Author Archives: wanderingzito

Roots and Regrets: Travel Lessons from Italy

Roots and Regrets: Travel Lessons from Italy

My first trip to Italy was in 1993. I was a young and hip backpacker, too cool for the universe—as most teenagers are—and especially too cool for my family. Or so I thought. Now that I’m much older and a little wiser I’ve come to realize that this whole time my family is awesome. My… more…

Get a Head Start on Free Travel in 2016

Get a Head Start on Free Travel in 2016

Another year is wrapping up. If you’re anything like me, you’ve already probably started dreaming of all the adventures ahead in 2016. I’ve got Bhutan, Tibet, Israel, and Italy on my list for next year, and I hope to finish up visiting the rest of the states that have eluded me for many years (Oklahoma,… more…

7 Lessons from 7 Continents: Asia + Worldview

7 Lessons from 7 Continents: Asia + Worldview

A single phrase, commonly heard across Southeast Asia, sums up the biggest lesson that six years on this continent taught me: “Same, same, but different.”  After my first dream trip to Europe and the consequential discovery of travel’s possibility, it didn’t take me long to figure out how to venture even further afield. Within a… more…

People, Portraits and Prizes

People, Portraits and Prizes

PRIZES?  Yes! Keep reading. Back when I lived in Sudan (and couldn’t run), I was working as a story writer and photographer. The land in Sudan was as barren as barren could be. There wasn’t much to work with in the way of landscape photography. The roads were dirt, the homes constructed of sticks and mud,… more…

Running: For So Many Reasons

Running: For So Many Reasons

Yesterday I ran ten miles in Paris. I circled the arc, passed under the Eiffel tower, and wound my way along the Seine to Notre Dame. I dodged tourists, tripped on cobblestones, and spent a lot of time thinking as the French summer sun shone on each of my steps. I often run in cities… more…

Just Do You.

Just Do You.

About a year ago I wrote about keeping your eyes on your own paper. Surprisingly, this post is my most popular entry here of all time– a metric which teaches me an important lesson: I’m not the only one that struggles with measuring their value against the accomplishments and perceived perspectives of others. When we’re… more…

#giving #giving… one year gone ::

#giving #giving… one year gone ::

It’s official, I’ve successfully given away 10$ every day for the entire last year! (insert cheers here) Yep, that’s 366 donations to 366 different causes. And right now,  there are people out there all over the world using my 10$ to do work to make the world more amazing. I couldn’t be happier. It’s great… more…