My 2017 Travel Roundup

Last year at this time, I had just returned to California from Spain. Upset (understatement) about the results of the 2016 US Presidential Election, I made it one of my New Year's resolutions to spend as much time abroad in 2017 as possible. And that resolution I...

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Tips to Travel on a Budget (Really)

My hometown, San Francisco, California, is one of the most expensive cities in the world.  Because I can work remotely, I have found that it is actually more cost effective to be out of my city for the majority of the year.  If I do it correctly, traveling actually...

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A Little About Everywhere I’ve Traveled

Here I am, over half way to my coveted goal of visiting 100 countries.  As a traveler, I know it is not only about the number.  I have returned to countries that I love, for more exploration. At this point, I can appreciate a special experience more than a new...

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On Finding Travel Destination Inspiration

As someone who is constantly traveling, for fun and for my business, deciding where to go next and where I want to go in the future can be a difficult task.  There currently 195 countries on this planet and since I really do want to travel (almost) everywhere,...

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Slow Travel? Fast Travel? What to do?

When I was a teenager and a babybackpacker in my 20s, I always wanted to cram as much in a trip as possible.  From Kyushu to Hokkaido with two weeks in Japan?  Bring it on! One week in Europe?  Sure, I can visit France, the Netherlands, and the UK.  Lonely Planet's...

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The list I’ve always avoided writing: Top Five Countries

Important Note: This list has already changed and probably will again.  The most recent update can be found here. (Sorry, Thailand...) For years now, I've avoided making a top five of favorite countries list.  Why?  Countries are diverse, no matter how small or large,...

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A Love Letter To Sri Lanka

Dear Sri Lanka, Long ago, I started having the itch to visit your beautiful land. In my mind, I saw colonial architecture, tea terraces for miles, Indian Ocean beaches, elephants, and jungled highlands out of a fantasy landscape. Finally, this year, while traveling in...

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My name is Karen & travel is not only my passion but also my profession.