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Lake in Hyderabad, India

This post is a writing exercise, prompted by a quote from The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton. This was done in unison with my students at THINK Global School during a travel writing workshop.

Reviewing Dean Cycon’s Javatrekker

coffee-bean

As much as I like to believe I’m aware of the world’s atrocities and doing my part to make things better, I know I’m very much a negative factor in many world struggles that I’m both conscious of and oblivious to. I suppose my hourly efforts go out to world education, but being interested in […]

Journeys of a Lifetime in August

Piazzas

Welcome back to my new monthly series on Nomadderwhere, one which highlights the incredible trips one could take in that current month – thanks to a vibrant book called Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic. Each month I pick a couple adventures from each section in the book in order to provide you inspiration […]

Disgraceful Tourism

Kids at Palm Tree

We travel because it’s a rare kind of high that can also enlighten, rejuvenate, and ensure the occurrence of adventure. Regardless of the road’s discomforts or challenges, travel seems to always evoke an inexplicable positivity – whether that’s from the possibility of new friendships or just the newness of a myriad of elements. The scope […]

Journeys of a Lifetime in July

Ireland

Welcome back to my new monthly series on Nomadderwhere, one which highlights the incredible trips one could take in that current month – thanks to a vibrant book called Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic. Each month I pick a couple adventures from each section in the book in order to provide you inspiration […]

A Treat for the Eyes and the Mind

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I did it. I missed a day! June 20th, 2010 went by without a smidgeon of a visual. To those of you who missed seeing a Photo of the Day yesterday. I apologize. To make up for it (as well as today’s missing pic), here’s a little morsel of goodness to suckle on.

Photo of the Day: Waterbucks at sunset

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Photo of the Day: Hangin with the Long Necks

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Journeys of a Lifetime in June

Welcome back to my new monthly series on Nomadderwhere, one which highlights the incredible trips one could take in that current month – thanks to a vibrant book called Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic. Each month I pick a couple adventures from each section in the book in order to provide you inspiration […]

Journeys of a Lifetime in May

Welcome back to my new monthly series on Nomadderwhere, one which highlights the incredible trips one could take in that current month – thanks to a vibrant book called Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic. Each month I pick a couple adventures from each section in the book in order to provide you inspiration […]

Journeys of a Lifetime in April

Welcome back to my new monthly series on Nomadderwhere, one which highlights the incredible trips one could take in that current month – thanks to a vibrant book called Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic. Each month I pick a couple adventures from each section in the book in order to provide you inspiration for 365 days from now. Read the brief description to whet your appetite, and click on the trip name for further information (links provided by National Geographic…of course you could be a gritty backpacker and make it on your own).

This year’s popular posts

The Makings of a Travel Video

I’m very happy to report Nomadderwhere has come a long way since this time last year, when I moved from a simple blogspot to a bonafide domain of my own. Since that time I’ve changed my writing style and topics, grown a readership of surprisingly many (thanks to you), won the most amazing internship known […]

Video of the Week: One Year at Nomadderwhere

Nomadderwhere Turns One!

Today is my 1,168th daily anniversary of travel blogging, but Nomadderwhere.com is but an infant still. Since I bought my own domain exactly one year ago, I’ve evolved my site extensively, far beyond what I was capable of from the get-go. I’m proud today to display my year’s progress and hopefully inspire you to achieve […]

Reviewing The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2009

My book sunning itself

I don’t normally buy these sort of books, and thanks to a friendly backpacker in Fiji, I didn’t have to. Why don’t I buy comprehensive anthologies of my favorite genre? Because it’s not enough. Five pages about a person’s trip in Mexico just gets me in the mood; it doesn’t take me there. Maybe I’ve […]

Journeys of a Lifetime in March

Welcome back to my new monthly series on Nomadderwhere, one which highlights the incredible trips one could take in that current month – thanks to a vibrant book called Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic. Each month I pick a couple adventures from each section in the book in order to provide you inspiration […]

Journeys of a Lifetime in February

Welcome back to my new monthly series on Nomadderwhere, one which highlights the incredible trips one could take in that current month – thanks to a vibrant book called Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic. Each month I pick a couple adventures from each section in the book in order to provide you inspiration […]

Journeys of a Lifetime in January

Happy New Year! Welcome back to my new monthly series on Nomadderwhere, one which highlights the incredible trips one could take in that current month – thanks to a vibrant book called Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic. Each month I pick a couple adventures from each section in the book in order to […]

Journeys of a Lifetime in December

Welcome back to my new monthly series on Nomadderwhere, one which highlights the incredible trips one could take in that current month – thanks to a vibrant book called Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic. Each month I pick a couple adventures from each section in the book in order to provide you inspiration […]

