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On the “Misery Olympics”

Oh, Imodium (aka Loperamide), how much I owe thee….

This morning, I again participated in an event that is one of the highlights of my week: the #WeGoSolo Twitter chat, hosted by super-blogger Mariellen Ward of Breathedreamgo, one of the top India travel blogs.

(Side note: if you are a woman interested in solo travel, you should definitely join the conversation.  It is a great community, and you will learn quite a bit!)

This week, the topic was “travel challenges”, and the chat questions gave plenty of scope for all of us to tell funny stories, share inspiring lessons learned, and provide support and advice to one another.

The best part for me, though, was the discussion surrounding the final question: “What advice would you give a would-be solo traveller about the bad patches?” Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on July 2, 2014 in Asia, China, Europe, Miscellaneous, Spain


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Photo of the Week: Pride Rock, Serengeti, Tanzania

“Pride Rock” in the Serengeti

This week’s #FriFotos theme on Twitter is “Clouds”, so I have decided to contribute yet another of my favorite photos from my trip to Tanzania.  This was a beautiful day in the Serengeti, surrounded by zebras and other wildlife, and, as you can see, breathtaking scenery.  I can’t wait to go on safari again!


Posted by on August 31, 2012 in Africa, Photo of the Week, Safari, Tanzania


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See It, Or Skip It?: Laos

Wandering in Luang Prabang

The first post in my See It, Or Skip It? series focused on Vietnam.  More specifically, inspired by one of my Facebook friends, I used my pictures and experiences to explain why Vietnam should be on any traveler’s itinerary.  This week, it’s time to turn a critical eye on Laos.  As before, I’ll start with a brief list of places in Laos, and, for each place, I’ll give my unblemished (obviously biased) opinion as to whether someone should see it and skip it.  Read on, and tell me what you think!

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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Asia, Laos, Photo Posts, See It, Or Skip It?


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Photo of the Week: Tanzania

Maasai boys in Tanzania

This week’s #FriFotos theme on Twitter is “Faces”, so I have decided to contribute one of my favorite photos from my trip to Tanzania.  The face point is part of a Maasai ritual that marks the boys’ passage into adolescence.  I was lucky enough to capture this photo while on the road between game drive sites.  The image was so striking that I took several shots and had a hard time choosing just one–fortunately for you, I finally did!

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If you have a great picture of “Faces” (however you interpret that) from your travels, please join in the Twitter fun with the #FriFotos hashtag–see you there!

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Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Africa, Photo of the Week, Safari, Tanzania


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How to Avoid Looking Like A Tourist

Keeping covered while keeping cool

My apologies for not posting last week–my day job got crazy, and I’ve got to focus first on the work that pays my bills and permits me to travel!

Still, to show my contrition for laying off this blog, I’ll share some helpful advice with you.

First off, don’t worry–this is not a post on the tiresome “tourist” versus “traveler” debate; I’ve already briefly weighed in on that.  No, this post is focused on making sure that you blend into your environment as much as possible when you’re traveling so that you can stay safe.  While it’s great to have the opportunity to see the world, once you step past your backyard, you may stand out in ways that make you more vulnerable to sketchy situations.  Sometimes, depending on your look and where you’re traveling, there will really be little that you can do to keep a low profile.  However, in many cases, if you follow my tips below, you will be able to have more success in flying under the radar during your vacation.  Plus, if you’re really on your game, a local will stop you and ask you for directions–highly satisfactory proof that you are a cool traveler!  So, how do you avoid looking like a tourist?

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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in Africa, Miscellaneous, Morocco


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Zen and the Art of Passport Maintenance: 5 Tips

My U.S. passport, beautiful and pristine! (Well, relatively. Also, it’s only a few years old, but I’m still proud of its good looks!)

I have spoken before about how much I value my passports.  Heck, I love them so much that I even named my travel blog in their honor.  That being said, in the past, I haven’t always treated them as well as I should have.  Fortunately, after years of globetrotting, I have learned my lesson (well, lessons plural, actually) and now know how to show my passports the love that they deserve.  Read on for some tips to ensure that you, too, show respect for that all-important document that lays the world at your feet.

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Posted by on July 25, 2012 in Miscellaneous


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Trendsetter, Jetsetter: We have a winner!

If you had won, you would be this happy, too!

Thank you to everyone who entered to win earrings from KTCollection!  The winner of the Trendsetter, Jetsetter contest is….drumroll, please: Helen Ogbara!

Thanks for entering, Helen–please reach out to KTCollection to claim your prize.

To everyone else, I’ll keep my eyes peeled for more giveaway opportunities that I think would be awesome for you.  In the meantime, if you haven’t snagged some already and you want to try KTCollection jewelry for yourself, now’s your chance.  If you’re in New York City, you can visit KTCollection in person.  Otherwise, you can always shop online on the KTCollection website–the shipping is super-fast, as I recently discovered when I ordered new earrings to replace a pair that I lost while I was in Las Vegas (whoops!).

Thanks again for being such loyal and dedicated readers!


Posted by on July 10, 2012 in Miscellaneous


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