Worth the Ticket Price: Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

As a die hard budget traveller I am super skeptical of tours, tourist trap sites, and basically anywhere that charges an entry fee that I haven’t heavily vetted/weighed the value of the ticket price. I’ve mentioned before, if you’re travelling all the way to Istanbul, it’s worth it to set aside maybe $30-40 of your…

25 Goals for Turning 25: First Quarter Update

Things have been quiet on The 9 to 5 Wanderer lately…I’m afraid the last month has been A LOT of 9 to 5 and a little wandering. A massive work project that dragged on for about a month and a half finally wrapped up today, and now I have a bit of room to breath, aka write….

Something You Probably Didn’t Know About Your Stop Over in Istanbul

This post brought to you by my extremely high excitement levels over my recently booked trip to Istanbul. No, sadly Turkish Airlines is not showering me with extra special free perks, although I did get a free piece of baklava from them at a fair once, and the available-to-everyone perk I’m about to tell you about…

Why I Love Staying in Hostels and You Should Too

A lot of my travel recently has been to places where I’m going with the express intent of visiting a friend(s), and have a place lined up to stay. Staying with friends is the ultimate- it’s a great way to squeeze in some real catch up time, and it’s free accommodation. However, when I’m travelling somewhere…

Travel Goals for Turning Twenty Five

Hi Wanderers! I turned twenty five this week, and although the quarter century milestone hasn’t driven me into an existential quarter life crisis as of yet (day three and going strong), it did make me think a little bit of what I’d like to accomplish in my first year in the quarter century club. In some ways…

Note to Self: 10 Things Not to Forget Before A Trip Overseas

 1. A toothbrush/toothpaste. Usually the toothbrush, the more crucial of the pair. This is my number one offender. You’d think I would learn and pack a spare in every travel bag or something clever, but I do not. Instead, I end up having to buy a new toothbrush as soon as I hit ground. 2….

How to Save Money At the Airport

Airports are some of my absolute favorite places in the world. I love (nearly) everything about them. I love people watching, I love perusing the duty free shops, and most of all, I love the feeling of excitement I get being in an airport, off on another adventure. Airports just have a feeling of promise. Some…