Archive for the “Random Musings” Category

Why You Should Skip School to Travel the World

With the cost of higher education rising dramatically each year, should you forgo college* and instead use that money to travel the world? It’s one of the questions I receive a lot from graduating high school students and disenchanted college freshmen or sophomores. In their e-mails, they express a desire to pursue higher education but, at the moment, they aren’t sure what they want to do and would rather travel and “figure life out.” School doesn’t seem to be a good […]

A Birthday Promise to Myself

Today is my birthday. I am thirty-three years old. I’m not a fan of birthdays. It’s not like today is any different than yesterday. My thoughts, feelings, successes, and failures are still the same. It’s the time in between the birthdays that changes us, not the day itself. And, anyways, why celebrate just one day of your life? Let’s celebrate life everyday. I like to treat every day as my birthday. However, as I look back on another year, I […]

Big Site Updates (and Something Awesome for Other Bloggers!)

I’m not giving up traveling. A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about how I no longer wanted to travel long term. Many of you thought I was going to give up traveling. That’s not the case! I’m just going to be traveling in shorter bursts. In some ways, that is the essence of a nomad – you stay in one place until the seasons change and you move on.  That’s what I’m doing. I’m still a backpacker, still focused […]

The Evolution of a Long Term Traveler

There are downsides to long-term travel – the five hour friends, the quick relationships, the solitude that leads to loneliness. It’s not all rainbows and unicorns. But then nothing ever is. Despite those occasional downsides, I think long-term solo travel is something people should try at least once in their life. Even if you don’t like it, try it — it will teach you a lot about yourself. It’s made me a far better and more awesome person and I’ll […]

How I Finally Came to Terms with the Homebody Inside Me

After a few exhausting months on the road, I am finally back in New York City. I’ve spent the last three months on the move, leading tours, attending conferences, and giving talks. It was draining and I’m happy to finally be back home, with no plans other than to enjoy spring’s return to the city. A few weeks ago, while checking my e-mail somewhere over America (I love in-flight wi-fi), I opened a question about my article, “Home: The Death […]

That Place Called Home

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.” These were words I hadn’t heard spoken in two years. And they were sorely missed. After landing in Bangkok, I glided effortlessly through an airport where I’ve been countless times and made my way to the train into the city. It was a routine I followed without thinking and I easily made my way to my hotel (I used points to stay for free at the new W hotel. It’s one of […]

Come Watch My Free Online Travel Course!

Two months ago, I was asked to do an online travel course with Creative Live. Creative Live is an organization that runs free online classes on everything from photography to video production to marketing to (now) travel. It was a big, big honor to be asked. So next week, on January 29th and 30th, from 9-4pm PST, I’ll be teaching everyone all secrets of travel…and it’s all free. This is going to be a live version of my blog and […]

Escaping the Winter (and Doing a Free Online Travel Workshop!)

Two months ago, I moved to New York City to be a homebody. Since then, I’ve only left the city once (I went overnight to Detroit to speak at a university). It’s been a wonderful experience – I’ve been going to the gym more, using my kitchen (though not as much as I would like), making new friends, sightseeing, and settling into a routine. But a nomad can’t stay home forever and as winter sets in and a slushy goo […]

The Grass is Never Greener

As I lay on a beach on the island of Ko Lipe, my skin turning a dark chocolate brown from weeks baking under the Thai sun, my Kiwi friend Paul would turn to me and ask, “Backgammon?” “Of course,” I would say. We’d play for hours before heading to our favorite restaurant in the “town center.” The owner would teach us Thai and local Chao Lay while laughing at our inability to handle spicy food. We’d laugh along with him, […]

How Do You Decide What Travel Content to Trust?

Every so often a debate bubbles up in the travel blogging world about the ethics of taking sponsored trips or posting sponsored content or links (i.e., content or ads that someone paid you for). The debate rises to the top, the opposing sides argue why they are right, and the discussion fades away, never really resolved. Recently that debate surfaced again and, while I normally never blog about blogging on this site, I’m breaking my cardinal rule because I want […]