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My Initial Love-Hate Relationship With India

My Initial Love-Hate Relationship With India

India is one of those polarizing destinations–people either love it or hate it. It’s raw and gritty, and I feel you have to be there awhile before you start to see the beauty of the place. Even then, it’s a love-hate relationship. Nothing is easy. […]

Experiencing the Bangkok Buzz

Experiencing the Bangkok Buzz

First impressions: Bangkok is huge, congested, and hard to get from point A to point B. There seems to be no real downtown area, or at least none that I can tell. It’s a huge urban sprawl, with skyscrapers randomly thrown about. I have no […]

Jodhpur: Where the Simple Act of Going Somewhere Becomes an Adventure

Jodhpur: Where the Simple Act of Going Somewhere Becomes an Adventure

Jodhpur pulsates color. Flower garlands and colorful fabrics dance in the wind against the blue walls of the city.  Cows meander down the streets. I didn’t know much about the city; I only knew that I wanted to visit on my second trip to India after […]

Socio-Cultural Issues: Affect Change Through Sustainable Tourism

Socio-Cultural Issues: Affect Change Through Sustainable Tourism

Of all the components of Sustainable Tourism, which I discussed in an earlier post, I will probably spend most of my time on this blog addressing issues pertaining to socio-cultural issues, not because I think they are more important than environmental and economic issues, but because […]

Andean Artistry on Display at Otavalo Market

Andean Artistry on Display at Otavalo Market

Every Saturday morning the streets of Otavalo transform themselves into the largest outdoor market in South America. Hundreds of stalls flood the streets with colorful textiles, creating a rainbow labyrinth that reminds me of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. The market is known for its […]

Visiting a Colombian Coffee Farm in Salento

Visiting a Colombian Coffee Farm in Salento

Salento sits in the part of Colombia known as zona cafetera, the coffee region. The town is nestled in the Andes Mountains, just west of Bogotá. Colombia is known for some of the world’s best coffee, so my daughter and I, both avid coffee drinkers, knew that the coffee […]

Tips for Booking Cheap Flights

Tips for Booking Cheap Flights

Airfare is often the most expensive part of traveling. If I can find a cheap flight, I can always make the rest of a trip fit into my budget. But with so many options, how do you find cheap airfare? Which days are the best […]

The International Year of Sustainable Tourism: What Does it Mean for You?

The International Year of Sustainable Tourism: What Does it Mean for You?

The UN has declared that 2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. If you’re like most people, you may be wondering what that means? What is sustainable tourism? How does tourism connect to development? And most importantly what does it mean for […]

Local Protests Complicating Travel in Cusco and Machu Picchu

Local Protests Complicating Travel in Cusco and Machu Picchu

After six weeks in South America, traveling mostly by bus, we were tired and ready to go home on our last day. Our hotel had arranged for a driver to take us to the airport at 8: 30 a.m. for our flight at noon. This […]

Traveling From Medellín to Salento by Bus

Traveling From Medellín to Salento by Bus

After three bustling days in Medellín, we traveled by bus to Salento, a sleepy town nestled in lush green mountains and coffee estates. I had read about the bus journey before we set out and knew that we would have to take a bus towards Armenia […]


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Tips for Booking Cheap Flights

Tips for Booking Cheap Flights

Airfare is often the most expensive part of traveling. If I can find a cheap flight, I can always make the rest of a trip fit into my budget. But with so many options, how do you find cheap airfare? Which days are the best […]

The International Year of Sustainable Tourism: What Does it Mean for You?

The International Year of Sustainable Tourism: What Does it Mean for You?

The UN has declared that 2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. If you’re like most people, you may be wondering what that means? What is sustainable tourism? How does tourism connect to development? And most importantly what does it mean for […]

Advice on Solo Traveling: Just Go

Advice on Solo Traveling: Just Go

I received an email last week from a recent college graduate. She is in her first year of teaching and thinks spending the summer in Thailand will be more fulfilling than teaching summer school. Yes! A hundred times, yes! Teaching summer school is generally the […]

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 […]

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 […]