Follow my blog with Bloglovin I’m in the middle of planning my latest trip when I receive a notification from my Google Trips mobile app. It knows I’m traveling somewhere soon, so it directs me to view an overview about where I’m headed. Soon, I’m eyeballs deep in the app, checking out all of the information it offers about my destination: things to do, suggested … [Read more...] about Travel in an Age of Information Overload
Thoughts about solo travel and life in general.
It’s been said Yosemite National Park is the crown jewel of America’s national parks. I haven’t been to every national park yet, but I believe it. Although my time in Yosemite was marked by disappointment, I still consider the three days I spent backpacking in the park among the most special memories of my life. Gaining Perspective It’s too easy to focus on failure, so when I … [Read more...] about Celebrating Small Successes in Yosemite National Park
Somewhere between the silence and the dull brass landscape of a desolate stretch of highway in southern Wyoming, it suddenly struck me: I’m actually enjoying this. We’d been on the road for five days, the “we” in question being me and my oldest brother G*, who’d agreed to join me on a cross-country road trip when I moved to Seattle. A few months earlier, over pancakes and … [Read more...] about Throwing in the Solo Travel Towel?
I threw my head back and laughed when we drove past a garden center and my mother almost gave herself a case of whiplash trying to see what they were selling. "You have a one track mind," I teased, ribbing her about her passion for gardening. "So do you," she shot back. "You're always thinking about travel." Her words gave me pause for a moment, but she was right. Was it … [Read more...] about Coming to Terms with the Urge for Going
I had a bit of an epiphany today when, in the wee hours of the morning--thanks to one more sporadic case of insomnia--I came across a comment in a recent article by Seth Kugel, the New York Times' Frugal Traveler columnist. In the piece, Kugel reviewed reader comments from the column over the past year for a bit of self-critique, using both praise and reproof as a barometer … [Read more...] about You *Do* Actually Want to Travel, Don’t You?