100 movies that will inspire you to travel the world

After reading books, watching movies comes a close second for me. Films are the next best thing when it comes to inspiring armchair travelers. For others, they're a great way to pass the time on those long-haul flights and wait times at airports and stations! I especially love movies filmed about travel or set in [...]

Home sweet home: dealing with reverse culture shock

Repatriation sucks. After living adventurously for a year or more, to come back home can seem dull. After the initial euphoria of reuniting with family and friends and telling them your best travel stories, it's all over. Nobody wants to hear about it anymore. Back to the grind. There's also an ugly side of returning [...]

13 photos that will make you want to visit Jaipur right now

Rajasthan is one of India's most beautiful states. Located in the northwestern part of the subcontinent, it offers many first-time travelers a glimpse into the desert cities of India. Founded in the 16th century by Jai Singh, Jaipur, Rajasthan's capital city, is one of the stops on the Golden Triangle (which includes Delhi and Agra). It's [...]

Get to know Trini food: Trinidadian corn soup

Make no mistake, Trinis love food. The size of the waistlines in Trinidad and Tobago bear testament to the favorite local expression,"Better belly buss than good food waste!" Side note: you can learn 19 Trini sayings in this article I wrote for Matador Network. In this foodie nation, there are many favorites. One is Trinidadian corn soup. [...]

A day in the life of an ALT in Japan

Every day, I take the Sakaiminato-bound train from platform zero. Its carriages are pink, purple, yellow, green, and blue and plastered with characters from a manga called Ge Ge Ge No Kitaro. One character, Nekomusume, a wide-eyed, fringed-faced girl, flashes razor sharp teeth. Daily life is punctuated by sound. In the morning, the jaundice-eyed train lumbers [...]

Review: CNN’s Parts Unknown on Trinidad and Tobago

“There’s Trinidad, and Tobago: One country, two very different islands, two very different places. One island is what you expected when you arrive wearing flip-flops and a Hawaiian shirt, all greased up with cocoa butter; the other ain’t about that at all.” – Anthony Bourdain   I’ve always been a fan of Anthony Bourdain’s travel [...]

The art of keeping a travel journal according to Lavinia Spalding

When you travel, do you jot down your thoughts? Do you still have that fistful of sand you grabbed from that beach that looked straight out of a movie? Do you love to doodle about the location you're in? I have always journaled but my first travel journal began when I went on my first [...]