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, […]

Diary of a Job Search

Chicago, Illinois

I have never made it a secret that my biggest fear when I quit my job to travel was finding another job when I returned. While I will write more later about specific tips and […]

Gyumri: Two Decades After the Earthquake

When an earthquake strikes, it can garner a lot of attention in the days and weeks that follow. I can clearly remember being glued to my television set watching the aftermath of the earthquake in […]

Everything You Never Wanted to Know About My Soviet Sojourn

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

From how many miles I traveled to how many Snickers I ate and how many times I bawled my eyes out, here are the answers to all the questions you never thought to ask me […]

The Pros & Cons of Booking a Private Tour in Turkmenistan

Merv, Turkmenistan

Over the last month, I’ve read quite a few lists of the so-called best places to visit in 2013. These lists come out every year and every year there seem to be a couple destinations […]

Launching a New Life in Chicago

Cloud Gate, Millennium Park, Chicago

Remember when I wrote back in November about feeling unsettled and longing for my old life? Well, I realized my old life isn’t really what I want. If you’ve been following along since I first […]

Why I Turned Down My Dream Job

Yerevan, Armenia

I walked out of the office and down to the street, trying to sort out my emotions. I should have been ecstatic; I should have been flying high with excitement. It was October 26, just […]

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. […]