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I never thought this would happen to me
I never thought this would happen to me

Failing to accept that tragedy will impact your life leaves you vulnerable to be unprepared in the inevitable moment that...

COVID-19 Life in Berlin
COVID-19 Life in Berlin

This is what my life at home looks like in Berlin during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a lot to...

The consequences of Rotary Youth Programs
The consequences of Rotary Youth Programs

For those who know me and much of my personal story, you’ve probably heard me talk more than a few...

My interview on LeanPub's Frontmatter Podcast
My interview on LeanPub's Frontmatter Podcast

My publisher, LeanPub, honored me with a feature on their podcast for authors. We had quite a long chat, but...

DRUMSON performs live at the trivagoVibe
DRUMSON performs live at the trivagoVibe

I made my European debut as a solo drummer during trivago's bi-annual trivagoVibe concert in Düsseldorf, Germany.

My most traveled year. A photo review of 2017.
My most traveled year. A photo review of 2017.

Happy New Year! 2017 was my most traveled year to-date, full of all sorts of experiences and life changes. Here...

trivago on Tour - Cruise 2017 to Norway and Denmark
trivago on Tour - Cruise 2017 to Norway and Denmark

The annual trivago on Tour trip went on a Nordic cruise in 2017. Learn about the surprise concerts, unknown destinations,...

Best podcast 2017 - What I listen to for my daily dose of inspiration
Best podcast 2017 - What I listen to for my daily dose of inspiration

After a toxic presidential election cycle, I found podcasts to be a boost for sanity and inspiration. Here is my...

Enjoy the taste of crow - an interview with Scott Holiday of the Rival Sons
Enjoy the taste of crow - an interview with Scott Holiday of the Rival Sons

I caught up with Scott Holiday in Germany while on tour with Rival Sons. He talks of life on the...

You Must Write A Book! A Review Of Honorée Corder's Latest Inspiration
You Must Write A Book! A Review Of Honorée Corder's Latest Inspiration

If you've ever considered writing a book on but don't know where to start or how to finish, then You...

Shafik Gabr's 2015 East-West - The Art of Dialogue Fellowship Notes
Shafik Gabr's 2015 East-West - The Art of Dialogue Fellowship Notes

M. Shafik Gabr and his Foundation

The Gabr Fellowship Has Selected Me As A 2015 Fellow
The Gabr Fellowship Has Selected Me As A 2015 Fellow

I will be meeting with Egyptian and American diplomats, military leaders, entrepreneurs and influencers during the 6-week Gabr Fellowship Program....

How Hurricane Katrina Changed My Life 10 Years Later
How Hurricane Katrina Changed My Life 10 Years Later

On the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, I reflect on how that was a pivotal moment when the trajectory...

An Open Letter To The Rotary Club of Alexandria
An Open Letter To The Rotary Club of Alexandria

16 years after the Rotary Club of Alexandria sponsored me as a Youth Exchange Student, I have finally become a...

I Have Joined The Rotary Club of Austin
I Have Joined The Rotary Club of Austin

I've been part of the Rotary Family since I was in high school, and anyone who knows me, knows that...

DragonForce Performs at the Mohawk in Austin Texas
DragonForce Performs at the Mohawk in Austin Texas

The English power metal band, DragonForce, of Guitar Hero fame, performed in Austin Texas and I got a first row...

My New 2015 Kona Jake The Snake Cyclocross Bicycle
My New 2015 Kona Jake The Snake Cyclocross Bicycle

Cyclocross is a hybrid road / trail bike sport which combines speed with ruggedness. I am starting to race CX...

Reunion, Kölsch and Architecture of Köln (Cologne)
Reunion, Kölsch and Architecture of Köln (Cologne)

After spending 5-months in India building out a new facility for Mutual Mobile, I get to take a few weeks...

How Its Made - The Mutual Mobile Office in Hyderabad India
How Its Made - The Mutual Mobile Office in Hyderabad India

Mutual Mobile sent me to India for 6 moths to build a new office in Hyderabad India. This is the...

The Annual Hyderabad 10k Around The Hussain Sagar Lake
The Annual Hyderabad 10k Around The Hussain Sagar Lake

The annual Hyderabad 10k is a massive city-wide event with olympian leaders, beautiful scenery and live music on at every...

