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...
Making chocolate from pods title image

Failing to Make Chocolate from Cocoa Pods in Costa Rica

When life gives you cocoa pods, make chocolate. At least that was the idea. During our three month house sit in Costa Rica we stayed...
Going to a Lao Wedding - a view of the wedding party in front of the stage

So You’re Going to a Lao Wedding

You got invited to a Lao wedding! That's great news. Apparently having falang at a Lao wedding is good luck. Nice – all you...
A girl sells marigolds outside a Lao temple

Explaining Foreigners to Lao People (Part 1)

As you know foreigners not only look different, we act different too. We try to fit in, but our awkward behaviour is so different...
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...
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...
15 Inspirational Travel Quotes - Pathways (title slide)

15 Travel Quotes – Inspirational Paths (Presentation)

Following a path is sometimes more important than where it leads. Here are 15 famous travel quotes overlaid on pathways and landscapes from across...
Being a Writer for House Sitters

Being a Writer can be Problematic for House Sitters

I'm used to zooming past border officials as I travel between countries. I basically get a free pass once they see my occupation is...
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...
Silhouette of a traveler standing in the ocean gazing out at the sunset

Planning Your Next Vacation is Easy

For months you've worked your butt off to earn it: your vacation. If you aren't excited to tell the world what you've got planned,...