How to Hide from Wi-Fi in a Rice Paddy

I’m happy to introduce to Pip, a writer and photographer based in Tasmania, Australia. I’m sure most of you will be able to relate to Pip’s account of wi-fi obsession on the road and the importance of disconnecting to really see and understand where you are. Travel used to be a wonderful excuse to put up the out of office message and disappear from the internet but … Continue reading How to Hide from Wi-Fi in a Rice Paddy

Laundry Day

On Sunday mornings, the house is mine.  The Waraos, my Kenyan family, are at church and I’m left with a jerry can of water, two plastic basins, a sack of Omo and an empty clothesline.  In a country where the notion of personal space is as foreign as my freckled nose, I welcome this solitary weekly ritual.  I squat, and prepare my laundry. The morning … Continue reading Laundry Day

Why haggle?

I’m so happy to, once again, introduce Aine! In her last guest post she talked about standing out as a mzungu in her Tanzanian community. Now she tackles the question of haggling. Do you barter at markets when you travel? I certainly do and, sometimes, I admit I almost make a sport out it. But why? Aine examines this question and breaks down the reason … Continue reading Why haggle?

Using Instagram on the Road

Social media has changed how many people travel in the past decade. Before leaving on a trip, we post to Facebook or Twitter, asking for suggestions. We make Pinterest boards that inspire our next destination. We troll internet booking site for good rates and take Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews as gospel when choosing a hotel or tour company. But what about once all of … Continue reading Using Instagram on the Road

#tbt Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Amboseli National Park in Kenya was my first ever safari experience, back in November 2006. Weyn, a fellow volunteer, was planning a solo visit to Amboseli  before heading home and when I got a call over breakfast letting me know that the school where I was volunteering would be closed for the next three days he suggested I join him. I think I thought about … Continue reading #tbt Amboseli National Park, Kenya

No Need for Menus

I’m going to admit something here. I’m not a foodie. Let me say that again, make sure you understand. I’m NOT a foodie. In the travel writing and blogging world I feel like everyone is a self-proclaimed foodie and I might get my passport revoked for this blatant admission. But amateur foodies/critics/photographers can be found in all walks of life. All you have to do is … Continue reading No Need for Menus

A Point of Clarification

On November 21 an article about my DTour experience was published in The Winnetka Current, my local hometown paper. I was interviewed for the article and provided photographs about two weeks before it ran. For the most part, this was an informative piece about my experience with DoubleTree, my trip through Europe and highlights from the adventure. I have had several people contact me in … Continue reading A Point of Clarification

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