Why Pretentious Travelers Fill Me With Hate (And What I Do About Them)

Nothing irks me more than people disparaging people’s travel choices. I don’t get why people do it. The whole “traveler vs. tourist” argument, talking about what makes someone a “real traveler”, and making fun of people’s routes. People waste so much energy trying to lift themselves up above others. Isn’t travel supposed to make you […]

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’d been 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Grass is Never Greener

As I lay on a beach on the island of Ko Lipe, my Kiwi friend Paul turned to me and asked, “Backgammon?” “Of course,” I said. This was a daily occurrence during our month-long stay. We’d play for hours before heading to our favorite restaurant in the “town center.” The owner would teach us Thai […]

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 about why they’re right, and the discussion fades away, never really […]