Travel Mindset

Haters Gonna Hate

By Steph | August 24, 2010

The internet has been making me cranky lately. I’ve been sensing this growing resentment towards travelers and it’s making my skin itch. There’s the snotty comments scattered across the interwebs, there’s some weird infighting drama going on in the travel blogosphere (which I’m not going to touch), and then there’s the Eat Pray Love backlash. […]

Learning to Deal with Disaster

By Steph | June 26, 2010

(This is the last post in a series where I’ve recounted the ways that travel has helped me to learn about myself. For reference check out: How Travel makes us Smarter, Wiser and All-Around More Awesome, Learning to Love Being Alone, and Learning From Our Travel Mistakes ) There’s a particular mental moment that every […]

Don’t Look Back in Anger

By Guest Poster | June 24, 2010

I know I am constantly going on about how your twenties are a great time to travel– well here is the flip-side of the coin. Today’s guest post comes from a thirty-something traveler, Scott Hartbeck, who has some regrets to get off his chest. And so travel can wait. But can you really afford to […]

Learning from Our Travel Mistakes

By Steph | June 8, 2010

(Over the next couple of weeks I’m recounting ways that travel has helped me to learn about myself. For reference check out my first article: How Travel makes us Smarter, Wiser and All-Around More Awesome and Learning to Love Being Alone) Once, I took a trip that wasn’t very fun. It was one of my […]

How Travel makes us Smarter, Wiser and All-Around More Awesome

By Steph | May 25, 2010

I like to travel for a lot of reasons; it can be really fun, it makes me feel more alive and I love meeting new people and exploring new places. There’s also another, deeper motivation I feel to propel myself around the world: I feel like it makes me better. The constant flow of new […]

We’re All Travelers Here

By Steph | March 21, 2010

Warning: this post is ranty… Last week I wrote a post about how much I love the online travel community. And I really do, but every once in awhile (actually it seems to be happening quite frequently lately) I come across a certain kind of blog post that really rubs me the wrong way. These […]

Do the Thing that Scares You

By Steph | February 23, 2010

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about why so few people actually make their travel dreams reality. Anyone who is a frequent traveler knows the common refrain from others of “I wish I could do that!”  To which I always answer that you can. For some reason people don’t seem to believe this. A lot […]

On Dealing with Doubters

By Steph | January 31, 2010

I was at this claustrophobic little bar near Farragut West a couple of months ago. A rather portly young man was trying to chat me up in the typical DC way (where are you from, which branch of the government do you work for, etc. etc.).  All quite dull until he asked me what I […]

When Getting Lost is a Good Thing

By Steph | January 19, 2010

We have maps. We have GPSs. We have 5-year plans. We have everything laid out ahead of us to specifically prevent ourselves from losing our way. That’s just smart living; getting lost is scary. It’s frustrating. It’s an encounter with the unknown, the unforeseen and the unpredictable. It’s these exact same characteristics that make getting […]

What It’s a Wonderful Life Can Teach Us About Travel

By Steph | December 27, 2009

One of the side effects of writing this blog is that I’m constantly in the traveler mindset. I notice a lot of things that I’ve never picked up on before. I must have seen It’s a Wonderful Life a thousand times, but it never resonated with me quite the way as it did this past […]

It’s All a Crap Shoot Really

By Steph | December 15, 2009

I was talking to a close friend the other day about whether or not he should quit his job to travel. He has a good job for his young age and a solid career plan, but he still toys with the idea of giving it up.  “I just don’t want to be thirty and have […]

Desperate to Travel: What’s Your Advice?

By Steph | December 1, 2009

Travel bloggers LOVE to give advice. How to travel, where to go, what to see do and eat.  I love that willingness to help one another out with tips and advice, so I’m hoping you guys can pitch in and help me out on this one. I got an email from a younger reader asking […]