Review: Osprey Kestrel 48 backpack and how to choose a great backpack

backpack thumbA good backpack can make or break a trip. Drenching rain, language barriers, delayed flights — you can weather all with humor and go-get-’em attitude.

But a good backpack is the foundation upon which your trip rests. It holds your entire life in one place. It protects it. Sometimes you wear it so often it feels like another appendage.

That’s why it’s important to take some … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | November 25, 2015
Category: Backpacking, Travel Gear

Long-term travel, consumerism, and purging

stuffLong- term travelers of all kinds will tell you that one of the most important preliminary steps to taking off is The Purge. That period of time that you devote to deciding which material possessions will still be necessary and dear to your heart after traipsing all over the globe in pursuit of clarity, freedom, connection, adventure, and knowledge. Clothing is donated, items are sold to … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | October 23, 2015
Category: Ethical Travel, Ethics, General

How Not To Travel the World

Lauren had never eaten rice.

Yet she had just purchased a one-way flight ticket to Eastern Europe.

Maybe you’ve dreamed about traveling the world. Ideas of where you’d go, what you’d see, how you’d pack, and those pristine white beaches fill your quiet moments.

But the thought of leaving your comfortable life and its solid routines scares you. It’s an huge world and despite those jaw-dropping beach photos, you’d be tackling this vast unknown-ness by … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | October 21, 2015
Category: Female Travelers, Travel Writing

Want to travel the world full time like I do? Prepare to be uncomfortable.

Nearly nine years ago, I made the most drastic decision of my life. I walked away from 36 years of corporate life to pursue a career as a travel writer and photographer. I remember very clearly the day I left the U.S. I was exhausted from years of working 70 hour weeks and excited to start a new phase in my life, but most of all I was terrified. Although I’d traveled all my life, … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | October 14, 2015
Category: Female Travelers, Senior Travel

3 Ultimate Adventures

Adventures help us grow. When we push ourselves past our fears and attempt something new and exciting, we learn more about ourselves.

Throughout the years, through all my travels, I have always pushed myself to seek out adventure. I have to be honest, at times it has made me reach beyond my boundaries and tested my limits, but it also has made me a stronger and more rounded traveler.

The world is full of the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | October 3, 2015
Category: Adventure Travel

Ellis Emmett: The nine most important things in life

EllisThe first things you notice about Ellis Emmett are his piercing blue eyes, the source of his deep, rolling laugh. This is a guy who loves life, and lives large; that much is clear from the moment he shakes your hand. He’s a builder, a farmer, an expert white water rafter, a mountain climber, an avid traveler, a photographer, a writer, and co-host of the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (5)  | September 16, 2015
Category: Adventure Travel, General

Solo female travel – right or wrong, dangerous or not?

I struggled down the narrow aisle of the rattletrap bus to my seat near the back, where the stench of gasoline permeated the air. Concerned that other passengers would not be able to get by, I stuffed my backpack on the floor behind my feet and my suitcase in the aisle next to me. I needn’t have worried. As the bus filled up, both were quickly buried beneath satchels, giant plastic shopping bags, and sacks … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | August 12, 2015
Category: Female Travelers, Senior Travel

Cuba – forbidden fruit, no more

Vagabonding-07-Cuba-Havana-classic-convertibleI stepped from the dimly lit terminal into the parking lot at at Havana International Airport. Blinking to let my eyes adjust to the brilliant sunshine, I marveled at row upon row of classic cars, their rounded silhouettes a chorus line of humpback whales. I knew about Cuba’s classic cars, but had not expected to see so many. On the broad boulevards, our tour bus was … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | June 17, 2015
Category: Female Travelers, Senior Travel

How to give ethically after a disaster

The travel community is truly one of the most giving I know of. Most people who travel do so because they recognize how much our world has to offer. We want to connect. We want to help. We may not always have lots of money, but we do have very big hearts.


When tragedy strikes, as it most recently has in Nepal, there is … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | May 7, 2015
Category: Ethical Travel, Ethics

Breeze through U.S. airport lines with TSA pre-check and global entry

Last weekend, I landed at Miami International Airport after spending a week in Cuba. My tour-mates, tired and bedraggled from a week crammed with activities, dutifully queued up behind a long line at Immigration. I breezed through Immigration, collected my luggage, took the Green lane at Customs, and was checked into my airport hotel room in 20 minutes, flat. I didn’t even need to fill out the written customs declaration usually required upon entry into … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | April 30, 2015
Category: Female Travelers, Senior Travel