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

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The Evolution of Love. Spark. Fire.

Without a clear intent or purpose, I found myself in Central America with a bag bursting with beautiful, intricate, bold jewelry I’d collected, this time around, from three countries. I loved speaking with the vendors, hearing their stories and watching the care they took in making their crafts. I was amazed at the art people … Continue reading The Evolution of Love. Spark. Fire.

The Grand Canyon’s Rustic Alchemy

While I have taken many, many trips since I first visited the Grand Canyon, it stands out clearly in my mind as if I had just returned last week. Whenever someone visits the United States, it is one of the first recommendations that I offer, aside from the imperative exploration of the San Francisco hills … Continue reading The Grand Canyon’s Rustic Alchemy

Reykjavik’s Ubiquitous Street Art

Street art. While some people see it as defacing public property, I beg to differ. Street art is a massive statement of the city’s people, not only claiming the city as their own, but adding their own personal or social experience to the place’s visual appearance. When I was studying Latin American Art History in … Continue reading Reykjavik’s Ubiquitous Street Art

Five Apps for Happier Trips

I’ve been hitting the road now for over a decade, and navigating unknown lands has changed immensely. Gone are the days of walkmans and small CD cases packed to the brim, of hand-held journals, paper maps, and books you can actually hold in your hands and rip the pages from. And while some of us … Continue reading Five Apps for Happier Trips

For Paris, For Islam, For the World

Today has been one of those sullen days when I have no motivation, no spark, no zest for this beautiful life. It is not only the attacks in Paris last night, the estimated 120+ dead, the sorrow imbued, but also for the hatred, the ignorance, and the misunderstanding that plagues the world and its inhabitants' … Continue reading For Paris, For Islam, For the World

Happy World Rhino Day!

Happy World Rhino Day! I wrote the piece below at the very beginning of the year, when over 100 travel bloggers, sponsors, and Travelers Building Change gathered to help Rhinos Without Borders to raise $45,000- an effort coined #JustOneRhino. While this campaign has ended, I am ecstatic to share that Rhinos Without Borders was successful in … Continue reading Happy World Rhino Day!

12 Genuine Ways to Increase Your Twitter Audience

It was late 2012, and Twitter had already been quite the rage for over six years. I had a few friends who used it, but mainly I was of the opinion that it was a good way to follow every stupid thing Kim Kardashian said, or just a way for superficial people to waste their … Continue reading 12 Genuine Ways to Increase Your Twitter Audience

1Above- The Smart Way to Prepare for Your Flight

Stepping out of my hostel and onto the city streets, my mind flooded with confused, rambling thoughts I couldn’t quite articulate or ascertain. After more than 17 hours in the air and 30-something hours without sleep, I had fallen prey to that awful monster called Jet Lag. I looked upon the signs written in Hiragana, … Continue reading 1Above- The Smart Way to Prepare for Your Flight