Dirty Laundry: The Backpacker’s Struggle

Every single traveler you meet has one very basic thing in common. We all end up with dirty laundry somewhere along the way. If it’s a quick trip, you get to go home and throw it all in the wash when you get home. But what if you’re traveling long term? How do you avoid…

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“How was your trip?”

“I want to hear all about it” It was lovely. Great. Amazing. Wonderful. It was terrifying, soul-crushing, and eye-opening. Every time someone asks this question, I am stumped. My answers are vague, spewed from a smiling face, and behind my eyes scenes are flashing through my head at lightning speed. I am re-experiencing such unique…

2016 Edinburgh Beltane Festival

**Disclaimer** These are my personal experiences and thoughts about this event. Other attendees probably have a different opinion so do further research if you’re thinking of attending. My word is not the gospel** This backpacking trip has been in the works for six years and during that time, I was specifically planning to attend one…

Ireland 2016, Easter Rising Centennial

Before arriving in Ireland, I admit I knew very little about the 1916 Easter Rising. While I explored the city, I learned so much and came away with an enriched knowledge of Irish history. I unintentionally visited Dublin during a historically significant week. In 1916, Ireland was still under the rule of the British crown.…

Day one, Reykjavik

I am officially outside the USA for the first time in my life. What an odd feeling! I seem to have experienced quite a few firsts during the last 24 hours. I flew on a plane, went to a geothermal pool, and slept in a room with 13 strangers. And I can only reason that…