Category Archive: Travel Essays

Reflections on a Decade of Growth and Travel

I am 29 years and 364 days old today. Tomorrow is the big 3-0. A new decade, the end of an amazing era. I have been mourning my 20s for the past few months and going through the five stages of grief (I have only recently come to accept it). It’s not necessarily that I …

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Keeping Your Money Safe While Traveling

I’m a little ashamed to admit this: in the 13 years I’ve been regularly traveling abroad, I’ve never used a money belt of any kind. Never. Once, I flew home from Korea with $5,000 US in cash, just laying in my carry-on bag. I was so afraid of something happening to it that I never …

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Travelers-Please Stop Taking Photos!

One of my most vivid memories from all of my years of traveling is from the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. During our safari in the crater, we watched a wildebeest give birth. We saw the calf lying on the ground, still connected to its mother by the umbilical cord. Then, as the mother was passing …

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How to Apply for a Chinese Visa (For US Citizens)

China is not an easy country to travel. From the time you arrive to the time you depart, you will struggle. But the struggle starts early. China requires travelers from most countries to apply for a visa before you even arrive. This is not as easy as filling out a form and mailing it in. …

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My 15 Best Travel Photos of 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, I’ve been looking back at my travels and my photos I took over the past 52 weeks. I didn’t travel as much as usual this year, mostly due to the massively expensive trip to southern Africa we took in May. We went to St. Lucia in November, which I haven’t …

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Why the Nomadic Heart Can’t Be Satisfied

I always want to be on the opposite side of the world from where I am.  I’ve read some interesting posts lately, from Adventurous Kate’s musings “On Living in Perpetual Motion“, to the equally as eloquent  “Why the Nomadic Lifestyle Can’t Last” by the Mochilera Diaries. Posts that have greatly resonated with me as I …

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