Pictured above are some of the people I’ll be joining for Burning Man. In less than a month I get to experience several firsts. I’m going to Burning Man for the first time (which has earned me the nickname “burgin” by my travel mates). I’m also driving across the country by myself for the first time in a yellow school bus I’ve converted (mostly) into … Continue reading Preparing for Burning Man!
I’ve been to a little over 20 countries now, but the longest, most intense, most exciting trip I’ve taken so far would have to be my trip to India in the summer of 2015. My travel buddies were fellow expats teaching in Saudi Arabia: 2 Americans and 1 Canadian. The plan was to spend 3 weeks hiking in Kashmir with a licensed tour guide and … Continue reading Six Weeks in India: Trekking Kashmir
I wonder when we’ll be able to travel again. Sometimes it feels like this lock down is going to last forever, but I keep trying to remind myself this is all temporary. It’s been a long time since my trip to Qatar, but it’s still fresh in my mind as a beautiful getaway in the Middle East. Despite the current political turmoil, Qatar continues to … Continue reading Day 48: Reminiscing about My Traveling Days (Qatar)
A question I keep getting asked is how I plan to pay for my bus conversion process. So far the only money I’ve spent was the $5000 for the bus and roughly $120 to get it inspected and properly licensed, but now I’ve got to compile a list and make a budget for all the components involved in the conversion process. That’s where my next … Continue reading The Art of Travel Hacking
I finished my third year in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia a few years ago and it was quite a trip. I started out at a very stressful vocational school and finished at a much nicer, well-established university. I had a lot of preconceived ideas about what my time in Saudi Arabia would be like, and I have to tell you, it’s nothing like … Continue reading Living in Saudi Arabia: Expectations vs Reality
My first long-term experience abroad was during a study away program in 2009. I went to Ecuador with a small group of college students who were learning Spanish. It is by far one of the best experiences abroad I’ve had. Unfortunately, I didn’t bother to keep a journal of my experiences and now I’ve forgotten half the places we saw and visited! This is what … Continue reading Do you keep a travel journal?
Mexico was my first experience abroad, but it wasn’t the first time I flew in an airplane. My first time in an airplane was when I went on my honeymoon to hop aboard a Carnival Cruise. The novelty of flying has definitely worn off since then. Cruises are a great way to travel for some, but it’s not without its disadvantages. Here are some pros … Continue reading Pros and Cons of Cruises
In 2002, I went to another country for the first time. I was in my teens and quite passionate about religion. I joined my church on a mission trip to Reynosa, Mexico. Sadly, I have few pictures of the trip, but my favorite one is of me interacting with a little Mexican boy. From that first trip, I knew I was going to be a traveler. … Continue reading Are mission trips just modern-day colonialism?
Since arriving in the Middle East it’s been a goal of mine to go to an Arab wedding. I had heard they’re huge, exciting, and go on all night. I finally got my opportunity when a friend from Yemen mentioned a friend of a friend of his sister’s friend was having a wedding. I asked if he knew the bride or groom and whether or … Continue reading My First Arab Wedding
When I started my teaching job in Saudi Arabia, one of the first things I did was go to the dentist. I knew I had at least one cavity, but it never occurred to me that I’d have seven. I was horrified when the dentist told me. He asked me why I hadn’t gotten them fixed. I told him I couldn’t afford to get it … Continue reading How I Saved Hundreds by Getting Dental Work Abroad