Why I Like to Travel Alone

I always get asked the same questions when I tell people I travel alone: “Don’t you get lonely?” “Is it safe?” “How do you meet people?” People are amazed that I’ve traveled so much by myself. “I couldn’t do that, especially for so long,” they say. Yet I wouldn’t do it any other way. Traveling by myself has taught me a lot about myself. People often assume that solo travel means traveling alone. Far from it. I meet more people […]

The Skills You Need to Travel

I recently received an e-mail I think deserves some attention. It’s a really good question that deserves a long answer. The person asked me: “Have you noticed a particular set of skills that come in handy abroad? What should I learn to best prepare myself for living, working, and traveling overseas?” It’s a great question because travel, especially solo travel, requires a lot of skills. So when I was asked this question, a few traits came to mind, but one […]

Unusual Place of the Month: Kutna Hora Bone Church

This church is located in Kutna Hora, a few miles outside of Prague in the Czech Republic. Officially called the Sedlec Ossuary, it is often just referred to as “the bone church,” and contains over 40,000 bones arranged to decorate this Roman Catholic church. In 1278, the church’s Abbot, Henry, went to the Holy Land. When he returned, he sprinkled some earth from the Holy Land around the church, making it holy too. Because of this, the cemetery in Sedlec […]

Things I’d Tell A New Traveler

Hope. Fear. Excitement. Traveling for the first time provides us with a wave of conflicting emotions. We are excited about new possibilities but afraid of the unknown at the same time. When I left for the road, I knew nothing. I read some bulletin boards, but I was green as they come. There were no travel blogs then, no Twitter, Facebook fan pages, or vast amounts of information on the Internet. You went on your own. It was good and […]

Teaching English Overseas, Part 4: The Rest of the World

Continuing our series on teaching English overseas, we’re going to turn our attention to other parts of the world. In part one, we talked about the various jobs you can get. In part two, we discussed job requirements and TEFL programs, and in part three, we discussed teaching in Asia. Last updated: March 2012 Since Asia tends to be the primary focus for ESL teachers, I devoted more attention to it than other regions in the world. However, teachers are […]

The Saturday City: Rome

Rome. The cradle of the West. The center of power for centuries. Birthplace of Caesar. Home to the Catholic Church. A city steeped in 3,000 years of history. All around the world, everyone knows Rome. Saying the name conjures up images of the old, the new, religion, food, romance, and Tom Hanks trying to crack the Da Vinci code. I was excited to visit Rome. My visit was supposed to last three days, but turned into a solid week. I […]

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 […]