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  • 9 Steps to Overcome Your Fear of Flying (and Change Your Life in the Process)

    9 Steps to Overcome Your Fear of Flying (and Change Your Life in the Process)

    Being afraid to fly sucks. You miss out on so many great opportunities—both personal and professional—when you’re afraid to get on an airplane. I know this because I was once one of the estimated 50 million Americans that suffer from…
  • How to Travel to Cuba in 2017: A Guide for Americans

    How to Travel to Cuba in 2017: A Guide for Americans

    UPDATE:  On November 8, 2017, the Trump Administration formally announced it implementation of changes to U.S. policy regarding Cuba, including: -Eliminating the option for U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba independently for people-to-people educational trips. Instead, these must be done…
  • One Step at a Time: Overcoming Adversity, Exploring the World, and Inspiring Others

    One Step at a Time: Overcoming Adversity, Exploring the World, and Inspiring Others

    Part of the series The Journey Within: Stories of Personal Growth Through Travel Devon’s story is proof that it’s not the adversity you face but rather how you respond that ultimately determines your quality of life.  Despite losing her lower…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – June 6, 2017

    Travel Quote of the Week – June 6, 2017

    “Only those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.” On this date 51 years go, Robert F. Kennedy said these words during an anti-Apartheid speech at the University of Cape Town. He had been invited there by a group…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – May 30, 2017

    Travel Quote of the Week – May 30, 2017

    With everything that’s been happening in the news lately, perhaps it’s inevitable that I’ve had fear on my mind. Not that I’ve been constantly afraid, but rather that I’ve been thinking about fear itself. In particular, I’ve been wondering where…
  • How to Live Like a Local in Warsaw, Poland

    How to Live Like a Local in Warsaw, Poland

      An Insider's Guide. From Locals. For you.   Part of the ongoing series: How to Live Like a Local The world is a funny place. In January I shared a taxi collectivo from Havana to Viñales with a group of Poles from…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – May 23, 2017

    Travel Quote of the Week – May 23, 2017

    Neil Donald Walsch is an American author, writer, and speaker. He is most famous for his book series Conversations with God. This week’s quote—“Life begins as the end of your comfort zone”—speaks to the necessity of pushing yourself beyond your…
  • Visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mine: Your Complete Guide

    Visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mine: Your Complete Guide

    Imagine finding yourself hundreds of meters below the surface, in a massive man-made cavern, surrounded by rock-salt-cut sculptures. The music of Frédéric Chopin is blasting from hidden speakers, causing the chandelier above to begin shaking. Suddenly, the lights cut out…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – May 16, 2017

    Travel Quote of the Week – May 16, 2017

    J.R.R. Tolkien was a British writer, poet, and professor. He is best known as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. This week’s quote—“Not all those who wander are lost”—is part of a poem inside…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – April 25, 2017

    Travel Quote of the Week – April 25, 2017

    Eugene Fodor was a Hungarian-born American travel writer, editor, and businessman. He is best known for founding Fodor’s, the world’s largest publisher of English language travel books. Fodor was born in Léva, Hungary in 1905, in what was part of…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – April 18, 2017

    Travel Quote of the Week – April 18, 2017

    Saint Augustine [354-430] was an early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings influenced both the development of Western Christianity and philosophy. He was bishop of Hippo, a Roman city in modern-day Algeria. His most famous works are The City of…
  • How to Visit Iceland on a Budget

    How to Visit Iceland on a Budget

    Update: April 15, 2017 There's now a video to go along with this article. Check it out below! Iceland is an incredible country with tons of amazing things to offer tourists, including natural beauty, friendly people, and exciting outdoor activities.…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – April 13, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday – April 13, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey everyone, I wanted to let you know that I’m experimenting with a new format at Thoughtful Thursday—one where there will be fewer links but more analysis on my part. This should not only save you time…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – April 11, 2017

    Travel Quote of the Week – April 11, 2017

    Laurence Gonzales is an an American writer, journalist, and survival skills expert. He is perhaps best known for writing the best selling book Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why. Gonzales was born in St. Louis, Missouri but moved…
  • Searches, Seizures, and Technology – How to Protect Your Privacy at the U.S. Border

    Searches, Seizures, and Technology – How to Protect Your Privacy at the U.S. Border

    In the age of Donald Trump's travel bans and the fallout of Edward Snowden's leaks, many travelers are fearful that crossing the U.S. border—either on the way home or to visit—will result in a loss of personal privacy. But is this justified? Can…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – April 6, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday – April 6, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – April 4, 2017

