Opening a hostel is not an uncommon dream among travelers who return from a trip around the world, but is the dream the same as the reality? After turning a parking lot into a 132 bed hostel in Kyoto, Japan, Nobu Tabata speaks to Jo Fitzsimons about the highs and lows of the hostel business.
Many RTW tickets offer the chance to stop in Hawaii and see the islands that many people only ever dream of visiting. However, most of the best sights that Hawaii has to offer lie beyond Hawaii. Having visited the four largest islands, Jo Fitzsimons explains why you should explore Hawaii beyond Oahu.
Contrary to popular belief, indie travel isn't one long vacation and slowing down from time to time can help re-energize your travels. With leisurely sights, award-winning food and wine and natural beauty, Jo Fitzsimons explains why the Loire Valley in France is the perfect place to slow down.
Jo Fitzsimons is used to hearing from travelers how bad her home country cuisine is but she doesn't accept that British food deserves the bad stereotypes. She explains that good British food is on the menu together with tips on how and where to find it.
India can show you its best and worst sides in the same breath. From stunning scenery to smelly streets, it's not difficult to form a love/hate relationship with this amazing country. And things can be even more challenging and rewarding for solo female travelers. If you're planning to visit, Jo Fitzsimons provides a Girl's Guide to India.
Between misspent student days and many nights in rainy hostels, Jo Fitzsimons has played more than her fair share of drinking games. When expensive bars have blown your budget and you're looking for some short, sharp drinking fun to get the hostel party started, here are ten of Jo's favorite drinking games for you to try.
Teaser: Tex-Mex is most people’s introduction to Mexican flavors, but the food is quite different to traditional Mexican fare. After eating her way through Mexico, Jo Fitzsimons explains why you shouldn’t order fajitas and margaritas in Mexico, and what you should try instead.
Central America is such a small slither of land that many indie travelers forget to put it on their travel plan, which is a shame as it has some of the best sights in Latin America. In two parts, Jo Fitzsimons explains how to plan an extended trip in Central America with part 2 covering Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.
The countdown to London 2012 is on, but the Olympics aren’t for everyone. The happy upside is the streets of London are likely to be more deserted than they’ve been in years. Jo Fitzsimons show you how you enjoy the empty street with several free walking tours.
With all of the hype around the Maya Calendar predicting the end of the world on December 21, 2012, the Ruta Maya has never been so popular. Believer or not in the doomsday predictions, Jo Fitzsimons plots a route through 10 of the most impressive sites from Mexico down to El Salvador.