Stories From The Road
India can sometimes be a stressful and sometimes upsetting place for foreign women, but once you have your expectations in line, cultural differences don’t have to weigh heavily on your visit.
"As I watched the loris in Thailand, the image that filled my mind was that of being awake under anesthetic; plunged into fear and pain and no one can tell you are screaming."
The small town of El Nido in The Philippines is one of the most beautiful places in the world, full of friendly people and spectacular views.
The Bahamas are usually thought of as a luxury destination, but visiting the capital on New Providence Island can be done on a backpacker budget.
Boston makes me fall in love with seasons...and the city itself....all over again.
As the city of Shanghai modernizes into a megalopolis of consumerism and construction, its own history and people are demolished in its wake.
More images from my incredible volunteering experience at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
In a culture of abuse and exploitation, the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand stands out as an oasis of insurmountable love and respect.
Riding an elephant in Thailand may seem like a harmless photo opp, but a closer look into Thai culture reveals a paradoxical tradition of elephant abuse.
My adventure in China comes to a close as I reflect on how grateful I am to have been able to take this risk.
There are ghosts in Cambodia. Tangible shadows that hang over the land, a secret story interwoven in the buildings, the scenery, the people. And yet, there is something deeper and more magical, within the strength of the living, that only takes a smile to discover.
Dead fish, crowded subways, and learning Mandarin....my initial thoughts on China since I moved here a month ago.
A simple bike ride leads us down the road less traveled that no picture can capture.
The universe drops in my lap an incredible new adventure that will undoubtedly change the direction of my life.
Nature shows its immense beauty and cruelty through the lives of its smaller creatures.
We struggle with the sad challenge of dealing with street kids and learn invaluable lessons about the frustrating side of travel.
We learn about visa scams the hard way at the Cambodian border crossing. Also, I yell at the taxi mafia.
I spend several hours communicating without having the luxury of a common tongue and manage to be only slightly terribly awkward.
Weaving through the streets of Bangkok on the most fun tourist scam ever.
Find out what's in store for Quixotic Road in 2013. Includes unicycles, pterodactyls, and of course, lots of travel.
A vivid memory about a small French Quarter loom shop and its unusual inhabitants.
The best live music, hot-dog loving alligators, and near death by powdered sugar beignets. New Orleans has it all.
Take a visual tour of the Lafayette Cemetery in New Orleans, where grave robbers have ripped tombs apart and swamp ferns are slowly reclaiming crumbling stones.
Iceland stuns me with its landscapes, luxury, and the generosity of its people.
Getting up close and personal with cheeky birds who certainly don't mind the attention.
I found out that someone I met very briefly, a long time ago, in a place far away, and whom I never saw or spoke to again, died in January of this year. And surprisingly, it touched me deeply.
How do you reconcile the realization that one of your top dream destinations has underwhelmed you?
I traveled completely by hostel throughout my New Zealand trip...some had cake, some had cats, some had smelly hippies playing drums...find out which ones might suit you.