Where in the world is Hanna? A 2018 Recap

For those of you who have been following along, you may know that I made some pretty major changes to my life this year, and I can honestly say it’s been one of the greatest years of my life. It’s mind-blowing to think that this time last year, I was sitting in my windowless office … Continue reading Where in the world is Hanna? A 2018 Recap

How to Experience the Best of Boston on a Tight Budget

Although the Northeast can be a bit chilly in the winter months, Boston is a must-see stop on any tour of the eastern seaboard, or just as a quick city break if you live in the region. The city is famous for its sports, beers, universities, and of course, it’s role in American history, so there’s definitely something for everyone to love and, best of all, it’s totally possible to do Boston on a budget.

5 Steps to Offset Your Carbon Footprint – While Traveling and at Home

My story is undoubtedly similar to all of yours – I took my first long-term backpacking trip at 21, got bitten by the travel bug, and have been addicted to exploring new places and experiencing the world’s natural beauty ever since. However, for many of us based in the United States, flying is synonymous with … Continue reading 5 Steps to Offset Your Carbon Footprint – While Traveling and at Home

Chicago’s Top Hostels: Your Ultimate Insider Guide

For the last 3-4 months, I’ve been bouncing around Chicago’s hostel scene as I’ve been trying to figure out what I’m doing with my life. As I’m sure I’ve stated before, I LOVE hosteling, and I’m excited to share my honest review of my favorite Chicago hostel properties with you to help you get the … Continue reading Chicago’s Top Hostels: Your Ultimate Insider Guide

How to Pick a Hostel as a Solo Female Traveler

Before I set off on my first solo trip, I was super excited about getting out to explore the world, but I was definitely a little worried about doing it on my own. Even more so, while my family was generally supportive of me wandering around Europe on my own for three months, they were a little more nervous about the types of places I’d be staying. At this point, I’ve spent about eight months of the last two years living in hostels and have definitely seen the good, the bad, and the ugly side of hostel life. If you’re planning your first trip, here’s what to look out for in order to pick a hostel and have a good experience.

Why I Travel Alone (and Why You Should Too!)

Hi, I’m Hanna. I’m a travel blogger/web developer from Chicago and I LOVE to travel alone. I’ve traveled in a variety of contexts—with friends, with family, with a large group, with a small group, and by myself. Each of these trips has been a wonderful experience for different reasons. It’s nice to have someone there to share the journey and I definitely wouldn’t complain if someone wanted to tag along, but to me, there’s no better feeling than arriving in a brand new place and being surrounded by strangers just waiting to be turned into friends.

Digital Nomads and the Future of Work

I’ve said this before and I’m sure I’ll say it again, but the 9-to-5 is dead. Given today’s technologies, the 9-to-5 static office model has become obsolete for many industries. For example, many tech companies already have teams of software developers around the world, so it’s just a matter of restructuring your company to keep … Continue reading Digital Nomads and the Future of Work

Packing for Long-Term Travel

Ok so here’s the thing. If you’re a new reader, hi my name is Hanna (Bubu Backpacks) and I’m a nomadic freelance web developer. I’ve been semi-nomadic for the past three months and if everything falls into place, I’ll be making the jump to traveling full time very soon. As I’m working towards that date, it’s been a whole process to narrow down what I need to / can bring with me on the road. I don’t know about you, but I suck at packing (true story one time I went home for winter break (like four weeks) and forgot to pack SHIRTS.)