Taking a break from it all

It takes a lot of courage to leave the security of a regular job that isn’t making you happy, but Julie did just that. Her decision to take a few months off from work was met with disbelief but that didn’t stop her from making this big move. Now, at the end of her “break,” Julie reflects on the past couple of months and what … Continue reading Taking a break from it all

Becca Powelson: February 2014’s A Lady Away

Becca Powelson gets around. Literally. And this year’s American Airlines Road Warrior winner has no plan to slow down. An Ohio native, Becca graduated from Miami University in 2005 with a degree in Early Childhood Education.  “As a child I knew two things for certain: that I would be a teacher one day and that I wanted to celebrate every birthday at McDonald’s forever.” But, as many … Continue reading Becca Powelson: February 2014’s A Lady Away

#tbt Puglia, Italy

In January of 2003 I took a long weekend trip from where I was studying for the semester in Rome to the Puglia region of Italy. Puglia is the heel of the boot, so to speak, and has had quite a bit more tourism in the past few years than it did when I visited over a decade ago. Unfortunately I didn’t have a big … Continue reading #tbt Puglia, Italy

Abbie Synan: January 2014’s A Lady Away

A new segment for this new year, I’m excited introduce my readers to Abbie Synan. I first met Abbie at TBEX in Toronto last spring and was happy to reunite with her at TBEX in Dublin in October. Abbie is an energetic, fun and always has a hilarious story up her sleeve. This globe trotting giggler recently returned from exploring Europe and is setting out … Continue reading Abbie Synan: January 2014’s A Lady Away

Confessions of a Place Dropper

Place Dropper? Guilty. I love the World Hum blog. The pieces speak to real, gritty, Therouxian travelers. Earlier I came across a brilliant and hysterical piece by Spud Hilton, discussing the “fine art” of place dropping. It’s like name dropping but instead of making yourself cool by association to a person, you subtly (or not so subtly) make yourself cool by association to far off places. For instance, … Continue reading Confessions of a Place Dropper