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, […]
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 open-minded? […]
“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 […]
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 […]
With so much travel content on the web these days it can be hard to know whose opinion to trust. Bloggers are regularly taking free press trips from companies or tourism boards, and it makes me wonder if their content is still reliable. In this post, I share my thoughts on free press trips and what it means for the future of travel blogging.
When I decided to move to New York City, I had this vision of what would happen: I would settle down into my own amazing apartment, decorate it with lots of cool stuff, join a gym, take cooking classes, and — in between all that — take numerous trips to JFK airport and jet-set around the world. I’d come […]