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!



My Costa Rica Itinerary (6/25/2018) - When I finally decide to take a trip, I don’t waste time. I’ve now gone from dreaming of a possible trip to Costa Rica to having made (almost) all my plans! I’m taking two weeks at the end of December to experience some of the highlights of this country that’s been near the top of more…
The Challenge of Planning (6/8/2018) - Some trips plan themselves. Others require thinking and rethinking, a lot of second guessing, trade-offs, sacrifices in the name of time, and tough decisions for reasons of practicality. Take, for instance, the trip I’m planning for next spring to Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland. When to go? My spring travels have always been in more…
The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today (6/4/2018) - Chapter 9 in Rick Steves’ book Travel as a Political Act covers a topic that is close to my heart and about which I have strong feelings: the Holy Land. In 2013, after Rick got back from his trip to Israel and Palestine to produce a television documentary about this troubled area, he gave a more…
Europe: Smart on Drugs (5/17/2018) - The full title of Chapter 7 in Rick Steves’ Travel as a Political Act is “Europe: Not ‘Hard on Drugs’ or ‘Soft on Drugs,’ but Smart on Drugs.” It’s an awful title in my opinion, but it’s an interesting topic. Rick is a strong advocate for the legalization of marijuana in the United States. He more…


Comfort Zone (8/12/2012) - In the two weeks since my last post I have been thinking a lot about my difficulty with getting out of my comfort zone when I travel. This might seem ridiculous to people who can’t imagine going to Europe all alone. They might consider me enormously daring to even consider doing such a thing. And there was more…
If Rick Steves writes about this place… (5/23/2016) - … it’ll be the next Cinque Terre. It is surprising to me, given his Norwegian heritage, that Rick Steves gives short shrift to this country. His Scandinavia guidebook includes Oslo, Bergen, and the fjord region, and that’s it. Fredrikstad is exactly the kind of place he likes to discover and reveal to Americans. It has more…
A town so cute I just wanna give it a hug (5/17/2014) - Before I proceed with my regular daily blog post, I want to make a special appeal for those who aren’t on Facebook and didn’t see my appeal there. As you know, I just spent three days in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where it was raining and the Miljacka River was threatening to more…
New Luggage (3/11/2017) - I will never forget the huge suitcase I brought along on my first trip to Europe, a ten-day tour in the middle of the summer to Austria, Germany, and Hungary. Gradually in my travels I have reduced the size of my luggage, and on my four independent Europe trips (Italy in 2009, Nordic countries in 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.

A note about photos and images on this site. Whenever possible, I have attempted to credit the source of all images that are not my own. If you find any image that you own that is not properly attributed or would like me to remove, please let me know and I will be happy to make any necessary updates to comply with copyright requirements. Most uncredited photos are in the public domain and come from Pixabay