• Traveling For Likes: Don’t Be That Person

    I’m in several travel groups, friends with plenty of folks who’ve recently gotten that infamous travel bug bite, and I’m starting to notice something: Too many people are talking more about the traveling than they are about the places. They’re bragging about their ability to get to these places...
  • New Year’s Eve Destinations: Church Not Included

    Now that Thanksgiving (whether we celebrate or not) is over, we can finally start talking about what the hell we plan to do for New Year’s Eve. Yeah yeah, I know Christmas is next, but it’s probably safe to assume you’ll be with family or that one fling you...
  • South Africa & Travel & Happiness: An Interview

    It was DC on election night and I moved my flight back a day out of fear of being on a plane, an environment I’m unable to control, with a gaggle of racists when CNN, BBC, or whoever British Airways had on their entertainment channels, announced America’s new President-Elect....
  • Sex Tourism & Travel Groups

    Because there are some people who are okay with owning others and some who are okay with being owned, her husband doesn’t allow her to travel anymore with her travel group because he read someplace on a Yahoo article about sex tourism that travel groups are less about the...
  • Flying Standby: The Video

    The Thing About Flying Standby. Patience, as the cliché goes, is a virtue. Get to the airport an hour or so before the very first flight headed toward your destination, and be prepared to be at the airport all day, hoping and wishing. Things to know: 1. Show up...
  • Human Zoos & Tourists: Rio & Others

    Folks are flooding the streets and stadium seats in Rio to watch the runners, jumpers, throwers, lifters, and twisters and to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, lay-offs, and retirements. I urge them to try the ceviche, get a tattoo, grab a Filet-o-Fish out of the McDonalds in Ipanema, and stay the...
  • Dear Women Traveling Solo: Maybe.

    Disclaimer: I am not, nor have I ever been, a woman. I slept on the bottom bunk, beneath Katie, a solo traveler too afraid to tell her mom she quit her job as a nanny to a French child who insisted on being Satan. For a month she’s been...
  • Open Road & Hammock & Secrets (A Trip)

    Do you feel that freaking heat coming and the breeze that follows? We do! And we are well prepared to tae full advantage of it all. Today, right here, we officially title this summer “Freedom From Boredom Summer.” Who has time to be bored when the sun is out...
  • Traveling & Experiencing is “White People Sh*t?”

    That last time I said “that’s white people shit,” was 2001 after listening and falling in love with Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” in Brookes Sim’s bedroom. How could it be “white people shit” if I loved it so much. Then came Avril Lavigne, John Mayer, Norah Jones, and a...