    Travel Quote of the Week – April 4, 2017

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a Russian writer, journalist, and philosopher. He is best known for his novels, which include Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1869), and The Brothers Karamazov (1880). Dostoyevsky was born in Moscow in 1821. He became interested…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – March 30, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday – March 30, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – March 28, 2017

    Travel Quote of the Week – March 28, 2017

      Tweet this photo!    This week's travel quote comes from Lao-Tzu, a legendary Chinese writer and philosopher. Little is known about his life, but most scholars believe he was born in China during the sixth century BC, making him a contemporary…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – March 23, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday – March 23, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – March 21, 2017

    Travel Quote of the Week – March 21, 2017

    Tweet this photo!    This week's travel quote comes from Gardner McKay, an American writer, actor, and artist. Throughout his life, McKay did things his own way. Having gained considerable fame in Hollywood during the 1950s and '60s, McKay elected to leave…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – March 16, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday – March 16, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – March 14, 2017

    Travel Quote of the Week – March 14, 2017

    Epictetus was a Greek-speaking Stoic philosopher from the first century AD. His teachings have influenced a wide range of people including the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the military commander James Stockdale, and the modern spiritual guru Eckart Tolle.   Epictetus…
  • The Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge

    The Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge

    I was looking over Twitter the other day when something interesting caught my eye: the Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge. Designed by Stephanie Fox, the Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge is a series of questions designed to inspire real-life action, create dialogue…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – March 9, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday – March 9, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – March 7, 2017

    Travel Quote of the Week – March 7, 2017

    Max Lucado is an American writer, preacher, and speaker. He has written over 100 books on the philosophy of life—many of which have become best sellers. Lucid was born into a working class family in Texas. He seldom traveled growing…
  • Danni’s Story: How to Live in 10 Countries Before You Die

    Danni’s Story: How to Live in 10 Countries Before You Die

    Part of the series The Journey Within: Stories of Personal Growth Through Travel   Danni is the opposite of most people. At the age of eighteen she left small-town England to embark on a journey that led her to live…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – March 2, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday – March 2, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – February 28, 2017

    Travel Quote of the Week – February 28, 2017

    Cus D’Amato was an American boxing manager and who helped train Mike Tyson, Floyd Patterson, and José Torres—all of whom are members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. D’Amato was born in the Bronx in 1908 to a family…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – February 23, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday – February 23, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – February 21, 2017

    Travel Quote of the Week – February 21, 2017

    Erol Ozan is a writer, scientist, and professor of information technology at East Carolina University. He has degrees in electrical engineering, applied physics, and engineering management. In his novel Talus, Ozan writes “some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – February 16, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday – February 16, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – February 14, 2017

    Travel Quote of the Week – February 14, 2017

    Andrew Zimmern is an American chef, food writer, and television personality. He is perhaps best known for being the host and co-creator of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.   This week’s travel quote—“Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try…
  • Daily Life in Cuba: A Photographic Essay

    Daily Life in Cuba: A Photographic Essay

    For over 50 years, Cuba was a forbidden mistress for Americans. You got a whiff of her scent as she passed by but then she would fade into the night. This has changed. With President Obama’s announcement that Americans could…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – February 7, 2017

    Travel Quote of the Week – February 7, 2017

      Tim Cahill is an American adventurer and traveler writer. He is best known for being the founding editor of Outside magazine.  Cahill was born in Wisconsin in 1944. As a young man, he was a competitive swimmer, earning a…
  • How to Live Like a Local: Dublin, Ireland

    How to Live Like a Local: Dublin, Ireland

      An Insider's Guide. From Locals. For you.    Part of the ongoing series: How to Live Like a Local Want to live like a local when you visit Dublin? You’re in luck! Below are 14 tips I’ve collected (and…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – January 31, 2017

    Travel Quote of the Week – January 31, 2017

    Marie Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physician and chemist. She is best known for her work on radioactive compounds, for which she won multiple Nobel Prizes. Curie was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1867. At the age of 24…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – January 24, 2017

    Travel Quote of the Week – January 24, 2017

    For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by the philosophy of the Far East. My bookshelf is filled with volumes about Buddhism, Taoism, and mindfulness. As such, it should come as little surprise that I chose to…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – January 19, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday – January 19, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – January 17, 2017

    Travel Quote of the Week – January 17, 2017

    This week’s travel quote comes from Henry Miller, an American writer, literary critic, and thinker. He is best known for developing the semi-autobiographical novel format, which blended philosophical reflection, social criticism, and character study.   Miller was born in Manhattan…
  • Authentic Living: Vancouver, Canada

