Over the years, I’ve started to pay more attention to the impact my travels have ...
I vaguely recalled visiting Carmel (or Carmel-by-the-Sea, if you will) as a child and had ...
“You are exactly where you’re supposed to be” I mused as the boat docked at Santa ...
The sands of the Gulf Coast were where many of my childhood memories took place. ...
While my loyalties may lie with rival city Charleston, South Carolina forever, I always enjoy myself ...
Over the years, I’ve started to pay more attention to the impact my travels have long after I leave. Where the trash ends up. How the local businesses fare in slow tourism seasons. What becomes of places that become so hyped because of travel writers like me that they don’t have the infrastructure to handle […]
My trips to New York City tend to be brief, always running around and never “seeing it all.” This trip, I decided to make an effort to explore more of Brooklyn, a place I’d only passed through on previous trips. When Brooklyn Unplugged asked me to come check out one of their street art tours, […]
There’s so much talk in my country about what it means to be “American.” For some, that means white Americans, but at some point, those people also came from elsewhere– England, Scandinavia, and beyond. But there were people long before Columbus planted his flag in the name of Spain in 1492. Long before there were […]
The Red Sox, the Tea Party, baked beans, and Good Will Hunting may be the first things that come to mind when you think of Boston, Massachusetts, but there’s so much to the city beyond the tourist zones. Sure, it’s rich in history, dating back to the early days of America. Visitors can walk the footsteps […]
I’ve come to look forward to these monthly posts about what I’m into beyond travel because there’s so much more to my life than where I go, despite the fact that it’s something I love. It’s funny how many people respond with their obsessions or agree with mine! As with last month, I’m sharing the […]
If you saw the last few editions of Travel Writing Round Up, welcome back! A lot are repeats from last month, but new posts are denoted with stars. I have checked all the links to ensure that they are still valid, but please let me know if I have missed one. I’ve also created an open Google Document where […]
When telling the owner of my gym that I was planning a trip to South Dakota, she lit up. “No one ever goes to South Dakota!” And I’ll admit that it had never been high on my list. I half expected the Dakotas to be the last of my fifty states. But a conference in […]
Traveling to Nicaragua in July, I didn’t realize that it was the rainy season. After over a week spent in San Juan del Sur, I was excited to explore the volcanic island of Ometepe. I’d heard from many people that this was their favorite place in the country, like I felt about Atitlan in Guatemala. […]
Earlier this year, I pitched this story to a publication about chance encounters with people on our travels. While it wasn’t published, I wanted to share it here because I think it’s important to remind ourselves of the good in the world. This is the first in a series about the kindness of strangers from […]
Known as “America’s best idea,” there’s no better way to see what the country is all about than at its national parks. I spent last summer visiting Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Rocky Mountain national parks and knew I wanted to see more this year. I headed for the Black Hills, an area of South Dakota and […]