If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll have learned a few things about me: 1. I’m terrified of alligators (but I mean, who isn’t?) and flying 2. If I see inanimate object, I have a compulsive need to take picture with it AND… 3. I love traveling without a plan And while I could… Read More Why Traveling without a Plan Isn’t Always a Good Thing
“Good morning and welcome aboard to flight 283 to Riga,” came the flight attendant’s cheerful announcement over the airplane loudspeaker. While under normal circumstances, this might have been the start to a predictable and boring story about my vacation to the capital of a former soviet country in Northern Europe, the fact that up until… Read More Why Jet Lag is No Joke (Or, How I Accidentally Ended Up in Riga, Latvia)
I spent much of my 20s asking myself that question. I’ve lived in a lot of places over the years (I’ve moved a total of 23 times, four of which were to foreign countries) and I used to agonize over the fact that I had nowhere I felt I really, truly belonged. And when I… Read More Where is Home?
A question I get emailed a lot is “how can you afford to travel so much?” Well, I’m one of the lucky ones. My mom works for a major airline which means that I get to fly for free. Yep. For free. But don’t hate me! Because I’m not rich (I’m a writer. For the… Read More 7 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Save Money for Traveling
I guess I’ll start this blog off with a confession: I’m not a third culture kid. Not really anyway. Though I spent the first half of my childhood in Hawaii and the second-half in New York, until college I’d never spent a significant amount of time outside of my home country. But I wish I… Read More Why I’m Jealous of “Third Culture Kids”
I’ve been making collages from my old plane ticket stubs. I also added some postcards and some left-over foreign currency and the sprayed the entire collage with some UV-resistant clear acrylic coating. What do you think? Tweet
Photo by Paxon Woelber. It’s a pity that we spend so much of our time actively trying to avoid feeling uncomfortable, because sometimes the most uncomfortable experiences are the most rewarding. Travel Teaches You to Be Comfortable with Discomfort If you want to know what makes you feel uncomfortable, you needn’t look further than the… Read More Why Travel is (Psychologically) Good for You: Part One
Fairytales may not be real but the eight whimsical vacation destinations on this list are. Read on to discover where to go when you’re craving a novel-worthy escape from reality. 1. Goblin Valley State Park, Utah Fairytale Film: The Labyrinth Discovered in the 1920s, Goblin Valley earned its unusual name thanks to the thousands of… Read More 8 Magical Places That Will Make You Feel Like You’ve Wandered onto the Pages of a Fairy Tale
Photo by JBColorado. I loved the article “Do you know where your children are? Is that always a good thing?” that appeared on NPR.com a couple of months ago. It addressed the issue of play and adventure and how today’s generation of kids are, for better or for worse, being robbed of the opportunity to… Read More Ah, kids today. They don’t know the meaning of ‘play’! Seriously.
Though owning a dog cramps my travel plans at times, it’s so much fun to watch how excited Frankie (that’s him in that picture above) can get over the simplest of activities (like walks, for instance, or the chance to explore an unattended trash can). To him, every day is an adventure. I love that. … Read More Everything I Need to Know About Travel I Learned from My Dog