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3 Days in Kuala Lampur: My Malaysia Itinerary

3 Days in Kuala Lampur: My Malaysia Itinerary

In Southeast Asia, Marie and I spent about 3 days in Kuala Lampur (KL). If we had more time, I would have liked to explore the rest of Malaysia and take a few day trips around the country. I know there are plenty of beautiful […]

Planning Group Travel: HOPE Goes to Norway (Steps 1-3)

Planning Group Travel: HOPE Goes to Norway (Steps 1-3)

Next May, I’ll be leading a group of around 10 people on a week-long trip to Norway – all as part of my job! I currently work as the Mentoring Director for an undergraduate based program (HOPE) which trains college students to mentor juveniles who […]

6 Ways to Save in Amsterdam & Belgium

6 Ways to Save in Amsterdam & Belgium

Amsterdam is not an inexpensive city, and Belgium didn’t do my wallet many favors either.  To be fair, I didn’t make a huge effort to pinch pennies but checking my bank account on the tail end of the trip was a bit jarring. Reflecting on […]

How Accessible Are Netherlands and Belgium?

How Accessible Are Netherlands and Belgium?

Reflecting on my time in Netherlands and Belgium, I noted a few things that made it particularly easy to navigate and a few factors that could potentially make backpacking this region a bit more difficult. Disclaimer: This list is far from all-encompassing in terms of […]

Pinterest for Planning

Pinterest for Planning

While many people are probably aware of Pinterest already, I would be remiss if I didn’t include it in my posts on planning for a trip. I’ve been using Pinterest for about seven years now for lots of different things (cooking, crafting, exercise, room decorating) […]

Six Steps to Pack the Perfect Suitcase

Six Steps to Pack the Perfect Suitcase

Whether you’re the type of person to throw all your things together in a suitcase an hour before heading to the airport or the type who labors over every item anxious to forget something important, packing can be a stressful challenge. Here are six steps to packing your bags […]

Skyscanner: The Site for Cheap Flights

Skyscanner: The Site for Cheap Flights

Over the past few years, the Suitcase Six has travelled to five continents and taken countless flights. In most cases, purchasing the plane ticket to a destination is our first concrete step in planning a trip and its generally the single most expensive purchase we make, so […]

Packing for a Weekend in Seattle

Packing for a Weekend in Seattle

  This past weekend I went to Seattle to visit with some of the Suitcase Six to visit Tahvi. Below is my packing list – I went really light because I knew I’d be with four of my close friends with whom I could share clothes, […]

Budget Basics: Creating your Trip Budget

Budget Basics: Creating your Trip Budget

Figuring out how to pay for a trip can be one of the most stressful components of travel. I highly recommend creating a budget before any trip for three reasons: 1) you have a ballpark idea of how much money you need to save for […]

How to Build an Itinerary in 6 Steps

How to Build an Itinerary in 6 Steps

How do you go about building an itinerary for your next big adventure? There’s more than one way to plan (or not plan) a trip. From my experience I’ve developed the following rule of thumb: the less time you have in an area the more […]