The Importance of Kindness During Travel

Getting ready for travel requires careful packing and making numerous checklists. Any experienced traveler will tell you what you shouldn’t forget: passport, tickets, money, snacks, first aid kit, and a camera. All of these items and more are incredibly important and should not be forgotten, but there’s always one thing we forget to bring with us: kindness. I’d like to think that travel can make us more tolerant and willing to assist others, but as posts from Adventurous Kate and Expat Edna will tell you, people are still close-minded and judgmental. I find this is true not only of travelers, but locals as well. Is there a way to make the world kinder? On Random Acts of Kindness Day, here are a few situations that have inspired me to think differently about how I travel and live: Continue Reading ›

For the Love of Travel

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?

—The Sound of Music

When I’m asked what I want to do with my life after graduate school, I can only come up with one response of certainty: “I want to travel. I want to live internationally.” I’ve always wanted travel in my life; it’s something that isn’t a completely foreign concept to me. Foreign countries may sound intimidating, but in reality, the thought of living somewhere else isn’t a strange idea to me. Some people, however, don’t share the same enthusiasm for my idea. Shouldn’t I want a job or career first? Shouldn’t I be looking for a companion, someone to share in my love of travel? Of course, I do want a career and eventually a partner, but I have different priorities. Continue Reading ›

Road Trip on Route 66

A couple of months ago during a school break, my mom and I were eager to go on a road trip to put responsibilities behind us. We had thought of many possible options, but after not settling on a specific choice, we put my dad in charge of determining where to go. His choice: A road trip that would take us along the old Route 66 through parts of Arizona and California. At first, I was hesitant given the fact that I was concerned about getting carsick on windy, curvy roads, but I decided to join in and see some of the historic Old West. Taking the desert scenery along our drive, I found Route 66 had plenty to enjoy including some unexpected surprises. If you’re planning on taking this drive through Arizona or California anytime soon, I’ve got a few memorable moments to inspire you for your next road trip: Continue Reading ›

Fall in Dixie National Forest

A few months before I returned to my hometown, I made a list of places I hadn’t seen or wanted to see with a pair of grown up eyes. Although most places revolved around hiking or potential trips to Las Vegas and southern California, one specific location was Dixie National Forest. Luckily, I didn’t have to go very far since this forest surrounds the majority of my current residence. A drive up the canyon and I was in my desired destination. Although it was too cold to hike, I decided to save that for another time and soak up the autumn scenery. A few photos below will show you why I didn’t regret continuing my drive. Continue Reading ›

The Ghosts of Old Iron Town

Whether you’ve lived somewhere for a long time or you grew up there, one thing is most likely true: You probably haven’t seen as much as visitors have. Since returning back to my hometown, I’m finding new stories and faint memories from childhood on some of my return visits. When friends visiting southern Utah on Labor Day invite me on a trip to the historic ruins of Old Iron Town, I decide to join and learn more about an area I’ve lived in for years but haven’t really known. Although Old Iron Town may seem like a small cluster of bricks from fallen ruins or a worn-out dome, these structures hold a place for my imagination as I wander through pathways and bricks. Continue Reading ›