What’s your occupancy rate? How many page views do you receive per month? What’s the ROI? Yawn. How boring, right? Yet working in the travel industry for nearly four years now, these are the questions I hear on a daily basis. Travel has become a transaction. But when did we commodify travel so much? It’s no single person’s fault. Travelers, writers, bloggers, travel companies – we’re all to blame. As writers, we’re typically writing for clicks, page views, and shares and for the travel companies themselves, it’s staying…

“Now that’s just pathetic.” Confused, I looked up to see an older woman standing over my shoulder with a grin on her face. “Excuse me”, I responded. Pointing to my notebook, laptop, and beer she responded back: “That’s just pathetic, eating with all your friends like that.” I gave a sarcastic chuckle, a generic response, and then she walked away. This was my weekly splurge, where I go to one of the gringo restaurants when their guest chef puts together a delicious meal. Tonight was flank steak smothered…

When I sat down several months ago and starting pinning down the words for my post Write Your Own Story, I had no intentions of making it into a series; however, that’s exactly what it’s turned into. Fresh off a marital separation, working a dead-end job, and living in a city where I really didn’t know anyone, it marked the beginning of writing a new story for my life. A few weeks ago I sat down and wrote a follow-up to that post, somewhat of a summary of…

I like to switch things up from time to time to keep things fresh. Today, I’m hosting my first interview on the site, by profiling travel magazine Off Track Planet.  With articles such as “Where to Get a Tattoo in Madrid” and “A Frenchman’s Guide to Paris for White Trash Americans”, this isn’t your typical travel magazine; which is why I like them. Off Track Planet definitely marches to their own beat and has a young, edgy demographic. During a time when many magazines, and especially travel magazines, are…

Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I am a big backer of the Matador Network. Certainly some of it may be biased, since I’ve written for Matador a few times and several of the editors are friends of mine. For those of you who don’t know about Matador, it’s an online magazine that covers everything from travel to social change to sports to relationships and everything in between. It is not a Spanish bull fighting magazine, as my mom questioned. They also have an excellent travel…