Who Wants to Be an Elite Flyer?

A friend told me I was doing it wrong, that the thing to do was to stick with a single airline and be rewarded with loyalty miles and status upgrades.

Visiting an Optometrist in Bangalore

For two eye appointments including dilation, I paid 200 rupees or $4.75.

Finding A Hotel While Down And Out

Disclaimer: Most of the knowledge included is provided by my boyfriend, who works in the hospitality industry.

The Long Distance Approach to Getting Over It

Just like a sublet, romance can be temporary; breakups are a necessary part of the equation, and they make people do silly, costly things.

Pretending to Be Rich in Nice

A trip to Nice, on the French Riveria: £400 for two people, two flights, and two nights at a hotel.

“Why Can’t You Afford a Private Tour?”

I hope you read Mai Wang’s story about traveling (and getting scammed) in China, because it reminded me of a similar trip I took in India while I was in graduate school.

Up in the Air With Internet

During my flight, a woman across the aisle leaned over and asked, “You’re online? How much is that?”

Hostels I Have Known

In the six years since high school that I’ve been travelling independently, like many budget backpackers before me, hostels have been my crash pad of choice. I’m basically a connoisseur now.

Planning a Yacht Trip When You’re Not a Millionaire

The 30-meter yacht was a beauty in the crystal clear water. With a full crew, chef, and a luxurious Mediterranean itinerary, the yacht trip cost us $660 a person, minus flights.

When You Vacation With Family, Who Pays?

The “who pays when adult children travel with parents” question is probably the sort of thing that will shift back and forth over the course of both the children and parents’ lives, depending on the family.

How to Pack One Suitcase for a Long Trip

After four trips of a month or longer in Europe, New Zealand and Australia, my battered Samsonite roll-aboard and I have a solid set of best practices for budget travel. Some of them come into play even before you roll up that first pair of socks to stuff into your shoes, so read on!

Planning a Trip With a Friend for the First Time

I’m planning a trip to London and Paris this October with one of my best friends, Cathy. We’ve traveled together many times in groups, but never as a duo.

Is Disney Still an Affordable Vacation?

It’s not that Disney at its base level is unaffordable to the middle class—although I am well aware that $400 for a family of four is right on the edge of “affordable”—it’s that there’s so much extra stuff that you feel like you’re missing out.

A Working Vacation and Chance to Decompress in Key West

When I first arrived in the Keys, I didn’t have much in mind for what I wanted to do. I had given myself two months to decompress after working at an office job in San Francisco that I despised.

Three Busy Friends Try to Book a Summer Rental

We made multiple plans to meet up, but they fell apart for one reason or another.