Budget Travel Hack: Free Pickup/Drop-Off

There are so many costs involved in traveling—from airfare to hotels, ground transportation, tours, food and souvenirs, and they can add up quickly. I’ve been lucky enough to book most of my hotel and airfare expenses using points and miles—and ever since I signed up for the Chase Reserve card last year, I started adding…

If It Doesn’t Challenge You, It Doesn’t Change You

  When was the last time you took a leap of faith? Went outside of your comfort zone? Did something that scared you? It’s all too easy to fall into a routine. Routines can be good. They give us cadence and predictability. And in a world where unpredictability swirls around us like a hurricane, routines…

Beach, Please: Epic Guest Room Redesign

Being in the ocean is damn near a spiritual experience for me—and that’s not hyperbole. I never feel more intimately connected to the world and simultaneously so infinitely a small part of it than when I immerse myself in the deep blue. However, I have grown deep roots in a city that does not give…

#MakeTime

Time. That fleeting, ticking thing that seems to fly by, leaving us with never enough to get everything done that we want to do. If you follow me on Instagram (@jzshipp), you’ve likely seen a new hashtag emerge with quite some frequency: #maketime. It is typically either explicitly or implicitly joined with the concept of…

Airport Security in a Snap

For less-than-frequent travelers, the security procedures at airports can be daunting and frustrating. Having gone through my fair share of airport security checkpoints, I put together these six helpful tips to hopefully get you through: Follow the Liquids Rule. I’ve probably been through security at least 100 times over the last decade, and the one thing…

I Kissed a Ray, and I Liked It

Circling back to my #mostepicadventure in Grand Cayman, I share with you one of the coolest experiences of my trip: visiting Stingray City. In actuality, Stingray City is a sandbar. In the middle of the ocean. It’s not an enclosed habitat where all the creatures have been trained to be around humans. It’s a place…

The Virtue of Traveling Solo

What fills your soul in a way that nothing else can? Are you mountains or ocean? Sun or snow? Adventurer or relaxer? If you plan to fill your life with travel, getting to know yourself and your own travel style is incredibly important. And the only way to truly discover that is to venture out…