Inspiration

Don’t Borrow Money Just to Travel

Don’t Borrow Money Just to Travel

…and other advice you may not want to hear but should. ♣ ♠ As happy as it makes me when someone says I’ve inspired them to pursue their travel dreams, I also have one great fear: that what I say, or do, or write, will inadvertently […]

Just Dance

Just Dance

♥ ♥ Dance like no one’s watching, they say. But of course that’s kind of difficult if you’re in front of one of the most famous churches in the world, in the middle of one of the most visited cities of the world, and you […]

Thank you, 2016.

Thank you, 2016.

SGMT — When a blogger friend asked me about a year ago if 10 years hence I could still see myself doing this — traveling, writing, and writing about traveling — my answer was an unequivocal yes. Travel is the food of my soul, I’ve said; […]

The Peace of Wild Things

The Peace of Wild Things

Nadine shared this poem by Wendell Berry in her post “When despair for the world grows in me…” and I thought it might be something that many of you, like me, might need right now. _ _ When despair for the world grows in me and […]

No, I’m Not Always Traveling

No, I’m Not Always Traveling

(And other common misconceptions about people who love to travel) _ _ I’ve just finished preparing a rough budget for a trip I plan to take next year with my family, and against every fiber of yearning in my body, I’ve come to accept the […]

Putting yourself out there

Putting yourself out there

This is something I wrote last year for a fellow blogger — sharing it now to hopefully encourage anyone who wants to write but is too wracked with self-doubt to start. * Whenever people tell me that they want to try blogging but they’re not […]

“Why does one go away?” he said.

“Why does one go away?” he said.

“What is it that drives you on? If you are instinctively, or have been brought up or educated in a way that you demand of yourself that you make the best of your life and the best of your opportunities, then there is a constant […]

Take back happiness

Take back happiness

Whatever holds you back, Whatever weighs you down, Whatever drowns you, Whatever makes you feel little, Leave it behind. This 2016, take back happiness.   (I originally posted this last year, but sometimes we need reminding…) Happy new year everyone! 🙂

12 Lessons from the Road

12 Lessons from the Road

* 1. Count your blessings. Although I am by no means rich and have to save for months for one trip, the fact that I have savings and can use them to travel makes me luckier than many, many other people of my age, nationality, […]

Forget your back-up plan.

Forget your back-up plan.

The Director has spoken.