Literary travel: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, written by Dominican American author Junot Diaz, is set in the DR (Dominican Republic) and New Jersey, United States. It starts off telling the story of uber-nerd/Dominican with no game Oscar but soon delves into his entire family history. What I liked I get why this novel got [...]

Literary travel: Marco Polo Didn’t Go There

"It is the expectation itself that robs a bit of authenticity from the destinations we seek out." - Rolf Potts One of the best ways you can travel meaningfully is by reading travel fiction/non-fiction on the country/countries you intend to visit. I got interested in Rolf Potts when I heard he was the "Jack Kerouac [...]

Literary travel: 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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Literary travel: 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 [...]