Travelers Travel Articles

What would travel be without other travelers? Sure, meeting locals is a great part of traveling, but so is meeting other travelers, and there are lots of you out there who are doing some pretty amazing things.

 
Give Memories, Not Things: Using Travel to Celebrate Milestones
Give Memories, Not Things: Using Travel to Celebrate Milestones After living out of a backpack or bike panniers for over five years, Jenn Miller discusses why she'll take making memories with the people she loves over tangible gifts every single time.
Lost Roots: The Failure of For-Profit Couchsurfing
Lost Roots: The Failure of For-Profit Couchsurfing Last month, news broke that Couchsurfing, the web's largest travel social network, had its CEO step down, the latest in a long line of setbacks for the company. In this article, longtime Couchsurfer Nithin Coca explores how an idea with so much promise lost its foundation – its member-build base – leading to its present day downfall.
Man On a Mission: How One Guy and His Guitar Can Change the World
Man On a Mission: How One Guy and His Guitar Can Change the World "Duane is one of those rare people who exudes optimism and confidence and at the same time humility and peace. He knows who he is, and he’s so comfortable in his own skin that everyone else is in theirs as well. He lives his life by the seat of his pants, by the strings of his guitar, and out of a deep faith that everything is going to work out just fine... and it does." Would you like to sit down at our dinner table and hear his story?
The Eight Most Annoying Travelers You’ll Meet on the Road
The Eight Most Annoying Travelers You’ll Meet on the Road Travel can improve you, but it doesn't always: David Joshua Jennings presents a field guide to the eight most annoying types of travelers you may meet on the road.
Tales From the Road: Getting Up Close and Personal
Tales From the Road: Getting Up Close and Personal How do you get beneath the skin of a country? Is it possible to experience the real place behind the tourist façade? What’s the best way to engage with local people? How can a deeper relationship with a place and its people benefit you? Here are the stories of travellers who have found ways to get up close and personal with the countries they have visited and how it has changed them. Helen Moat finds out from other travellers she has connected with.
The People You Meet While Traveling
The People You Meet While Traveling Buses get travelers where they need to go, and are often a cheaper alternative to trains. But bus rides are more than just transportation. On a bus trip from Dubrovnik, Croatia to Sarajevo, Bosnia, Joelle Renstrom encountered a passenger who made her realize that bus rides, international travel, and life itself are leaps all of faith.
Picking Up a Hitchhiker
Picking Up a Hitchhiker Do you pick up hitchhikers? Jenn Miller does every chance she gets! Hop in the front seat and listen as she interviews Richard, a beautiful blend of scientist and traveler who stuck his thumb out on the road leading out of Te Anau, in New Zealand.
Re-realizing the Dream: How to “Fix” Couchsurfing
Re-realizing the Dream: How to “Fix” Couchsurfing In this follow-up to his widely shared article on the fall of Couchsurfing, veteran host and surfer Nithin Coca puts forth his plan to save Couchsurfing, through transparency, empowerment, and, most importantly, a reassertion and expansion of the ideals that spurred Couchsurfing's initial growth.
Armed with Words: One Woman’s Deployment to Afghanistan
Armed with Words: One Woman’s Deployment to Afghanistan Jenn Miller travels for a living and meets a lot of interesting characters. Sit down on the bamboo floor and listen as she chats with Anne, a young girl who learned an obscure language so that she could change the world... but discovered that the world would change her.
Enhancing Travel by Making Things Harder for Yourself
Enhancing Travel by Making Things Harder for Yourself Making meaningful connections is one of the best parts of travel. There are lots of folks out there who are doing really cool, interesting, intriguing, and often questionable things in the world of travel - and we want to tell their stories, too! Writer Will Jackson has met many several of these types of people during his travels, and the following story is about a few of them.