A Little Education… How I Homeschooled My Niece From Asia

One of the tenets I live by is that lifelong learning is something worthy of not only practicing, but of instilling a love of in others. And a love of learning was a core element I wanted my niece Ana to walk away with when she left my company after I homeschooled her throughout Southeast …

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A Little Escape … Staying Present in the Power of Story

“Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you… Escape!” Cue dramatic music as a deep voice continues. “Escape! Designed to free you from the four walls of today for a half-hour of high adventure!” I haven’t lost my mind, this is the …

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Hpa-an, Burma

A Little Anecdote … Oh, For the Love of Roosters

My fan whirred across the room, a low noise blocking the erratic hum of passing cars—my neighbors on their way to work. I shed the last moments of sleep and I could have been in any room, anywhere in the world. And yet, I was home. My bed here in Florida is more comfortable than …

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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. Staying healthy while traveling is a priority, but beyond vaccinating myself, stocking my medical kit, and …

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A Little Confession… Yes, Sometimes Travel is Lonely

Alone is a beautiful thing; it’s when I process my thoughts, absorb new travel experiences, find unexpected friendships, and detox from being “on” with other people. Lonely is not so beautiful a thing, though if I’m honest, the lonely, soul-searching lessons I learned over the past four and a half years were as instructive as any. …

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A Little Honesty… On Safe Solo Travel for Single Women

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 as a single woman. 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 …

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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. Trust me—I understand why. Although the world thrust upon me “adult status” many years ago, I remember the keen yearning of adolescence. A yearning to …

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A Little Honesty… On Why I Decided to Travel the World

Every so often, readers email me asking what compelled me to travel solo back in 2008. Then they wonder why I never stopped traveling. They ask: “Why were you willing to pack up your life and leave my friends and family behind?” Their curiosity leaps from the page. I hear the gentle upspeak at the end …

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