Wanderlusting: How to Move on a Whim in 5 Easy Steps

This past month–no, these past six months have been a whirlwind. A good one. Costa Rica, Chicago, Colorado. Love, adventure, travel, yoga, love again. My head has been hazy with transitions and airports, sea and sun, city then mountains. It seems I have packed up my life a dozen times, shoving things into a backpack or so … More Wanderlusting: How to Move on a Whim in 5 Easy Steps

Costa Rica: A Solo Trip Downloaded

I left for Costa Rica in March. After 3 months teaching, learning, and becoming incredibly tan and bug-bitten, I’m just now realizing how transformed I am. Coming back to Chicago is bittersweet. It’s almost like I’ve never left. I’ve traded the exhilaration of jungles and mountains for the comforting familiarity of my neighborhood. It’s loud … More Costa Rica: A Solo Trip Downloaded

How to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

It’s almost here! Saturday, June 21–the first day of summer, or the summer solstice–marks the day with the most hours of sunlight; from here on out, the days get shorter as we wind down to the winter solstice. Ancient Egyptians, Mayans, Incas, Druids, and many other ancient cultures revered equinoxes and solstices, building megalithic structures to … More How to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Traveling Trysts: Define & Refine Your Standards

Romance on the road is not easy. Sure, the random hookup or make out on the dance floor is fairly straightforward, but sometimes you want more connection. It seems like it would be simple: this totally hot person you just met loves adventure and rootless existence–just like you! Except you’ll both be headed to opposite … More Traveling Trysts: Define & Refine Your Standards

How to Conjure Your Lady Tribe: The Art of Finding Amazing Girlfriends

While packing for Costa Rica, I remember sitting on my floor picking through my sister’s stash of assorted condoms she brought home from some kind of STD awareness fair at her school. Of course I’ll need condoms, I thought, tossing aside the flavored and expired ones. There will be surfers! There will be traveling outdoorsmen! … More How to Conjure Your Lady Tribe: The Art of Finding Amazing Girlfriends