Stories

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 […]

The Remaining Hutongs of Beijing

The Remaining Hutongs of Beijing

I exit the metro station at the Nanluguxiang stop and look around, searching for a sense of direction. A silver fence separates me from multiple lanes of traffic. I stare at the bicyclers, part in wonder and part in admiration.  Traffic rushes by, leaving a […]

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) […]

Stuck at O’Hare: What Happens When Your Flight is Overbooked

Stuck at O’Hare: What Happens When Your Flight is Overbooked

I’m sitting in a sports bar at a Hilton Hotel in Chicago an hour after my flight left. And they’re playing country music. If someone would ask me to describe my version of hell, this would surely be it. I arrived at the airport early, […]