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.
We all have our reasons for traveling – wanderlust, the love of a new culture, a desire to just leave it all behind, the need to forget, or the need to meet new people. Travel becomes a way for people to deal with different situations, experience new things, or help search for a sense of self. The constant change creates a chance for us to find out who we are
As dawn broke on this year, I was excited for a fresh start. Last year, I dealt with panic attacks and anxiety from taking on too many projects, a breakup that left me heartbroken, and a mini-identity crisis from settling down. But that “greatest worst year of my life” set the stage for a year […]
Posted: 12/14/2017 | December 14th, 2017 There always seems to be something bad in the news. If it bleeds, it leads right? Even if it doesn’t bleed, it is still there. And all that bad news seems to dampen the world’s spirit. The economy, climate change, politics, pollution, terrorism, nationalism, poverty, disease – the list of […]
Two years ago I started FLYTE, a charity designed to help students from underserved communities see the world. Since then, we have raised over $100,000 and sent three classes on trips around the world. Here are updates on the organization.
Travel teaches us and changes us in ways we never really realize. And, after a conversation, I realized the one thing I can say I only learned from traveling. Yes, I have learned other life skills but this one thing came solely from my travels.
This site exists to help the world travel better, cheaper and longer. To do that, I need to hear from you! I’ve created a short survey so that you can share your suggestions, criticisms, and any other feedback you have with me. The survey is completely anonymous and will help me improve the blog so that I can better help you get out the door and into your next adventure!
Posted: 08/20/2017 | August 20th, 2017 Coming home from a trip around the world can be a real culture shock and sometimes the initial excitement wears away quickly to the reality that you are no longer traveling. It can be a hard transition to deal with. You go from something new every day to the same […]
“Experiential travel” is the new booming buzzword in the industry…but what does it mean? Are we witnessing a worthwhile new trend that is taking travel to new heights, or, is “experiential travel” just another way for the industry to milk a few extra dollars from travelers? Unfortunately, it seems to be the latter.