Journeys of a Lifetime in November

journeys

Welcome back to my new monthly series on Nomadderwhere, one which highlights the incredible trips one could take in that current month – thanks to a vibrant book called Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic. Every month I will pick out a couple adventures from each section in the book in order to provide you […]

Video of the Week: How to Eat in East Africa

Flashing back to some good nights in Nairobi, here’s a guide on how to eat like an East African. Subscribe to Nomadderwhere’s posts via RSS feed or e-mail

Video of the Week: African Favorite Things

Revamping a classic musical number with a twist on Africa. These lyrics were written while bumping across Zambia on my Dragoman overlanding experience on the Big Journey in 2008. I know this is ridiculous, but I couldn’t help myself…

Video of the Week: World Traveler Intern Highlights

One of my least favorite questions to answer is “What was your favorite part?” Slimming down a trip into the best moments leaves out all the thrills in between and the trip’s entirety as a journey, which amplifies the highlights even more. The experience of the World Traveler Internship had an obvious highlight for me: […]

Street Smarts: Transport Scams

Rickshaws in India

Walking around India with glowing blonde hair, parachute pants, and the backpack/daypack humpback/pregnant belly combo is a sure-fire way to indicate, “I’m not from around here.” What does this mean to the rickshaws slowly following your swagger or the cyclists hoping you’ll turn around and want their transport services? Some might see an honest service […]

Journeys of a Lifetime in October

journeys

I welcome you to a new monthly series on Nomadderwhere, one which highlights the incredible trips one could take in that current month – thanks to a vibrant book called Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic. Every month I will pick out a couple adventures from each section in the book in order to […]

Video of the Week: Awesome South Africa

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Cape Town and Garden Route Photos

South Africa is gorgeous through the eye and the lens. Read my blogs on South Africa for a little more detail. Subscribe to Nomadderwhere’s posts.

South Africa made easy with the Garden Route

Keeps getting prettier along the way

Africa is like a really big trail map. Cairo to Cape Town. Malaga to Douala. Nairobi to Victoria Falls. Tour companies and travelers alike have realized that those who make it to Africa are there to spend some time and see a good lot of incredible sights. You won’t meet many people who travel to […]

Plummeting towards Earth: Day 51

The Moment of DIsbelief

Adrenalin junkies. Sometimes it seems like its a requirement to be heavily inked, fully pierced, leather-skinned, and a big fan of phrases like “that was so sick”, “unreal, man”, and “aw, dude, I’ve heard about that jump –it looks so ill!” These guys and gals flock to freefalls, half pipes, and semi-dangerous situations around the […]

Cage Diving with Sharks, Recommended: Day 48

Yarg

About six weeks prior, I had trouble jumping off a 12 meter cliff into beautiful teal waters. I danced nervously atop a rocky precipice and looked to the skies to counteract the damage done from staring at the water below. But for some reason, I had absolutely no trouble throwing a lead weight around my […]

Stay classy, Stellenbosch: Day 47

Drinking wine Xhosa face paint

Wine Tasting: a classy concept that seems to inspire smarter ensembles, a listening ear, a more discernible palate than one actually has. I’ve gone wine tasting three times in my life. The first time was in Napa Valley after Semester at Sea. I was in culture shock and missing my new friends, so I got […]

Hiking up and Giggling Down Table Mountain: Day 46

Hiking Table's Slopes

I didn’t know where Table Mountain was (nor that it existed) until I pulled up to Cape Town harbor and saw her silhouette. That first sight of her was the kind that solidifies a mystical attachment and constant amazement that becomes evident in random dreams days and years later. And since that first sighting I’ve […]

No Tour in SA? Gasp!

Have you been keeping up with our WTI journey? Yes or No. If the answer is yes, you’ve aced today’s coolness test. It’s based on hundreds of factors developed by brilliant scientists in order to accurately determine someone’s personal awesomeness level. If you answered no, you can’t possibly have less internet access than we have, […]

Painting and Playing all day long: Day 45

There’s nothing louder and simultaneously as comforting as rain on a tin roof, even during monsoons. This must be what makes the Cape Town area look so clear, clean, and lush. And surely, when we emerged from our rooms that second day in False Bay, the world was dripping and new.

No need to cry, kitty…there’s TEARS

The barking from TEARS reverberates across the entirety of Masiphumalele daily, but what’s represented by those sounds make the annoyance of constant dog yelping kinda comforting. The Emma Animal Rescue Society takes stray animals as well as domestic pets from the local communities for vaccinations, fixing, and disease treatment at a price that no one […]

Getting our Backs into it: Day 44

I looked at i-to-i a while back when I was weighing my post-graduation opportunities. My trouble with volunteer projects though is always that I’m not sure whether my presence will be accepted, appreciated, and utilized for the maximum amount of assistance I can provide. Sometimes you show up, and it’s pretty obvious a project is […]

Wonderful Cape Town: Day 43

Are you aware of the seven natural wonders of the world? No? Perfect, because I’m about to list them off: Victoria Falls in Zambia/Zimbabwe Mt. Everest in Nepal/China The Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA The Great Barrier Reef off Australia The Northern Lights Paricutin Volcano in Mexico The Harbor of Rio de Janiero Do you […]

Animals All Up in your Computer Screen

Just because I like to show off nature…and if you’d like to read about East Africa, don’t even think about hesitating! Subscribe to Nomadderwhere’s posts.

