Month: January 2017

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 […]