Mutual Mobile Receives High Blessings In Hyderabad
Mutual Mobile Receives High Blessings In Hyderabad

In celebration of construction beginning at the new Mutual Mobile office in Hyderabad, the builders organized a puja to be...

Global Travel Announcement
Global Travel Announcement

1 year, 3 months and 7 days ago I moved to Austin Texas. Since that time I have only spent...

How to Achieve Silicon Valley Anywhere [crosspost]
How to Achieve Silicon Valley Anywhere [crosspost]

The following was originally posted on <re/code> on June 25, 2014. Read the original post here.

UT Peace and Conflict Resolution Symposium
UT Peace and Conflict Resolution Symposium

Today I gave an hour-long presentation at the University of Texas to a Peace, Conflict Resolution and Global Ethics Symposium where...

Custom Carbon Road Bike 56CM SRAM Red
Custom Carbon Road Bike 56CM SRAM Red

Celebrity Encounters List
Celebrity Encounters List

* indicates the number of times I have encountered this group/person **.38 Special* 12 Stones* 4 Lyn* Afroman* Alabama* Alice...

My Blogging Failure
My Blogging Failure

When I was 8 years old my mom sat me down at the dinning room table, placed a composition journal...

Concert Posters
Concert Posters

My first job after university was as a concert promoter at TCB Concerts (now Green Machine Concerts). I worked with...

Meeting Papa Roach on tour in Hamburg Germany
Meeting Papa Roach on tour in Hamburg Germany

Today I get to see one of my favorite bands of all time: Papa Roach. The day started at 11:45...

Category college

The Elgin Marbles - Should they be returned to Greece?
The Elgin Marbles - Should they be returned to Greece?

The prestige of the world’s finest museums is largely rooted in collections of stolen art.  There is a fair share...

Does Oil Hender Democracy?
Does Oil Hender Democracy?

The Article, Does Oil Hender Democracy, by Michael Ross, examines why the generally excepted theory that economic growth fosters democratic...

The Decision that Saved the World - An Analysis of the Decision-Making Process during the Cuban Missile Crisis
The Decision that Saved the World - An Analysis of the Decision-Making Process during the Cuban Missile Crisis

During the thirteen-day period from October 18-29, 1962, the world stood and watched as the United States and USSR nearly...

The American Red Cross - An International Organization
The American Red Cross - An International Organization

The American Red Cross was chartered in 1905 by the American Congress to, “carry on a system of national and...

A Comparison of Emergency Warning Systems
A Comparison of Emergency Warning Systems

In a November 2000 report published by the executive Subcommittee on Natural Disaster Reduction, about Natural Disaster Information Systems, three...

Book Review - Tin Drum
Book Review - Tin Drum

The main character and narrator is Oskar Matzerath. Oskar is a man who never grew up, literally. He stunted his...

Four Technologies of Disaster Management
Four Technologies of Disaster Management

When working in a disaster there are many resources and available technologies to help managers coordinate relief efforts.  Some of...

Play Review - The Weavers
Play Review - The Weavers

The Weavers, by Gerhart Hauptman, is a play about the suppressed weavers of Peterswaldu, Langenbielau, and Kaschbach, Germany.  This story...

The History of Events Surrounding the Camp David Accords
The History of Events Surrounding the Camp David Accords

Turmoil and unrest have been embedded as a day to day presence in the Middle East for much of history....

Sponsored Identity - Cultural Policy in Puerto Rico
Sponsored Identity - Cultural Policy in Puerto Rico

Sponsored Identity: Cultural Policy in Puerto Rico, by Arlene Davilla, explores the current and historical context of Puerto Rico’s cultural...

The Development of the Modern State
The Development of the Modern State

In this chapter two points are made: first, discuss the different forms of ‘state’ which have existed and how that...

Otto von Bismarck and His Path to Unification
Otto von Bismarck and His Path to Unification

During the 19th Century, Europe underwent many dynamic changes such as many wars, governmental upheavals and cultural refinements; therefore, no...

The Raven in Native American Mythology
The Raven in Native American Mythology

The raven is a very important figure in most Native American cultures. It is seen as the creator of light...

Book Review - The Unification of Germany
Book Review - The Unification of Germany

The Unification of Germany, by Michael Gorman, is a short yet precise and detailed book which outlines the events surrounding...

Category lifestyle

Do it while you're young
Do it while you're young

Albert Einstein wisely said, “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it earns it… he...

