Things I Learned Traveling Across America

As a kid, my family went on the obligatory road trips to various states, but we never went far from the East Coast of America. The only time I’d been west of the Mississippi was on a layover in Los Angeles. Driving across America, therefore, would be my first real trip around my nation. I didn’t know what to expect. I was going to areas I only had preconceived notions about—the redneck South, the boring Midwest, the beautiful West, and […]

The Saturday City: Caye Caulker

OK, so it’s more of an island than a city, but it’s still worth talking about. It’s a hammock-lovers paradise. Set off the coast of Belize, Caye Caulker is paradise. It’s small, it’s beautiful, it’s youthful. Everyone here is friendly, and no one moves quickly. There are no cars, only little golf carts, and the island’s motto is “Go Slow.” The tempo will have you running on island time before you know it. Years ago, the island was a lot […]

The Best Travel Movies

Travel movies are the best movies for those who are nomadic at heart. They inspire us to get out on the road, stay on the road, or visit a particular place. They get us excited about new cultures and whet our appetite for that upcoming trip. Essentially, they rock our world. Here are the best travel movies out there that will have you jumping on the next plane: The Beach Released in 2000, the movie follows Alex Garland’s novel about […]

The Grandest Canyon

During the expansion of America, if you wanted to find riches, you were told to go west. Though a little late, I followed that adage. And the West blew me away. If you haven’t gone west, you’re missing out. The American West is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, and within it lies one of the world’s greatest wonders—the Grand Canyon. Of the national park’s five million annual visitors, 99% go to the Grand Canyon for less […]

Solo vs Group Travel

Both solo travel and group travel have advantages and disadvantages. In considering both, you need to decide what choice best fits your preferences and style of travel. For example, would you prefer the freedom of making all decisions yourself and going where your whim takes you? Or would you rather let others decide once in a while? Independent travel brings a lot of flexibility – you can do what you want, when you want. However, in group travel, you need […]

A History of Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day in America. Memorial Day, always celebrated on the last Monday in May, is a day when we honor our country’s fallen soldiers. In honor of the day, here’s a history of the holiday: History of Memorial Day Following the end of the American Civil War, many places set aside a day to honor soldiers who died in battle. These observances eventually coalesced around Decoration Day, honoring the Union dead, and several Confederate memorial days. Supposedly, the […]

The Saturday City: Chicago

Chicago was the last stop on my American road trip in 2006, and I spent three days there before leaving to explore the rest of the world. I had always heard a lot about Chicago, and was excited to finally see the Windy City (named because of the politicians who blow hot air, not for the climate). The Windy City has a long-standing spot in American history. Incorporated in 1833, Chicago has played an important role in the country’s history ever […]

Joining a Frequent Flyer Program

Back in 2008, I joined my first frequent flier program. Despite having traveled around the world for close to two years, I never saw the value in signing up for one – I’d always been more concerned with price than brand loyalty, so I switched networks and carriers all the time. The lowest price always won. Another reason I had never signed up before? All my favorite carriers are spread out over different alliances. Japan Airlines (JAL) is on the […]

Another Reason to Love Traveling

I recently opened up my inbox to find this: “Hi Matt, I see you’re planning a trip to England in July – if you’d like to come west to Bristol, do let me know – I’d be happy to host you for a couple of days, show you Bristol & point you in the right direction for the rest of the West Country.” This is another reason why I love traveling – the strangers who are willing to open up […]