Finding Center: Three Cincinnati Labyrinths to Explore along an Inward Journey

Winter was wearing thin on us, and although it had not been a savage season in southwest Ohio, time was stretching long and thin while the city of Cincinnati marched along with the pandemic drum beat. After a tiresome election cycle and a disengaged holiday season, January brought an attempted coup and heavy gray cloudsContinue reading “Finding Center: Three Cincinnati Labyrinths to Explore along an Inward Journey”

Three Important Lessons Learned through the Adventure of Randonauting

Randonauting is the word that defines travel to an “anomolous experience” using the new app called Randonautica. Randonautica describes itself as “the world’s first quantum random adventure game.” It challenges its players to clear their minds, focus their breathe on an intention, and then generate coordinates on a map that aligns with the experience theyContinue reading “Three Important Lessons Learned through the Adventure of Randonauting”

Three Works of Travel Writing to Ignite Your Imagination (while we patiently wait for the pandemic to run its course)

Bread and Ashes British writer and adventurer Tony Anderson transports his readers through the remote mountain villages of the nearly impenetrable Caucasus Mountains. The families he encounters are rugged survivors of the war in Abkhazia and Ossetia, and of a long history of tribal and civil war. At the time of his journey in 1998,Continue reading “Three Works of Travel Writing to Ignite Your Imagination (while we patiently wait for the pandemic to run its course)”

Dreaming the Future of Travel into Existence from an Unlikely Campground in Ohio

Recently, I was in that inspirational and exhilarating space of planning for a week away from the responsibilities and tedium of daily life. Some may call this a vacation, but for me, these times of freedom and creativity are more akin to a pilgrimage into an unfamiliar space, over-flowing with magic and self-discovery. In theContinue reading “Dreaming the Future of Travel into Existence from an Unlikely Campground in Ohio”

Money, Travel, and American Scarcity: Conversations and Perspectives from Central Europe

Perhaps the three most divisive topics of conversation in the Western world are money, religion, and politics. They are like a dirty triad. At your next (post pandemic) dinner party, start a discussion about money, religion, and politics first; and then slowly merge into the issues of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll, and observeContinue reading “Money, Travel, and American Scarcity: Conversations and Perspectives from Central Europe”

Four Reasons to Visit a Waterfall on Your Next Road Trip

Waterfalling is the word to describe searching for waterfalls. I love waterfalls for their simplicity and vibrancy. I have visited many spectacular waterfalls on three continents, and each has been uniquely different. It is not just the waterfall itself that I love; it is also the story of adventure as I embarked on the journey toContinue reading “Four Reasons to Visit a Waterfall on Your Next Road Trip”

Three Hostel Booking Tips for the Solo Female Traveler

While traveling, I always stay in hostels. However, travelling certainly looks different as we pass through this time of pandemic. Bunk hostels are no longer open, and the common areas are off limits. I have seen some hostels that are open, such as the Cleveland Hostel, but the space is significantly cut back. Like manyContinue reading “Three Hostel Booking Tips for the Solo Female Traveler”

Travel and The Hero’s Journey: A Growth Map

In 1949, a literature professor at Sarah Lawrence College coined a term that summarized comparative mythology and its relationship to the human experience. Joseph Campbell began to describe the narrative process of a protagonist venturing into the world to fill a need, who then faces and overcomes conflict and adversity, and finally returns, triumphant, asContinue reading “Travel and The Hero’s Journey: A Growth Map”

Room with A Multidimensional View

When I finally followed the 10 out of Los Angeles in July of 2018, my Ford Fiesta (where every drive is a party) was packed with a few bins of belongings stacked neatly between clothes and camping gear. My dog Nahla rode shotgun, curled into a furry ball on a pillow like a princess. IContinue reading “Room with A Multidimensional View”

An Experiment with Impermanence

During my journey through central Europe and the Balkans, I frequently rearranged plans. When I first outlined my loose itinerary, Zagreb was on the map. I cancelled it entirely after hearing from Oben, a Turkish doctoral student in Budapest, that Belgrade was more worth the experience. I was not certain that I wanted to goContinue reading “An Experiment with Impermanence”