Be flexible in your planning and goals
Be flexible in your planning and goals

Your work isn’t over once you’ve written a plan for accomplishing your life goals. As I said there, “The most...

A bad plan is better than no plan
A bad plan is better than no plan

Now that you have your what if in mind, you are energized to show up, and you have learned from...

Suffering does not make you stronger; learning does.
Suffering does not make you stronger; learning does.

“I had to suffer when I was your age, so you do too; it builds character!” Does this sound familiar...

Showing up puts you in command of your destiny
Showing up puts you in command of your destiny

Opportunities are all around us. They take all forms, shapes, and sizes. Sometimes showing up is about going to class...

Find your
Find your "what if" and live it every day

We all have dreams about our future. The places we might visit. The jobs we might have. People with whom...

Tips for how to successfully find work abroad as an American
Tips for how to successfully find work abroad as an American

Since working in Germany for more than four years, I have identified a few universal truths that I believe will...

5 reasons why giving thanks is good for you
5 reasons why giving thanks is good for you

There are many reasons to work on improving how we give thanks. Ranging from health benefits, feeling good, and changing...

Three ways travel changed my life when I was young
Three ways travel changed my life when I was young

I am thrilled to have my father, Bob Moore, be the first guest author on my blog. The following is...

Why travel while young?
Why travel while young?

The most significant advantage I have had in life is that when I was young, many adults I respected told...

Ultimate list of international fellowship programs that can change your life
Ultimate list of international fellowship programs that can change your life

Looking for ways to study or work abroad while getting someone else to pay for the experience? Check out this...

The secret to my success
The secret to my success

Showing up is the first step in every success story, but it can be hard to know where to put...

A nomad's philosophy to relationships
A nomad's philosophy to relationships

Relationships struggle to survive the test of distance, and for a good reason. As a nomad, I have learned how...

Tips for negotiating travel at your job
Tips for negotiating travel at your job

Negotiating travel policy with your work is both possible and can be beneficial for all concerned. Read this article for...

High tech tips for any resume
High tech tips for any resume

Resume writing is an art form. Use these innovative resume tips to show that you understand technology and can think...

What I would have said - home is where the heart is
What I would have said - home is where the heart is

My heart has found a new place to call home in Los Angeles, and I owe it all to this...

Did it while I was young
Did it while I was young

“Do it while you’re young.” I can’t tell you how many times I heard those words growing up. I heard...

How to identify and accomplish your life goals
How to identify and accomplish your life goals

Do you have life goals? Do you need help identifying life goals? Or maybe you need help structuring a plan...

Category peace corps

What I have learned about my Peace Corps legacy in Kyrgyzstan
What I have learned about my Peace Corps legacy in Kyrgyzstan

I recently learned a few things which I did not know about my own legacy in Kyrgyzstan. Some of these...

LSU Alumni Association Magazine Article – Fall 2013
LSU Alumni Association Magazine Article – Fall 2013

Well, this chapter of my life has now officially concluded. With my final article in the LSU Alumni Magazine, Peace...

My Peace Corps Mission is Accomplished
My Peace Corps Mission is Accomplished

Serving with the United States Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan these last two years has been a tremendous experience. During my...

Appendectomy In Bishkek
Appendectomy In Bishkek

A Fair Warning

Nooryz 2013
Nooryz 2013

Nooryz is the Islamic new year and is celebrated in the spring time as new life is emerging from the...

K-19 COS Conference
K-19 COS Conference

This is it. This is the end. I made it. Yet somehow, I don’t feel any sense of accomplishment. As...

Bike Race
Bike Race

I recently participated in my first bike race! It was a really great experience but because I entered into the...

Hiking Konorchek Canyon in Kyrgyzstan
Hiking Konorchek Canyon in Kyrgyzstan

I joined a group from the Trekking Union of Kyrgyzstan today to explore Konorchek Canyon. The landscape in this canyon is...

LSU Alumni Association Magazine Article - Spring 2013
LSU Alumni Association Magazine Article - Spring 2013

Here is my contribution to the LSU Alumni Association Magazine for Spring 2013. View original source here: http://issuu.com/lsualumni/docs/lsuaa_spring2013

I Am The Quiz Master
I Am The Quiz Master

Last night I was the quiz master at my favorite local quiz night in Bishkek. We had a great turnout...

