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My 5 Favorite Apps for Planning Trips

My 5 Favorite Apps for Planning Trips

I’m one of those people who get almost as much joy planning trips as I do taking them. I love researching and learning about possible destinations. Here are a few of the apps that make that process so enjoyable. 1. Tripadvisor – This is my […]

Our Role in Helping Others

Our Role in Helping Others

“Do you give back to the communities where you film?” asked a woman during the Q&A portion of Anthony Bourdain’s show on Saturday. “What find of fucking monster do you think I am? Of course, I give back,” he quickly retorted. After the laughter quieted, […]

Five Reasons to Visit Istanbul Now

Five Reasons to Visit Istanbul Now

Istanbul. A city where the frenzied pace of nearly 15 million residents is interrupted by the idyllic Bosphorus Strait. The call to prayer, the rose-gold sunsets, the smell of warm simit (a popular circular bread), the twinkling lights. Istanbul enchants even the most hardened tourists. It’s hard not […]

Traveling Across Belize and Guatemala on a Chicken Bus

Traveling Across Belize and Guatemala on a Chicken Bus

If you’ve never crammed into a tiny van with no air conditioning and a bunch of Guatemalans, you should try it. You’re missing out. This summer, my kids and I spent just under three weeks in Belize and Guatemala. I had researched transportation before our […]

Vacha: Empowering Girls in Mumbai

Vacha: Empowering Girls in Mumbai

I found the Vacha organization through a Google search. I actually found three different organizations (one in Delhi, one in Kolkata, and Vacha in Mumbai) doing work with gender issues. I sent emails to all three explaining who I was and a little about my […]

A Serendipitous Summer: The Art of Not Planning

A Serendipitous Summer: The Art of Not Planning

As I was just beginning to think about my travel plans for summer 2016, I got an opportunity to teach a graduate qualitative research course in Limasol, Cyprus. I had never considered visiting Cyprus, but of course, I said yes. I was told that after […]

Affording Travel on a Modest Salary

Affording Travel on a Modest Salary

First, let me preface this by saying that I have the modest salary of an educator and am a single parent with two kids. By most people’s accounts, traveling shouldn’t be part of my family’s narrative, but it is because I prioritize it. I make […]

10 Must-See Picturesque Destinations

10 Must-See Picturesque Destinations

I’m a sucker for quaint, charming destinations, places that are so picturesque they don’t quite seem real. In such locations, I find myself saying the same types of comments over and over. Can you believe how gorgeous this is?  Wow, can you believe this?  It’s so gorgeous.  […]

My Top Asian Cities

My Top Asian Cities

I follow a lot of travel publications on my Facebook and Twitter feeds and lately I’ve noticed that lists have become commonplace in travel journalism. Is it lazy journalism or do the writers believe that their compilation of the Top 2015 Destinations will add something that other […]

F@#k You

F@#k You

I didn’t know what to expect from Morocco. I knew that the touts would be aggressive; the stories I had heard reminded me of India, so I mentally prepared myself on our ride from the airport. Last night was our first night in Marrakech, and […]