Jun 132010
Help Great Ghanaian Students Visit Britain!

We need your help!

In exactly two months, an amazing group of Ghanaian students and teachers from Youth Creating Change of Ghana is scheduled to leave their county for the first time.  For three weeks this August, these hard-working Ghanaians will study and present in the United Kingdom for the return half of a remarkable educational exchange.  That is… if we can raise the funds!

“This Cross-Culture exchange is the best programme I [...Read More!]

Jun 062010
My Guest Article on the Web's #1 Travel Blog

Very long story short, in May of 2010, I stalked the world’s number one travel blogger, Gary Arndt. Happily, instead of getting tossed in jail, I ended up being invited to travel with Gary for a week in Spain, fully funded by the Valencia Ministry of Tourism!

It was fascinating, fun, and full of flippin’ fabulous five-star food.

In yet another stroke of generosity, Gary just changed the guest posting policy for his [...Read More!]

Jun 032010
Ridiculousness: The U.S. Census and Race

Let’s play a game called “How many ridiculous elements can you find in the 2010 U.S. Census Race form!”  Study the photo above and chuckle.  I’ll start, and you add on.

1.) There is no box at all for Arab or Middle Eastern.

2.) Where do Cape Verdeans (a Portuguese-creole-speaking island off Africa with a big population in Boston) check?

3.) “Negro”???!!!!

4.) Should European “Spaniard” really be under “Latino/Hispanic”?  There are entire college courses [...Read More!]

Jun 032010
A Breaking Update in Pineapple Technology!

We interrupt your regularly-scheduled travel blog to bring you an extremely important update on pineapple-eating technology.

“You HAVE to see this,” declared my cousin Eric the moment I entered his Manhattan apartment on my jaunt to New York last week.

“What is it??” I gasped in anticipation, expecting something as miraculous as a pet unicorn, given my cousin’s worshipful tone.

Eric reached into a kitchen drawer and withdrew… a gleaming silver rod with a [...Read More!]

May 292010
My Interview About Ghana on Amateur Traveler Podcast!

Thrilling!  My interview with Chris Christensen about volunteering in Ghana has just been published on Chris’s world-famous site, Amateur Traveler Podcast!

For the full interview homepage on Amateur Traveler, click here, my dear.

Or, if your finger is a tad lazy, the entire interview can be played right here, by clicking this button:

Amateur Traveler Episode 234 – Travel to Ghana

If this chat whets your appetite, there are over 90 articles on this very [...Read More!]

May 282010
3 More Awesome Things About America

Let’s sing a little (slightly amended) Joni Mitchell:

“Don’t it always seem to go… that you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone [for nine months]?”

As already discussed, I am newly in love with my natal country after returning home from so many months away! 

So to sing its praises, here are three MORE reasons why the United States, for all its admitted problems, is fabulous.

1.) Bountiful American BRUNCH!

My hands [...Read More!]

May 272010
8 Ways Travel Can Change You

The Spanish gentleman pictured to the left is stroking his calloused finger against 6,000-year old paintings at Cueva Remigia, Spain.  Such cave art stretches across swaths of Spain, and is considered, collectively, a UNESCO world heritage site.

In my last week in Spain before flying home, a group of us climbed a bright green, sun-drenched mountain to emerge an hour later at the ancient paintings pictured here! …and at first we couldn’t see [...Read More!]

May 242010
A Post-Travel Drug (Sort Of)

We don’t condone narcotics,  but strangely strong feelings of euphoria are okay if they’re natural and healthy, right?

So here is a secret formula to get your brain feeling amazing: Go away from home for a really long time, and then come back.


Nine months is the longest I’ve ever been away from home, and in this whole week since coming back to Boston after circumnavigating the globe, I have felt cerebrally heavenly. [...Read More!]

May 212010
Do This Before You Leave on Long-Term Travel!

You do not realize how much you will forget.

I returned from nine months around the world with a giant grin and a million hugs for loved ones… and then proceeded to not be able to find a thing.

When you are getting ready to leave the country, you assume you will be able to find your favorite shoes multiple  months and a head full of Asia, Africa, and Europe later.  Trust [...Read More!]

May 172010
Turns Out I WAS Robbed During Those 9 Months Abroad?!

I was just about to bang out a post on ways to make it through nine months of travel without being robbed, when I decided to take a quick unpacking break.

Ten minutes in, it became clear: my secret stash of Travelers Cheques was gone.  After thirty minutes of searching, I called the American Express hotline.

“Hmm,” said the helpful agent, “our computers are showing that all those checks were cashed in early [...Read More!]