Making Friends Around the World

One of my gap year goals was to be invited by strangers to a family event. Holiday. Wedding. Pet birthday party. Didn’t matter. Look back with me at my 2016 fail that I really want to turn into a 2017 win.

How Do Solo Travelers Get Such Good Pictures?

Yes, we travel to explore other cultures and to intelligently answer life’s pressing questions, like “Who has the best coffee — Costa Rica or Indonesia?” (The question is moot; the winner is Vietnam.) But we also travel to see the jaw-dropping beauty that’s everywhere…except Manila. And one of the benefits of being a post-2008 traveler is that we have…

Why Portugal Will Be Your Favorite Travel Destination

This post contains affiliate links, which means if you click a link I may receive a commission at no cost to you. All opinions are my own. I had the privilege of taking a  grown up gap year to travel. Yes, I’m Team Quit Your Job. I visited 12 countries over 12 months from France to…

25 Perfect Gifts for Travelers

(I need serious WordPress help. I can’t get my embed code to work; it’s converting to hyperlinks. I’ll keep working on getting my Maven boards to show up here on my blog, but I’ll have to leave it like this until I get some help. BTW, if you know what I’m doing wrong…HELP!) Gifts for…

Gap Year for Grown Ups

This post contains affiliate links, which means if you click on a link, I may receive compensation at no cost to you. Did you hear Malia Obama took a gap year before college? And were you just a little bit jealous? Is your phone home screen a picture of a place you’ve never been?  I know those…