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 [...]

20 magical pictures of Jaisalmer, India’s golden city

Jaisalmer is called India’s golden city because of the yellow sandstone buildings and sandy desert landscape. Located on the far end of the state of Rajasthan and in the heart of the Thar desert, it feels miles away from everywhere else in the subcontinent. It’s also very close to the Pakistani border. The city was [...]

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 [...]

Photo essay: Day trip to Mihonoseki

Seki is a goodly place, facing the morning sun; there, from the holy mountains, the winds blow softly, softly Soyo-soyoto! - Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan by Lafcadio Hearn Looking for more off the beaten track Japan? Mihonoseki should be your next stop. This small fishing town straddles the invisible border between Shimane and Tottori prefectures in [...]