Feb 232014
 
New York Travels: My First Night Away From Baby

I was shaking with emotion as I boarded the train for New York. My bag cut into my shoulder, laden with the supplies I suddenly must lug as a new mother traveling without her baby for the first time.

I took my seat as the train slid out of Boston, and breathed as sigh of relief as the familiar feeling returned: My heart soaring up out of my body with the ecstasy [...Read More!]

Dec 242010
 
Illegal Thai Fruit, Odd NYC Veggie, and Ghana Intensity

Exactly one year ago, I was almost arrested in Bangkok, Thailand for bringing an illegally smelly fruit onto a public train.

You can read the whole dramatic story by clicking here, but the short version is that durians (giant, monstrously spiky fruits common in Asia) smell so horrifically bad that there are signs all over public transport in Southeast Asia warning against carrying them.  And I did.  And a Thai policeman nearly [...Read More!]

Nov 282010
 
Crazy Mystery Thanksgiving Food Photo Contest!

Exactly a year ago, I was spending Thanksgiving alone in Northern Thailand, quietly eating stir-fried vegetables in a Chiang Mai restaurant.  It wasn’t lonely or bad, honestly.  But that said, I truly appreciated that this year I could spend America’s special Stuff Yourself Holiday with beloved family and friends in New York and Philadelphia!

Now on to the contest promised by the heading of this article.

During our New York Thanksgiving awesomeness, my [...Read More!]

Jul 222010
 
On Risk: From Homelessness to a Four Diamond Hotel

“I feel terrible for you!” sighed Sherry, watching me lug my suitcase through the sultry New York streets.  “I’m so sorry we have no place for you to sleep tonight!”

I chuckled.  “Literally,” I said, “this is the hundredth time I’ve showed up in a city and had nowhere to stay.  And yet, miraculously, it always works out in the end.”

Sherry looked dubious and murmured, “I really hope you’ll be all right.”

It [...Read More!]

Jun 302010
 
What Happened at The Giant TBEX10 Travel Blog Conference and Why it Matters

It’s fitting that the TBEX10 world travel blogger conference occurred in New York City on the same weekend as the NYC Gay Pride march.  If you are a blogger and are passionate about it, to reveal this to others has a distinct air of “Coming out.”

When you reveal your big secret for the first time, how will the listener react?

Will they judge you? Will they try to dig up information they [...Read More!]

Jun 192010
 
How to Not Dumbly Waste Money in RTW Travel

Nicholas Kristof’s fascinating recent New York Times article about unwise budgeting by some of the world’s poorest families, “Moonshine or the Kids,” reveals a truth that applies to all classes of humans around the world: We’d each have a whole lot more money if we stopped spending piles of it on silly things.

That in mind, let us take a tour of the stupid things I did and didn’t spend money on during my nine [...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!]

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