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

The Call to Serve: For two Wisconsin Women, Travel and Volunteerism Work Together

For some, the travel bug bites early, and hard. And with it comes a fever that compels the journey-woman to seek out more than distant lands and serene beaches. For her, travel is less about new places than it is about opportunities to serve, to help others who through circumstance and birthplace alone face a lifetime that is… More The Call to Serve: For two Wisconsin Women, Travel and Volunteerism Work Together

Mini Vacay: South Dakota’s Badlands National Park

The long, straight stretch of road through South Dakota is peppered with little treasures that grant the weary driver respite from the dotted center line. Among them are Badlands National Park, which offers a seemingly impossible rugged horizon. Perhaps its beauty is magnified by the fact that travelers enjoy relative nothingness in either direction on… More Mini Vacay: South Dakota’s Badlands National Park

The Curd of Truth – Wisconsin Rocks Series

As a long-time Wisconsinite, there is a deep pleasure to be gleaned from introducing the uninitiated to the cheesehead staple: the humble cheese curd. It is my belief that besides butter, cheese curds offer the fastest and most pleasant route to angioplasty. Under their influence, you will roll over, like a dog dreaming deeply of… More The Curd of Truth – Wisconsin Rocks Series