Travel in Mexico is life-affirming

Why travel in Mexico is the best

Mexico may neighbor the U.S., but it sure feels like another world. It’s colorful, friendly, and laid-back. At the same time, most of the country sees surprisingly few travelers — maybe because travel in Mexico has a (wildly undeserved) reputation for being dangerous.   The truth is, Mexico is possibly my favorite country in the […]

Fireworks over the Washington Monument

4th of July Fireworks in Washington, DC

Fireworks are an essential part of the American Independence Day tradition. And Washington, DC puts on one of the country’s best shows — lighting up the sky above the Washington Monument. So tourists descend upon the capital for our 4th of July fireworks.   Many travelers head straight for the National Mall. But as a […]

Sessriem Dune 45

Namib Desert: Dune 45 at Sunrise

My alarm was set for 4:30 am, but I didn’t need it. The campground was already buzzing. Groggy-but-excited travelers raced around, getting ready to drive into the Namib Desert for sunrise.   By 4:50, my group of six, plus driver Gabriel and assistant Manfred, were in line and waiting for the gate to open. From […]

Mexico City Itinerary: 3 days

Mexico City is a highlight of any trip to Mexico. The center of Aztec civilization, one of the most populous cities in the world, museums galore, and the country’s best dining scene — you could spend months here and not get bored. Check off the highlights by following this 3 day Mexico City itinerary.   […]

Why Ethiopia should be on your bucket list

When I told people that Ethiopia was my dream trip, they looked at me like I’m a crazy person. “Isn’t it all just starving people and barren desert,” they’d ask. Or “isn’t it dangerous?” Or “you can’t possibly go alone!”   Of course, the doubters have never deterred me. After five long years of anticipation, […]

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Volcano boarding in León

León is a mid-sized city in northern Nicaragua. It’s popular with travelers for its quirky side. The city was a base of the Sandinista movement, and it still has a strong element of lefty politics. On top of that, it’s in a gorgeous location, surrounded by volcanoes — one of which you can go “volcano […]