By Sarah Teczar “Live there.” These enticing words appear on the homepage of Airbnb’s website, set against a moving backdrop of video clips showing smiling people opening doors to suitcase-lugging travelers, stallholders at local markets selling colorful fruits and vegetables, and a woman eating cereal while sitting by a window that looks out at the […]
In the world of literature there are few places as mysterious as Count Dracula’s Transylvanian castle in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. But what if it really existed? Would you go and—perhaps more importantly—would you run in to the Count himself? You can visit the infamous castle depicted in Stoker’s classic book and even if you don’t meet the titular character, there’s still a lot to see.
By Alyssa Gocinski I spent a week-long trip in Japan drinking miso soup like water, admiring elaborate bento boxes filled with chilled soba, and delving into sweet deep-fried pork alongside velvety potato salad (Japanese mayonnaise sets it apart from our own all-too-familiar barbecue companion). As I comfortably sat cross-legged on a cushion alongside my friends, […]
By Erin Kayata In northern Luxembourg sits the town of Clervaux, looking like it’s straight out of a fairy tale. Thick forests and mountains surround it, and there are quaint white buildings trimmed with black speckled through the town. And like all fairy tales, it has a castle. Clervaux Castle, dating back to the […]
By Maria Russo Tulum has a beautiful vibe all its own. If you are like me, you’ll appreciate the laid-back centered feeling that flows through this slice of the Riviera Maya. Most people here are open, free-spirited and casual, embracing more of a simple lifestyle that relies on the pleasures offered by Mother Nature. Yet, […]
By Nicole Melancon To be a girl in the developing world is an additional hurdle to overcome. Not only will you likely be poor, you will also likely be married young, uneducated, physically and sexually abused and lack the potential to follow your dreams of having a better life. What if we could change this […]
By Erin Kayata Bird flu. Swine flu. Ebola. Zika virus. Each year, a new sickness seems to sweep in from overseas, leaving Americans scrambling for their cotton face masks and desperately squirting out their hand sanitizer. More often than not, these illnesses drift away as swiftly as they arrive, making way for the next international […]
By Mary-Milam Granberry There is a great quote that I have written on a Post-it note stuck to my desktop computer: Good manners are a small but constant adjustment to the reasonable expectations or needs of others, little tokens acknowledging their right to a certain space, the offering of a certain security in what they […]
I fell in love with couch surfing and the cultural exchange it fosters while I was studying abroad. As Couchsurfing.com expanded, I began to wonder what it would be like to travel to places like Iran, Cuba, Vietnam or Russia as an American citizen. Fortunately, four couch surfers were happy to sate my curiosity by sharing their experiences and insights.