As I get closer to my ten-year anniversary of blogging, I want to tell the tale of how I became an accidental travel writer. It was a lot of work, and I had to do plenty of jobs I didn’t love. Here are some things I learned along the way.
Finding romance on the road really isn’t that hard…but long-term romance? That’s the challenge. Travelers are usually hard pressed to remain in one spot, adding to the regular complications of relationships. Are they impossible? Absolutely not. But it’s an uphill battle…
While reading entries for my round-the-world trip contest, one theme came up time and time again: regret. There always seem to be two selves — the one we are and the one we imagine ourselves to be. But regret also gives us the power to make big changes in our lives.
Spurred by the writing of my next book about my years on the road, I find myself wandering the halls of memory reminiscing about my last decade of travel. I dig through old photos and journal entries. I search Facebook for people I met years ago. Stories and faces long forgotten zoom back into my […]
Last month, my mom told me she thought this blog was boring. “Where’s all the fun stuff? I want to see more photos of you traveling. I don’t care about these other updates.” “Mom, I live in Austin now. You know I’m not on the road that much,” I replied. “I know but still….I want […]
As the environment has become more important to people over the last decade, companies are trying to cash in on people’s willingness to spend money in the name of environmental protection. Even so, there is promise in sustainable tourism, which is about living and growing with the environment and the local cultures.