My 50th year on earth ends today and I start my 51st. Fifty-one years alive. I’m lucky, and grateful. I’ve learned a   …Read More

Longitude N/A
Antarctica | January 30th, 2018

I walked around the world and back in two seconds on a Tuesday, but getting to the Geographic South Pole required significantly   …Read More

Antarctica | December 27th, 2017

Wildlife on the Antarctica Peninsula and surrounding areas is abundant, …Read More

Queen Maud Land
Antarctica | January 7th, 2018

In Queen Maud Land in Antarctica, the sea pack ice stretches …Read More

The Schirmacher Oasis
Antarctica | December 20th, 2017

The Schirmacher Oasis, where I stayed, …Read More

Antarctic Desert
Antarctica | December 19th, 2017

Driving in Antarctica reminded me a lot of driving through the Sahara Desert in Chad. …Read More

South Pole
Earth | December 17th, 2017

The Ceremonial South Pole, Earth! …Read More

Return from Antarctica
Antarctica | December 15th, 2017

Arrived back to Cape Town from Antarctica this morning at 2AM, …Read More

Topanda, Pujehun
Eastern Sierra Leone | March 13th, 2017

Earlier today I’m the village of Topanda …Read More

Easter Island/Rapa Nui
Chile | January 6th, 2017

Of all the dudes (assumption) on this island, this guy (again) remains my favorite. …Read More

Patagonia, Punta Arenas
Chile | December 21st, 2016

Me trespassing in weird boat graveyard/repair place at the end of the road, …Read More

Photographing local residents isn’t so simple.Wendy Simmons September 18, 2017It was as if joy had somehow managed to come full circle. I   …Read More

According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, a record-breaking 1.2 billion tourists traveled abroad in 2015, 50 million more than in   …Read More

Tapir in the Madidi National Park
Bolivia | October 27th, 2016

On Sunday, I was trying to summon a Tapir in the Madidi National Park, in the Bolivian Amazon. This is when I   …Read More

Hey Younger Me,It’s me, your older self. I’ve been asked to write you a letter that foretells the myriad accomplishments and setbacks   …Read More

When it comes to travel, few things can ruin a vacation faster than money. Vacation is meant to relieve stress, not induce   …Read More

Why I Travel the World Alone
New York | April 29th, 2016

I’ll never forget the day I checked in for my flight to Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I was at   …Read More

10 Tips for the Road Less Traveled
New York | June 27th, 2016

If you’re like me, off the beaten path is the only path. But despite the obvious advantages of taking the road less   …Read More

Have you heard the story of the cobbler’s children? You know, the one about a cobbler who’s always so focused on making   …Read More

America the Beautiful… Fun & Food
New York | June 2nd, 2016

When it comes to traveling, I spend most of my time visiting places outside of the United States, which is a shame   …Read More

Hold the Pastrami
| May 12th, 2016

“Wake up girls! Who wants to go to Tastee Diner for French fries!” my mom announced rhetorically one night around midnight from   …Read More

Traveling with a friend may seem like a no-brainer when it comes to bright ideas, but even your best friend can get   …Read More

The Day I Hit the Wall in North Korea
New York | May 2nd, 2016

Chapter 15 ExcerptTHE DAY I HIT THE WALLI didn’t remember selecting “Concrete Wall” from the list I’d been given when choosing activities   …Read More

Next Stop: North Korean “Normal” People
New York | April 27th, 2016

CHAPTER EIGHTNext Stop: Normal PeopleI was sitting on the Pyongyang Metro interrogating Older Handler. As usual, I was trying to get to   …Read More

You just know some things are wrong. Being shaken down by a Buddhist monk at a thousand-plus-year-old temple is one of those   …Read More