San José: Take Two

Since Katie decided to fly home early from Costa Rica and I accompanied her to the airport, I once again found myself in the capital city of San José. My previous stay there found me unimpressed and eager to move on. This time was a bit different. Continue reading


7 Things I Miss When Traveling

When I’m at home in the U.S., there’s rarely a day that goes by that I don’t think about traveling. Thanks to my father’s career as a pilot with United Airlines, our family has been traveling the world since I was just a kid. We traveled domestically for the most part, but once I graduated high school we took our first big trip overseas. Germany, Holland, France, and a quick drive through Belgium over the course of about a week and a half. I think that was this trip that really got me hooked on traveling.

Seven years later I’ve been to more than twenty countries and my urge to travel grows stronger with each new place. Although I spend most of my time yearning to be abroad whenever I’m in the U.S., I never fail to miss my home when I finally get to leave it.   Continue reading

Accommodation in Thailand – Hotels, Guesthouses, & Hostels

Planning your first trip to Thailand? Wondering what your accommodation options are? This post discusses the three most common styles of lodging in Thailand. For each category I include relative expense, privacy, security, and overall experience. At the end of the post, I discuss a few tips relevant to all who visit this country. Continue reading


Costa Rica Thus Far

I wanted to write a quick update for friends and, even more so, family. It turned out to be not so quick, so I added a bunch of pictures for those seeking the abbreviated version.

As of today I have been in Costa Rica for about 11 days. Until now I had been traveling with my roommate from the last year, Katie. Being extremely homesick, she decided to fly home today a little earlier than planned. Here is a snapshot of our adventures the past week and a half. Continue reading


Top Ten Reasons To Try WWOOF

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms is the U.S. version of a global network of organic farms and volunteers generally referred to as “WWOOF.” In some places, WWOOF stands for Willing Workers on Organic Farms, while others use a different acronym entirely. Regardless of the name, the concept behind the organizations is essentially the same: Continue reading


East Lake Creek Trail

Fueled by a late lunch of sushi and jasmine tea, I decided to hike a couple miles of the East Lake Creek Trail near Edwards, CO on a whim about thirty minutes before I actually arrived at the trailhead. Googling “hiking trails near Edwards, CO” after learning my girlfriend would be spending the night in Denver, I was excited to see that a 25 mile round-trip trail called East Lake Creek was a mere six miles from my apartment. Continue reading


The Best of Thailand’s Coffee, Beer, and Street Food

If you are planning a trip to Thailand, there is nothing you really need to know before you go. Throwing yourself headfirst into a new country and culture with little to no prior research or planning is my preferred method of travel and usually yields the most interesting memories and valuable lessons. If this is not your preferred method, then Continue reading


Wildwood Harvest

Its week six of our six week trip and we have already left the farm we went to after Land of Arches. The farm, Wildwood Harvest, was located in Wildwood, GA about 15 minutes south of Chattanooga, TN. Wildwood Harvest was way more than I could have hoped for in a first WWOOFing experience. Continue reading


First Week of WWOOF Trip

I’ve been meaning to write a summary of my WWOOF experience for the past couple weeks, but just haven’t had the motivation to sit down and start it…until now.. I wanted to keep a blog about my experiences both to inform those interested about my whereabouts and whatabouts, but also to give others who might be interested in WWOOFing an insider’s perspective. For those who have never heard of WWOOF, Continue reading