“My Strange Addiction: Take Off” by HMD

“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 [...]

“You don’t have to go abroad to experience travel” by Toni Elston

“You don’t have to go abroad to experience travel” by Toni Elston

I have been unable to travel the world as I would like to yet, but I can still say, without a doubt, traveling has been my saving grace. Growing up, most of the traveling I did was with my mom to whatever base she was living on- my mom was in the military but I wasn’t with her all the time. I think that’s where my love for travel and exploring comes from. Being able [...]

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People always know I’m an American abroad right away. Here’s why…

People always know I’m an American abroad right away. Here’s why…

There are a few things you're probably doing that make you stick out as a "typical American tourist" (effecting your favorability depending on what that person thinks of the states).  Sometimes , depending on the country I've been visiting, people love the fact that I'm American.  Other times, not so much.  It's been particularly interesting to [...]

“F*%#ing Perfect”

“F*%#ing Perfect”

I recently had a near lifelong friend tell me something I can't shake. You ever have one of those conversations that lingers for days and weeks after they happen?  We'd had a few cocktails and all kinds of truths were coming out. The good, the bad and the ugly.  I relished in all of it, [...]

Reverse Culture Shock

Reverse Culture Shock

You know what it feels like to come home after two years of travel to a place like California?  Almost like an alternate reality in which you no longer fit.  It feels like visiting a Stepford-type movie set, but its all real life and the "actors" are your friends, family and neighbors.  WOW, they totally have it [...]

Part II: American Wino in Africa

Part II: American Wino in Africa

As I woke up today for my "American Wino in Africa" Day, Part II, I realized how hard this whole blogging thing really is... First, you have to schedule tours, then you have to drink wine...well you get it.. Hard work. JUST KIDDING! Blogging is the best gig ever, and days like today, well... They make [...]

Weekends away on the Western Cape (and how to satisfy a grounded traveler) 

Weekends away on the Western Cape (and how to satisfy a grounded traveler) 

I have to admit...after traveling around the world the past year and a half, constantly being on the go and experiencing newness, I have found myself addicted to the thrill of moving around.  It's a high unlike any other that brings on a special type of bliss.  Travel is- among a million other things- addicting. [...]