Asia

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mumbai Transit

Mumbai Transit

It’s amazing how quickly you fall into routines in a new place. I guess that is part of the thrill of traveling – going someplace where you know nothing and then slowly things begin to fall into place. I’ve been to Mumbai before, but this […]

Varanasi: Spiritual, Magical, and Chaotic  

Varanasi: Spiritual, Magical, and Chaotic  

Emma and I are waiting for Amrita and Joseph at a Japanese Tea Shop. Inside it’s quiet and cool, but every time the door opens you’re reminded of the heat and the noise that’s just outside. I’ve always said that India is like no other […]

Temple Drive-By

Temple Drive-By

There is nothing better than finding someone at the airport holding a sign with your name after two days of traveling. Nothing. My driver took my suitcase and navigated through the crowds to his tuk-tuk. This excited me, too. I love riding in tuk-tuks and […]

Cambodian Village Life

Cambodian Village Life

I spent Monday in a village located about 20 minutes outside Siem Reap. It was important to me to get outside of the city to see how Cambodians truly live, as Siem Reap is very touristy. As we drove away from the city, the paved […]

Bruised Butt

Bruised Butt

I swear that I have bruised my butt, though I see no signs of bruising (yes, I checked). It hurts to move, to sit on cushioned chairs, and to climb stairs. It’s my own fault. I found a bike tour that said it started its […]

The Art of Doing Nothing

The Art of Doing Nothing

We are in paradise, and I’m convinced paradise is trying to kill me. A slow death of boredom. We have spent the last two days in Amed, a small strip of land nestled in between the volcanic mountains of central Bali and the Bali Sea. […]