Getting Rid of Excess Baggage: Today’s Travel Truth

I have always believed that the greatest aspect of travel is its ability to fundamentally change a person’s perspective. While the experience itself can be uncomfortable and stressful, it’s an experience I personally relish. When on a train that appears to be going the wrong way, or lost in a country and don’t speak the … More Getting Rid of Excess Baggage: Today’s Travel Truth

I love New York: Random Travel Photo of the Week

Even white trash loves New York.Photo by Charish Badzinski.  As hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast today, we thought it would be appropriate to dedicate our Random Travel Photo of the Week to one of the world’s great cities: New York. This photo was snapped in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Like this post? You might … More I love New York: Random Travel Photo of the Week

Last Turn Saloon in Brainerd, Minnesota: Step Into Yesteryear

Last Turn Saloon in Brainerd, Minnesota.Photo by Charish Badzinski. As I’ve mentioned previously, the Last Turn Saloon in my hometown of Brainerd, Minnesota is one of my favorite watering holes in the world. To get there, patrons descend from street level down an old staircase into a warmly-lit room rich in wood tones and brick.  One … More Last Turn Saloon in Brainerd, Minnesota: Step Into Yesteryear

Dispatch from Ethiopia – Part IV: Ethiopian Women Make the Country Work

For those of us who are wanderlusters at heart, there is a persistent internal voice that whispers promises of something more: more than the cubicle in which we dwell, more than the paycheck we receive for it, more than the grind most of us resign ourselves to as a means to an end. But what … More Dispatch from Ethiopia – Part IV: Ethiopian Women Make the Country Work

How to Fascinate in New York City: Shopping with Hats!

Diane Raaum and I recently got our New York fix together. She reflects on one particularly fun aspect of our trip in this guest blog post. ———————————————————————————— On a recent trip to New York City, I was fortunate to be able to travel with The Rollerbag Goddess. As friends we share lots of interests and … More How to Fascinate in New York City: Shopping with Hats!

Fear and Self-Loathing in New York City

Rank this among so-called “First-World problems,” but it’s nearly impossible for me to be a skinny foodie. Simply put, I follow my stomach around the planet. To me, the greatest possessions in the world are gastronomic; the greatest investments, digestible. The only caloric blow-out meal was at The Plaza in Manhattan. It was worth every … More Fear and Self-Loathing in New York City