It’s Often Emotionally Harder to Come Home than Go Away

It’s Often Emotionally Harder to Come Home than Go Away

When I came back, I realized he was right. I had changed but home hadn’t. My friends, now heading into their late twenties, had the same jobs, were going to the same bars, and were mostly doing the same things. Moreover, Boston itself just felt the same. It had the …

The Evolution of a Long-Term

The Evolution of a Long-Term

Despite those occasional downsides, I think long-term solo travel is something people should try at least once in their life. Even if you don’t like it, try it — it will teach you a lot about yourself. It’s made me a far better and more awesome person, and I’ll go …

A More Balanced Life

A More Balanced Life

Somewhere in Wyoming, I realized my life had gone off track. I was at a scenic overlook, gazing upon these majestic mountains rising up from the ground in the distance, and all I could think was “OK, it’s time to go!”

A New Balance Between Work and Play

A New Balance Between Work and Play

Last month, after suffering from increased anxiety and mild panic attacks, I stepped away from this website, spent a lot of time alone, went hiking in Patagonia, and sought to rebalance my life. I needed to clear my mind and come back to everything in my life with fresh eyes.

Why Travel Boycotts are a Bad Idea

Why Travel Boycotts are a Bad Idea

Recently, Mississippi and North Carolina both passed anti-LGBT laws, and many tourists, bloggers, and celebrities promptly said, “Well, as a sign of protest, I won’t go there because I don’t want to support a state whose laws I disagree with!” This reminded me of when people refused to go to …

Time to Hang Up the Backpack

Time to Hang Up the Backpack

Last year, after my friend Scott passed away, I decided it was time to stop trying to plan a big multi-month trip and actually do it. His death made me realize that our time is short and you shouldn’t put off something in hopes that “the perfect time will come.” …

An Icy Landscape

An Icy Landscape

Standing at the foot of the mountains, we feel a lot more anxious than we did when we set out. The peaks are REALLY high – and we’re going to head to the top of them. First, however, we have to get across this barren, icy, landscape.

Strolling Around Tokyo

Strolling Around Tokyo

Tokyo is such an amazing city and we always wanted to visit it. Last year we finally had the time and the money for a trip to Japan and we started our trip with five days in Tokyo. Of course five days are way too short and we could only …

Boardwalk within a Boardwalk

Boardwalk within a Boardwalk

The path of a cosmonaut is not an easy, triumphant march to glory. You have to get to know the meaning not just of joy but also of grief, before being allowed in the spacecraft cabin. Many say exploration is part of our destiny, but it’s actually our duty to …

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