The Realities of Traveling Long Term and Gluten Free

Shymkent market

Back when I was getting ready to embark on my 13-month career break trip through the former Soviet Union, I launched another blog, called Globally Gluten Free. My plan was to chronicle my experiences trying […]

Thoughts on Life 2 Years After Quitting My Job to Travel

Misrian, Dekhistan, Turkmenistan

  This time last year.   It’s been a recurring thought in my head the last few months. This time last year I was arriving in Armenia. This time last year I was living in […]

The Places I Long to Return To

The longer I’ve been home after my 13 month journey through the former Soviet Union, the more I’ve been thinking about the places I want to go back to.  As I ponder my future travel […]

Why Capital One Isn’t So Great for Travelers

Capital One cards

Before leaving on my career break trip, I researched good banks for international travelers – banks that would refund out of network ATM fees and that wouldn’t charge foreign currency transaction fees. Several travelers recommended […]

Mastering the Marshrutka

marshrutkas, Chisinau, Moldova

Marshrutka. In Russian, it means “fixed route.” In short, it is basically a mini-bus, the age, size and comfort of which may vary greatly. It is also the preferred method of public transportation in much […]

Excerpts From My Travel Journal

Tatev Monastery, Armenia

As I traveled through the former Soviet Union on my career break, I didn’t just write blog posts; I kept a journal as well. I wasn’t always great about keeping up with it, but it […]

The Physical Toll of Long-Term Travel

Seven Lakes, Tajikistan

I’ve written a lot about the emotional ups and downs I experienced while traveling through the former Soviet Union for thirteen months. Beyond those highs and lows, long-term travel also took a physical toll on […]

When Travel Makes You Think

Unconquered Man, Khatyn, Belarus

Travel is often fun and relaxing – an escape from our everyday lives.  But travel can also be an eye-opening experience – an opportunity to gain perspective and learn about the rest of the world. […]