How My Life Has Significantly Changed After My First Trip Abroad

As some of you may know, I returned to the US in early May 2011 from Colombia, a trip which was my first extended experience abroad. When I got back I noticed I was different. It’s difficult to describe, but going abroad has changed me in some major ways. Some of them are internal… Nowadays, […]



Do You Have The Courage To Lose Sight Of The Shore?

I want to ask you a question today… Do you have the courage to lose sight of the shore? Look at your life… Maybe you have lived your life in certainty. In predictability. In routine. In safety. Maybe you have traded the adventure of your life for the four walls of your own knowledge. Why […]



Lessons Learned After My First 100 Days Abroad

Last week I passed the century mark. I have now been abroad in Colombia for just over 100 days, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. In fact, I actually planned to stay less than 100 days, but here I am! Here are a few lessons I’ve learned in my first 100 days abroad: […]



What I Wish I Knew When I Started Traveling: The Rest Of The Story

Holy canoli! Did you just see the response from 50 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Traveling? There were literally hundreds of years of traveling behind all of those gems. No wonder, then, as to date it has been re-tweeted more than 150 times! Thank you so much everybody for sharing it! The […]



50 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Traveling

What do you wish you knew when you started traveling? How Do You Like Them Apples? I don’t know about you, but I am totally stoked to hear back from so many experienced travelers. They have offered some really good advice here. If you enjoyed it too, please share with your friends!



A Refrigerator With 40 Passengers And No Toilet Paper: The Bus Ride From Bogotá to Medellín

A few weeks ago I traveled in an overnight bus from Bogotá to Medellín. Here’s some of what happened. A Qué Hora: Night or Day? In planning my route, I made sure to ask Colombians about whether it was safe to travel by bus between the two cities. The opinions varied, though the vast majority […]



Why You Will Break Your iPhone Abroad And What You Can Do To Prevent It

I arrived to Medellin a few weeks ago and parked myself in a hostel. Now, up to this point, I had had minimal experience staying in hostels, but one tip I garnered before I came on this trip was that you should bring a small flashlight in order to see when it is pitch black […]



7 Reasons You Might Sing The Bogotá Blues

I just completed 2 full months in the capital of Colombia. It has been an interesting experience so far. There are many things I like about Colombia, and Bogotá as well. But, having lived here for awhile, I do think there are a few reasons why you might sing the blues in Bogotá. 1) Bogotá […]



Colombia Strikes… No, For Real, They Do

So guess what I received in my inbox last week? U.S. EMBASSY BOGOTA WARDEN MESSAGE February 17, 2011 This Warden Message alerts U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Bogota, Colombia of demonstrations throughout the city.  The truck driver protest which began on February 15 at several sites throughout Bogota is continuing today, as an […]



Get Spanish Help Right Now Using These 2 Resources (They’re Free)

There are two websites I have come across recently which I have been absolutely eating up. Both help you learn Spanish. Both are free. And the best part is, this is NOT any kind of sponsored post. I write this post only to pass them along to you. 1. University of Texas Spanish Proficiency Exercises […]