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Experiencing India As a Teenager

January 25, 2019 1 Comment »

india as a teenager

This article by my niece was first published in The Journal, the Intrepid Travel Blog. I have their permission to repost it. I am so proud of Erin for doing a write up for the Intrepid blog that I of course had to share it here! In addition, I didn’t help her at all with […]

How to Spend a Day Like a Local in Jaipur

December 12, 2018 No Comments »

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This article was originally published on The Journal, the Intrepid Travel Blog. I have their permission to repost it. The moment I stepped off the bus and onto the pavement in Jaipur, everything changed. I no longer was in the protected voyeuristic tourist mini bus, suddenly I was thrust into the local culture. But it […]

My 6 Favorite Experiences in Rajasthan India

November 13, 2018 2 Comments »

best rajasthan experiences

This article was originally published on The Journal, the Intrepid Travel Blog. I have their permission to repost it. “Did you go to Taj Mahal?” This is one of the inevitable questions I hear when I tell someone I went to India. The gleaming white architecture is a ‘must see’ on everyone’s wish list. However, […]

Taj Mahal Photography Tips for a Short Visit

October 16, 2018 4 Comments »

taj mahal photography tips

One of the hardest things about travel photography is the fact that you are only in a place for a short moment. In that time you have no control over the weather, the light, the crowds and you have to work with what you are given in that moment. After your initial moment of awe […]

An Aunt, a Niece, and India

October 9, 2018 4 Comments »

india with teenagers

I instinctively held my breath and my whole body was clenched into a knot as I looked out the front window of the taxi. “Brake, brake brake!” was swirling around in my head wanting to scream it’s way out just as we swerved at the last minute avoiding the car in front of us and […]

Packing for India’s Monsoon Season

September 6, 2018 4 Comments »

india packing list monsoon season

It was as if I had walked into a brick wall. It startled me and I rocked back a couple of steps until I could get my feet underneath me again. The thick wall of heat and humidity that is India in August is real, and it will knock you on your ass. I wondered […]

Too Scared to Travel To India? I Have a Solution…

September 4, 2018 11 Comments »

india travel fears

Fear is a weird and powerful thing. It controls our decisions and can hold us hostage. I have plenty of fears – too many. However, travel is not one of them luckily. When I talk to people about traveling around the world the one fear that seems to be the same for everyone is that […]

The Last Niece Project Goes To…

June 28, 2018 2 Comments »

Niece Project first time in india

I surveyed the menu; I felt as if I was under a lot of pressure to choose exactly the right dishes. After all, a big life decision would be made based on this meal specifically. My youngest niece, Erin, was choosing her destination for her Niece Project, the very last Niece Project. She had the […]

Facing My Fears on a Bike in Thailand

January 30, 2018 7 Comments »

Biking thailand

In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from a fellow adventurer and biker, Jennifer Coleman. As a side note, I will be taking off on my first bike tour this year – so I soaked up all of her recommendations on how to overcome biking fears! […]

Why You Should Travel to Vietnam in Rainy Season

July 5, 2016 46 Comments »

vietnam rainy season motorbike

It arrives in Vietnam with a vengeance; the rainy season. No rain for months and then it just starts; daily downpours that relieve you from the heat and make you run for cover. Most people hear the words “Vietnam rainy season” and immediately start looking at other vacation alternatives. But I say embrace the rainy […]