All-Inclusive at Las Hadas Resort in Manzanillo, Mexico

BackpackMister and I believe in being travelers, rather than tourists. As a result many of our vacations have been what I would call hard travel: long, dangerous bus rides, food poisoning from iffy food or water, bare-bones accommodations with dirty sheets and nothing pre-arranged but the flight. I believe we’ve been richer for the experience,… More All-Inclusive at Las Hadas Resort in Manzanillo, Mexico

What are the Primary Peace Building Communications Needs Today?

I am looking for your valuable input, in particular from those of you with experience in international relations, conflict resolution, communications and/or peace building. In the next step of my career, I’d like to apply my professional communications skills toward peace building efforts. To get there, I hope to pursue a master’s degree in Peace… More What are the Primary Peace Building Communications Needs Today?

Going Home

One never travels and returns home the same. Transformation is the inevitable outcome of any journey. And so it is with life. This month we said goodbye to my dear Daddy. Over the decades, we’ve covered a lot of ground together as travel companions. He and Mom took me on my first train ride, and… More Going Home

Six Ways to Avoid Being an “Ugly American”

Americans aren’t always well-received when traveling. On my first trip to Europe years ago, an uncle advised me to use my Minnesota accent to my benefit, and tell those I met on the road that I was Canadian–for my own safety. As someone who despises inauthenticity, there was no way I could embrace that well-meaning… More Six Ways to Avoid Being an “Ugly American”

Your Vacation Needs an Overhaul: Here’s Why

Traveling to some of the most inspirational and life-changing places on this Earth is an impossibility to most Americans. And, it’s a problem. In this world economy, it is essential that we allow employees the chance to better understand the world – not through YouTube or Twitter or travel shows on CNN, but through that… More Your Vacation Needs an Overhaul: Here’s Why

Training for Machu Picchu: The Home Stretch

Mother Nature isn’t making any fans this year, especially among the hiking crowd. Our outdoor training for Machu Picchu has suffered immensely as a result of her assault. Ideal winter conditions for hiking have been on short supply. It’s been bitterly cold, with dangerous wind chills. I’ve lost count of the number of days I’ve… More Training for Machu Picchu: The Home Stretch