plastic water bottle in vietnam

One of the most common questions that I get is how I avoid using single-use plastic water bottles while traveling. And, oh boy, do I have a story. Or Ten. See, I fancied myself a responsible traveler when I first set out to live as a nomad. I mean, I reused plastic water bottles …

Shopping for holiday gifts was a little more difficult for me this year. You see, I am trying to avoid purchasing products wrapped in needless or worse redundant plastic, and I’m trying to utilize companies that are environmentally conscious. I did find a few green gifts to meet my goal – enough to hang …

Mad Cool Festival

Madrid’s love affair with the late-night: You know you’ve been to the Mad Cool Festival when you wake up at 2:00 in the afternoon covered in glitter and sparkles. In fairness, this particular festival in Madrid doesn’t even start until 6:00 in the evening at the earliest and doesn’t wrap up until close to …

Wat Arun, Temple of Dawn

I spent 45 days traveling solo in Thailand. From getting lost in Bangkok to rafting through a bat-filled cave to meditating with monks in Chiang Dao, I learned the hard way so that you don’t have to! Here are the top 10 things I learned:

Sunset in Washington, DC

I had a hard time deciding where I wanted to be on the day that marked the last in a year of firsts – the one year anniversary of my fiancé’s death. One never really knows when grief will claw its way out of its carefully contained space in the heart and squeeze, but …

Luang Prabang

Making a Wish for a Second Life in Laos: Outside of temples and padogas across Southeast Asia, there are cages full of tiny birds. If you buy a bird and release it, this symbolic gift of freedom is believed, by some, to bring good luck or to ensure a wish will come true. I …

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