Mindset and Say Yes to Travel

Mindset and Say Yes to Travel

“Your advice is great if you are middle-class, your parents are giving you money, or you’re from the West. Your website can never work for me. I’m too poor to travel. This advice is only for privileged people.” I encounter this line of thought frequently, and after two recently published articles on Thrillist and Thought Catalog, I’ve heard it even more lately.…

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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 same pulse as it had had before.…

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That Place Called Home

That Place Called Home

These were words I hadn’t heard spoken in two years. And they’d been sorely missed. After landing in Bangkok, I glided effortlessly through an airport where I’ve been countless times and made my way to the train into the city. It was a routine I followed without thinking, and I easily made my way to my hotel (I used points to stay for free at the new W Hotel, one of the nicest W hotels I’ve ever stayed at, but that’s a different story). …

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The Cost of Traveling Laos

The Cost of Traveling Laos

Besides the normal “stick to the local food/transportation” common sense travel wisdom, one of the most effective ways to save money, though, is to book all your activities and transportation on your own. Don’t go through your hostel or a tour company. Most attractions are near cities and don’t require you to go with an organized group.…

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What Makes a Nomad?

What Makes a Nomad?

Am I a nomad because I move around a lot, or did I give up the rights to call myself that when I got an apartment? Am I a luxury traveler because I stay in a hotel or a budget traveler because I use points to stay in them for free?I was faced with these questions last month when asked how it felt to no longer be a nomad.…

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The Science of Wanderlust

The Science of Wanderlust

Today, we’re doing something different. Last year, I stumbled across a number of articles talking about recent findings about the risk gene. Apparently, people who travel a lot are predisposed to it because we’re risk takers and have this gene. I thought “Cool! Scientific proof my wanderlust is really in my genes”! …

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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 Burma because of the junta…

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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.” There’s no perfect time to just go — but there I was, waiting for one. I had fallen for the thing that I so often argue people not to do.…

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New Zealand Beaches

New Zealand Beaches

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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.…

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