Tag: fears

Alone is a beautiful thing; it’s when I process my thoughts, absorb new travel experiences, find unexpected friendships, and detox from being “on” with other people. Lonely is not so beautiful a thing, though if I’m honest, the lonely, soul-searching lessons I learned over the past four and a half years were as instructive as any. […]
Concerns about my safety on the road plagued those who love and care about me when I first announced my plan to travel solo around the world. Long-term travel is still an uncommon practice in the United States (compared to Europe and Australia) so perhaps the chief issue I dealt with was the fact that most […]
Every so often, readers email me asking what compelled me to travel solo back in 2008. Then they wonder why I never stopped traveling. They ask: “Why were you willing to pack up your life and leave my friends and family behind?” Their curiosity leaps from the page. I hear the gentle upspeak at the end […]
Over the years I have shared stories and snapshots of life on the road — glimpses into the beautiful people and places I have experienced. Sometimes, I shared the obstacles along the way, the harder and more personal moments of travel that were more wholly rooted in who I am as a person than the stories […]
And so it is that I prep once again to leave the United States. My bags are slumped beside me, a crisply new book (Gun, Germs, and Steel) in my backpack waiting for my endless airport layovers and my anal-retentively neat morning checklist ready to see me on my way with all my power cords, […]
In the months and years since I took a ten-day Vipassana Meditation course in Nepal,  friends and readers have asked me to share my thoughts, now that I have distance from the experience. I jotted a few sparse notes during the course, and journaled on Day Eleven to chronicle my ten-days in a Vipassana course. Those entries […]
The ice cream began to drip down the side of my hand as I made my way to the small Fort Augustus bus stop with another long and drawn out travel day lying before me. Both my packs were strapped on and with 20 more minutes to kill before the bus arrived I made my […]
I have just six more days left before this trip around the world is all over. It’s hard to believe that 11 months have flown by so quickly…and yet at the same time, it really does feel like a whole lot has happened. All of the backpackers I meet ask me how it feels to […]
Well there’s a lot swirling in my head right now guys. I am sitting at my hostel in Czech Republic in one of the most beautiful little towns I’ve ever seen, Český Krumlov. It’s stunningly pretty, the shops and people are charming, and yet my heart clutches at the knowledge that every day brings me closer […]
I’m on other side of my ten-day meditation course. It was intense. Looking back, I still can’t pinpoint why I decided to take this spiritual boot-camp. Before this course, I had never meditated in earnest. A few short sessions here or there. A guided meditation at a spiritual shop near my house when I lived […]

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