From Doolin to Inis Mór

I went to Ireland for the first time in 2009. I had heard on NPR that the country was in the throws of an economic crisis and I thought to myself, that might mean cheap flights. It turns out I was right and managed to score a flight from NYC > DUB for $310 round-trip. I didn’t consider Ireland on the top of my travel list at that point, having been to very few countries, but I knew it was a good opportunity to see a new place without breaking the bank. Since I wasn’t well traveled at that point,… Read more

People Are Inherently Good

Once you have traveled to enough cities and town across the world, you will invariably have a story of your wallet stolen, the cabbie who took you for a ride, rooms broken into and the “irreplaceable” taken. I have my own. You know what? They all happened in the grand old US of A. Does that mean that I’m never going back to America? No. Well, at least my family who expect me after a year of being gone will be a little disappointed if I don’t return next Tuesday because I had some bad experiences there. As I prepare… Read more

Reflecting on the Moment

The end of the year is a time to reflect on the past 12 months and think about the best and worst moments. For the past few years, I have made a list of my favorite moments from that year. Even though we are only a little over halfway through this year, I’m already finding myself thinking about the great moments that have happened already and wondering what might get edged out as the year goes on. Most of my moments have something to do with a trip I’ve taken. While I fully believe all your “moments” could happen right… Read more

Athletic Event Travel

It might seem like a shame to think that I visited Paris and never made it into Notre Dame. I was a little too muddy at the time. I did go to Munich during Octoberfest… but it wasn’t to have a beer under one of the big tents. I was in Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day weekend but left early on the 17th — before the parade and most of the festivities. I’ve made trips to Seattle, WA and Washington DC, but for similar reasons that I went to Madison, WI; Fontana Dam, NC; Wolverhampton, UK; and Murfreesboro, TN. I am… Read more

All Inclusive Livin'

All-Inclusive- Desired or Dreaded?

I am writing this from inside my hotel room at the Paradisus Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. I am here for a close friend’s wedding. She is close enough that I was willing to forgo my usual disdain for all inclusive resorts and stay here for a long weekend. This is not my first time at an all-inclusive resort. I have been to a few in Mexico as well as the Bahamas, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Truthfully though, it’s never really been my thing. I know there are many people out there who sit at their day jobs… Read more

Walking: Tales from Two Swedish Towns

“What did you do in Lichtenstein?” “I walked.” “What did you do in Cinque Terre?” “I walked.” “What did you do in Stockholm?” “We walked.” Noticing a pattern? Once you pick your destination, travel to foreign lands can be surprisingly uncomplicated. You really don’t have to do all the things. You don’t have to have a checklist of must dos and sees. You can just wander and see what happens. It helps, sure, to have a purpose like a race or event in a city. You can look for festivals in different towns to spur you to go there. Or… Read more

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