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  • Travel & Adaptability: How to Handle Change In 7 Easy Steps

    Travel & Adaptability: How to Handle Change In 7 Easy Steps

    For those interested in getting the most out of their travels—on having exceptional, life-changing experiences—one of the most important skills to develop is adaptability. Here are 7 simple steps you can take to become more adaptable.
  • Warning! Do You Have an Unhealthy Travel Mindset?

    Warning! Do You Have an Unhealthy Travel Mindset?

    Is an unhealthy travel mindset sabotaging your vacations? Find out what to look for and learn the simple, three-step way to experience travel—and life—however you want to.
  • How to Overcome Travel Obstacles: Ten Steps For More Resilient Trips

    How to Overcome Travel Obstacles: Ten Steps For More Resilient Trips

    Even the most carefully-planned trips face obstacles. The difference between the trip you look back at fondly and the trip you look back at with distain is how you handle these problems. Fortunately, by following a few simple steps anyone can learn to overcome—and even welcome—travel obstacles. 
  • How Vacation Expectations Ruin Travel (And What You Can Do About It)

    How Vacation Expectations Ruin Travel (And What You Can Do About It)

    Have you ever been disappointed by a trip even when everything went as planned? If so, you’ve been a victim of vacation expectations. Fortunately, there’s a way to ensure that this doesn’t happen again. Here’s the secret.
  • Travel Goals: How to Envision and Achieve Your Travel Dreams

    Travel Goals: How to Envision and Achieve Your Travel Dreams

    Travelers who consistently have exceptional experiences share a common trait: they set travel goals. Fortunately, creating and accomplishing major, life-changing travel goals isn’t just for the hyper-motivated or über-persistent. There are a number of straight-forward steps that anyone can follow to design and fulfill their travel dreams.
  • Travel With Purpose: How to Find Your Why

    Travel With Purpose: How to Find Your Why

    When was the last time you asked yourself why you travel? Identifying your Why for traveling is one of the most important things you can do when planning a trip. It gives focus to your preparation, inspires action, and provides strength in challenging moments. Here's how to find your Why and travel with purpose.
  • Fear of Traveling: 9 Ways to Overcome Travel Anxiety

    Fear of Traveling: 9 Ways to Overcome Travel Anxiety

    One of the biggest obstacles would-be globetrotters face is fear. This is understandable. It’s normal to have a fear of traveling. After all, you need a lot of courage to leave the comfort and security of home for the unknown. Fortunately, it’s not necessary to suffer like I did before your next trip. Here's why.
  • How to Make Travel a Priority: 4 Simple Steps For Life-Changing Adventure

    How to Make Travel a Priority: 4 Simple Steps For Life-Changing Adventure

    It’s tempting to believe that travel is only for the lucky or privileged. Yet, the vast majority of world travelers are regular people. How are they able to visit distant lands and explore exotic cultures while so many others felt trapped at home? Simply put, they're making travel a priority. And you can do the same.
  • Why It’s OK Not To Travel The World

    Why It’s OK Not To Travel The World

    Do you feel pressure to go abroad? You're not alone. Today, we're bombarded by messages suggesting that the only way to be cultured, sophisticated, or worthwhile is to travel overseas. But what if you're not interested in traveling? Or what if you've decided to take another path in life that doesn't make jetting off so easy? Let's explore this and discover exactly why it's OK not to travel the world.
  • What Is Home? Understanding Community Through Travel

    What Is Home? Understanding Community Through Travel

    What is home? An innocent question with surprising consequences…especially for travelers. Find out how your answer can affect your mental and physical health.
  • Mud, Sweat, & Gears: One Man’s Bike Trip Across Europe

    Mud, Sweat, & Gears: One Man’s Bike Trip Across Europe

    In 2014 Michael Kernan spent 37 days traveling across Europe by bike, covering 9 countries and 2400 miles. Along the way he learned some valuable lessons about the world, travel, and himself. Here’s his story.
  • Wandering: How to Make Travel More Exciting in 4 Simple Steps

    Wandering: How to Make Travel More Exciting in 4 Simple Steps

    When was the last time you let yourself wander while traveling? When was the last time you allowed yourself to explore freely while on the road? When was the last time you lived—even if just for a moment—without thinking of…
  • How to Save Money in Rome (and Avoid Crowds too)

