How to Be a Successful Freelance Writer

After publishing a post earlier this year with tips for aspiring travel bloggers, I was inspired by some of the larger changes going on at Upwork (formally Odesk / Elance) to share my personal experiences and general best practices for becoming a successful freelance writer — travel sphere and otherwise. Currently, I freelance write part-time for 2 publications and it’s a fantastic… Read More How to Be a Successful Freelance Writer

Are Foregin ESL Teachers Taking Away Jobs from Locals?

A little while ago, I did some fascinating research for an article about how to volunteer responsibly abroad. Among the things I listed were transparency, integration of community members, background checks on anyone working with children, and of course: responsible volunteer programs will not place volunteers in a local community at the expense of taking… Read More Are Foregin ESL Teachers Taking Away Jobs from Locals?

10 Destinations Worthy of A Traveler’s Bucket List

Daydreaming about travel is almost as fun as traveling for real. Seriously, there have been scientific studies on the topic. It’s also the driving force behind some wonderful blog posts and articles in the travel blogosphere. NY Times has a beautifully done article titled 52 Places to Go in 2014; Afar Magazine gives its readers travel… Read More 10 Destinations Worthy of A Traveler’s Bucket List

How to Celebrate Christmas After A Long Journey Abroad

If you’re like me and haven’t celebrated Christmas with your family, or in your own nation for several years, or are bravely returning home after a RTW trip in the height of Christmas cheer and creature comforts, here’s how to celebrate Christmas after a long journey away: 1. Hug your family They’re probably letting you… Read More How to Celebrate Christmas After A Long Journey Abroad

Drinking Coffee with Tomoca, Addis Ababa’s Oldest Roasters

My inspiration to travel to Ethiopia came while drinking a cup of coffee that tasted like cardboard. I wanted good coffee, and I felt that Ethiopia would have that. After all, my experiences in America had taught me that Ethiopian Arabica roasts were medium-bodied, fruity, and exactly the thing to cure my coffee doldrums. As… Read More Drinking Coffee with Tomoca, Addis Ababa’s Oldest Roasters

How (Not) to Cross the Border Overland from Kenya to Uganda

When we hopped off the bus in Malaba, the bustling, ramshackle border town between Kenya and Uganda, we were immediately bombarded by motorcycle taxis trying to ferry us across the border. “No, we’ll walk,” we said, finding it ridiculous to pay someone to drive us a distance we could cover in less than ten minutes.… Read More How (Not) to Cross the Border Overland from Kenya to Uganda

Apparently, Hell Has Zebras: A Visit to Hell’s Gate National Park

“Welcome to hell!” a Kenyan man standing by a row of rental bikes shouted, obviously amused at his joke. “Would you like to buy a map?” Liz and I had just turned off the main road from our camp ground by Lake Naivasha, headed to the Elsa entrance of Hell’s Gate National Park on rickety… Read More Apparently, Hell Has Zebras: A Visit to Hell’s Gate National Park

Photo-Frenzied in Morondava’s Avenue de Baobabs

I went to Madagascar’s most iconic and photographed site, and I didn’t bring my camera. Just kidding. Though I did think about it for the purpose of writing a piece on how photography distracts from being present and the importance of absorbing and interacting with a place rather than documenting it. Maybe I should have done… Read More Photo-Frenzied in Morondava’s Avenue de Baobabs

How Lyft Inspired My Most Creative Date Night in San Francisco

Like many San Franciscans, I don’t own a car. I bike, walk, and take public transportation or Lyft almost everywhere. Typically, this means I end up staying within a mile radius of my house (the Mission, Castro, and Noe Valley) even though I know the city has so much more to offer. So one night, after… Read More How Lyft Inspired My Most Creative Date Night in San Francisco