Meet the Blogger: Crystal Egan from Castaway with Crystal

Crystal Egan, Castaway with Crystal, LGBTQ travel, lesbian travel

  This week we are talking to the super awesome Crystal Egan from Castaway with Crystal. I connected with Crystal on Facebook and instantly loved her adventurous spirit, as well as her great blog (seriously, read it). As a lesbian traveller myself, I am always interested in how others in the LGBTQ+ community experience the […]

How the Camino de Santiago Broke My Heart

  There are all kinds of reasons people decide to undertake the 800 kilometre pilgrimage that is the Camino de Santiago.  Some people walk, or cycle, their way across Spain to grieve the loss of a loved one.  Friends and family take the journey together to strengthen the bonds of their relationships.  Others do it […]

My First Time Abroad: Hard Lessons Learned

New York City, Manhattan, first time abroad, lost in Yonkers

  Sometimes I wonder how I survived my 20s at all.  It’s not like I’m a big risk taker or anything, but my naiveite and general unawareness have left me in some questionable situations.  I have walked into stranger’s homes without any exit plan or ability to defend myself.  There was also the time I […]

12 Indie Songs to Add to Your Travel Playlist

Indie songs for travel playlist

  Music is travel for the soul.  It inspires us to live fully, it supports the necessity of movement, and it comforts our spirits.  Music accompanies me on all of my journeys – and each trip has its own soundtrack.  Chopin rode across bare deserts on a camel with me.  Kishi Bashi helped ease the […]

Best Laid Plans: Things I Never Manage to Accomplish When I Travel

Travel tips, travel plans, travel mishaps
It's been a long time since this volcano erupted.

  With each new trip, comes ideas of me as a photogenic, confident, and savvy traveller.  As I prepare to leave home again, I think I have learned from my past mistakes.  I recall the things that made me feel uncomfortable or less adventurous than I could have been, and I think to myself, ‘This […]

Coping with Homesickness While Travelling

"Homesick," Tina Leggio

After the initial excitement of your trip has begun to wear off and you find yourself in an unfamiliar situation, you may find yourself longing for home.  The feeling of homesickness can be especially confusing when it arises outside of the desire to return home.  That’s because we all have an “instinctive need for love, […]

My Ten Favourite New Zealand Experiences

New Zealand

  New Zealand is filled with so much natural beauty that it would be difficult for anyone to choose only ten favourite experiences.  Even with only two weeks in this astounding country, I had to leave out some truly great moments and places.  How could anyone forget listening to music at the otherwise deserted public […]

How to Survive a Long-Haul Flight

Airplane wing.

When you’re travelling on a budget, you are always looking for the best deal on flights.  Unfortunately, cheap flights usually mean long flights with long layovers.  Don’t let the onerous task of travelling ruin the fun of travel!  Keep your spirits up by staying as comfortable and rested as possible on your journey.   Here […]

Why I love Coming Home: Getting Over the Shock of Returning from Travel

Welcome home.
(Pete Lambert, www.flickr.com/photos/peterjlambert/6907106690)

Travel is exciting.  Planning for travel is exciting.  Learning about new places and cultures, fresh adventures and different people every day, constant surprises, discovering strengths you never knew you had… everything is thrilling and even simple chores like doing laundry become an adventure when you have no idea where you are going or how to […]