Anyone who knows me or follows me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, knows that there are a couple things that I have a weakness for – alright, maybe a few more than that after you count sunsets, Chuck Taylors, and girls who wear frayed jeans with plaid road trips. However, a rather new weakness is my love for what I’ve come to refer as boozy frozen drinks. They are the culinary X-Men of our day, combining two great things, into an even greater thing, often in the form…

What is it that you’ve gained from travel? Did you meet your significant other or maybe you gained a new perspective on life as a result of traveling? Each trip is inherently unique and personal, offering something that the previous trip didn’t. It is for this reason that I continue to travel as frequently as I do, because each trip I take is so transformative. It’s this personal and transformative element of travel that Expedia is bringing out in their new Find Yours campaign.  During the month of…

What is it that helps make up the fabric of Americans? Patriotism?  Work ethic? A love for buffets and big gulps? These are probably just a few things that come to mind when you think about what makes up the fabric of Americans. But what about travel? What role does travel play in the life of Americans? If our jobs have anything to say about it, then not much. Most Americans receive two weeks of vacation per year, of which many don’t even use. A survey last year…

“When I was visiting mom, I stayed in your room and it was like you never left”. My sister was right – walk into my room in North Carolina and it is like I never left. On the TV stand, there’s not a TV, but rather a couple model jets. Open my closet and you’ll see shelves of boxes, one of which being a box of G.I. Joe action figures and another Bed Bugs (The game, not the real thing), but more importantly the game Battleship, the best…

“Well this is as good of a time to stop as any.” All I needed was five minutes of free WiFi, and McDonald’s was always my go-to place for WiFi in a hurry like this. I had my resignation letter drafted, but since my mom didn’t have Internet, I knew I would have to stop sometime during my four hour drive back to South Carolina to send it to my boss. I gave a few lines of the “it’s not you, it’s me” speech and clicked send. I…

This is my blog. Thus, it’s somewhat of my practice field. It’s 12:30 a.m. early Wednesday morning and I’ve woken up because inspiration has hit. *Splash* My Chuck Taylors hit the pavement. I look up, and with part frown, part smirk, I mutter under my breath: “Rain…again.” I went three months and didn’t see a drop of rain. Lately, it feels like if I go a few hours without seeing rain then I’m doing pretty good. I look at the door closing behind me, look back up, then…

I don’t consider myself a profound communicator. I make this weird clicking sound with my tongue when talking in front of people, say “um” frequently, and rub my forehead nervously when in thought. I don’t consider myself overly anxious or nervous, it’s just habits people have told me that I have. I also don’t like using big words. Philosophers have a habit of using big words. It makes them sound smart, at least in their eyes. Maybe it’s also why so many of them are single, or at…

There’s a painting hanging up in the guest bedroom of my mom’s house. In it, you see a little boy, no older than 5 years old, with dark brown, curly hair and long white legs, sitting on the steps of a beach house on the shores of North Carolina. Atop the staircase, the boy appears deep in thought, resting his chin on his hand, similar to that of The Thinker, as he watches the waves gently crash on the shore as the sun rises above the horizon. That…

View of Manhattan From Brooklyn

As you’ve noticed, I’ve started profiling different people in travel I like and support. While this has primarily consisted of other travel publications, this week I’m profiling one of my favorite organizations, ProjectExplorer.org. Since I’ve been fortunate enough to get involved with nonprofits and volunteer organizations since I started traveling, I’m always interested to come across organizations that are doing innovative things with travel, while making a difference in the world. ProjectExplorer.org is one such organization and I’m thrilled to highlight what they’re doing today. I was first…