    Authentic Living: Vancouver, Canada

    Inez Cook restauranteur  Interviews with locals from your favorite travel destinations   Part of the ongoing series: Authentic Living I had never had First Nations cuisine before, so when I heard about Salmon n' Bannock Bistro—a Vancouver restaurant known for its modern…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – January 12, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday – January 12, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – January 10, 2017

    Travel Quote of the Week – January 10, 2017

    This week’s travel quote comes from W. Clement Stone, a businessman, philanthropist, and self-help book author. He is often cited as a real-life example of the rags-to-riches trope, having created a massive fortune from nothing.  Born into an impoverished Chicago…
  • Authentic Living: San Daniele del Friuli

    Authentic Living: San Daniele del Friuli

    Arianna executive assistant      Interviews with locals from your favorite travel destinations Part of the ongoing series: Authentic Living Arianna is the kind of person you dream of meeting while traveling; friendly, helpful, and patient. Our paths crossed on a recent…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – January 5, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday – January 5, 2017

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – January 3, 2017

    Travel Quote of the Week – January 3, 2017

            This week’s travel quote comes from Clint Borgen, an American entrepreneur, humanitarian, and thought influencer. He is best known for being the founder and president of the Borgen Project, an organization that works to bring U.S.…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – December 29, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday – December 29, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – December 27, 2016

    Travel Quote of the Week – December 27, 2016

      This week’s travel quote comes from Anna Quindlen, an American author, columnist, and journalist. She is best known for her New York Times op-ed column, Public and Private.   Born in 1952 in Philadelphia, Quindlen began her career as…
  • 7 of the Best Things I Ate While Traveling in 2016 (Plus 1 That Sucked)

    7 of the Best Things I Ate While Traveling in 2016 (Plus 1 That Sucked)

    If you’re like me, trying the local food is one of your favorite things to do while traveling. Fortunately, over the past year I’ve some incredible meals. Here are the stories behind 7 of the best things I ate while…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – December 22, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday – December 22, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – December 20, 2016

    Travel Quote of the Week – December 20, 2016

    This week’s travel quote comes from H. Jackson Brown Jr., an American author and inspirational writer. He is best known for his book, Life’s Little Instruction Book, which was a New York Times bestseller.    Born in Tennessee in 1940,…
  • 7 of the Best Songs I Discovered While Traveling in 2016

    7 of the Best Songs I Discovered While Traveling in 2016

    Uncovering new music is one of my favorite parts of traveling. Whether cruising in your car, chilling in a cafe, or dancing at a club, you never know what tunes you will hear. And when you listen to them later…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – December 15, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday – December 15, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – December 13, 2016

    Travel Quote of the Week – December 13, 2016

      Oscar Wilde was a 19th-century Irish playwright, novelist, and poet. He is best known for the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, the play The Importance of Being Earnest, and his eccentric personality.   Wilde was born in Dublin…
  • Authentic Living: Rome, Italy

    Authentic Living: Rome, Italy

    Luca Marini professor      Interviews with locals from your favorite travel destinations Part of the ongoing series: Authentic Living Coming from a long line of Romans, Luca is the perfect person to speak with when looking for advice on the Eternal City. I…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – December 8, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday – December 8, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – December 6, 2016

    Travel Quote of the Week – December 6, 2016

      This week’s travel quote comes from Jaime Lyn Beatty, an American actress and singer. She is best known for appearing in the theatrical production A Very Potter Musical.   Growing up in America, there was an underlying understanding that…
  • 3 Simple Ways to Avoid Being Overwhelmed While Traveling

    3 Simple Ways to Avoid Being Overwhelmed While Traveling

    It’s happened to all of us. The trip's going great—there’s been adventure, variety, and excitement—but you start to feel overwhelmed. You absolutely need some order, and you need it now! This is normal. We need both variety and certainty in…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – December 1, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday – December 1, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – November 29, 2016

    Travel Quote of the Week – November 29, 2016

    This week’s quote, “Sometimes you have to move on without certain people. If they’re meant to be in your life, they’ll catch up” is the perfect response to a problem that frequently plagues long-term travelers, nomads, and expats; namely, how…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – November 24, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday – November 24, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – November 22, 2016

    Travel Quote of the Week – November 22, 2016

      This week’s travel quote comes from Gustave Flaubert, a nineteenth-century French writer and thinker. His novels are famous for their gritty realism and sensual themes.   Flaubert was born in the french city of Rouen in 1821. He began…
  • Authentic Living: Antwerp, Belgium

