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 50 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 […]

Same Same and Something Different in Shanghai

June 7, 2016 4 Comments »

Shanghai Shopping

“It’s like China town…but it’s in China,” Ling my Shanghai guide said in a bit of a disappointed tone. I wondered if she had heard that from a former guest, as I doubt she had ever been to a China town in another country. But I laughed and agreed whole-heartedly with her. I surveyed the […]

What to Eat in China

June 2, 2016 11 Comments »

food in china

THWAK! The thick menu felt like an earthquake when it was put on the table. I looked at it in astonishment; it was the size of a Sears Catalog that I remember receiving when I was a kid! When I landed in China for my 8 day trip, I was excited for one thing – […]

Travel Through New China and Old Traditions

May 31, 2016 No Comments »

what to expect china

I cringe when I hear the speaker crackle and pop as a high-pitched voice blares through the square in Xi’an. The speaker should have probably been retired 10 years ago, but it lives on and no one seems to care that it’s past its prime. I try to listen through the crackling and come to […]

Week In-stagram Review China

September 25, 2015 4 Comments »

Beijing Instagram

8 Days, 3 Cities, 5 Airplanes – this is fast travel. This week I’ve been on a whirlwind trip of China and I’ve been moving around so fast that I can never remember what my hotel room number is let along what floor I’m on when I get in the elevator and stare blankly at […]

The Growth of Luxury in Sri Lanka

December 30, 2014 5 Comments »

Kottukal Villa Sri Lanka

Everyone asked me the same question once they found out I had been to Sri Lanka 3 years before, “Has it changed since you were here last?” It took me a long time to determine that answer, but after spending 2 weeks there with way too much time looking out the window of a vehicle […]

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