    How to Save Money in Rome (and Avoid Crowds too)

    Rome is rightfully known throughout the world for its artistic masterpieces, historic wonders, and culinary treats. Unfortunately, hordes of tourists and high prices often prevent travelers from fully appreciating everything the city has to offer. Thankfully, visiting Rome doesn’t have to involve fighting through crowds or spending a ton. Here are 5 things I discovered while living in Rome that you can do to save money and avoid crowds.
  • 9 Myths About Cuba And Why They Are Wrong

    9 Myths About Cuba And Why They Are Wrong

    There are a lot of misconceptions about Cuba. While some of them are sill, others scare would-be travelers into not visiting. So I've decided to se the record straight. Here’s a list of commonly-believed myths about Cuba, along with explanations for why they are wrong.
  • How to Meet Locals When Traveling: The Ultimate Guide

    How to Meet Locals When Traveling: The Ultimate Guide

    We all want to meet locals when traveling. Thankfully, this isn't only for the super charismatic or bold. By following a few simple rules, anyone can fill their next trip with authentic local experiences.
  • Moderation in Life and Travel: The Surprising Truth

    Moderation in Life and Travel: The Surprising Truth

    Trips don't have to be extreme to be worthwhile. While spending a year hiking through the Himalayas is immensely rewarding, it’s often easier to learn about the world, grow personally, and create life-long memories when you include moderation in life and travel.
  • 27 Surprising Benefits of Traveling Abroad: How Traveling Changed My Life

    27 Surprising Benefits of Traveling Abroad: How Traveling Changed My Life

    Are you looking for a good reason to explore the world? Look no further than this list of 27 incredible and surprising benefits of traveling abroad, which have transformed my life. So pack your bags, and get ready for a journey of mental, physical, and emotional growth.
  • Best Travel Quotes – 127 Inspirational Travel Quotes For Your Next Trip

    Best Travel Quotes – 127 Inspirational Travel Quotes For Your Next Trip

    Are you looking for some travel inspiration? You’re in luck. Here are 127 of the most inspirational (and) best travel quotes, complete with numerous detailed explanations.
  • Your Quick Travel Guide to Malta

    Your Quick Travel Guide to Malta

    Despite its small size, Malta is filled with adventure and history. From 5,000 year old temples, to world-class scuba diving, to monumental architecture, to hidden beaches—Malta has something for everyone. And if you're thinking of visiting, here's what you need to know.
  • Experience Krakow Like a Local – An Insider’s Travel Guide

    Experience Krakow Like a Local – An Insider’s Travel Guide

    Looking to experience Krakow like a local? Find out here with your insider's travel guide to Poland's ever-charming cultural capital.
  • How to Travel to Cuba in 2018: A Guide for Americans

    How to Travel to Cuba in 2018: A Guide for Americans

    For over 50 years Cuba was essentially off limits to Americans. That’s now changed. I'll show you how American's can LEGALLY travel to Cuba in 2018.
  • Your Quick Travel Guide to Puglia

    Your Quick Travel Guide to Puglia

    Often overlooked by visitors to Italy, Puglia is perhaps the countries best hidden treasure. With crystal-clear waters, elegant Baroque cities, fantastic cuisine, and charming hill towns, this region has everything a traveler could want—with less crowds and lower prices. And if you're thinking of visiting, here's what you need to know.
  • Your Quick Travel Guide to Sicily

    Your Quick Travel Guide to Sicily

    Ringed by the sparkling Mediterranean, Sicily offers visitors gorgeous beaches, remarkably well-preserved ancient temples, delicious food, and a vibrant culture that reflects its historical location at the crossroads of civilizations. And if you're thinking of visiting, here's what you need to know.
  • 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)

    Are you afraid to fly? I was. But then I discovered these 9 simple steps that will help you overcome your fear of flying (and change your life).
  • 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

    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 right leg at a young age, she recently fulfilled a longtime dream and backpacked through Europe, documenting her journey in a series of photos that have inspired people around the world.
  • You Quick Travel Guide to Slovenia

    You Quick Travel Guide to Slovenia

    With Venetian-inspired beach towns, sophisticated cuisine, and peaceful lakes surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Slovenia is the perfect combination of elegant culture and natural beauty. And if you're thinking of visiting, here's what you need to know.
  • 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

