Peace Corps · The Nomadic Life

What are The Positives and Negatives of Doing Peace Corps?

What are the positives and negatives of doing Peace Corps? How hard is the first year, anyway? An RPCV dishes.

The Nomadic Life · Travel Writing Tips

Letter from the Editor: After a Long Hiatus, Beatnomad Officially Ends

When I first left Madagascar, I knew Beatnomad would face an identity crisis. I’d relied on Madagascar and my knowledge of the country to build Beatnomad’s brand, so without it, I both lost my biggest source of content inspiration and felt like the new destinations I was learning about had no place here. “What happens…… Continue reading Letter from the Editor: After a Long Hiatus, Beatnomad Officially Ends

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

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

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?

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 · 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