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How We Met: Love in ColOmbia

The months of June and July in Kenya are cold; the coldest months I had experienced since embarking on my trip 6 months prior. The money was running out, I began the slow panic of, “Oh no, what shall I do to sustain this nomadic lifestyle?” I did everything I could in my power to stay in Kenya, because I …

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Promise from a White Girl

I am evolving my friends, but it is taking time and a hell of a lot longer than I would have expected from myself. I have always prided myself on being so open and ahead of the game in regards to racism in my country, but I am beginning to realize that those ideas still came from a feeling of …

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A Global Traveler’s Perspective on Cultural Appropriation

The discussion of cultural appropriation is on the tip of everyone’s tongue nowadays. To preface this article, I must tell you who I am. I am WHITE. Or caucasian to remain PC. I grew up in North Carolina surrounded primarily by black people. I grew up not realizing that I was white for a significant portion of my childhood due …

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Life Happens: Citizen Soccer Journey

The last eight years: • Ended a serious and long term relationship. • Struggled through my last two years of university, but managed to graduate from UCLA with honors. • Almost continued with my Masters degree right away, but was dissuaded by a professor telling me at age 30 that I was too old to pursue a PhD. (really upset …

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Financial Mistakes of RTW Travel

When planning for a Round-the-World (RTW) trip, one tends to over-prepare, over-spend and over-stress before taking off on said journey. I cannot iterate enough that this is the main problem…PLANNING. Don’t do too much of it, because you will waste precious dollars that would be better spent on the road. I spent 18 long months preparing for my trip abroad. …

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I’m an Adult

I catch myself getting particularly irritable when “hangry” approaching an endless queue. This is a consistent encounter. I’ve been thinking lately how things never bother me when I first start another round of traveling, but then naturally after being on the road some time, my Western mind takes hold and I begin to feel impatient and annoyed too easily at …

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Planes Make Me Think

He represents my fun side, my sweet side, my innocent and childlike side He represents my romantic side, my do-gooder side, my idealism He represents my naughty side, my creative side, my ego He represents my stable side, my nurturing side, my motherly instincts He represents mostly what I want in life, but there’s too little intellectual stimuli He represents …

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Off the Beaten Path

I left DC in a puddle of tears, a heart swollen with excitement, and a pocket full of cash. This was not my average goodbye. Usually, I slip through the cracks unnoticed, social media turned off, skulking away on the downlow. This time was planned. This time was different. This time I have left people behind, real friends, and my …