    Authentic Living: Antwerp, Belgium

      Kora Lee Lust translator      Interviews with locals from your favorite travel destinations Part of the ongoing series: Authentic Living     Kora Lee is the perfect embodiment of Antwerp; international, sophisticated, and hip. I recently chatted with her about life in…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – November 17, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday – November 17, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – November 15, 2016

    Travel Quote of the Week – November 15, 2016

    This week’s travel quote comes from Louis L’Amour, an American novelist and short story writer. He is best known for his novels about the American West, but he also wrote science fiction and poetry.   He was born in small-town…
  • How to Live Like a Local in Skopje, Macedonia

    How to Live Like a Local in Skopje, Macedonia

      An Insider's Guide. From Locals. For you.   Part of the ongoing series: How to Live Like a Local Want to live like a local when you visit Skopje? You’re in luck! Below are tips I’ve collected (and tried) from…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – November 10, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday – November 10, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – November 8, 2016

    Travel Quote of the Week – November 8, 2016

    Tweet this photo!    This week's travel quote comes from John Steinbeck, an American writer and Nobel Prize winner. Among his most famous works are East of Eden, Of Mice and Men, and The Grapes of Wrath.    Steinbeck was…
  • Authentic Living: Dublin, Ireland

    Authentic Living: Dublin, Ireland

       Tim Logan teacher        Interviews with locals from your favorite travel destinations Part of the ongoing series: Authentic Living   Being friendly, funny, and sarcastic, Tim is a quintessential Dubliner. He also happens to be an old pal. I…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – November 3, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday – November 3, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – November 1, 2016

    Travel Quote of the Week – November 1, 2016

      This week's travel quote comes from Mark Twain, the noted nineteenth-century American writer and humorist. He is best known for his novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which is often described as "The Great American Novel".    Twain was born Samuel Clemens in…
  • How to Live Like a Local: Ljubljana, Slovenia

    How to Live Like a Local: Ljubljana, Slovenia

    An Insider's Guide. From Locals. For you.   Part of the ongoing series: How to Live Like a Local Want to live like a local when you visit Ljubljana? You’re in luck! Below are tips I’ve collected (and tried) from…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – October 27, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday – October 27, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – October 25, 2016

    Travel Quote of the Week – October 25, 2016

    Tweet this photo!    This week's travel quote is attributed to Rudyard Kipling*, a nineteenth-century British journalist, poet, and novelist. He is perhaps best known for his 1894 novel The Jungle Book, which was later turned into a much-beloved cartoon by Disney.    Rudyard Kipling…
  • Authentic Living: Skopje, Macedonia

    Authentic Living: Skopje, Macedonia

    Nikola Srbinovski      Interviews with locals from your favorite travel destinations Part of the ongoing series: Authentic Living This past August I fulfilled an old promise and finally visited my good friend Niko, who lives in Skopje— Macedonia’s capital city.…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – October 20, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday – October 20, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – October 18, 2016

    Travel Quote of the Week – October 18, 2016

    Tweet this photo!  This week's travel quote comes from Rolf Potts, an American travel writer and essayist. He is best known for his 2003 book Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel , which serves as both a…
  • Finding Perfect Travel Accommodations

    Finding Perfect Travel Accommodations

    By Andrew Looking to find the perfect travel accommodation? Check out this infograph! TRAVEL AS A GROWTH HACK? YES!I'll show you how to plan trips that: • Create rapid personal growth • Develop powerful professional skills • Have you living like…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – October 13, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday – October 13, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – October 11, 2016

    Travel Quote of the Week – October 11, 2016

    Tweet this photo!  This week's travel quote comes from Amelia E. Barr, a nineteenth-century British-American novelist. Born in England in 1831, Barr moved to the Texas at the age of 19, the lonesome landscapes and rugged inhabitants of which inspired a prolific career filled with semi-historical…
  • Authentic Living: Reykjavik, Iceland

    Authentic Living: Reykjavik, Iceland

     Anna Sóley musician    Interviews with locals from your favorite travel destinations Part of the ongoing series: Authentic Living On a recent trip to Reykjavik I stumbled upon a rather unexpected sight; a local jazz festival at Harpa, the city’s concert hall.…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – October 6, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday – October 6, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – August 11, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday – August 11, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – August 9, 2016

    Travel Quote of the Week – August 9, 2016

      Tweet this photo!    This week's travel quote comes from Lao-Tzu, a legendary Chinese writer and philosopher. Little is known about his life, but most scholars believe he was born in China during the sixth century BC, making him a contemporary…
  • Thoughtful Thursday – August 4, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday – August 4, 2016

