Travel How-To

Visa to live and work in France: application process for the spouse of a French citizen

Visa to live and work in France: application process for the spouse of a French citizen

This is my experience applying for a visa to live in France as the spouse of a French citizen. I realize this is a very “niche” topic, but for that reason I wasn’t able to find much information online to help me out when I […]

How to get to (and from) Montpellier, France – Trains, planes and… buses

How to get to (and from) Montpellier, France – Trains, planes and… buses

Montpellier, France is a wonderful place! Full of cobblestone streets, cafes, croissants, and almost too sunny for its own good, to me it’s a little slice of paradise. But, being a small town, isn’t particularly well connected (no direct flights here from Canada, for sure!) so […]

What is gate-checking a bag? And is it bad?

What is gate-checking a bag? And is it bad?

A few days ago I flew home from London with Easyjet. I was one of the last passengers to board, and was carrying a big backpack. An employee told me the flight was full and I would have to gate-check my bag. At first I was […]

How Much Money do I Need to Quit my Job and Travel?

How Much Money do I Need to Quit my Job and Travel?

A good friend asked us this lately, and I wrote up a whole Google Doc to answer his question. I tried to keep it brief, I swear! Then I thought this might help someone else, so here it is below. The context is that our friend […]

How do you plan a year of travel?

How do you plan a year of travel?

We planned to travel for a year, starting in June 2016. As it turns out, we’re still going! (with some stops along the way). If you’re planning to travel long-term, how do you plan? How much should you plan? With lots of time comes a […]

Managing Travel Budgets when Traveling as a Group

Managing Travel Budgets when Traveling as a Group

Managing your budget when you’re traveling alone or as a couple isn’t easy, but when you meet up with friends things can get waaay more complicated. B and I know from experience that when we meet up with friends on the road, we spend much more […]

How Much do Restaurants Cost in Bali?

How Much do Restaurants Cost in Bali?

Normally there would be no straight answer to this question: it depends on the restaurant, what you order,etc. Of course it does. But, surprisingly, I found that there were 2 (ok, 3) distinct types of restaurants in Bali, with 2 fairly consistent price ranges. Type […]

Packing (less) Light: 5 handy electronics that you really don’t need… but might want to pack anyway

Packing (less) Light: 5 handy electronics that you really don’t need… but might want to pack anyway

Most of my friends would say that I pack insanely light. I disagree: no matter how small my bag, there is SO much in it that I don’t need! Here are five electronic items that I really don’t need at all… but I pack them anyway […]

How can I fly for free?

How can I fly for free?

Trick question: you probably can’t fly for free. Here are your three next-best options: 1- Points You can accumulate points (especially easy if you’re American… harder if you’re not) and redeem them in the most advantageous way possible. However, contrary to popular belief, I think that […]