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"Love, Loss and Passport Stamps" by HMD

I've had many people point out to me that they "can't just hop on a plane and go heal their broken hearts in Italy, Greece or Peru.  Who will watch the kids for God's sake?  Who will pay the mortgage?" I hate the fact that I have been kind of tunnel-visioned as I globe-trotted away suggesting everyone do the same, without offering up an accessible approach to healing.  REAL people with [...]

"My Strange Addiction: Take Off" by HMD

There have been ceaseless probing questions, primarily from my fellow Americans, about my decision-making and life choices lately, which (obviously) stems from my unsettledness and restless roaming.  I've met these Probers on the road while they were on vacation or business trips, all temporary travelers wondering WHAT ON EARTH I've been doing traveling for so long. There's one question I've faced regularly, as a nomad, that can induce an immediate headache [...]

"What Happens When You Travel Alone As a Mother" by Paige McEachren

Having children is life changing. The love you are capable of having for your children is unimaginable. This undying love is what causes many mothers to pour so much of themselves into caring for their family that they forget to do things for themselves. My kids Recently I had the opportunity to spend time traveling alone to attend a travel writers summit. This made me come to terms with [...]

"Things I’ve noticed after returning home to the USA" by HMD

Returning home after travel brings up many emotions including, but not limited to, angst.  It's all very weird after the dust settles and you've made your initial "rounds" of reunions with friends and family.  People are "super excited your home!" until life goes back to normal and it's business as usual.  You're excited, too, and then, suddenly, you feel every ounce of the giant halt you're coming to...a screeching loud and [...]

"Travel helped me with my eating disorder" by Lydia Jane Alice

Travelling really opens up your eyes as to how small we are on this big planet. It makes us realise that, in the grand scheme of things, trivial things we worry about at home are truly irrelevant. To me, it has been a fundamental feature in changing my life for the better. When I was younger, I was bullied for being ‘fat’ and ‘ugly’. For as long as I can remember, [...]

And My Next Stop is…(Country #34)

I hinted at the Travel Pack Panel a few weeks back that my next stop would be one that I've been holding out for for quite some time- and that country is....drumroll please...ENGLAND! 🇬🇧 This will be my thirty-fourth country- which feels so crazy to say.  I remember when I had a solid goal of visiting 30 countries before 30, and here I am at 28 years old checking off #34.  [...]

By |2018-08-07T21:36:47+00:00February 14th, 2018|Dear Diary, Europe, From ___ with love|4 Comments

Becoming a Student of Life through Travel

In two and a half years of travel I've met many a lost soul... and even more that had been recently "found." People that travel, like I have, aren't just looking for their next passport stamp.  They're typically on a quest for something greater- something more fulfilling and life-enriching than a global checklist.  Many of them, myself included, have suffered in their past lives back home and are taking to the [...]

What it’s like to Date Around the World

It always cracks me up how eager people are to hear about my dating life, especially since I started traveling internationally.  I've played coy and kept the juicy stories for "Girls Night" with close friends, but with so many of you asking, let me share a little bit with you- you know, woman to reader. So, you ask, what's it like to date abroad?   One word.... FUN. Dating in general [...]

She Goes…to Canada?!

Oh Canadaaaaa, the land I call my...COLD, I call you COLD.  Canada, I underestimated your bite... I've been in Montreal for just over one week and my face hasn't fallen off yet, which continues to shock me.  Colder than any weather I've ever experienced in my lifetime (I'm from California where we just "opt out" of Winter), Montreal has been sitting at about -15 degrees Celsius.  I would cry if it [...]

Ending 2017 with Forgiveness

As we all turn introspective and reflect back on 2017, I'm lingering on a single word that holds more weight than I can bare... Forgiveness. There were times this year when forgiveness felt like a dirty word. Packed with implications of pain, loss and emptiness, it felt like forgiveness meant I would be condoning whatever it was that happened, and opening myself up to more of it. It felt like if [...]