If you want to make an Argentine laugh, tell him that mate is a sparkling, berry-flavored energy drink that comes in a yellow can. Yeah, you know that brand I’m talking about. In Argentina, where mate (pronounced “mah-tay”) is the best part of waking up, the beverage stays true to its original form: a hot, bitter, caffeinated herbal soup prepared inside a little hollowed out … Continue reading Argentina’s weird and wonderful world of yerba mate
Armelle Cruse and Martine Cazeneuve are two women from the famous Médoc wine region of Bordeaux in France who believe that it’s time for Bordeaux’s ancient châteaux and cellar doors be flung wide open to tourists. Part of a small women’s wine tourism group known as Les Médocaines, Armelle is a born and bred Bordeaux babe. One of five daughters who live in the family’s … Continue reading Hanging out (and drinking and eating) in France’s Medoc wine region
Finally, I was taking my boyfriend to India, after many months of planning and waiting and visa applications and passport renewals. Finally, he would experience and understand the chaos, and food, that I knew and loved so much. Because we were wrapping up a Workaway gig in Spain right before the India trip, we had tickets for a 6pm train from Alicante to Barcelona on … Continue reading Road Trip to India, from Spain! Well sort of.
Several years ago, a friend living in Brooklyn told me that she had stayed for free all summer in a swanky, upper east-side NYC apartment. All she had to do was feed two cats. That’s it. It was a friend of a friend of a friend kind of connection. I couldn’t believe it! I’d heard about this house sitting thing, but it seemed way … Continue reading Live abroad for FREE with a house sitting gig
Heading to Thailand for the first time and need some ideas? After spending time in Chiang Mai, Bangkok and the beach town of Pranburi, I’ve got some tips to share with you. But the most important advice: EAT! Eat as much of the street food as you can physically manage, walk around for 15 minutes and then go eat MORE. Don’t worry, you can’t get … Continue reading Squid on a Stick & Monkey Islands: 9 Tips For Your First Visit to Thailand
India has the world’s largest railway system, and even if you book 2 months in advance, the earliest allowed, you can still end up on a waiting list. My advice is to get a local to help you. Make a friend, ask a local couch surfer. It will be much easier that way to get the seats and dates/times that you want. My friend … Continue reading How to (more comfortably) travel by train in India
Just as with any major life decision you make, there are certain risks and realities to confront when you become a digital nomad (aka DN): isolation, loneliness, getting sick and having no one to help you, culture shock and depression from struggling with strange languages and unfamiliar places, becoming addicted to wifi and your computer, exhaustion from frequent traveling and not having a stable … Continue reading 9 Incredible Things You’ll Learn About Yourself and the World as a Digital Nomad