Community Media in Kyrgyzstan Key to Achieving Social Justice [cross-post]
Community Media in Kyrgyzstan Key to Achieving Social Justice [cross-post]

The culmination of months of work, preparation and an international team overcoming very difficult situations get’s summed up nicely in this article posted on...

Bishkek Attack
Bishkek Attack

Just considering that I would begin this post with something like, “I don’t know how important it is to tell...

Merry Christmas (Russian Orthodox)
Merry Christmas (Russian Orthodox)

January 7th is the date of Orthodox Christmas. For a long and detailed explanation of why this differs from the...

Happy New Year / С новым годом / Жаны жылыныздар менен
Happy New Year / С новым годом / Жаны жылыныздар менен

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Ski Trip to Zil 2
Ski Trip to Zil 2

I made my third trip skiing this season today and it was a real blast. The weather was the best...

LSU Alumni Magazine Article – Winter 2012
LSU Alumni Magazine Article – Winter 2012

Photo Caption: Judson and his Kyrgyz friends having fun at a cross-cultural dinner party. One of many such events he...

Ski Trip To Zil
Ski Trip To Zil

Ski Season is here! My desire for years has been to live within a 3-hours drive of skiing. And now...

Biking to Panorama
Biking to Panorama

I bought a mountainbike so that I could go to the mountains. And so I did! My lovely new Giant...

Kurban Ait
Kurban Ait

This morning Bishkek Muslims began the Kurban Ait celebration by gathering in the center square of the city. 70,000 people...

FLEX Exam 2012 Bishkek
FLEX Exam 2012 Bishkek

I was asked to help proctor the FLEX exam this year in Bishkek. Here is a snippet about the program from the...

Bishkek Photo Tour - A Morning in Kyrgyzstan's Capital City
Bishkek Photo Tour - A Morning in Kyrgyzstan's Capital City

On a perfect morning in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan in the heart of Central Asia, I grabbed a...

My New Contact Information
My New Contact Information

Bishkek Graffiti
Bishkek Graffiti

I took a long bike ride and found this great stretch of graffiti art on a long concrete wall. I...

Bike Trek Around Bishkek
Bike Trek Around Bishkek

I took a little trek around Bishkek and was smart enough to carry my camera with me. It was such...

LSU Alumni Magazine Article - Fall 2012
LSU Alumni Magazine Article - Fall 2012

Here is a screenshot of my most recent article in the LSU Alumni Association Magazine. The text from the article...

National Opera House
National Opera House

This is the national Opera House which I pass every day to and from my office. I often hear the...

Bishkek Apartment
Bishkek Apartment

Keeping with tradition and always being on the move, I have now moved into a new apartment after only being...

Almanbet's Brother's Wedding
Almanbet's Brother's Wedding

My good Kyrgyz friend, Almambet, invited me to attend his brother’s wedding. His brother is the general manager of the...

Moving To Bishkek - New City. New Work. New Address.
Moving To Bishkek - New City. New Work. New Address.

I am moving To Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to continue to the next step of my Peace Corps Service. Get all of...

KG Street Festival
KG Street Festival

Martin Abschieds Party
Martin Abschieds Party

Giant ATX 770 Mountain Bike Technical Specifications
Giant ATX 770 Mountain Bike Technical Specifications

After a 3-year hiatus I am back on wheels with this great Giant ATX 770 that I found in Bishkek,...

2012 Kyrgyz Republic Independence Day
2012 Kyrgyz Republic Independence Day

Linda and I getting photo-bombed by Manas. Manas and the Kyrgyz flag. Linda and I at Ala-Too Square People watching....

Almanbet's Birthday Cookout
Almanbet's Birthday Cookout

My friend Linda has a friend named Almanbet who invited her to the mountains for a cook out. I got...

ICT Camp Dinner Night
ICT Camp Dinner Night

Last night I had a group of new friends in Bishkek over for dinner at my new apartment. We played...

Lake Issyk Kul Summer 2012
Lake Issyk Kul Summer 2012

Scuba Diving

Besh Tash with Family
Besh Tash with Family

My second host family in Talas, Kyrgyzstan, took me to the nearby Besh Tash (Five Stones) National Park. They have...

Bishkek ICT Training
Bishkek ICT Training

If there is a reason why I joined the Peace Corps it was the experience of the last few days....

2012 4th of July Bishkek Embassy Party
2012 4th of July Bishkek Embassy Party

Happy Birthday America! Here are a few photos of the festivities at the American Embassy in Bishkek. They really know...

