Affording Travel

I have been asked several times over the last couple months how I afford to travel, so I decided to write a blog about it. 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…

My Not-So American Dream

In high school, I took a class where the main project was to design a home (Obviously, I wasn’t challenging my intellectual capabilities at this point in my life.). The project required us to pick a floor plan and select furniture and furnishings for each room in the house. I remember picking blueprints for a large, modern…

Solo Traveling

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 pits, but when your other option is going to Thailand, you…

Picturesque Destinations for 2016

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.  It’s probably a good thing that I’m mostly travel by…

Travel Goals for 2016

I love the New Year. I actually prefer the holiday to Christmas. I like the finality that the end of another year brings. I like reflecting on the previous year and thinking ahead to what I want out of the upcoming year. I never set resolutions but broadly make claims like I want to be…

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 publications missed? Today I came across an article on the…

F*•# You

I didn’t know what to expect from Morocco. I knew that the touts would be aggressive; the stories I had heard reminded me of India, so I mentally prepared myself on our ride from the airport. Last night was our first night in Marrakech, and within minutes of stepping out of the taxi, we were…

My Favorite Meal in Mumbai

Last time I was in Mumbai I had an amazing cheese sandwich at a steet food vendor just down the street from my hotel. I wasn’t planning on stopping at this vendor, but a lovely Indian woman waved me over, ordered me a sandwich, and let me sit with her and her family. The sandwich…

Mumbai Living

Because of my work at Vacha, we spent 10 nights in Mumbai. For a person who likes to be on the go, 10 nights is a long time to spend in one place, especially in a place you’ve been before. The end of our stay in Mumbai seemed to drag on. We didn’t have any…

Jodhpur Craziness

Traffic in Jodhpur is insane. I thought Varanasi was a crazy place, which it is (don’t get me wrong), but in Jodhpur, rickshaws go down the tiny, narrow roads. And there is no room for anything else when they come through. Emma and I got our first taste of this on our way to our…

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 time we’re staying about an hour’s train ride away from…

Emma’s Summer Education

This spring semester I conducted a study on international service learning. I was interested in learning about how the students make sense of these experiences. Some researchers argue that these types of trip offer the most profound learning experiences you can have, while others argue that they reinforce colonial ideas and are highly problematic. I…