In my experience living out of a backpack for months at a time, packing light and packing smart are two necessary parts of travel preparation. Packing cubes have been a miracle travel tool for me while abroad.
Disclosure: I received compensation for writing this review of Bagail's packing cubes. However, all opinions expressed in this article are strictly my own.
Hostels are my preferred type of accommodation while traveling, primarily because they are a great way to meet other people while maintaining a reasonable budget. However, with the tourism industry growing, there are a plethora of options, and it can be overwhelming to make a decision about where you stay. Here, I will share some of the most important factors to consider before booking.
The San Blas Islands is a beautiful archipelago of 350+ tiny islands between Panama and Colombia. I have visited these incredible islands twice, once for an island-hopping day trip from Panama City, and a second time to travel from Panama to Colombia.
There are many options when it comes to deciding where to sleep during your adventures! I myself have used a combination of resources, rather than sticking with one “go-to.” This article will feature the pros/cons of various accommodation options for the budget traveler.
Traveling always seemed impossible to me - the costs of flights, food, accommodation, local transportation, and activities just seemed to add up quickly, and I never understood how people could do it long-term, or at all. Then I went abroad for the first time, and I started learning the tricks of the trade. Traveling is one of those things that you just have to do once - one time is all it takes for you to get hooked and to realize that it’s actually much more possible than you ever dreamed!
Of course, I have made my fair share of mistakes - I’ve been caught in those terrible “tourist traps” and over-paid for attractions, I’ve spent double the price on transportation tickets by neglecting to do my research ahead of time, and I’ve wasted money by eating meals right in the most touristy part of the city (where there is both the most expensive and worst quality food!) But like anything, I’ve learned from my mistakes, and continue to do so.
First thing’s first. Exploring a new country doesn’t begin until you, well, get there…
So how can you avoid those outrageous international flight prices?
I believe in God's grace through Jesus. I love to learn, in a variety of contexts - reading God's Word, interacting with people from diverse backgrounds around the world, and as a student of Linguistics and Foreign Languages at Western Washington University. Pages of My Passport is dedicated to sharing this journey of learning through written and visual content.