Field Notes

10 Hints Your Long Term Solo Trip Has Transformed You Forever

Traveling is one thing - but traveling alone for an extended period of time is quite another. In many ways, undertaking long-term solo travel is the equivalent of beginning a period of self-transformation and change. You leave the person you "are" in your familiar surroundings...

The Bilbao Effect

Bilbao, located in the Basque Country of northern Spain, is a modern and cosmopolitan city that attracts people from all over. The main draw for visitors is the chance to check out the impressive Guggenheim Museum from architect Frank Gehry. The building is considered to...

A Solo Female’s Guide to Exploring Honolulu on a Budget

Hawaii has long been known as a Shangri-La of romance. It’s beautiful beaches and destination wedding packages are perfection for many couples, but on my most recent trip to Honolulu, I wasn’t married or on my honeymoon. I happen to be a very curious solo...

7 Interesting But Underrated Places To Visit in India

Despite the several tourist spots located in the country, India has several locations which are not as frequented as the others. This means that even if you want to visit some picturesque locations devoid of any crowd or commercial activities you can totally do that...

How to Plan Your Trip to the Amazing Country of Colombia

By now you might have noticed the love I have for my home country, even if I'm not living there. First-time travelers to Colombia usually ask me what to do, and my answer is always 'what are you looking for?'. There are multiple options for...

From YVR to LAX: A Weekend Refresher in Los Angeles

A weekend getaway is sometimes all you need to recharge your batteries and feel motivated to take on your schedule routine when you return back home, particularly when you live on the damp Northern West Coast. Some say it’s proven that more vacationing increases productivity,...

5 Easy Tips for Meeting Local People While Traveling

Remember the girl from high school who moved to Spain, developed a friendship with her Brazilian neighbor, then spent three weeks in Sao Paulo with his family for Christmas? Or what about your uncle—the one who has such a close bond with the local butcher...

24 Hours in Panama City [VIDEO]

Sean and Steve from SHIFT are back and this time with this short and hilarious video about what to do in 24 hours in Panama City. If you have a long layover or have just a short stay, take these suggestions into consideration and get...

Preserving a Heritage: Bamboo Stick Dancing on the Island of Yap

  Scanning an atlas, you would easily glaze over the tiny constellation of islands that make up the Federated States of Micronesia. The archipelago has long been known as a haven of beautiful isolation, and Yap is no exception. To even visit this mysterious island you...

A Guide to Budapest’s Top 10 Historical Must-Sees

Traveling to Budapest, Hungary is like stepping into an intriguing and intricate historical museum, leaving you feeling immediately impressed and maybe even a little sentimental. With that ‘rough around the edges’ Eastern European flair, Budapest houses some of the most beautiful scenic views as well...