Category Archives: Inspiration

Slavutych, Ukraine: The Soviet City Built for Chernobyl Refugees

Housing block in Slavutych, Ukraine

I have witnessed the Chernobyl disaster go from being a globally-recognized mass tragedy to a clichéd source of trite tourism where travelers go in with their cameras hugging their hips, all ready to shoot the perfect photo (which has inevitably been taken 3,790 times already that same month) for bragging rights about how they visited such a creepy […]

Karaganda, Kazakhstan: Doing Nothing in a Fascinating City

Have you ever passed through a place on your travels and left not really knowing too much more about the city than you did prior to visiting?  As most travelers do a little research prior to taking off somewhere, I’m guilty of not making such efforts. I may research the first location a little, but […]

My Experience on a Hurtigruten Cruise in Norway (and How You Can Go on One Too!)

I had just arrived in Norway.  In between seeing bleached out messes on Paradise Hotel on Norwegian television and the constant running of news, I would sometimes skim through channels to see a large cruise ship slowly drifting its way down a narrow fjord.  I remember frequently asking myself how someone could be so harebrained […]

Emerging from the Shadows – The Future of Colombia as a Travel Destination

Colombia is a country with a rough past and a bad image it’s trying desperately to shed. For far too many people, what they know of this South American country comes mostly from a certain Netflix series. To be fair, some of the things you may think about Colombia are most definitely true. The country […]

Thoughts from Time Spent Traveling in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Today I am excited to have a friend, Kathryn Hendley, taking over my blog with a guest post and overview from her time spent traveling in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.  I met Kathryn in Almaty, Kazakhstan last year when I was living there and it was so cool to meet someone else with ties to Virginia while […]

30 Amazing (and Diverse!) Weekend Breaks in England

There is truly nothing better than a weekend getaway somewhere close but far enough to offer a needed change of scenery.  I have spent quite some time in England I found that, like Germany, there are hundreds of amazing weekend breaks in England that were right at my fingertips. I recruited some amazing bloggers to […]