August 2012

Expectations and the Grand Canyon

I’m starting to learn that life is all about expectations. Expect a lot, and invariably be disappointed. Have no expectations, and anything remotely good will seem infinitely better. It’s particularly true in travel, and it’s one of the reasons why I actually do very little research before traveling. I book my accommodation, maybe ask for […]

August 13, 2012 Continue reading…

Giving Las Vegas a second chance

The first time I went to Las Vegas was for my 21st birthday. I flew out for a fancy dinner and Cirque du Soleil show with my parents before meeting up with two girlfriends for three days of drinking and dancing. It sounds like the perfect coming-of-age scenario, but I ended up changing my flight […]

August 10, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from the Arizona highway

When I think of Arizona, I think of expanses of red desert with endless blue skies: tall, looming cacti, tumblewoods lazing across a deserted highway, violet and white blooms hugging the ground. However, Arizona was a constant surprise: lightning cutting across the open sky with murderous thunder and pelting rain welcomed us on our first […]

August 9, 2012 Continue reading…

The ultimate USA road trip: the good, the bad and the numbers

To be honest: I was nervous about taking this road trip. Sure, I was stoked to see more of the USA, and after driving across the whole of Australia, I knew via land would be the best way to do it. But I don’t like driving or being stuck in a car, my funds were […]

August 6, 2012 Continue reading…

The risk of wanting to make it

It’s Thursday night in Philadelphia, and I can’t sleep. I move to New York tomorrow. I’m a bundle of nerves, wound tightly to the point of bursting: into tears, into a fit of anxiety. I moved to Nice, to Melbourne without knowing a soul. I traveled through Southeast Asia without a return ticket. Countries with […]

August 3, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from Mljet Island

After visiting Plitvice Lakes and sailing the Adriatic Sea, I thought I had seen all of the most impossibly pristine waters Croatia had to offer–and then I went to Mljet Island. Not only does this national park have woodsy paths and water that practically glows turquoise, it also has an abandoned monastery. On an island. […]

August 2, 2012 Continue reading…