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Can I travel to Turkey as an American, Updated 2018

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 by

If you're an American wanting to visit Turkey in 2018, you're back in! As of December 29th, 2017, I can confirm we (two regular American citizens) flew into Sabiha Gökçen Airport (the smaller of the two airports) in Istanbul, Turkey (though not directly from the US, which may've always been possible, but now without the little slip of paper and red stamp) Read more ›

Chapter 1. Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017 by

After spending a month working on a family farm in the heart of Costa, I caught my bus out of San Isidro with a new phone, street cred, and a whole new respect for chickens. On my 9 hour journey south, I reflected on my adventures thus far. I came to Costa Rica with high hopes and expectations for myself. Learn Spanish with no prior knowledge of the language? Psh, bring it! Learn the world of irrigation? Easy! Tap into my inner compass, find my way to a new foreign city, bus stops, use my wit to decode schedules, learn the currency. What a breeze! High hopes indeed. Read more ›

How to Travel Switzerland on a Budget

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 by

Slowly. Kidding, kind of. I just spent three weeks in Switzerland and came in at just under $2,000 and wanted to share what it takes to make Switzerland... let's say, "affordable", air quotes intended. Read more ›

Two and a half weeks exploring Machu Picchu and Peru

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 by

With three separate major climate zones creating unique and distinct ecosystems and vistas, it is hard not to be completely awed by the entire country. You’ll see some truly incredible views and experience regionally unique foods, traditions, and history. Read more ›

Cheapest countries in Europe to backpack 2017

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 by

It's time to highlight the cheapest (and most expensive, looking at you Iceland) countries' hostels in Europe in 2017 and where to go if you're traveling on a budget, like this guy is, because he's going back for round two. Read more ›

Two weeks cave diving and exploring Tulum, Mexico

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 by

February in Seattle is gray, like really, really, ridiculously gray. So in an effort to realize the sun still did in fact exist I bailed out of Seattle for two weeks to the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico to get my tan for the rest of the year. Read more ›