On the day of my arrival in Baltimore, a friend tipped me off to an altercation that happened between police and a young Black man at the same junction where Freddie Gray was arrested by officers, before dying in their custody. Fox News reported that the man was shot in the back while running away from police (they… More »
When I stepped out of the airport in Trinidad and Tobago, the first thing I noticed was the beautiful, sprawling green mountains that have welcomed me back “home” every time I return to my island of birth. Also familiar? There were Black and Brown people everywhere! That acknowledgement forced a tiny grin to form on… More »
Last week, I wrote about knowing and accepting when it’s time to move on. I’ve been getting that itch lately, telling me that it is time to leave the Big Island of Hawaii. I know that I don’t really have any other choice but to scratch it and say “see ya later.” Though, as nature… More »
I arrived on The Big Island on the night before New Year’s Eve. It was the cheapest day to fly and even though I would’ve preferred to spend the holidays with family and friends, I really wanted to start my travel adventures on a fiscally responsible note. Which also made me decide to get on… More »
I’ve written before about “distancing myself From white people” to avoid being constantly subjected to racial and cultural insensitivity. After years of dealing with well-meaning, but often ill-informed or inexperienced Whites, the emotional turmoil had taken its toll and I simply wanted to avoid feelings of discomfort, disappointment and even anger. I concluded that the… More »
I was casually strolling down a sunny Hawaiian street in the small town of Captain Cook alongside a new girlfriend I hadmade a few weeks earlier, when a man pulled his truck over just behind us and tried to get our attention. My immediate response was to ignore him and continue walking, immersed in our… More »
The only thing I didn’t consider when planning this solo traveling adventure is that I might end up in hospital. Sadly, I did.
I woke up in a pool of my own blood a few nights ago and was faced with a difficult choice: Do I go to the ER (which would be… More »
Solo traveling can be a great opportunity to meet cool adventurers, especially for single ladies looking to spice up their love lives or have a little fun with dudes with foreign accents. Yes, travel dating can certainly have perks! Exotic locations make for perfect date options, the island breeze brings a nice calm and there… More »
I am traveling alone through the islands of Hawaii and I am a young woman. I am not worrying about getting raped every moment of my journey, unlike writer Tara Burton, who wrote about her fears in an article for Salon called “Dangers of Traveling While Female.” I don’t feel as if my life or… More »
We all know the trope: a young college student leaves the country for the first time and then returns home acting the part of a world-weary jetsetting dilettante.
We all also know that that person is annoying.
While there’s nothing wrong with going on an awesome vacation and coming back feeling… More »
Smartphones are a way of life these days. I take mine everywhere, and look at it approximately 3,458 times a day. With so much time and attention lavished on our mobile phones, isn’t it about time they did something useful for us? As we come to the end of our two weeks of wanderlusting, we’ve… More »
Unfortunately, unless you’re Richard Branson or a card-carrying member of NASA, it’s not looking good that you’ll be able to vacation on another planet anytime soon. Instead of mourning the fact that you’ll likely never wander the terrain of Mars or Jupiter, I have 15 suggestions for bizarrely beautiful otherworldly travel destinations right here on… More »
I’m no longer a single traveler, but I was, OH I WAS, for most of my 20s. And not to big myself up or anything, but I did well at airports. You’re probably asking yourself, What does she mean by well? I mean at least a dozen phone numbers/email addresses, three dates, two hookups (one in-air!),… More »
Traveling with the right person or group can turn even a weekend at the beach into an unforgettable experience. On the other hand, traveling with the wrong person can turn the trip of your dreams into a total nightmare. We’ve made an extensive list of the pros and cons of different travel partners before, but in… More »
A month and a half ago, I went to France for a week and while I was there, I took a French lover. He was a 24-year-old waiter that I met at the first restaurant I had dinner at and he didn’t speak any English. Don’t judge me (unless it’s for being awesome). I took two… More »
I’ve mentioned AirBnB in a few of my traveling posts, most recently the story of my roadtrip from Portland to Nashville. Ever since my boyfriend Nick and I discovered the site, which lets people rent out their homes to travelers, we rarely stay in hotels anymore. In fact, thanks to AirBnB, we’ve spent a few… More »
Hello Kitty was born in 1974, and since then, the beloved Sanrio character has only grown in popularity, as evidenced by the plethora of travel options that will fulfill every Hello Kitty lover’s fantasy. To read while you travel: Christine R. Yano’s cultural exploration Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek across the Pacific and to bookmark:… More »
When it comes to traveling, the best motto is probably “Keep It Simple, Stupid.” It’s really easy to overwhelm yourself by packing too many things, or making too many plans. But I’ve found the best trips are the ones that are well-conceived but leave a little time for spontaneous fun. There are little things you… More »