The End of the Road: My Last Blog Post

Respect Yourself quote

I think the title of this post says it all: this is the end of the road for me as a travel blogger. Blogging is no  longer serving me, growing me or making me happy. […]

Five Years of Travel Blogging…Now What?

Bamako sunset 1

Sometime in February, I passed the five-year anniversary of this blog. I thought of writing something about it then, but never got around to it, in large part because I just didn’t have the motivation […]

How I Finally Landed My Dream Job

Good things come

It will be five years ago in August that I quit my job as a fundraiser for a Chicago law school to spend 13 months traveling and volunteering throughout the former Soviet Union. At that […]

Donate to Passports with Purpose & Win a Hiking Trip in Burkina Faso!

Tengrela sunrise

This time last year I was getting ready for a trip to Mali and Burkina Faso – two countries in West Africa that are off the radar of most tourists.   But now is your […]

Hitting the Wall in Running and Life

Belmont Harbor

I recently hit the proverbial wall – both in my training for the New York City Marathon and in life overall. A few weeks ago, I was celebrating my birthday and excited for the future. […]