The Arctic Beauty of Norway: A Wishlist

When we reach the proverbial ends of the earth, there is a magic that happens nowhere else. The extremities of life emerge in palpable ways, showing their harsh beauty in visions of towering glaciers, haunting mountainscapes, and gaping sapphire fjords. We find animals whose oddities have allowed them to thrive in severe weather; people with … Continue reading The Arctic Beauty of Norway: A Wishlist

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Nothin’ Like Roadtrippin’

Sponsored Post Setting off on a new journey is one of the most liberating experiences you can have in this life. You’ll discover new lands, cultures, meet life-changing people, and learn so much about yourself. When planning your adventure, one of the most exciting parts is choosing just how you will get from one place … Continue reading Nothin’ Like Roadtrippin’

The Sojourner

“for though we travel light we have the burdens of 300 miles in our heads.” -Brenda Frazer   Oh, the burdens Not hundreds, but thousands- infinite miles seen and still yet to see, travel   All that I cannot unsee, cannot forget or unknow, still stuck in my head, heart, gut               like knowledge/experience-thorns   Unreliable … Continue reading The Sojourner

Tel Aviv is Calling, and I’m on My Way

“Often when we set out to do something new, it’s fueled by impulse. An urge springs unbidden and soon becomes a desire, then a plan, and before we know it we’re careening down a mapless road– and while we can look in the rearview mirror and see how we got there, we’re not always sure … Continue reading Tel Aviv is Calling, and I’m on My Way

The Phantasmagoric Landscapes of Iceland

As I sat there in the silver, rickety tin-can of a car, bundled in my purple “omni-heat” Columbia jacket, I took off my gloves and reminded myself to breathe. According to the calendar, the days of winter were vanishing, but the snow and ice along the roads told me otherwise. I was in Reykjavík, Iceland, … Continue reading The Phantasmagoric Landscapes of Iceland

Going Further on the Magic Bus: Kerala Blog Express

Well before I’d read The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and possibly even before Jack Kerouac changed my life with On the Road, there was just something about road trips that lured me in. I imagined myself hopping into a colorful bus or van, joined by a variety of open-minded, wanderlusting individuals, getting ready for the … Continue reading Going Further on the Magic Bus: Kerala Blog Express

First Impressions of Kerala, India

It’s 7:30am and I’m sitting on the restaurant patio of Xandari Resort, overlooking the harbor of Fort Kochi. As I eat a massive dosa masala with a side of fruit and plenty of black coffee, I watch the crows, clinging to boats’ metal poles with their talons, chewing on chicken feet. These aren’t feet like … Continue reading First Impressions of Kerala, India

Dreams of Southeast Asia: Bandung, Indonesia

It’s now been three years since I first discovered Southeast Asia. After visiting Malaysia, Borneo, Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, I was hooked on the region. 2013 was quite the year. Recently, my good friends at the Martian Arts Tattoo Studio took a well-deserved journey to some of the same places I had visited. Upon … Continue reading Dreams of Southeast Asia: Bandung, Indonesia

5 Romantic Budget Destinations in South Korea

I've never been to South Korea, but I've been very interested in the culture as of late. I turned to Gem of Travels with a Hobo, since she specializes in South East Asian destinations. And because she travels with her significant other, I figured she'd add a bit of romance to my solo travel stories! … Continue reading 5 Romantic Budget Destinations in South Korea