Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Solo Female Travel in the Middle East — Is it Safe?

Is it safe for a woman to travel alone in the Middle East? It’s far safer than the media would have it appear, and with the proper planning and precautions, it can absolutely be safe. For this piece, I decided to bring in an expert on solo female travel in the Middle East: Sabina Lohr, [...]

My 13 Best Travel Moments of 2013

In a year of travel taking me from Austria to Australia, Boston to Bangkok, Malta to Macedonia, Kyoto to Koh Lanta, the good times have been so good. To commemorate the year, I decided to do a round-up of my best travel moments of 2013. Rest assured, as good as the times rolled, it certainly wasn’t [...]

SOTM Tour: Month Three of Twelve

Three months have now passed since Mario and I touched down in Paris, beginning our yearlong SOTM Tour. This month took us on our longest journey yet — from Dubai to Tokyo — though not without a few snafus along the way. It was a month of fulfilling longtime travel dreams: finally visiting Japan and learning [...]

Visiting the Burj al Arab: The World’s Most Luxurious Hotel

I’m not a girl who dreams about hotels. I have some friends who work in the luxury hotel industry and they wax poetic about hotels they dream of visiting someday — hotels with plunge pools overlooking mountains, glass-bottomed overwater bungalows and 50,000 thread count sheets. Me? I get their fascination, but hotels aren’t my thing, [...]

The Ethics of Visiting Dubai

I was fully prepared to hate Dubai. Before arriving, I had read up on the reality of this shiny Gulf city. Johann Hari’s famous feature in The Independent, though published in 2009, was resurging online and painted a picture of Dubai as a fairy tale gone wrong, a desert oasis hiding a poisonous core. Dubai [...]

How to Celebrate a Special Occasion in Dubai

As soon as I realized I would be in Dubai for my 29th birthday, I knew I would have to plan a fun celebration. Believe it or not, this is only the second birthday that I would be spending abroad — the first was my 17th birthday in Ireland! Luckily, Dubai is a city that lends [...]

SOTM Tour: Month Two of Twelve

Mario and I have been on the road for two months now! From Malta to Dubai, here is the best and worst of Month Two of the SOTM Tour. Countries Visited Malta, Turkey, Macedonia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Romania, United Arab Emirates Favorite Destinations Ohrid, Macedonia — What a nice, beautiful, fun, and dirt-cheap summer resort town! [...]

The Travel Olympics: Who Gets the Gold?

Happy Olympics Opening Day!  I’m super-excited for the London 2012 Games, wondering what the iconic moments will be this time around.  I’ll never forget what it was like back in 2008, screaming my head off as Michael Phelps and his teammates beat the French in that one swim relay they weren’t expected to win. So [...]

Where to Find the Friendliest People in the World

When you travel the world solo, you spend a lot of time talking to locals!  And while I’ve met kind, hospitable, welcoming people in every corner of the world I’ve visited, some places are universally welcoming — no matter where you go, you’re welcomed as a close friend or even a member of the family. [...]

Jordan: The Perfect Introduction to the Middle East

Dear Readers, I know that many of you long to see the world.  So you’ve traveled a bit in Europe.  You’ve done the resort vacation in Mexico.  Perhaps you’ve done a bit of Central America or even Asia. And you’d like to try somewhere new– somewhere adventurous, and exciting, and DIFFERENT. May I make a [...]