A traveler outfitted with way too much stuff is shocked by her guide book

Confession: I’m the Worst Traveler – Part 1

Recently, I thought about whether I'm a 'good' traveler or not. In my mind a good traveler is respectful, ethical, considerate, and open-minded. Since The...
A terrible traveler reads her guidebook upside down in shock

Confession: I’m the Worst Traveler – Part 2

When you write about personal growth and travel, you're supposed to be pretty good at traveling, right? Being the worst traveler means losing credibility...
Laos Karaoke room with the title "An English-Speaker's Guide to Karaoke in Laos"

An English-Speaker’s Guide to Karaoke in Laos

If there’s one thing living in Laos has taught me it’s that karaoke is popular. And it is fuuuuuuun. Scared? Fear not - even with...
Beach sunset on Gili Trawangan

Island Living on Gili Trawangan Isn’t Always Paradise

When I arrived on Gili Trawangan (a beachy Indonesian island), everything was exciting and different. But the longer I stayed on Gili T (as...
Infographic Reasons Why People Travel Abroad

Infographic: Reasons Why People Travel Abroad

A shout of gratitude to every reader who comments on travel blogs and in forums. Your honesty is the foundation for this infographic about...
Penguins relaxing in front of an Antarctic cruise ship

Interview: Why Your Next Vacation Should Be to Antarctica

When I'm on vacation I like to travel to places I've never been. I love how discovering a destination feels like I'm on an...
Raw but Ready Worst Experiences

Raw but Ready: My 11 Worst Travel Experiences

I left Canada for the first time 10 years ago. Like many new graduates interested in traveling I went to Asia and taught English as...
Strange food they really eat in Lao

Strange Food: What do they REALLY eat in Lao?

The top 10 weird foods they eat in Lao are 1) fertilized duck eggs, 2) barbecued bee larvae, 3) goat blood salads, 4) fried crickets, 5) raw...
Lemur loves her copy of Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Book Review: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

The movie's out, and I'm in the "book is better than the movie" thought pool. Since I enjoyed the book, the movie may or...
Two people living in a truck

Strategies for Living in a Truck as a Couple (with video)

In 2014 my wife and I lived in our Toyota Tacoma pickup to reduce costs on a five-month road trip across Canada. Yes, living...