The Nomadic Life

10 Things to Know Before You Bike the Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is a must see attraction in San Francisco, and some travelers want not just to see it, but to bike across it. As an avid Bay Area biker, I think it’s great that travelers can bike the Golden Gate Bridge (GG Bridge for short). It’s an incredible structure, and perhaps one of the most…… Continue reading 10 Things to Know Before You Bike the Golden Gate Bridge

Travel Writing Tips

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…… Continue reading How to Be a Successful Freelance Writer

Peace Corps · The Nomadic Life · The United States

A Year of Returning Home from the Peace Corps

What’s it like to return home after the Peace Corps? What does the process of re-integration into American life look like? One RPCV shares.

Mexico · The Nomadic Life

Where do the Locals Eat in Oaxaca City, Mexico?

Last year, I put Oaxaca City (among several other destinations) on my 2014 travel bucket for a single yet standout reason: the food. From complex moles to simple street food, there’s a reason why Mexicans and non-Mexicans alike praise this region for its cuisine. The city (and region) knows how to cook. Even before leaving, Jon and I…… Continue reading Where do the Locals Eat in Oaxaca City, Mexico?

Mexico · North America · Travel

Dancing With the Dead in Oaxaca City, Mexico

“You know, on dia de los muertos, we really believe the dead are sitting here with us.” Judith, a Oaxaca City native and cousin of Jon’s co-worker, told us over drinks in the hip, downtown restaurant of Los Danzantes. I took another sip of my cocktail and looked sideways across the courtyard where a group of fake skeletons had been…… Continue reading Dancing With the Dead in Oaxaca City, Mexico

Guest Posts · Peace Corps · The Nomadic Life

10 Things You’ll Only Do as a PCV in Cameroon

It’s no secret: I haven’t been in Peace Corps for awhile now — but one of the cool things about Peace Corps is that you’re always a part of the larger Peace Corps network! Which is why, I’m happy to present you all with a guest post from a current PCV, Anne Nathanson, who is serving in…… Continue reading 10 Things You’ll Only Do as a PCV in Cameroon

The Nomadic Life · Travel Writing Tips

10 Writing Tips from High School I Still Use

As I mentioned in a recent post, “From Travel Writer to Editor Extraordinaire” I’ve moved up (or laterally, depending on your perspective) from writing to editing. Every week, I read dozens of pieces by dozens of different authors — each with their own style, voice, and expertise, and each with varying experience in writing. With…… Continue reading 10 Writing Tips from High School I Still Use

Teaching Abroad · The Nomadic Life

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…… Continue reading Are Foregin ESL Teachers Taking Away Jobs from Locals?

The Nomadic Life

From Travel Writer to Editor Extraordinaire

Dear Readers, You may have noticed The Nomadic Beat looking a little empty recently. At least, I would be very flattered if you followed me enough to notice a thing like that. Thing is… Life’s been keeping me pretty damn busy as of late. After returning to the U.S. from Tokyo, I hunkered down at…… Continue reading From Travel Writer to Editor Extraordinaire

Peace Corps · The Nomadic Life

You Won’t Save The World as a Peace Corps Volunteer

Before I begin: As an RPCV who loved her service, I’d like to wish you all a happy Peace Corps week. But now, *ahem* for the real reason you came here: that catchy title that I used to lure you in here. You won’t save the world as a Peace Corps Volunteer So, you want…… Continue reading You Won’t Save The World as a Peace Corps Volunteer

The Nomadic Life · Travel

If Travel Destinations Were Lovers…

This is a post I’ve been contemplating for a few months. It’s still not perfect, so comments and critiques are greatly welcome. Have you ever tried thinking of the places you’ve traveled to the way you would think of an ex-lover? I spent an afternoon thinking of it once, and decided that if places were…… Continue reading If Travel Destinations Were Lovers…

The Nomadic Life · Travel

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…… Continue reading 10 Destinations Worthy of A Traveler’s Bucket List

Japan · The Nomadic Life · Travel

Traveling Solo in Tokyo

Is it safe to travel solo in Tokyo? What should you know before traveling alone in Tokyo? Read on Beat Nomad.

