Travel Writing 2.0: An Interview with dobbernationLOVES

Though I couldn't make it to TBEX (for those of you who aren't travel bloggers out there, this is code for the "Travel Blog Exchange" conference and is kind of a big deal) because I was trekking through Borneo (oh, you know, the usual), in the spirit of the event, we're highlighting some of the keynote speakers and invited guests over at Travel … [Read more...]

Travel & Writing Post-Comprehensive Exams

As I sit here thinking about how to start this post, my first reaction is, well, to stare at the keys and wonder where the past two months went. I feel so out of practice that I'm not even sure where to begin. So where did these past two months go? In a word: comprehensive exams. (Ok, two words, but who's counting?) For those of you who know … [Read more...]

Liebster Award – 11 Questions About Me

Thanks to travel bloggers Jeff and Erin at AWeekOrAWeekend, I've been nominated for a Liebster Award. This doesn't really mean I've won anything, technically--it's more of  a fun way for bloggers to spread the word about other blogs they like (kind of like a word-of-mouth blog-tagging game). I'm not sure exactly what the criteria are (Number of … [Read more...]

What I’m Reading: The World’s Cheapest Destinations

As someone who is just starting to research honeymoon options for her upcoming wedding, my friend and mentor Tim Leffel's new book couldn't have come out at a better time. (Seriously--two artist-teachers trying to get married while still inviting the family is expensive enough--add on a honeymoon and, well, let's just say we're not exactly hoping … [Read more...]

One Question with Britany Robinson: Independent Travel

Britany Robinson likes to tell the story about how she left a trail of bedrooms with little plastic stars stuck to the ceilings as she moved from place to place with her parents growing up. Now, as that little girl's lust for movement never stopped, Britany is leaving a trail of metaphorical stars everywhere she goes and writing about it on her … [Read more...]

Travel Writing 2.0: An Interview with Kate McCulley

Be sure to visit me this week on Travel Writing 2.0 to read my interview with the amazing Kate McCulley, the writer behind the popular Adventurous Kate travel blog. As someone who lives by the mantra "life's too short to have regrets," Kate has now been to over 30 countries and has made writing her blog her full-time profession. In our interview … [Read more...]

Solas Silver Award – Legend of the Betelnut Princess

Last week, Travelers' Tales press announced the winners of the 2013 SOLAS Best Travel Writing awards, and to my delight, one of my essays took home the silver in the Travel and Food category. Of course, I'm most humbled to be included among a number of other excellent travel writers, some of whom  I've had the immense pleasure of interviewing on … [Read more...]

Travel Writing 2.0: An Interview with Jodi Ettenberg

Come visit me at Travel Writing 2.0 this week to catch my interview with the lovely Jodi Ettenberg, creator of the Legal Nomads blog. Jodi's also the author of The Food Traveler’s Handbook, a book that will help travelers find cheap, safe, and delicious food all around the world. In our interview, Jodi talks with me about the history of her blog, … [Read more...]

Writing Lesson: Is This Tucson…? Or Is This…?

This week's post is the first in a series of reflections on writing lessons. Based in part on my experience working with writing students as well as my own experience as a traveler and writer, I hope these pieces inspire you to take a journal or laptop outside and write your heart out! - Kristin Whenever I talk with my students about writing … [Read more...]

One Question with Wendy Gunderson: Photographing People

Wendy Gunderson, a freelance travel photographer, has devoted much of her work to the Caribbean, a place that, in her words, has helped her attain a true sense of irie, which in Jamaica means "an overall feeling of well-being." (Love it, wish I had it). Today, she inaugurates our new One Question segment in which I ask a writer or photographer to … [Read more...]

Bringing the Sampran Riverside Cooking Class Home

Every time I travel somewhere, I make a promise to myself that I nearly always break: that I am going to attempt and prepare the delicious cuisine from the country I traveled to for my friends and family so that they, too, can share in all the delicious tastes of our world. After all, I've always believed that there is nothing more intimate and … [Read more...]

The World’s Top 5 Most Unromantic Places

In the mood for something a little different from the usual holiday fare of "most romantic places in the world" this Valentine's Day? To honor the places I've been that I find weird and, at first glance, oddly unsettling, here is an honorary round-up of my top five picks for most unromantic places I can remember visiting. Of course, any place can … [Read more...]