Leaving on a jet plane

At 19, I made my first trip across the Atlantic. Destination–England. Nowhere particularly exotic, but for my first trip out of the country, just the right amount of exoticness. At that point I hadn’t even been in 10 US states, so I was EX.CIT.ED. Original plans had me traveling with Continue reading Leaving on a jet plane

Grateful for the love of strangers

Gratitude I am trying to live my life in a state of gratitude. Some days are easier than others. And sometimes, when I think about the past, I realize how truly grateful I am. No traveler lives completely in a vacuum when traveling.  I suppose it’s possible to travel somewhere Continue reading Grateful for the love of strangers

Let’s get honest: traveling alone

Today is Valentine’s Day–a day where couples celebrate their love, or for the more cynical among us, a day capitalized on by card makers, candy purveyors, and jewelry hawkers. Despite any appearance I may give, I’ve been coupled up almost every year since I was 18 years old. My sole Continue reading Let’s get honest: traveling alone

Be fearless–tips for solo travel

I’m getting really fed up with people who tell me traveling by myself is dangerous.  Don’t go to Africa; you’ll catch Ebola.  Dont’ go to the Middle East; you’ll be kidnapped and beheaded.  Don’t go to Asia; it’s unstable.  Don’t go to Russia; World War III is going to start. Continue reading Be fearless–tips for solo travel