Month: January 2017

Five Reasons You Should Take Your Kids to Antigua, Guatemala

Five Reasons You Should Take Your Kids to Antigua, Guatemala

Guatemala has been one of my biggest travel surprises in recent years. With green lush countryside, colorful cities, looming volcanos, and ancient Mayan ruins, the entire country impresses. The people are friendly and the coffee is strong and plentiful. I traveled throughout Guatemala (and Belize) […]

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 […]

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 […]