Golden Birthday and Sie Germans
Golden Birthday and Sie Germans

Golden Birthday Party

Radiomost Office
Radiomost Office

Here is the office and colleagues from my first site in Talas City, RadioMost.

Sushi Nights
Sushi Nights

In the year that I have lived in Talas I have made many visits to the Kyrgyz capital city, Bishkek....

Mars Family
Mars Family

Mars is a dear friend of mine from Bishkek and was my main host when I visited Bishkek before I...

K20 Site Placement Ceremony
K20 Site Placement Ceremony

New Talas Oblast Volunteers! Welcome K20s!! Our country director, Seth Fearey, preparing to make the site announcements.

Osh Bazaar
Osh Bazaar

The Osh Bazaar in Bishkek is one of the most important shopping places in Kyrgyzstan. I live about a 10-15...

LSU Alumni Magazine Article - Summer 2012
LSU Alumni Magazine Article - Summer 2012

Besh Tash National Park
Besh Tash National Park

In preparation for the 2012 Talas GLOW/TOBE Camp I needed to make a site visit to the camp site in the Besh...

Peace Corps Hardship
Peace Corps Hardship

Life in the Peace Corps is not as luxurious as some might think it could be. Here is a quick...

Disaster Ski Trip
Disaster Ski Trip

I don’t like to be negative about too many things, but man oh man this day was pretty much a...

Bishkek / Talas Winter Road Conditions
Bishkek / Talas Winter Road Conditions

Think you have a tough commute? This is just another day in the life of a Talas Peace Corps Volunteer....

LSU Alumni Magazine Article - Spring 2012
LSU Alumni Magazine Article - Spring 2012

Greetings Tiger Nation,

Peace Corps Volunteers on Kyrgyz National Television OTPK
Peace Corps Volunteers on Kyrgyz National Television OTPK

National television station OTPK in Kyrgyzstan featured me and some of my Peace Corps Volunteer colleagues during a story about...

Thanksgiving, New Government and New Year
Thanksgiving, New Government and New Year

Being as far away from America as I am did not put even the slightest dent in my celebrating the...

Program Travel Report Nov 13-27, 2011
Program Travel Report Nov 13-27, 2011

Sunday Nov 13 - Monday Nov 14

LSU Alumni Magazine Article – Winter 2011
LSU Alumni Magazine Article – Winter 2011

Thanksgiving in Kyrgyzstan
Thanksgiving in Kyrgyzstan

Happy Thanksgiving!

May Freedom Ring
May Freedom Ring

Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the Kyrgyz Republic’s independence from the USSR. To mark the occasion there was a...

Peela Chai Each
Peela Chai Each

Last week was RadioMost’s 4th Anniversary as the pioneer community radio station in Kyrgyzstan.  To mark the occasion we had a music festival...

The Nature of My Work
The Nature of My Work

I have been at my site now for 1 month. Though I have only scratched the surface of my work’s...

Жатсон доско тамаша!
Жатсон доско тамаша!

For my birthday, the Press Secretary to the Governor of Talas State wrote me a song. Here it is in...

Rotary Is Ubiquitous
Rotary Is Ubiquitous

For many of you this post is going to sound like a broken record. But hey, it’s a big deal...

Working Hard For The (no) Money
Working Hard For The (no) Money

Thus far in the Peace Corps, I have been elected or appointed into every available leadership roll. They are:

A quick update on the last week of my life…
A quick update on the last week of my life…

A quick update on the last week of my life…

First Day On Site in Talas City
First Day On Site in Talas City

I haven’t seen as many horses as I have seen today since I lived in Kentucky!

Site Placement - Radiomost 100.5FM
Site Placement - Radiomost 100.5FM

The NGO I will be working for is call Radiomost. I have not been given very much information from the...

Arrived Safely to Bishkek!
Arrived Safely to Bishkek!

I have arrived safely to Kyrgyzstan! The country is breathtakingly beautiful, the people are amazing and the food is even...

In Route to the Kyrgyz Republic
In Route to the Kyrgyz Republic

We are in route to Istanbul, Delta Flight 75 from JFK.  The in flight film was The Kings Speech.  Brilliant! ...

I have Arrived at Staging
I have Arrived at Staging

I have safely arrived to the Staging hotel in Philadelphia (room 542 if you are nearby!) I don’t have anything...

