ravel is not all glitz, glamour, and incredible backpacking trips. It is romantic to imagine the traveler as a carefree spirit. She is the restless nomad guided by an open heart, lifted up and empowered by the winds of change. Not all travelers are seeking to change anything more than their surroundings, but real adventures change you. To be an adventurer one must be willing to be uncomfortable, to face inner demons, to challenge long held beliefs, and to question everything.

As Nicolas Bouvier once wrote, “Traveling outgrows its motives. It soon proves sufficient in itself. You think you are making a trip, but soon it is making you – or unmaking you.”

Inspirational Travel Music

Music can make you happy, science says so. According to Discovery News, the feel good neurotransmitter, dopamine, is released when people listen to positive emotional music. In other words, music causes listeners to experience pleasure and happiness. A University of Missouri study further researched this theory and found that positive music can have a measurable


Most Delicious Breakfasts Around the World

If you’ve traveled far from home, you might be able to relate to the unique exhaustion that is jetlag. If you skip too many time zones, it can throw off your entire circadian rhythm and mess with your meal schedule. But, if you want to get moving and see what you came to see, you need


Buenos Aires: Bus, Taxis, or Subway?

Tourists and newcomers often wonder, “Should I take taxis everywhere in Buenos Aires?” If I had a dollar for every time I heard that, well, depending on the exchange rate that day…I’d have more than that in pesos. Finding your bearings in a big city is rarely easy. It’s more challenging when you don’t know the language, but even if you do speak Spanish, you’ll find that Buenos Aires has a special dialect and accent.


Expats and Depression: The Research

My last blog post on depression and expats sparked some interesting discussions on LinkedIn. Unfortunately, I accidentally deleted the thread when I got pissed at my non-responding mouse and started clicking it like a madwoman. In my fury of clicks it responded, just to delete a very productive conversation. Thanks technology. I’m going to follow