Adventure Travel · Asia · Laos · The Nomadic Life · Travel

Thakhek, Laos: The Bermuda Triangle of Rock Climbers

Month three of a round the world journey In November of this year, Liz and I landed in Hanoi to embark on our third month of travel, and we were tired. We had hit a wall, and wanted nothing more than to be somewhere warm, forget about bus schedules and border crossings and stay in…… Continue reading Thakhek, Laos: The Bermuda Triangle of Rock Climbers

Adventure Travel · Africa · Ethiopia · The Nomadic Life

On the Roof of Africa: Trekking in Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

Four Days of Walking For the four days Liz and I trekked through the Simien Mountains, the smell of wild thyme followed us. The wind was full of strong gusts of the scent that reminded me of old, unidentifiable memories, as we hiked from one beautiful vista to the next, among wild baboons, birds, and…… Continue reading On the Roof of Africa: Trekking in Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

The Nomadic Life · Travel

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…… Continue reading How to Celebrate Christmas After A Long Journey Abroad

Africa · In Photos · La Reunion · The Nomadic Life

Photo Gallery: Quirky Street Art in La Reunion

“You can always tell the kind of personality a place has by the way they treat graffiti,” – My little brother. If that’s the case, then I’d call La Reunion quirky, cartoonish, and welcome to the burst of color graffiti adds to its streets. Most of the graffiti I took photos of ended up being…… Continue reading Photo Gallery: Quirky Street Art in La Reunion

The Nomadic Life · Travel

Oh Hello, America. Long Time No See…

Last Tuesday, I was stepping off a flight from Tokyo and being welcomed back into America by the oh-so-cheery Dallas airport. I’m kidding. Dallas was a weird first sample of America after two and a half years abroad. It was just a little too AMERICA for me to handle after a 12-hour flight in which…… Continue reading Oh Hello, America. Long Time No See…

Africa · Ethiopia · In Photos · The Nomadic Life

Photo Gallery: Looking Back on One Month in Ethiopia

The month that Liz and I spent in Ethiopia marked a lot of strong positives and negatives. I was yelled at threateningly (twice), and Liz was told that all Americans should go to hell. Boarding a bus first thing in the morning turned out to be an experience akin to the running of the bulls.…… Continue reading Photo Gallery: Looking Back on One Month in Ethiopia

The Nomadic Life · Travel

Why I’m Thankful for Travel

Being Thanksgiving and all, the blogosphere is filled with recently posted, thoughtful pieces about thankfulness and the like. Among travel blogs, I’ve come across a few introspective posts on what travel makes us thankful for, and all the eye-opening bits and personal transformation that come with being an intrepid, nomadic soul. I enjoy them, and…… Continue reading Why I’m Thankful for Travel

Adventure Travel · Africa · Travel · Uganda

What it’s Like Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

In the jungle Standing in the mess of twisted vines and jungle overgrowth in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, our little group of explorers — myself, my friend, a middle-aged Swedish couple, our guide, scouts, and trackers — stood in silence as we stared at a family of silverback gorillas in front of us. They stared back,…… Continue reading What it’s Like Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Africa · Ethiopia · Travel

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…… Continue reading Drinking Coffee with Tomoca, Addis Ababa’s Oldest Roasters

Adventure Travel · Africa · The Nomadic Life · Uganda

At The Source of the Blue Nile in Jinja, Uganda

I will forever remember Uganda as being a thousand shades of green. We arrived in Jinja, Uganda at the end of a long rainy season, and at the beginning of a tropical downpour, that had been making me nervous as I tried to balance myself and heavy backpack on the back of my motorcycle taxi…… Continue reading At The Source of the Blue Nile in Jinja, Uganda

Africa · Kenya · Travel · Uganda

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.…… Continue reading How (Not) to Cross the Border Overland from Kenya to Uganda

Kenya · Travel

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

Africa · Kenya · The Nomadic Life · Travel

Landing Without A Plan in Kenya

Stepping off the airplane into Nairobi’s international airport felt surreal. Normally, I think of airports as these familiar, unchanging structures — which is ironic since they are buildings built for the purpose of transience and travel — that I can confidently navigate worldwide, no matter if I’ve never been there before or I have been…… Continue reading Landing Without A Plan in Kenya

Africa · In Photos · Madagascar · The Nomadic Life · Travel

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…… Continue reading Photo-Frenzied in Morondava’s Avenue de Baobabs

The Nomadic Life · The United States · Travel

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…… Continue reading How Lyft Inspired My Most Creative Date Night in San Francisco

Travel Writing Tips

What’s Your Advice for Becoming a Travel Writer?

I never thought I’d actually be writing this post. For one, so many people are already talking about how to make it as a travel blogger, even running whole courses or consulting agencies on it. I always thought “what do I have to contribute to the conversation?” Secondly, I still very much felt like a blogging…… Continue reading What’s Your Advice for Becoming a Travel Writer?