Top Ten Best Tropical Islands

I’m a beach lover. The sun and I get along quite well, and there’s nothing I’d rather do than live on a tropical island someday. One of the main purposes of my travels is to avoid winter. I’ve been to islands all over the world, though there are still some paradises this nomad has yet to see. But I’ve accumulated many favorites along the way. These are the ten top islands and beaches in the world where people can sit […]

Tips for Traveling in “Dangerous” Places

As I get ready for a trip to Colombia, lots of people have been quick to greet the news of my latest travels with a well-meaning, “Be careful; it’s dangerous there!” But is it really any more dangerous than anywhere else I’ve traveled or lived? Our perceptions of what make a place seem dangerous are shaped by many factors—the hyper-dramatic media more interested in getting a quick and juicy story than sticking around to figure out the complicated dynamics of […]

The Saturday City: Broome

Broome is located in the northern part of Western Australia. It’s a small, sleepy little seaside town with not much to do except lounge around in the sun. The heat and humidity can get unbearable, and the phrase “broometime” is often used to describe the city’s sluggish pace. The city was founded in the 1880s as a pearling town and named after the territory’s governor. The pearling industry thrived here on the backs of exploited Japanese workers, and the 900 […]

American Independence Day

Today’s July 4th, American Independence Day. Across the nation, Americans are taking work off and celebrating the day we declared independence from British rule. Since it falls on a Monday this year, everyone is extra thrilled about the three-day weekend. Celebrations, fireworks, and barbecues are taking place in every corner of the land. Just like on Memorial Day, today’s blog will be about the holiday! History of July 4th On July 4, 1776, British colonists declared their independence from the […]

Boston, part 2

With my time in Boston slowly getting away from me, I decided to explore my city. Last time, I went walking through its parks and Beacon Hill. This time, I explored Boston’s historic side. Boston is one of the oldest cities in America and has played an important role throughout our history. The first university was founded here (Harvard in 1636), the Revolution began here, the first public school was built here, and the first state constitution was written here. […]

The American South

I’d been driving around “The South” for three weeks and was using this opportunity to give the area a chance. Where I’m from, the South doesn’t connote great thoughts. My preconceived notion of the South was that it was a land of rednecks, racists, and raging bible beaters. It thought the Civil War was still going on, and it was filled with trash, trailer parks, idiots, and the occasional poetic sage. Aside from a few major cities, nothing of worth […]

Motivating Yourself to Travel

When I first went away in 2006, people told me they wished they could do what I was doing. For some people, it is easy to just jump ship and travel. We have it in us all along and we just need a gentle nudge to actually do it. For me, all it took was a trip to Thailand and a bit of jealousy towards some backpacker before I was quitting my job to travel. For others, though, it is […]

The Saturday City: Hanoi

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is located in the north of the country. Crowded (pop. 6,000,000+), a little polluted, and slightly run-down, it nonetheless is very quaint. Though I did not like Vietnam, I liked Hanoi. A lot. I thought it had a certain charm to it. Time, and poor rebuilding, have worn down the city. All over Hanoi, old French colonial homes lay crumbling as modern buildings spring up around them, slowly bringing the city into the modern age. […]