Meaningful travel: what the heck is it?

Some of you may know that I'm a Meaningful Travel Insider (MTI) for GoAbroad. In short, I write articles that focus on meaningful travel abroad, whether it's studying abroad, working abroad, volunteering abroad, interning abroad, learning a new language abroad, pursuing TEFL courses abroad, or doing a gap year or adventure travel abroad. However, you may still [...]

The commodification of travel

In today's postmodern world, the prevailing paradigm is that travel abroad can solve all your problems and help you find your soul. There are so many stories of people who quit their jobs and sold everything to travel the world. These individuals see travel abroad as some kind of spiritual odyssey to find their true [...]

7 books set in India that will inspire you to travel there

Even before Jesse and I traveled to India a couple years ago, I loved reading fiction written by Indian authors. I admired their writing style, often so magical or lyrical that it totally transported me to a country I initially never really cared to visit. If you're thinking of taking a meaningful trip to the [...]

The expat and the art of minimalist living

Everything changed when I first moved out of my childhood home. I was getting ready to study abroad in the UK and couldn't decide what to carry. In retrospect, I realized that I walked with way too much luggage in the first place, including a cooking pot and a heavy wool winter coat that I [...]

13 things mentally strong travelers shouldn’t do in 2018

Are you a tourist/traveler? Have you ever felt inadequate after scrolling through another traveler's Instagram feed? This got me thinking about bad habits mentally weak travelers have. In fact, my list is directly inspired by Amy Morin's bestseller, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. Here are 13 things mentally strong travelers shouldn't do in 2018. [...]

5 books that inspired me to travel abroad

Over the years, I've read a lot of travel fiction/non-fiction but there are some books that remain dear to me. Some I read during my formative years before I was old enough or could afford to travel abroad. I read two of them while I was at university and they inspired me to push the boundaries of [...]

Book set in Japan: The Lady and the Monk

Initially, I was really excited to read Pico Iyer's The Lady and the Monk. For those in the know, Iyer is one of the world's leading travel writers today (travel writer, not blogger) whose observations have made him quite famous. I was especially attracted to this book because it features Kyoto, my soul city in Japan. I [...]

31 things you should know about a Trini Christmas

The local radio station, Sweet 100.1 FM, starts playing Christmas music in September. Your mother started soaking dried fruits in alcohol for black cake way before December. People start putting up Christmas lights from Divali. Creches start popping up on churchyards. Even though it's 33 degrees Celsius outside, the malls are filled with snow, Santa [...]