The world of vacation rentals

My mom and I arrive to Cinque Terre hours after we were supposed to, thanks to the Italian train strikes taking place on the day we hike it from photogenic Venice to Milan to La Spezia to Vernazza (whew). Exhausted, moderately grumpy and ready to take in the beauty of the Ligurian region, we exitContinue reading “The world of vacation rentals”

Watching Your Back: Being Streetwise in Los Angeles

Watch a movie set in LA and you’ll see that it’s an action packed place to be. There’s all sorts going on and it attracts people from all over to jump on flights to Los Angeles for a taste of the action, or at least to see if it’s all true. Land in Los Angeles and thereContinue reading “Watching Your Back: Being Streetwise in Los Angeles”

A cigarette and a view: the coupling of smoking and travel

I sit, tuckered out from a long day of travel. Situated on the former Olympic Steps in Sarajevo, surrounded by green mountains dotted with homes which used to be in the middle of a war zone, I take it all in. Then, I light a cigarette, inhale deeply, and really begin to take a lookContinue reading “A cigarette and a view: the coupling of smoking and travel”

Daily Wanderlust: happy elephants

Happy elephants aren’t always easy to find in Thailand. A quick look at the current Travel Blogger Calendar and the related blog posts can give you insight into why this happens. (Note: you can win a trip to Thailand through them!) For me, working at Save Elephant Foundation, I am treated to happy elephants wheneverContinue reading “Daily Wanderlust: happy elephants”

Hayarkon 48: the beach hostel to chill at in Tel Aviv

Normally, beach lodging is made up of pricey, resort hotels. However, in Tel Aviv, if you’re looking for a place to rest your pretty little head and meet other backpacking travelers, you can find one a quick walk from the beach. Hello, Hayarkon 48.   This hostel, with a rather nondescript exterior, is anything butContinue reading “Hayarkon 48: the beach hostel to chill at in Tel Aviv”

Daily Wanderlust: Vendors in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul provides no shortage of ways to spend your money. There is the Grand Bazaar, where the whirl of colors, maze of ancient halls and vendors hawking their goods makes it easy to part with cash to the Spice Bazaar and the impending assault you know want to inflict on your tastebuds, playing tourist inContinue reading “Daily Wanderlust: Vendors in Istanbul, Turkey”

How Mr. Lucky got lucky

I have a bleeding heart. If you know me, you know this. And, on my third day in Chiang Mai, this bleeding little heart is tested. “Hi,” a couple says, walking up quietly to the large crop of desks inside the Elephant Nature Park office. “We found a kitten and wanted to let you knowContinue reading “How Mr. Lucky got lucky”

When travel sucks

Flight One: Chatty Seatmate Suck “We’ve just had two days from hell,” an older woman says, hovering over my seat in the bulkhead as I fumble (too late) to get my headphones in my ears. “You just wouldn’t believe what happened to us. First, our flight has issues, then we get stuck on the tarmac,Continue reading “When travel sucks”

Daily Wanderlust: World’s Largest Baseball Bat

If Louisville, Kentucky could have one major claim to fame in the world, it would be the Lousiville Slugger. At least in my mind. After all, the wooden bats made here have become synonymous with baseball. The “Lousiville Slugger” scroll etched onto each bat is easily recognized. In downtown Louisville, it is easy to seeContinue reading “Daily Wanderlust: World’s Largest Baseball Bat”

Daily Wanderlust: Fiskebäckskil, Sweden

It’s about an hour drive from Klädesholmen to the more bustling town of Lysekil in Western Sweden. Along the way, E6 gives way to local roads where rolling green hills with granite cliffs are the norm. Once arriving in Lysekil, it’s easy to just spend time wandering around the center of town. But, for thoseContinue reading “Daily Wanderlust: Fiskebäckskil, Sweden”