S&Y Adventures

The Adventures of Shawn & Yagmur – Washington D.C., USA

The Adventures of Shawn & Yagmur Washington D.C. July 2018 The Plan After dating my girlfriend for over 2 and a half years, I find it unbelievable that we’ve never traveled together outside of the U.S. Sure, we can blame her immigration status since she couldn’t leave the U.S. until her Green Card was processed …

Saving Money

How To Save Money To Travel: Homemade Coffee Edition

“If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we shall be poor indeed.” -Edmund Burke Black Gold Every morning we succumb to our addiction of which we are not ashamed. Hot, black gold running down our throats. A smooth, milky latte warming up our souls. Dollar bills …

Saving Money

How To Save Money To Travel: Packing Lunch Edition

“In this country you can make one million dollars in a day and manage to spend two million the next.” -Mom Savings You get three main options when it comes to getting rich money-wise. Increase your income, decrease your expenses or find ways to pay Uncle Sam less. You can of course do all three …

Travel Stories

Why I Hate Suitcases

Moscow, Russia July 2007 Age: 16 Strong Word There are very few things in this world that I hate: liver, glitter, broken earphones, frappuccinos, hazelnut coffee, gin and tonics, Georgi vodka, the M subway line, the G subway line, overpriced real estate, fanny packs, that one piece of hair that for whatever damn reason curves left …

Travel Stories

10 Tips For Haggling While Abroad

1. Don’t Buy The First Thing You See When you enter a flea market or a small, touristy town don’t buy the first souvenir you see. Most souvenir sellers are buying the same things from the same wholesaler. Also, the further in you go, the more competition there will be which translates to lower prices. When I …

Travel Tips

5 Travel Mistakes To Avoid While Planning A Trip

1. Booking a Hostel in the Wrong Location I understand the low-budget/no-budget mentality of looking for the cheapest hostel to stay in. Why wouldn’t you since all you’re going to be doing at the hostel is sleep, right? While this is true, you need to remember the three most important things when booking a hostel: location, location, …

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Budget Travel: Palestine, Israel & Jordan

Palestine, Israel & Jordan March 2013 Age: 23 The Plan Sadly, my last spring break of my educational journey was around the corner with college coming to a close. I knew two things when it arrived. First off, I would never in Dante’s Inferno go back to school. Secondly, I was definitely going to spend my …

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The Three Equators of Ecuador

Mitad del Mundo, Ecuador July 2010 Age: 20 Word On The Street I once heard a rumor that if you flush a toilet in the Northern Hemisphere it spun in one direction and somehow spun in the opposite direction when flushed in the Southern Hemisphere. Looking back, I could have easily called my grandma in Peru to confirm this …

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The Traveler’s Backpack: What To Bring

Harlem, U.S.A. April 2017 Age: 26 What Not To Bring You are about to embark on an awesome adventure on the other side of the world. We need to make sure you do it right because this isn’t the I need to take a cab from the airport upon arrival to help with my three 50lb suitcases containing 23 pairs …

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Indian Wedding with a Large Side of Turkey

Kannur, India Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Izmir & Istanbul, Turkey February/March 2017 Age: 26 Weekend Getaway So your best friend calls you and is like “oh btw¬†the wedding will be in Kannur.” So you’re all like “aight, I’m there.” Now, you’ve already traveled around India and didn’t get invited to the honeymoon so you …