Loving and Leaving the Schengen Zone

Nostalgic Lisbon had been a sun-dappled dream, but my 90 Schengen Zone days were rapidly coming to an end. I couldn’t bear the thought of parting with my morning pingado and pastel de nata, but as a non-EU citizen without a long-term visa, the rules in place allowed me only 3 months of basking in the European lifestyle. But unwilling to accept defeat, I did … Continue reading Loving and Leaving the Schengen Zone

An island of winter: House sitting in north Cyprus, Part 2

In January, winter is fully upon the island, the wettest, windiest moment, and when the north wind blows, the snow-cold air from Turkey stings your face. Even if I go two days in a row to the local Gungor market (the Gungor family is a sort of empire in the area and owns several buses, a gas station and several other markets in the village), Berkan, … Continue reading An island of winter: House sitting in north Cyprus, Part 2

Want to be a travel writer? Read this first.

A real writer can write anywhere—all you need is a pen and paper. Or so I’ve been told. After living in Prague for over 4 years, I decided it was time to move on to sunnier skies and follow up on my obsession with Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa. But before relocating to my new home base in Lisbon, I first escaped for a few months … Continue reading Want to be a travel writer? Read this first.

Why You Should Give Ridesharing a Chance

Wanna go for a ride? asked the formerly awesome Billy Corgan. How about a rideshare, you nonchalantly reply. The fabulous rideshare concept, now considered part of the “sharing economy,” is definitely not a new concept. When you need (or prefer) to be somewhere at a certain time, ridesharing is not as up in the air as hitchhiking (more on that sweet sport later), since you … Continue reading Why You Should Give Ridesharing a Chance

A Paradise Lost: House sitting in north Cyprus, Part 1

(Notes from my house sitting experience back in late 2011 through spring 2012) Karpaz is one of those places that many people have never heard of and will never see in its current pristine state. Even its geographical distance from the western world only underscores how distant our understanding is of truly untouched wildlife, of isolated and unspoilt nature. But it exists, here among the … Continue reading A Paradise Lost: House sitting in north Cyprus, Part 1

Quick Quote Friday: A message from Flaubert

“It is one of the sorrows of civilization, living in houses. I believe that we were made to sleep on our backs looking up at the stars. In a few years’ time (thanks to all the new kinds of locomotion) the human race will revert to its nomadic state. People will travel from one end of the world to the other, just as they used … Continue reading Quick Quote Friday: A message from Flaubert

7 Ways to Make Money While You Travel

Want to travel and make money at the same time? These days, even full timers are falling into the trend of working from home (unless you work at Yahoo…ooooh, too soon?). So why not work from your home away from home? For most of these types jobs, all you need is a computer with an Internet connection. And that’s when you can usually make more … Continue reading 7 Ways to Make Money While You Travel