Kyrgyzstan + Anthropology
Kyrgyzstan + Anthropology

My parent’s live near Texas A&M University and they discovered a Anthropologist who teaches there and specializes in the Kyrgyz...

Selected: Kyrgyz Republic
Selected: Kyrgyz Republic

I was right! Kyrgyz Republic here I come!

Selected! But Not Much More...
Selected! But Not Much More...

Woooo!  My status has been updated to SELECTED FOR SERVICE!  Most unfortunately there is nothing else to report at this time.  They...

All Thats Left
All Thats Left

All that stands between me and getting on the airplane is the actual invitation.  The Selection Committee in Washington DC...

Medically Cleared
Medically Cleared

Two days ago my status was updated to reflect that “a decision has been made regarding your medical eligibility.”  Well that...

Medical Review - The Poilo Catch 22
Medical Review - The Poilo Catch 22

The VA does not give Polio Boosters.  I don’t have a record that I have had one before.  All the...

Medical Review - Blood and Teeth
Medical Review - Blood and Teeth

17 vials of blood!!  They took more blood out of me than I knew I even had in me!  It...

Medical Review - The VA
Medical Review - The VA

Turns out that the Peace Corps has an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs allowing for Peace Corps applicants...

Medical Review - Eyes
Medical Review - Eyes

My housemate, Jenny, works at the Alexandria Eye and Laser Center and got me hooked up with an eye exam....

Interview Done and Nomination In Hand
Interview Done and Nomination In Hand

I’m just going to jump in and tell you the end of the story up front:

Interview Scheduled (for TOMORROW!)
Interview Scheduled (for TOMORROW!)

WOAH!  This is crazy!  My regional Peace Corps office (Dallas) received the additional follow up paperwork for my application yesterday...

Application Submitted!
Application Submitted!

Ok so not much of an update here.  It took me weeks to do what I could have really done...

Application Followup Paperwork
Application Followup Paperwork

Well they got the application but that (of course) just lead to more paperwork!  They sent me forms for fingerprints...

Why The Peace Corps?
Why The Peace Corps?

Having grown up in a politically-charged family I always took politics and matters of great concern with a grain of...

Reflections and the Future
Reflections and the Future

The past year has been quite busy for me!  In the past 12 months I have lived in Chattanooga TN,...

Everything I Own, Right Here.
Everything I Own, Right Here.

Category travel guide

Three lies about Rome uncovered
Three lies about Rome uncovered

Rome has been my #1 must-see European destination since I moved to Germany nearly four years ago and yet I...

The Lost City of Petra is More Amazing Than I Ever Imagined
The Lost City of Petra is More Amazing Than I Ever Imagined

Petra is one of the New7Wonders of the World and it is no surprise! There is so much more to...

Mars on Earth - The Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan
Mars on Earth - The Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan

Wadi Rum is a majestic out of this world landscape in the south of Jordan. Learn about the jeep tours,...

Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour
Edinburgh Castle Walking Tour

Edinburgh Castle is a must-see attraction in Edinburgh. I took a walking tour of the castle which proved to be...

Edinburgh Free Walking Tour
Edinburgh Free Walking Tour

On my recent trip to Edinburgh, I kicked off my day with a free walking tour of the city. The...

Things to Do in Dublin - A 3-day Weekend Itinerary
Things to Do in Dublin - A 3-day Weekend Itinerary

With just one visit, Dublin has become one of my favorite cities in the world. I pieced together the very...

Visiting the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin
Visiting the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin

Learn about visiting The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, the traditional home of the world’s most famous stout beer, Guinness. This...

Jameson distillery tour and whiskey tasting experience in Dublin
Jameson distillery tour and whiskey tasting experience in Dublin

The Jameson Distillery on Bow St. in Dublin will fulfill all of your whiskey demands while visiting Ireland. Learn how...

How to spend a day in Denmark - A bike tour of Copenhagen
How to spend a day in Denmark - A bike tour of Copenhagen

With just one day to see it all, I found that a bike tour of Copenhagen was the best way...

How to spend a day in Norway - Hiking in Baneheia Park in Kristiansand
How to spend a day in Norway - Hiking in Baneheia Park in Kristiansand

I spent a day in Kristiansand, Norway thanks to a company cruise for the 2017 trivago on Tour. Though just...

In the south of Brazil, find Germany in the town of Blumenau
In the south of Brazil, find Germany in the town of Blumenau

Blumenau is the craft beer capital of Brazil, and is also in the heart of wine country, pulling cultural and...