    Looking to experience Warsaw, Poland like a local? Here's how!
  • 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

    Updated: January 18, 2018 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 officers search and seize your possessions? Can they scroll through your phone? To get the answer to these questions and to find out what you—the law-abiding traveler—can do to protect your privacy, I spoke with Raj Rathour, a lawyer with a passion for travel.  
  • 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

    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 of Confucius.  He is best known…
  • 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 between travel writers, and provide insights into the brains of your favorite bloggers. And while Stephanie originally intended for people to answer the questions at the end of 2016, I couldn’t resist giving it a shot (also, Chinese New Year was just a few weeks ago!).
  • 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

    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 in eight different countries and found the motivational website LiveIn10Countries.com. Here is her story.
  • 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

    This has changed. With President Obama’s announcement that Americans could travel to Cuba for one of 12 reasons (tourism not being one of them), we’ve finally been given permission to speak with our enigmatic neighbor to the south—at least temporarily. Here's what I found.
  • 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 in Dublin, Ireland

    How to Live Like a Local in Dublin, Ireland

    Want to live like a local when you visit Dublin? You’re in luck! Here are 14 tips I’ve collected (and tried) from the people who call Dublin home. Enjoy!
  • 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 in…
  • Authentic Living: Vancouver, Canada

    Authentic Living: Vancouver, Canada

    I had never had First Nations cuisine before, so when I heard about Salmon n' Bannock Bistro—a Vancouver restaurant known for its modern take on traditional Indigenous recipes—I knew I had to give it a try. Inez Cook, the restaurant’s gregarious co-owner, charmed me throughout dinner with stories of life in the middle east and thoughts on what it meant to bring Indigenous food to new audiences. Here are her words about Vancouver, Native culture, and the delicious food she serves.
  • 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 is the kind of person you dream of meeting while traveling; friendly, helpful, and patient. Our paths crossed on a recent trip through the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of Italy. Always on the lookout for new experiences, I thought it’d be fun to see how the world-famous Prosciutto di San Daniele is produced. So, I arranged a behind-the-scenes tour of the Arbea Prosciutto factory, located just outside the town of San Daniele del Friuli, where Arianna served as my host. After my tour, we spoke over an espresso in the center of town.
  • 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. political attention to…
  • 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 a columnist…
  • 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 traveling in 2016—plus 1 that totally sucked (but was absolutely necessary)!
  • 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 on, you’re immediately transported back to the emotions you had the first time you heard them. Below are the 7 of the best songs I discovered while traveling in 2016 (and the stories behind them).
  • 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

    Coming from a long line of Romans, Luca is the perfect person to speak with when looking for advice on the Eternal City. I caught up with him over Skype recently.
  • 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 success in…
  • 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 their lives, and if you’re not careful, travel can easily push this out of balance. Here are 3 simple ways to introduce more certainty and avoid feeling overwhelmed on your next trip.
  • 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 writing at…
  • Authentic Living: Antwerp, Belgium

    Authentic Living: Antwerp, Belgium

    Kora Lee is the perfect embodiment of Antwerp; international, sophisticated, and hip. I recently chatted with her about life in the city she calls home.
  • 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

    Want to live like a local when you visit Skopje? You’re in luck! Below are tips I’ve collected (and tried) from the people who call Skopje home. Enjoy!
  • 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

    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 born in California in 1902.…
  • Authentic Living: Dublin, Ireland

    Authentic Living: Dublin, Ireland

    Being friendly, funny, and sarcastic, Tim is a quintessential Dubliner. He also happens to be an old pal. I recently caught up with him in Dublin over a pint of Guinness.
  • 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 in Ljubljana, Slovenia

    How to Live Like a Local in Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Want to live like a local when you visit Ljubljana? You’re in luck! Below are tips I’ve collected (and tried) from the people who call Ljubljana home. Enjoy!
  • 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

    This past August I fulfilled an old promise and finally visited my good friend Niko, who lives in Skopje— Macedonia’s capital city. It is unlike anyplace I have ever been before, with a vibe that mixes the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, Near Eastern, and Balkan regions with a hint of Disneyland. But what is life like for locals? I asked Niko to find out.
  • 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…