Philosophy

The value of unplugging and an iPhone-less life

It’s crazy to think how quickly technology has changed our lives, and the rapid pace with which it continues to do so. Remember going to video rental stores: the suspense of not knowing if your choice would even be in stock?  Even better, remember when you had to rewind? Remember those days before GPS and iPhones, […]

May 21, 2011 Continue reading…

Is it possible to love travel and routine?

“I travel a lot, I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” –Caskie Stinnet I have a confession: I actually really, really like routine. I like waking up early. I like gym memberships and steady paychecks and having a house key. I like all those things that travelers are supposed to shun, those things that […]

May 3, 2011 Continue reading…

As American as apple pie

It’s pretty easy to blend in as an American in Australia. There isn’t much culture shock, and it doesn’t really feel like I’m half-the-world away from home. After I went on a hunt to find a pie tin to make an apple pie from scratch and got hit with a craving for a proper cheeseburger, […]

April 15, 2011 Continue reading…

The perfect public transportation system

One of my most un-American (even more so, un-Californian) tendencies is how much I love public transportation. I was stoked to buy my first car at 16 (I’d been saving virtually all my Christmas and birthday money since I was 12), but the initial joy and sense of independence slowly wore off. Traffic, repairs and […]

April 7, 2011 Continue reading…

Share the birthday love

I spend a good chunk of my time reading in the sunshine, whether on a park bench, on the beach or in a cafe courtyard. Every so often, I close my eyes, take a deep breath, soak up the Vitamin D and smile to myself: this is my life. Sure, I might be “just a […]

April 2, 2011 Continue reading…

How to make new friends (and keep the old) while traveling

“I’m not friendly, but I am a good friend.” My girlfriends used to joke that my straightforwardness (OK, extreme bluntness and lack of a poker face) wasn’t exactly welcoming to newcomers. So when a regular at the Nice restaurant where I worked commented on my “genuine friendliness,” I almost couldn’t contain my laughter. But that’s […]

March 10, 2011 Continue reading…

The challenge: do something alone

As a solo traveler, I have no problem doing things alone. It kind of comes with the territory. This week, I went to a play at the Sydney Opera House by myself—and kind of forgot that’s weird until I saw the booking agent’s face when I remarked that I only needed one. But I noticed a […]

March 3, 2011 Continue reading…