Australia, Best of the Blog, Destinations, Oceania, Personal Ramblings

An Adventure on the Gibb River Road

In 1956 the Gibb River Road was completed to assist in the trucking of live cattle from Wyndham to Derby. Now, in 2017, Wyndham has been forgotten by the passing of time and the road mainly shuttles tourists from Kununurra to Derby, allowing anyone with a four-wheel drive and the desire to traverse 660 kilometers… Read More An Adventure on the Gibb River Road

Australia, Best of the Blog, Destinations, Oceania, Stories from the Road

A Campfire Wake: The Grey Nomads of Australia

America is in love with youth. We see nubile faces splattered across billboards selling everything from sports cars to hamburgers, their sex appeal being bartered for higher profit margins. Yet, once that pretty, young face gathers some smile lines here, some crow’s feet there, she is discarded, thrown aside in favor of the newer model.… Read More A Campfire Wake: The Grey Nomads of Australia

Australia, Best of the Blog, Destinations, Oceania, Stories from the Road

Learning to Drive Manual, Aussie Style

A red cloud of fine dust swirls outside my open window, dancing over the spinifex covered plains like the brush strokes of an over enthusiastic painter. This tenacious red dirt has found its way into every crack and crevice in Terrance, our 1999 series Land Cruiser Troop Carrier. It covers his wheels, infiltrates our food… Read More Learning to Drive Manual, Aussie Style

Best of the Blog, Personal Ramblings

The Privilege of Travel

In middle school I was good friends with a girl who knew what she wanted, let’s call her K. K was smart, gregarious, and confident for a pre-teen trying to figure out the complex social structure of the cesspool that is an American middle school. She was always dreaming of far away places and adventures,… Read More The Privilege of Travel

Australia, Best of the Blog, Destinations, Oceania, Personal Ramblings

Unplugged in the Outback: A Case Study of Travel Blogging Offline

The internet has changed the world. We can now be in constant contact with almost anyone in the world from anywhere at anytime. It does not matter anymore how far away you are, if you have a phone plan with data you will likely be able to get online and reach the world. This has… Read More Unplugged in the Outback: A Case Study of Travel Blogging Offline

Best of the Blog, Destinations, North America, Personal Ramblings, The United States

A Hawaii Family Vacation, Local Style

Hawaii is a chain of volcanic islands far off the west coast of the United States. It is the first choice destination for many American vacationers when they are in need of sun, sand, and more than a few pineapples. It makes sense why this island state is on the short list for many family… Read More A Hawaii Family Vacation, Local Style

Best of the Blog, General Advice, Personal Ramblings, Travel Resources

The Lonely Planet Effect: Are Travel Writers Ruining the World?

It is rather ironic that the day after I get my first publication (in a month In The Know Traveler will be publishing a piece I wrote about hiking Tajumulco) I started to read Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?. Its scandalous title caught my eye two days ago and I am almost finished with… Read More The Lonely Planet Effect: Are Travel Writers Ruining the World?

Australia, Best of the Blog, Destinations, General Advice, Oceania, Personal Ramblings, Travel Resources

Going Native: What I’ve learned in Australia

Bring an Australian stereotype to mind. What comes up? Maybe a leather skinned man covered in red dust knocking back beers like his life depends on it? Maybe your stereotypical Aussie is less Alice Springs informed and more like a tan, blonde surfer dude fresh from a knock out dual with a Great White shark?… Read More Going Native: What I’ve learned in Australia

Best of the Blog, General Advice, Personal Ramblings, Travel Resources

How to Survive Traveling as a Couple

It is not normal to spend 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with someone. Most of us have so much to do in our daily lives that the thought of having a lazy day to spend with your partner sounds amazing, but give it a couple of weeks and that constant togetherness might… Read More How to Survive Traveling as a Couple

Best of the Blog, Central America, Destinations, Guatemala, Personal Ramblings, Stories from the Road

Lessons From My Salsa Teacher

If you saw Erika on the street you wouldn’t take much notice. She barely passes 5 feet, her diminutive stature common in the highlands of Guatemala where we met, but do not underestimate this middle-aged Guatemalan woman with red flowers in her hair, she has nunchucks in her purse and she knows how to use… Read More Lessons From My Salsa Teacher