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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…

The Art of Taking Up Space

The Art of Taking Up Space

You’ve probably heard of the “manspread” – the cultural phenomenon that has taken the New York City subway by storm. If you haven’t, it may be time to Google it. The topic of manspreading been laughed about on comedy shows and trending across social media networks. In fact, a “manspreading” illustration of the famed New… more…

Capture the Things that Move You

Capture the Things that Move You

I have a love hate relationship with my smart phone and my computer. One minute I want to hurl them both off a cliff, and then two minutes later, I accidentally drop one of them or forget one in a restaurant, and my breath gets caught in my throat, and I suddenly feel like my life is… more…

How Travel Hacking Can Change the World

How Travel Hacking Can Change the World

  The habit of collecting points and miles started when I was a teenager. I never realized that this hobby would eventually change the way that I viewed my place in the world. I’ve been doing a lot more work in the realm of travel hacking lately. If your shaking your head and wondering what… more…

Building Tomorrow Doesn’t Work

Building Tomorrow Doesn’t Work

This morning my tea leaves spoke to me. Well, the leaves didn’t actually speak. It was more like the words on the tea bag tag jumped out at me as I sat at my desk sipping my sweet and spicy herbal blend and wondering how I’m ever going to make it through the list of things… more…

Seeking Silence

Seeking Silence

Crickets. It’s been quiet here lately. Silent, actually. There’s going to be no apologies. No excuses for abandoning you readers here without words for so long. I have missed you, but I’m actually not sorry. You see, I left you on purpose. No, I didn’t quit my blog. I didn’t run out of words after… more…

#12: Alpine Driving School

#12: Alpine Driving School

Twenty. That’s how old I was in the winter of 1994 when I returned to Europe on my very first international mileage reward trip. While I was smart enough to figure out how to wrangle an award ticket across the Atlantic as a university student in 1994, I hadn’t exactly honed my life skills in… more…