Lonely Planet: Don’t Leave Home Without It

Guidebooks seem to be the one travel accessory that everyone loves to hate. Self-proclaimed “travelers not tourists” bemoan the fact that the likes of Lonely Planet create a typical tourist trail through cities – bars, […]

Reviewing 2012: Did That All Really Happen?

Warsaw, Poland

Thinking about the past year leaves me with very mixed emotions. After being back in the United States for over three months now, it sometimes feels like the nine months before that didn’t even happen. […]

My 12 Favorite Places in 2012

Kamyanets Podilsky, Ukraine

As 2012 winds down, I thought I would take a look back at some of the most memorable places I visited over the last year. From ancient castles and ruined churches to mountain villages and […]

13 Months in the Former Soviet Union: The Final Budget Breakdown

  How much does it cost to travel around the world for 13 months?   Obviously, this answer will differ for everyone. Costs vary based on where you go, what you do and the level […]

My Soviet Sojourn Bucket List: How Did I Do?

St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow, Russia

Early on in my career break, I came up with a list of “must-do” activities or experiences for my travels through the former Soviet Union. These were some of the things that had been floating […]

5 Reasons Why You Should Take a Career Break to Travel

Lake Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan

I recently wrote a post for BootsnAll.com about why a “gap year” should come to America.  I explained how, as I traveled around the world during my recent career break, I often encountered travelers from […]

17 Things I Miss About the USA & 2 Things I Don’t

gluten free pizza

While I wouldn’t necessarily call it homesickness, there have definitely been things I have been missing while traveling. I started a list several months ago of things I was missing while on the road and […]

Thoughts on Another Birthday and 1 Year of Travel

Aksu Zhabagly, Kazakhstan

Sally: “And, I’m gonna be forty.” Harry: “When?” Sally: “Someday.” This scene from When Harry Met Sally has been playing on repeat in my head the last few days. As I turn 36 today, I […]