The East African Safari Experience: Day 36-42

Crap the Whip...er, the Trunk

You’ve just flown thousands of miles across massive oceans and expanses of land. You’ve had too many airport transfers to bother remembering. Those weren’t cheap tickets or easy transit days. But you came to relive those deeply rooted Lion King fantasies from your childhood and by golly you’ll do anything to make those happen!

Nairobi at Night

I tried one more time. Nairobi at night. This time with the help of two GAP guides, one being my future leader across Tanzania and the game reserves. They escorted me back to Ranalo Foods to educated this rusty mind on eating with your hands in East Africa.

Take my Taxes and Bribes but not my Smiles: Day 35

I made a friend while lounging at the hotel pool, Samuel, who comes from Kenya and beams with helpful information for the interested tourist. Since I feel like I’m cheating or lazy to only hang out at my hotel when abroad, I used his knowledge to develop a safe plan to see the city. Good […]

Move. Just Do It: Day 34

I hit up a local joint in Nairobi on my first night: Ranalo Foods. The night involved my failed attempts at eating without utensils and a staring problem aimed at all the moving bodies on the dance floor. This is what I observed. “The body is constantly swerving into different ‘S’ curve forms, snaking and […]

Why I Hate the Indian Bureaucracy: Day 149

The shower was near scalding a heat that leaves your skin itching for more harsh comfort but it was the hottest I’ve had in weeks and it stayed that way I steamed out the biters encircling my naked frame my arms radiated like dry ice It’s the signal of a shift, a baptism and wash […]

The Pity of an Expiration Date: Day 143

Chapter Three: Leaving Dar, Looking for Livingstone The creases of my eyes remained dry. My pupils fixed on the back of our new drivers’ heads in the new cab…of the new truck. I felt ashamed at the somewhat “poor little rich girl” moment, this sadness for the changes in company and wishful abandonment of the […]

The Game: Day 128

Chapter Two: The Road to Zanzibar Once the Golden Girls cast was infiltrated by new blood, a funny thing happened to me among the group who thought they knew me. I started acting like the “tart” I’m known to be now. I joked. I smirked. I giggled. I danced around in a semi-conscious state. I […]

DragoWorld…Allow Me to Explain: Near Day 112 also

Bounce Like your butt has the hiccups Like you were riding in an overland truck Matatus and jeeps Maggie and Claudia We’ve managed to find (and feel) every weathered divet in the path between Jinja and Livingstone. Allow me to explain. I was scheduled to fly back to Nairobi from Entebbe, Uganda, in order to […]

Feast Your Retinas On These

I hope you enjoy some of the snippets of my life in Africa. Uploads aren’t the speediest around here…so this is what I could supply. The first was taken by my 10 yr old friend from Bujagali Falls, Uganda on a swimming break in the Nile rapids. His friend, Adam, is sitting next to me, […]

A Mzungu in the Midst: Day 92

I am in Africa. This is a place I fear describing inaccurately, so I’m sure to include every miniscule moment that step by step adds to the magnitude of my awe and wonder of its certain and sometimes masked beauty. I will begin with the flight, the trip from Rome to Doha…a gorgeously luxurious flight […]

Can You Say Walrus? Day 45

Mauritius, Blue Bay, Snorkel, Alexis Reller

“The stretch between Mauritius and India will be our worst waters of all.” We are cruising at a speed of 12 knots on an ocean reminiscent of cobalt blue Murano glass. Whoever scared me into thinking this would be a week spent taped to my mattress is getting their room teepeed. As Alexis and I […]

Tido Knows What’s Up. Africa! Day 33

Cape Town from Above

I fear the worst has happened. As we sit here bunkering off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, with the entire skyline in view, I cannot begin to summon up my most exciting and memorable experiences into a simple Word document. I am accustomed to and comfortable with the unfathomable, the exotic, the unique […]

Tooty in the Classroom: Day 23

Desmond Tutu

This post was syndicated to Semester at Sea’s Shipmates publication for a new column called “My Life at Sea.” As if every day isn’t a remarkable gift, I experienced something today that had me choking back tears from unfathomable intensity. Today, I slept through class due to an unknown time zone change and punished myself […]