Why I Travel

I've noticed that a lot of travel bloggers lately are writing and sharing posts specifically dedicated to "why they travel." Check out any travel blog--you'll see what I mean. Not surprisingly, a lot of them offer anecdotes of heartbreak, boredom, apathy, curiosity, and a desire to see the world (the usual suspects). And it makes sense--readers … [Read more...]

Photo Essay: Colours of 1 Malaysia Festival

The Colours of 1 Malaysia festival, which was held on May 25th, 2013 at Dataran Mederka, Kuala Lumpur, is hard to describe in words. Founded in 1999 to reflect and celebrate the cultural, racial, sexual, and economic diversity of Malaysia, the event has become an enormous parade, complete with thousands of dancers, costumes, floats, props, and … [Read more...]

24 Hours In: Reflections on Kuala Lumpur

Some cities are hard to get to know--people are unpredictable, the weather can make a huge difference, and depending on where you go, you might get a cranky waiter, a tired taxi driver, a leering comment by an insensitive man on the street, or (insert annoying or frustrating travel experience here). Conversely, at first glance, some cities are … [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...]

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...]

Kristin, Meet Your New Passport. Passport, Meet Kristin.

The picture you see here is  *almost* the reason that I couldn't accept this incredibly awesome gig in Thailand this week. My passport, you ask? Yes, my passport. And no, I hadn't let it expire, I hadn't lost it in the move, and I hadn't accidentally taken Ryan's to the airport instead. Instead, I'd been invited to come and see a country that … [Read more...]

Learning Mandarin…And A Slip of the Tongue

I have just discovered, after a full day of being so proud of myself for jumping in and attempting to speak Chinese from the very first moment I arrived in Taiwan, that I have actually been telling everyone I meet, everywhere, that I have to urinate. You can imagine my mortification, especially since I didn't realize this until I'd already … [Read more...]

28 Hours Later….and Dumplings!

My watch is telling me it's 8:15 a.m. My cell phone, however, which just performed its automatic update, is telling me it's 11:14 p.m. This means, if I'm calculating correctly, that except for an accidental twenty minute nap while watching a hopefully pointless romantic comedy on the airplane, I have now been awake for 28 hours. I can't remember … [Read more...]