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Spending my birthday on Lake Seminole Park in Florida

A Little Adrift… In Search of Balance

For seven months, the gaping absence of Africa stories on my blog has nagged me. During this time, some of you wrote me with concern. Thank you, all is well. I needed time to sort out some personal things post-Africa. As this new year takes shape, I am jumping (maybe limping) back into writing. And for starters, I […]

January 17, 2015 | Continue Reading ...


A Little Discussion … Health and Travel Sickness in Long-term Travel

One of the scariest obstacles to international travel is often the health question. In my planning stages for my own round the world trip I fretted over the health side of the equation because it was the big unknown. Beyond vaccinating myself, stocking my medical kit, and buying really good travel insurance, the rest was […]

August 13, 2013 | Continue Reading ...

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A Little Guide … The Art of Relaxation in Five Easy Steps

Over the past few months I’ve talked a lot about relaxation, and how it’s one of those pieces of life at which I have not excelled in the past. I spend far too much time on the computer even though I had a palapa full of hammocks just 100 feet from my doorstep for months. […]

July 10, 2013 | Continue Reading ...

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A Little Honesty … On Safety and Solo Female Travel

Concerns about my safety on the road plagued those who love and care about me when I first announced my plan to travel solo around the world. Long-term travel is still an uncommon practice in the United States (compared to Europe and Australia) so perhaps the chief issue I dealt with was the fact that most […]

June 4, 2013 | Continue Reading ...


A Little Letter … To All the Young Dreamers: Travel Young, Travel Far

Dear Young Dreamer, The end of the school year is here and freedom whispers on the air. Your attention wanders in these final days of lectures, homework, and classroom chatter and trust me, I understand why. Though I’ve graduated through life into “adult status,” I remember the keen yearning to spend my days hunting through the […]

May 28, 2013 | Continue Reading ...

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A Little Honesty … Why I Decided to Travel the World

Every so often I field emails asking about what compelled me to leave to travel solo back in 2008. The questions wonder why I was willing to pack up my life and leave my friends and family behind—their curiosity leaps from the page and I can all but hear their mind whirl as they wonder […]

May 7, 2013 | Continue Reading ...