April 21, 2014 , 16 Comments

There are times I find myself staring at a map, just lost in the possibilities of the world and all of its wonders. Then, the wanderlust begins to bubble up […]

How to have a Travel Adventure without Adventure Travel

June 7, 2011 , 6 Comments

    Adventure. It’s a pretty hefty word with a lot behind it. To me, adventure is more than just jumping out of airplanes … more ...

12 Questions to Ask Any RTW Traveler

May 17, 2011 , 10 Comments

“So, tell me …” it always begins, often while sitting over an adult beverage in a crowded bar (at least in my experiences) … & ...

Dude, Don’t be a Hostel Dick

April 2, 2011 , 98 Comments

  I’ve spent more than 200 nights in hostels. The good hostels. The bad hostels. The awesome hostels. If you are planning to stay in a host ...

  • One year later
    March 7, 2011 , 10 Comments

    365 days. Wow. A lot can happen in 365 days. People can lose their job. Can find another job. Can fall in love. Can have a child. Can lose someone [...]

  • On being home
    December 11, 2010 , 8 Comments

    Once we got in the car at Dulles, I was finally able to breathe … sort of. I wistfully looked out the window as trees whizzed by, comforted to be [...]

  • The toils of re-entry
    December 2, 2010 , 17 Comments

    I clutched my navy blue American passport in my hand, along with my customs declaration, as the United flight I was on braked hard as the wheels hit the runway. America. My [...]

  • Realization
    November 8, 2010 , 6 Comments

    I never imagined my brain would tell me I wanted to go home. Early. But, it did that night in Split. I had 10 days left of my trip. Originally, [...]

  • A backpacker goes shopping
    June 24, 2010 , 4 Comments

    I stood in Anthony’s bathroom, looking at myself in the mirror. Same jeans. Same gray T-shirt from Target with doves flying on it. Same old gray fleece. Same hiking shoes. [...]

  • Next stop: Cluj-Napoca
    May 18, 2010 , 12 Comments

    The day following our little Romanian Road Trip, it was time to head out. Tommy and Benjamin had left the previous night, Chris was leaving at the crack of dawn for Istanbul (and an Anzac Day event), and I was boarding a train northeast to ...

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