Philosophy

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…

Turn off computer. Go outside.

I walk that fine line between “outdoors person” and “city girl.” Really, I’m neither of the two: born and raised in the suburbs, I’m most at home in a car, in a strip mall, in a parking lot, in a cookie-cutter house with a pool in the backyard. Even so, I grew up outside. Many […]

July 10, 2011 Continue reading…

My Seven Links

I was recently nominated by Steph at Twenty-Something Travel to take part in the Seven Links Project–and decided it would be a fun chance to look back at a few of my favorite posts. The goal of the Seven Links Project is to unite bloggers in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create […]

July 3, 2011 Continue reading…

Generation Y: travelers of taste?

The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it, Rudyard Kipling once said. But perhaps we should add that the next condition is to taste it, to drink it. Food and travel are inextricably linked. You might be able to skip museums or avoid much interaction with locals, but at some point, […]

June 28, 2011 Continue reading…

I believe in

I believe in libraries and secondhand book stores. I believe that travelling with someone can make or break a relationship. I believe in compromise. I believe that every person should have a passport, and that they should use it. I believe in taking risks. I believe in waking up with natural light, not an alarm […]

June 25, 2011 Continue reading…