Philosophy

My list of solo travel joys

It’s the awkward curse of the only child: I often prefer being alone, a good book as my company. I love hanging out with my friends, but I also like nights in with a favorite movie and a glass of wine, an early morning run, an afternoon at a café with a stack of magazines. […]

September 18, 2011 Continue reading…

Graffiti: street art or simply vandalism?

Over the past year or so, I’ve fallen in love with street art. Unlike the white-washed, pristine feel of Nice, the twisting alleyways of Marseille, Lyon and Paris were covered with neon tags, stenciled social commentary and gorgeous murals. I remember wandering those cities with my camera, excited because I never knew what would lie […]

August 29, 2011 Continue reading…

How to turn study abroad regret into a positive

For my college graduation, my uncle gave me a book of daily inspirational quotes. As I settled into the post-grad life of my dreams–job at a top PR firm, serious boyfriend, great network of friends, studio apartment all to myself–I read one chapter each night before bed. There was one chapter that I was never […]

August 28, 2011 Continue reading…

What’s in my travel first aid kit

Other than a couple of minor colds and a few brutal hangovers, I haven’t really gotten sick since I’ve been traveling or living abroad. I swear by a large daily dose of Vitamin C (an orange or a packet of Emergen-C), lots of water and regular exercise. However, I’ve learned that there are some things […]

August 13, 2011 Continue reading…

What the London riots made me realize

I realize that I’m extremely lucky. I was lucky enough to be born in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. My family is white and upper middle class and well-educated. I’ve never had to worry about my next meal or paying my bills or how to keep the roof over my head. My […]

August 9, 2011 Continue reading…

The 80/20 rule of budget travel

I first learned about the Pareto principle in my university marketing courses: it states that roughly 80 percent of sales come from 20 percent of clients. The 4-Hour Work Week applied it to personal life as well: one thing that stuck with me is that we wear 20 percent of our clothes 80 percent of […]

July 26, 2011 Continue reading…

The joy of doing nothing

I’ve realized that I really hate doing stuff. I can usually handle one “touristy” thing a day: a tour, a museum, a historical site. After that, I’d rather just do a whole lot of nothing–in the best possible way. I’m starting to learn that doing nothing can sometimes be a good thing, a way to […]

July 11, 2011 Continue reading…