The Fear of Being Still

October 29, 2015 5 Comments »

wrangel island abandoned

“Welcome back,” he said to me as I hear the familiar sound of my passport being stamped. I smile genuinely and say thank you. A little burst of happiness goes through my body and sort of wakes me up from the 9 hour flight from Berlin. I know people say that the U.S. immigration can […]

99 Best Travel Tips (and Some Life Tips, too!)

September 10, 2015 67 Comments »

I’ve been on the road for 9 years (actually, it’s now up to 17 years traveling in 2024!) to all continents and about 65 countries and I normally shy away from doling out my best travel tips, as everyone’s tastes are different. But after all this time living on the road, I think I have […]

This is Me After 9 Years of Living Out of a Suitcase

September 8, 2015 35 Comments »

I’m having this weird unsettling feeling that I don’t know where I am. As I’m walking around the airport something happens and my brain races to try to figure out my whereabouts – narrowing it from continent, to country, to city. This is all brought on by the fact that in the last two days, […]

Niece Project 4.0 The Decision

May 28, 2015 16 Comments »

aunt niece relationship

From the beginning of the Niece Project it was Allie who always intimidated me. She is my brother’s middle daughter and is like none of my other nieces. I honestly was never sure if she would even want to go anywhere with me, let alone out of the country. She was the one I always […]

High Altitude Tears

April 28, 2015 14 Comments »


I shut my eyes and let all the thoughts sink in. They seem to bore deep into my psyche, burrowing deeper and deeper into the parts of my brain where I push all of the positive happy ending thoughts. I can feel tears slowly form, my throat starts to feel strained, and it becomes hard […]

Why You Should Travel With Your Parents Right Now

April 7, 2015 28 Comments »

family travel bonding

Its strange how you can be with your parents from your birth, and even after 45 years you learn things about them that you never knew. How is that possible that the people you practically spend the most time with are still a mystery? I believe it’s because most of your lifetime they are playing […]

Border Crossing Surprises

February 26, 2015 6 Comments »

belfast sightseeing

I looked at my Google Maps serving as my GPS on my dashboard and was completely confused. The numbers made no sense. The GPS voice started talking to me as she always did, “in 2 miles turn left on….” Wait a minute – miles? My brain had been trained to kilometers for the last 2 […]

Self Love

February 12, 2015 1 Comment »

Would you get married to yourself? You’d probably make the perfect couple – don’t you think? Think about how much easier a wedding would be without a groom – or in-laws. I recently came across this new type of tour in Japan – solo wedding tour packages. “Cerca Travel’s two-day “solo wedding” package includes choosing […]

Seeing Quiet: Kayaking Ireland

January 13, 2015 14 Comments »

kayking ireland

The waves were lapping up against the shoreline in that comforting rhythmic fashion that coastal living brings. The sun had already dipped below the horizon and had left a perfectly clear night sky glowing in pinkish orange and midnight blue. “It’s going to be a great night for star gazing, “ Jim said as he […]

Do You Need Goals to be Successful?

January 1, 2015 27 Comments »

abandoned office

She looks at me inquisitively and asks, “So what is you overall goal with this?” referring to my blogging, freelancing, social media channels at Ottsworld. I look at her trying to keep my face from indicating just how uneasy this question makes me and time seems to slow down for a moment. I feel myself […]