Marie Kondo’s magic art of tidying up seems to be all the rage over the past few weeks, thanks to her new Netflix show, ‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.’ A few years ago, I put her book, ‘The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing’ on my reading list, but never got around to reading it (it’s still on the list though!). When I found out the other week that she had a Netflix show, I had to watch. I’ve only seen a few episodes, but already I’ve been inspired to reorganize and donate my extra belongings. Continue reading “Tidy Up Your Travel Life: Marie Kondo Style”
January may soon be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to make goals and intentions for 2019! My latest article offers tips for making 2019 a successful, adventurous and energizing year. Continue reading “Make 2019 Your Year”
Do you find yourself distracted while traveling? Not able to remember much of what occurred. Becoming desensitized to traveling? Read this to help save your travel experience. Continue reading “How Mindful Travel Can Save Your Travel Experience”
Thinking about traveling internationally to volunteer? Read more about the journey that is volunteering abroad – the positive and the negative… Continue reading “Volunteer Traveling: How bucket showers, tarantulas, and poverty changed my views of the world”
I recently read this article on photographing people while traveling that I think is extremely relevant in today’s photo-and-social-media-obsessed world. We’re getting used to taking pictures anywhere, and even when being sensitive to the privacy concerns, it’s hard not to get other people in your photos when you’re at popular tourist sites like the Eiffel Tower or Taj Mahal. But when you’re traveling and come across a person/persons that you’d love to capture an image of, what’s the most respectful way to proceed? Continue reading “Travel News: How to Photograph People When You Travel (Without Being Disrespectful)”
A photo journey through the first day of a two day bus ride through the Himalayas to the desert town of Leh (Ladakh), India.
Reaching elevations of 13,000 and 17,480 feet, the two-day bus ride from Manali to Leh (Ladakh), India is not for the faint of heart. Not knowing much about Leh (or where it was exactly), I joined my friends on a standard yet seemingly ill-equipped-for-mountainous-terrain public bus while battling one of the worst mysterious travel illnesses I have ever had (more on that another day – the memory is still to painful). Though the Himalayan mountain views were some of the most stunning views I’ve ever witnessed, I was pretty certain we would slide off the road at some point… Continue reading “The Road to Leh, India”
The dog’s oozing red eye followed me as I was navigating the tiny, uneven pathways snaking through Varanasi, its motions unnaturally slow and pained. As the days passed, I noticed more dogs with red, bulbous eyes laying in distorted positions, while cows with deformed horns inched along the alleys.
Backpackers spoke of the strange “vibe” in Varanasi and the sicknesses travelers seem to acquire while in this Indian town. Their vivid stories couldn’t prepare me for the reality. Continue reading “A Meeting With Death”
Six pictures to inspire you to visit Pompano Beach, Florida, a family-friendly beach town on the southeast coast. Beautiful beaches, a fishing pier (currently undergoing renovations), and endless opportunity for sun-filled activities – boating, surfing, snorkeling… it’s a relaxing spot for family vacations, or a great place to spend spring break! Continue reading “Travel Tuesday: Pompano Beach, Florida”
Solo traveling is thrilling yet challenging, freeing yet stress-inducing. Basically it’s a blend of extreme emotions that (in my experiences) always has some positive aspect – whether it’s the opportunities that open up, the personal skills you gain or the insights you learn about yourself.