    Thoughtful Thursday   Hey friends, Every Thursday I post the latest and greatest content related to travel and self-improvement that I've found throughout the week. It could include articles, videos, podcasts, books, photographs, or any other sort of thought-inducing content I may come…
  • Travel Quote of the Week – August 2, 2016

    Travel Quote of the Week – August 2, 2016

    Tweet this photo!    This week's travel quote comes from Gardner McKay, an American writer, actor, and artist. Throughout his life, McKay did things his own way. Having gained considerable fame in Hollywood during the 1950s and '60s, McKay elected to leave…
  • 11 Things You Should Never Bring on Vacation

    11 Things You Should Never Bring on Vacation

    By Andrew What to bring on vacation — with limited cabin space and rising fees for overweight luggage, it’s an important topic to consider before traveling. While the contents of your suitcase should vary depending on the specifics of your…
  • 19 Amazingly Simple Ways to Save Money for Travel

    19 Amazingly Simple Ways to Save Money for Travel

    By Andrew With the advent of the internet—and the wide variety of budget-friendly vacation options it has given birth to—the ability to travel regularly is no longer a luxury reserved for the super wealthy. Instead, it can be the result…
  • 7 of the Most Inspiring Travel Books

    7 of the Most Inspiring Travel Books

    By Andrew Scott Want an infusion of wanderlust? Look no further than your bookshelf, local library, or bookstore! Here are 7 of the most inspiring travel books that I know of, all of which are guaranteed to make you want to take the…
  • History Comes Alive in These 5 European Cities

    History Comes Alive in These 5 European Cities

    By Andrew Scott Few parts of the world pack as much history into a small area as Europe. Unfortunately, many visitors to the Continent spend their time in overly-touristic areas where globalization and modernization have wiped away most remnants of the…
  • The 6 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make Eating in Italy

    The 6 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make Eating in Italy

     By Andrew Scott Italy is known throughout the world for its delicious cuisine. Yet, some tourists return home feeling confused by the country’s culinary traditions and disappointed by their dining experiences. Below are the 6 biggest mistakes you can make when eating…
  • 5 Archaeological Sites in Italy You Need to Visit

    5 Archaeological Sites in Italy You Need to Visit

    By Andrew Scott Most travelers to Italy visit Pompeii, the Roman Colosseum, and the nearby Forum. But the Italian peninsula is home to many other places where you can experience ancient history—some of which are just as impressive and much less…
  • How to Save Money and Avoid Crowds in Florence

    How to Save Money and Avoid Crowds in Florence

    By Andrew Scott A trip to Florence doesn't have to involve breaking a budget or battling crowds. Read how to enjoy the city's artistic wonders in peace while also saving money.  Florence is home to some of the world’s greatest artistic…
  • Star Attraction Rises to the Surface in Stockholm

    Star Attraction Rises to the Surface in Stockholm

    By Andrew Scott Through the strength of its innovative displays and awe-inspiring main exhibit, Stockholm’s Vasa Museum brings seventeenth-century Swedish history to life. It is a must visit. Walking across the bridge from downtown Stockholm to the island of Djurgården,…
  • How to Have an Amazingly Weird Weekend in Portland

    How to Have an Amazingly Weird Weekend in Portland

    By Andrew Scott IFC’s cult comedy show ‘Portlandia’ has made Oregon’s largest city famous throughout the world for its eccentricities. However, many longtime residents fear that a mass influx of new residents - Portland’s population has risen by over 50,000…
  • How the 80/20 Rule Can Help Make Your Next Trip 3.6 Times Better Than Your Last

    How the 80/20 Rule Can Help Make Your Next Trip 3.6 Times Better Than Your Last

    By Andrew Scott The 80/20 Rule is a simple but powerful analytical tool that you can use to improve your travel experiences. It is based on the observation that things - whether concrete goods like real estate and wealth or…
  • 5 Awesome Things to Do in Las Vegas That Don’t Involve Gambling

    5 Awesome Things to Do in Las Vegas That Don’t Involve Gambling

    By Andrew Scott Las Vegas is a very strange place. Designed to feed our desire for greed and excess, it is rife with contradictions and contrasts. In Vegas, one finds immense wealth sharing a blackjack table with broken dreams, and…
  • Carnevale di Viareggio (or why you Should save your Money, skip Venice, and Instead have an Unforgettable time at the Beach)

    Carnevale di Viareggio (or why you Should save your Money, skip Venice, and Instead have an Unforgettable time at the Beach)

    By Andrew Scott When most people think of Italian carnival celebrations they immediately think of the exclusive masked balls of Venice. However, a much more approachable - and in my opinion - more enjoyable carnival experience occurs a few hundred miles…