Nov 27, 2013
Guys, consider this my official resignation. I am formally recusing myself from the traveler Cheaplympics – I was never going to make it through qualifiers anyway. Below are direct quotes (some perhaps feature slight embellishments) I’ve heard on my travels – spend any time on the road and you’ll soon learn this is a serious sport.
“Oh… you paid seven dollars for a dorm bed? Yikes....
Nov 19, 2013
Where do you draw the privacy line, when you’ve made a job out of sharing your life with anyone who’s intrigued?
About a year and a half ago I had my first experience with an internet harasser. While today it’s something I might try to make light of, at the time I never wrote about it here. I was in a bad place in my life and barely keeping it together, and this person was tugging at ever unraveling...
Oct 1, 2013
For an event of its size, Burning Man has very few rules. It is a pretty successful experiment in letting people set their own limits, exercise their judgement, and govern themselves. There are however, ten principles – not commandments, but rather a reflection of the community at Burning Man and an integral part of what Burning Man is, at its core.
I want to share the ten principles here as well as my...
Aug 28, 2013
The first thought that entered my head when I woke up on the third day of our Rinjani trek was a simple “I do not want to do this.”
We set off at 3:30am. By 4:00, I was in tears and growing more overwrought with every step. I knew I could not make the rest of the three-hour trudge to the summit of Rinjani. Justifications floated through my head like bonus bubbles in a video game.
• Unlike the...
Aug 13, 2013
Can you ever really go back?
Can you return to a place that was special to you at a certain moment in time, and recapture the magic? Can you go travel back to a place that was once sacred to you, and relive those moments that made it so? Or will it always be a series of diminishing returns, like a child growing older and realizing how Christmas changes when they know for sure that Santa isn’t real?...
Jul 22, 2013
Recently I explained what the Divemaster course is, why I decided to sign up, and how I chose where and when to do so. I hope this will be helpful to those looking into doing their DMT and searching for a first hand account of someone who has been there, as well as interesting to those simply looking for a peek into a different industry! I broke the course down into theory, skills, and practical...
Jul 7, 2013
Home is a strange concept, when you have no permanent address. For how long do you need to stay still, to put down your backpack and to sleep in the same bed, in order for a place to be a home? For someone who has spent the past two years crisscrossing the globe, that threshold becomes quite low.
For the last five weeks of my most recent jaunt to Southeast Asia, I called Gili Trawangan home.
I put down my...
Jun 14, 2013
As I packed for my most recent five month trip to Southeast Asia, my fourth such journey in as many years, I vowed that my next flight abroad would be to a new region of the world. I felt certain that the next time I put down my passport, it would be somewhere in Latin America.
Then I got to Gili Trawangan.
I haven’t even started blogging about this portion of my trip yet (the problem with perpetual...