10156117_10100441719297977_715014619_n

Tips for Breaking into Travel Writing

Even with a degree in journalism and a travel writing course at MatadorU under my belt, I am always learning new tricks when it comes to pitching editors, networking with other travelers and getting published. Here, I share my best tips on breaking into the wonderfully unpredictable, inspiring and beautiful world of travel writing.

katiecook2

The Traveler Series: Katie Cook of Hope Engaged

This week on The Traveler Series, meet Katie Cook of Hope Engaged! Katie and her husband, Kevin, travel the world and give back to the global community through volunteer work. From working with rescued girls of sex trafficking in Nepal to teaching English in Thailand to working for a non-profit in Kenya, this inspiring duo dedicate their life and marriage to making a difference.

language barrier 2

Breaking the Language Barrier

My attempts at conversing in Russian taught me one thing: the importance of gaining a basic understanding of a language before boarding the plane. Although many people do speak English, it is a sign of respect and courtesy to at least attempt to communicate with locals in their native tongue. In my travels, I have often had to overcome language barriers but have learned to take time to prepare myself for whatever destination I am visiting.

casey4

The Traveler Series: Casey of True Colours

This week on The Traveler Series, meet Casey of the visually stunning travel blog, True Colours. Casey and her husband, Nick, bring their adventures to life on True Colours with Casey as the voice and Nick as the eye behind the photography.

pandaguides5

Discovering China with Panda Guides

While my travel style is all about living like a local and getting lost in a destination, I like to rely on guidebooks to give me a deeper understanding of the culture I’m visiting and the history that surrounds it.

aplaceatthetable_promo

Fighting Hunger in America with ‘A Place at the Table’

Like most, when I hear of famine I picture a child from sub-Sahara Africa with a swollen belly and sallow face sitting on the floor of a dirt-packed hut. The last thing I imagine is an overweight person in small town America with a paying job and relatively pulled together appearance. My thoughts on hunger always seem to gravitate towards the extreme–if one is hungry they must be homeless, unemployed and devastatingly thin–a notion that many carry and that this film aims to disprove. In fact, obesity and hunger go hand in hand in America as do a variety of sicknesses associated with malnutrition.

myHealth-travel-med-image-1024x768

Healthy on Hiatus: Staying Sick-Free Abroad

I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a hypochondriac–the type of person to cringe when reading WebMD, sweat profusely at the slightest increase in my heartbeat and sleep with a bottle of mosquito spray when in a third world country. While my tendency to lean towards the dramatic when it comes to health is something to scoff at when home, when abroad my worry about contracting something has led me to prioritize avoiding sickness during my travels. From probiotics to basic street-wise habits, these are my top tips for staying healthy while on hiatus.

Pacific-Islands-Forum-2013-opening-ceremony

The Traveler Series: World Teach Volunteer, Elayna Tekle

This week on The Traveler Series meet Elayna Tekle, a travel-enthusiast who spent a year abroad teaching English in the Marshall Islands as part of a World Teach volunteer program. Here I interview Elayna on what inspired her to volunteer abroad, how she adapted to Marshallese culture and her best travel advice.

colorun

In Living Color: The Color Run 5K

Within in an instant the world around me is a rosy pink and I stop running to watch as my arms, legs and sneakers start to turn pink as well. Around me runners are dancing in this pink snow globe of color, laying on the ground and making pink snow angels, living la vie en rose. Throughout the course of this 5K, I run through more clouds of color–vibrant hues of blue speckle my hair, bright green sticks to my clothing and orange hugs my ankles–turning me into a living and breathing work of art.

la-carmina-nyc-manhattan-1

The Traveler Series: Carmen of La Carmina Blog

This week on The Traveler Series meet Carmen of La Carmina–she is a Canadian blogger, author and TV host who swapped law school for a colorful career writing about alternative travel, fashion and pop culture. Known for her Harajuku-style, Carmen (who goes by La Carmina) is a popular blogger who has been writing full-time, hosting travel TV shows around the… [Read More]

DSC_0973

Must-Have Travel Apps for your Next Trip

With the touch of a finger, today’s travel apps can do everything from find you affordable airfare, comfortable accommodations, overcome language barriers and keep you connected to friends and family back home. Although I like to disconnect from technology when I travel, my travel apps are essential in the planning phase of my trip and can even lend a hand when I’m abroad.

Bay Essence Crystal and Francisco Pin the Map Project Traveler Series

The Traveler Series: Crystal and Francisco of Bay Essence

This week on The Traveler Series, meet Crystal and Francisco of the travel blog, Bay Essence. After a meeting in Valparaíso in 2009 and spending a semester together followed by two and a half years in a long distance relationship, Francisco and Crystal are now building a life together in Santiago de Chile.

EatPrayLove4

Movies & Books that Inspire Wanderlust

When the monotony of the corporate world, the hurriedness of New York City and lack of immediate travel plans have me scanning airline sites like a religion, I turn towards feel-good books and inspiring movies that take me on an adventure, fuel my wanderlust & leave me breathless with excitement for my next trip.