Help me win $20,000 to fund my travels!

I’ve been listening to the Eric and Kathy morning radio show since I was in high school. Their familiar voices and running jokes used to wake me each morning and help get me ready for early bird (read: over achiever) science classes and swim practices. After graduating from college I worked at a marketing agency in downtown Chicago for a little over a year and … Continue reading Help me win $20,000 to fund my travels!

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

Jowe Esguerra: April 2014’s Lady Away

Jowe has been traveling and exploring new lands for as long as she can remember. A native Filipino, her mother took a job in Nigeria shortly after Jowe was born, moving the entire family (Jowe, her parents and older sisters) to the North African nation. “The inquisitive traveler in me started during those years living in Africa,” Jowe recalls, “in the absence of my parents … Continue reading Jowe Esguerra: April 2014’s Lady Away

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?

For the Lady in a Pinch

If you’ve stood up in a wedding in the past couple of years you’ve no doubt seen a version of this Minimergency Kit stuffed full of 17 Essentials “for a gal’s tiny troubles.” The tiny pouch contains everything from a nail polish remover pad to a sewing kit to Advil to a set of earring backs – all housed in a tasteful and ladylike little container. … Continue reading For the Lady in a Pinch

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