Travel Tips

Don’t Borrow Money Just to Travel

Don’t Borrow Money Just to Travel

…and other advice you may not want to hear but should. ♣ ♠ As happy as it makes me when someone says I’ve inspired them to pursue their travel dreams, I also have one great fear: that what I say, or do, or write, will inadvertently […]

How I Got A “Free” Side Trip to Paris

How I Got A “Free” Side Trip to Paris

♥ ♥ If you’re a frequent traveler, you might already know this Paris layover scheduling trick. If not, read on. ♥ ♥ Last February I went on a 10-day trip to Italy and stayed there practically the entire time. I was lucky to have gotten […]

Bangkok Notes

Bangkok Notes

The Small-Town Girls, Midnight Trains quick guide to the city that is same same but different. Includes essential Thai phrases, embassy contact info (just in case!), and the common scams you should watch out for. * * Best time to visit * In terms of […]

Exchanging pesos to pounds

Exchanging pesos to pounds

* For months, I’ve been telling everyone that they can get the best exchange rate from their home country’s currency to the local currency by simply bringing their ATM card and withdrawing money wherever they are. In Bali, for example, the rate I got through the […]

Real People: Daisy Vargas

Real People: Daisy Vargas

This featured traveler is a girl after my own heart! Daisy and I were in elementary school together and I don’t think I’ve seen her since graduation day, but we’ve turned out to have a lot in common, especially when it comes to traveling. She […]

Real People: Cathy Lee

Real People: Cathy Lee

After a two-month break, I’m back to featuring travelers on my Real People series. My buena mano for this year is Cathy Lee, a lovely lady with whom I had the pleasure of working for several years. She’s one of those people that, you know, if […]

Real People: Jelly Macachor

Real People: Jelly Macachor

It was my sister who gave me the hot tip for this week’s Real People featured traveler. She said Jelly Macachor, her classmate in high school, had been having the most amazing adventures and I should feature her, like, stat. She was right! Not only […]

Real People: Gea Pino

Real People: Gea Pino

Gea is so passionate about travel (and so eloquent about the experience AND so resourceful with funding…you’ll see what I mean later!) that it’s hard to imagine a time when she wasn’t always going off to one place or another. And yet there was a time when […]

Real People: Francis Tenefrancia

Real People: Francis Tenefrancia

When I was fiddling with my Real People publishing schedule — trying to put people in categories (mostly by how/where I met them) so I could spread them out and create a balanced order — I wasn’t quite sure where to put Franc. High school? […]

Real People: TGnewyorker

Real People: TGnewyorker

TG was one of the very first people to encourage me to keep travel writing — I will always remember and appreciate that! We were in grade school together, so she’s also the first person, among those in this Real People series, that I ever […]