Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

On Influence, and Using It Wisely

This week, Forbes named me one of their Top 10 Travel Influencers of 2017. You can also read CNN Travel’s piece about it here. I’m deeply honored. After working so hard for so long, it’s gratifying to receive this kind of recognition, and all the sweeter to receive it alongside several of my friends. And it […]

In Odessa, Romance and Grandeur

Several years ago, I was in Paris and perusing the books at Shakespeare and Company. As I lost myself in the colorful aisles, I came across a modest paperback: Moonlight in Odessa by Janet Skeslian Charles. I was intrigued by this city I knew so little about, and after reading the back of the book, […]

Six Ways to Travel More Sustainably

The following branded content post is brought to you by AIG Travel Guard. When I was asked to co-host AIG’s solo and sustainable Twitter chat and write about sustainable travel here, I was all too glad to participate. I hope to see you at the chat on Friday! We could all stand to do better when it comes […]

Bucharest is Fabulous and Fun

There are a number of countries where it’s recommended to arrive in the capital city and then get out as soon as possible. The Philippines? Yeah, I’d get on board with that. I find Manila vile, but the rest of the country is lovely. Nicaragua? Agreed. Managua has nothing to offer — you’re best off skipping […]

AK Monthly Recap: May 2017

Quick housekeeping note: The Paradise Pack is only on sale for a few more days. If you want to learn how to work online and travel the world, this is one of the best resources on the web, not to mention the best deal. Read more about it here. This month I returned to my roots […]

The First Step To Quitting Your Job to Travel

I remember back when I was one of few travel bloggers making a full-time living online. Those days are long gone. It’s different now. Simply put, it’s become a lot easier and there are a lot more opportunities out there, so many more people are making a full-time living. And that goes way beyond the […]

25 Things I Learned the Hard Way While Traveling

One thing is true about travel — we learn a lot of lessons along the way. And many of those lessons are the result of making major mistakes on the road. Not blogging errors. Not life errors. Just good old-fashioned travel errors. I thought it might be nice to share them with you. 25 mistakes […]

Things to Do in Stellenbosch: A Guide to South Africa’s Wine Region

South Africa is one of my top five favorite countries — but it’s easily my #1 favorite wine country in the world. The wines here are extraordinary, shockingly affordable, and they have tastes that I don’t experience in any other country. I don’t know what it is about South African wines. I’m more of a red […]

Scenes from Košice, Slovakia

Imagine that you have a week in Europe to spare. Where would you go? There are ten European countries you have yet to visit: Belarus, Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine. And your time is bookended by commitments in Cardiff, Wales, and Leipzig, Germany. Turns out that flying out of Cardiff is largely impractical, […]

TBEX Zimbabwe: An Unethical and Irresponsible Choice

My dear readers, today’s post is about the travel blogging industry. I think some of you would find it to be an interesting read, but if that’s not your thing, feel free to check out my Best of the Blog page.  On Saturday at the Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) conference in Huntsville, Alabama, it was announced […]