful Travel Gifts for the Minimalist Traveler

    The holidays are right around the corner, and we are so excited to bring you our third annual holiday gift guide, 2018 edition. This year, we are focusing on the minimalist traveler because that’s who we are and who many of you are as well. Our 2018 gift guide is once again organized by price point, so you can quickly find exactly what you’re looking for. We’ve spent the last couple of months scouring the web for the most useful and desirable travel gifts for the minimalist traveler and are proud to include a product of our own as well…

  • Berlin Food Guide: Top Five Must Try Foods In Berlin

    One reason Berlin is one of my favorite cities in the world is because of its diversity, which reflects well in its food. Unlike most cities in Germany that feature traditional German foods, like bratwurst, sauerbraten, and spätzle (all of which are delicious, by the way), Berlin is popular for non-traditionally German dishes that are influenced by its diverse population. On my most recent trip back to Berlin, I had the opportunity to eat my way around the hip and trendy Friedrichshain neighborhood in Berlin with Secret Food Tours. Whether you decide to sign up for a tour with Secret Food…

  • Best Place To Stay In Berlin: The Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte

    After visiting Berlin, Germany twice, I finally found a hotel on my third trip there that encompasses the very essence of Berlin. Built on a bedrock of art, individualism, diversity, and history, Berlin allows you to be who or what you want to be at all hours of the day and night. Tucked away in the heart of Berlin, The Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte is a trendy, adults-only hotel that encourages you to enjoy Berlin just the way you like. Want to have breakfast in your pajamas? Head downstairs to the lobby in the morning for some coffee and croissants. Want to relax at…

  • Hotel vs Hostel: Get the Best of Both Worlds At Your Krakow Home Away From Home

    When I first started traveling extensively on my own, I was still a poor law student who could only afford to stay in hostels. Since I was doing a lot of solo travel at the time, I loved the social and community aspects that hostels offered. The communal living spaces and shared amenities made it easy to meet fellow travelers and make new friends from all over the world. As the years went by, however, and I had the financial capability to stay at nicer hotels, I started to miss the community aspect of travel. I wanted the privacy of…

  • Best Day Trip From Prague: Visiting Plzen, Czech Republic

    A couple of weeks ago, I made a pilgrimage to the beer mecca of the world: Plzen, Czech Republic (also spelled Pilsen, in English). Located a short one hour train ride from Prague, Plzen is a beer lover’s dream, featuring numerous breweries and bars on every street corner. While the entire country is known for having the highest beer consumption per capita in the entire world, Plzen stands out as the home of Pilsner Urquell and the birthplace of pilsner beer. If you’re a beer lover like me, visiting Plzen is a must-do and without a doubt the best day…