Thanks for riding along with me

I hope you will enjoy learning about my travels and become inspired to plan your own adventures. I am looking forward to adding lots of travel tips and ideas, and in the meantime, you can read my journals and view galleries of the trips I’ve taken. Please feel free to leave comments so I know you’ve visited, and click the “Follow me” button above if you want to be notified when I post new content. Thanks, and bon voyage!



Denmark: Highly Taxed and Highly Content (4/10/2018) - Chapter 5 of Rick Steves' Travel as a Political Act is about Denmark. I visited Denmark in 2012 and really fell in love with it. I didn't look upon my visit to Denmark as a political act, so it was interesting to get Rick's perspective. (This is the fourth part of my series of chapter-by-chapter more...
Europe Unites: Successes and Struggles (3/30/2018) - Chapter 3 of Rick Steves' Travel as a Political Act covers a broad range of topics: economics, diversity and immigration, the refugee crisis, sex, drugs, alcohol, nudity, and the wide range of European passions for their culture. I will only touch on a few of these topics here. (This is the third part of my more...
Lessons from the Former Yugoslavia (3/28/2018) - In 2014 I traveled in the former Yugoslavia. I wrote about my walking tour of Sarajevo with someone who had grown up during the siege there in the 1990s. And I wrote about three of the local people I met in Mostar, people who almost made me forget about the beautiful bridge that is the more...
Travel as a Political Act (3/27/2018) - I recently finished reading Rick Steves' Travel as a Political Act. Originally published in 2009, its third edition was released last month. I found the book provocative and illuminating. I learned a lot and found much to ponder. This is the first part of my series of chapter-by-chapter reviews of Rick's book. See the tag more...


A Week in New York: Day 2 (12/1/2015) - A few observations about New York after my first full day: The city is more user-friendly than it used to be. Subways have live infographics displaying upcoming stops and showing how long your ride will be. They also have instructions on how to be a courteous subway rider: my favorite is "Don't be a pole more...
My Zion (5/22/2015) - I'm not posting any pics of Zion. Well, okay, just one. That's the view from my balcony at Zion Lodge. Believe me, I've taken a lot of pictures since I arrived here this afternoon. But the wifi here at Zion Lodge is dreadfully slow. It took three minutes to upload this one picture! I also more...
Ring Them Bells (5/24/2014) - Okay, so this is going to out me, as if it wasn't too late, but I used to love the album "Liza with a Z," a recording of the TV special of the same name, which was in turn a film of a live concert performance. It was directed by Bob Fosse, who won a more...
Pueblo (5/16/2015) - It turns out I didn't know what a pueblo is. I thought it was a structure. But it is actually a community. In fact, the word "pueblo" comes from Castilian for town or village and has the same Latin root as the English word "people." I visited Taos Pueblo today and learned a lot about more...


I love riding along with them

I spend a lot of my time reading what other travelers are doing. Check out these awesome travel blogs and web sites. They are my destinations when I’m researching destinations and my inspiration when I’m looking for ideas.

Accidental Nomads
Carolyn and Clive, a married couple from England, have been living as nomads since 2007. Their blog’s theme is “Travel. Food. Stories.”
Bald Hiker
Paul Steele is a hiker from northern England. He’s been writing this blog since 2010. In addition to great travel writing, he has posts on food and drink, animals and nature, health and sport, and more.
Megan McEwen, who owns and operates Honor & Folly, an inn in Detroit, journals about her travels as a way of exploring the relationship between travel and design.
Eat Your World
Subtitled “A global guide to local food,” much of the content on this blog is actually written by anyone who signs up and submits stories. It’s a great place to check if you’re looking for somewhere to eat while traveling.
For 91 Days
Mike and Jürgen have a unique concept for their blog — and their lives: they live in a new places for 91 days at a time, and then they move on. And they try to write 91 articles for each location. It’s fun reading as well as great information. By the end of each stint, their posts turn into a great travel guide for each city.
Frugal Traveler
The New York Times has had several frugal travelers over the years. The current author, Lucas Peterson, also has a YouTube channel called Dining on a Dime.
Lara Dunston is a food writer; her husband, Terrence Carter, is a photographer. This is their travel blog. As you might guess, the emphasis is on food and photography. Their mission is “to make travel more meaningful and memorable by exploring more authentic and enriching ways to travel.”
Grumpy Traveller
UK resident David Whitley started this blog in order to whine about the negative aspects of travel. He goes far beyond that now, with city guides, reviews, tips, and personal stories.
Inside the Travel Lab
Abi’s approach to travel is “thoughtful luxury.” Her philosophy is that “Eco-travel doesn’t need to be miserably bare. Luxury travel doesn’t need to be soulless.”
Melting Butter
This site is run by a staff of editors and has dozens of contributors. They describe themselves as “the online source for curated travel hotspots for the aesthetically inclined, cultivated traveler.”
Nomadic Matt
Matt has been traveling and writing since 2006, and his site is one of the best sources of travel inspiration. He offers tons of tips for travelers of various ilks, travel guides for a good portion of the world, and a blog filled with personal experiences and the vast knowledge he has acquired.
Rebekah Esme Travels
Rebekah’s blog reminds me a lot of my own. She started it in 2011 as a way of documenting and sharing her travel experiences, and since then she has incorporated reviews and tips.
Rick Steves
When I’m planning a trip to Europe, Rick’s guidebooks are my primary source of research. His “back-door” approach to travel means getting more authentic experiences and visiting as a temporary local rather than a tourist. On his site are videos from his PBS TV show, podcasts, merchandise, and lots more.
Seth Kugel
I’ve been following Seth since he wrote the Frugal Traveler column for the New York Times. In Reykjavik in 2012 I had lunch in a restaurant, and on the wall was a framed print of his article about his time in Reykjavik, including a visit to that same restaurant. It’s not the only time I found myself in his footsteps (or learned of him following in mine). I loved reading about his frugal travels, and I have often wished I traveled more like Seth does.
This is a visually stunning site, not surprising since Sidetracked is also a print magazine. “The concept is simple: to capture the emotion and experience of adventures and expeditions throughout the world… and to inspire.”
Snarky Nomad
Subtitled “Traveling the world, one ridiculous disaster after another,” Eytan, who writes this blog, offers just enough snark to make it entertaining. He speaks his mind, not just about travel. He also provides a lot of useful tips and destination information.
Solo Traveler
As the name suggests, this site is filled with great content for those who travel solo. It’s written by Janice Waugh and Tracey Nesbitt, two women with lots of perspective on the subject.
The Everywhereist
Geraldine DeRuiter started this blog after getting laid off from her copywriter job. She began tagging along with her husband, who travels extensively for work, and starting writing about the places they went “so he can know a little bit about what I see when he’s off giving presentations and having meetings.” She also writes about politics, and in her views she’s a kindred spirit with me, so I am happy to endorse her blog.
The Planet D
This award-winning blog is written by married couple Dave and Deb, who have been traveling full-time since 2008. They’ve been to over 100 countries, and they offer travel guides, superb photography, and personal stories. This site is truly compelling reading.
The Travelphile
Trish works with Rick Steves and writes beautifully about her travel experiences.
Travels of Adam
Adam Groffman is an expat American living in Berlin when he isn’t traveling, which he does full-time. His blog is “a personal way to share my travel tips. You’ll find gay travel stories, nightlife tips, photos and all-too-personal stories from my travel adventures around the world.” He has also written a number of award-winning Hipster City Guides.

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