Don’t Overlook Your Hometown

When people visit your hometown and ask, ‘what is there to do?’, what do you say? Often, I find it hard to think of where I should suggest they go. I have my favorite places, but is that really where I should recommend someone go if they only have 48 hours to get a sense…

3 Travel Bloggers You Should Know About

I recently wrote a post about where I turn to find inspiration. One of those places is bloggers. Here are 3 bloggers you should know about: Natasha Yakoub, The Dame Traveler Her mission is to make this world a more connected, peaceful, compassionate and loving place. The Dame Traveler is a blog ran by Natasha Yakoub…

Why You Should Always Pack an Extra Bag

One of the most significant considerations when planning a trip is packing. Are you going to backpack? Travel with full-size luggage? Or maybe try to make it work with just a carry-on? The choice you make is going to impact how and what you choose to pack. Personally, I’ve traveled all three ways and find…

How Shared Experiences Intensify Feelings

There is nothing quite like experiencing a new place. Whether you’re traveling by yourself or with a companion, you plan to have a great experience. While this may be your expectation, studies show how and with whom we experience those events affects how we perceive those experiences. According to a report released by The Association…

Where to Find Inspiration

I recently wrote about the benefits of review sites and why I find them to be incredibly useful. Review sites, such as Yelp or TripAdvisor, are where you go to figure out the ‘need to know’ before going somewhere or to help you decide if it is a place you want to check out. I…

The Importance of Review Sites

Whether it’s looking for a place to stay or trying to find somewhere new to eat, many of us often rely on those around us to suggest a good place to go. Personally, if one of my friends has been raving about a new place, chances are I’ll check it out the next time I…

The Five-Minute Rescue

One of my main priorities this year has been trying to simplify. The idea of simplifying your life sounds daunting. Whether it’s bad relationships or literally too much stuff, trying to find the right way to approach it can be difficult. The five-minute rescue is a technique that allows you to break down a project…

Traveling at 25: What It Looks Like Now

Reminiscing about my first big travel and the adventures I’ve had with family has got me thinking about why and how I travel now and what traveling means to me as a twenty-five-year-old grad student. Traveling for me at this point in my life is about visiting new cultures and expanding my world view. I…

Traveling at 20

In my previous post Traveling at 15 I mentioned traveling to Mexico with my parents and briefly touched on what that was like. In order to talk about what it was like to travel to Mexico on my own, I should mention what traveling with my parents was like first. Beginning at the age of 9, I…

Traveling at 15

In Why I Started Writing and Why I Travel I began exploring the reasons behind my travels. One of the ways to do that is by analyzing the way traveling has impacted me in the past. There are three main time periods in my life that stick out. The first time I traveled by myself…