How I Became A Chocolate Loving Buddhist



I tried really hard to read the Bible. I was looking for something to help me work through all the challenges I was facing: navigating a relationship with a suicidal partner, slacking in my undergrad classes, graduating a year early. After going to several different…

The Race Dialogues: Introduction



Although I grew up in a multiracial household, race was something very rarely, if ever, discussed. When I experienced my first taste of racism from students at school mocking me in made up Chinese, I wasn’t sure what to make of it, and didn…

Living in Limbo: Caught Between NY and Spain



I feel like I’m living in limbo. One foot firmly planted in New York (surprised? I am), and the other hovering midair as I wait to head back to Madrid to start yet another chapter of my life. Between all the goodbyes here…

My Dialogue with an NRA Member



He stood up in a room full of educators to defend guns. He stated that people without experience with these weapons cannot draw conclusions about them, and he also said that guns represent freedom. The room immediately became tense. I was livid, and I&#8217…

Don’t Risk Your Friendship: How To Travel With A Friend



Before heading away for my undergraduate career my best friend and I had decided that we would live together. A lot of people warned us against it, saying living with your best friend would probably ensure that we wouldn’t be friends after. Long story…

Why My Choice to Live Abroad is Not Selfish



Recently, a moving post was written about the hardest challenge that travelers face when they come back home from living abroad. While many people agreed with the article, there were a shocking amount of commenters accusing the author of being selfish. The ability to travel…

The Story of a Peruvian Shepherd



As the taxi climbed its way out of the city center of Cusco, the mountains rose up before us and the skies opened up. We were on our way to a cultural tour, visiting a shepherd family on the outskirts of the city. Other than…

Beyond Machu Picchu: Why I Hiked the Inca Trail



You’ve trekked through the mountains along the Inca Trail for four days. You’ve hiked 26 miles through Inca ruins, cloud forests and encountered roaming llamas along the way. You’re ultimate goal: Seeing the vast expanses of the ruins of…

The Truth Behind Quitting Your Job To Live Abroad



There are a plethora of hard workers turned full-time travelers across the globe. Almost every popular travel article now is about how this person quit their job and is backpacking their way through fill-in-the-blank. But what about those moments leading up…

2016: Balance & Expansion



What if you could expand yourself internally? What would that look like and feel like? I left Spain to come back to NY and get my career as an elementary school teacher started. Now that I’m on that path, I’m realizing…

Traveling As A Multiracial Woman



photo: Joaquin Portillo One of the first things I think about when traveling to a new place alongside the obvious (safety & budget): How I will be perceived based on the color of my skin and the shape of my eyes. It makes sense, considering…

A Traveler’s Gratitude & Aspirations



The ability to travel is a privilege. The opportunity to visit and/or move to and learn about a new place in the world is a freedom that not many people have. I will be the first to admit, however, that sometimes I forget this…