Beach, innovation, and majestic views. Welcome to Florianopolis, Brazil.
Beach, innovation, and majestic views. Welcome to Florianopolis, Brazil.

Florianopolis Brazil is a magnificent city with a blend of beach, surfing, adventure sport, and a modern city driving Brazilian...

Visit Brazil - A guide to when, where, and how to visit Brazil
Visit Brazil - A guide to when, where, and how to visit Brazil

Have you ever wanted to visit Brazil but are not sure of the best way to get there, the best...

Porto Seguro is the best beach town in the whole world. Here is why.
Porto Seguro is the best beach town in the whole world. Here is why.

Porto Seguro is where Portuguese colonialists discovered Brazil. Full of history, this coastal town has the perfect mix of beach,...

Diamantina Brazil is a sleepy town with a party spirit
Diamantina Brazil is a sleepy town with a party spirit

Diamantina Brazil is a tiny town reflecting 300 years of Brazilian colonial history. Surrounded by spectacular nature, it dances with...

Belo Horizonte is a historic and cultural capital of Brazil
Belo Horizonte is a historic and cultural capital of Brazil

Discover the best things to do with this Belo Horizonte travel guide, including panoramic views, the metal museum, majestic parks,...

10 Questions to Ask Before You Book a Riad in Morocco
10 Questions to Ask Before You Book a Riad in Morocco

Morocco is a land with charms dating back centuries. If you want to have an authentic experience, book a riad...

Ouro Preto Brazil is the heart of Brazil, Revolution, and an economic explosion
Ouro Preto Brazil is the heart of Brazil, Revolution, and an economic explosion

Ouro Preto Brazil is the best preserved colonial city in South America. Today, it is a treasure of riches, architecture...

Top 10 American Cities for Living Without a Car in 2017
Top 10 American Cities for Living Without a Car in 2017

Living without a car is the new American dream established by Millennials seeking a more efficient life. Here are the...

The Iguazu Falls Are More Than The World's Largest Waterfall System
The Iguazu Falls Are More Than The World's Largest Waterfall System

In the Triple Frontier between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil, sits one of the grandest natural wonders in the world, the...

German Wine Country - A Taste of Landau and the Pfirmann Weingut
German Wine Country - A Taste of Landau and the Pfirmann Weingut

The wide array of wineries, beautiful scenery, and friendly wine masters make German Wine Country a must-taste destination.

Travel Advice To Rajasthan India
Travel Advice To Rajasthan India

Rajasthan India is a magical wonderland of castles, camels and amazing food! Check out these tips for places to stay,...

Kyrgyzstan Travel Guide and 2-Week Itinerary Recommendation
Kyrgyzstan Travel Guide and 2-Week Itinerary Recommendation

After living for two years in Kyrgyzstan, I have some pro tips for how your next Central Asian adventure can...

How to visit the Suez Canal in a presidential yacht
How to visit the Suez Canal in a presidential yacht

The Suez Canal isn’t exactly a tourist destination, but that can’t keep me from taking a leisure cruise on a...

Photo Tour of the Niederaltaich Abbey
Photo Tour of the Niederaltaich Abbey

First Impressions of the Niederaltaich Abbey Church

A Walk Through Brühl's Countryside and Palaces
A Walk Through Brühl's Countryside and Palaces

Brühl Germany is a quaint and peaceful town surrounded by palaces, historic estates and wonderful walking paths. Join me on...

India Travel Guide - What I Learned After 6 Months On The Road
India Travel Guide - What I Learned After 6 Months On The Road

During a 6-month business trip to India, I took advantage of every weekend to travel to a different corner of...

Satsang Vihar - The Religious Center of Hyderabad India
Satsang Vihar - The Religious Center of Hyderabad India

Satsang Vihar in Hyderabad India is a holy place which welcomed me to their anniversary festival and honored me in...

Pushkar - A Camel Safari In The Heart of Rajasthan India
Pushkar - A Camel Safari In The Heart of Rajasthan India

An overnight camel safari in Pushkar with desert nomads led to the best meal of my life and a new...

Jaipur - Home of Royalty, Castles and the Kama Sutra
Jaipur - Home of Royalty, Castles and the Kama Sutra

Jaipur sits in the heart of Rajasthan India and is home to detailed architecture and epic palaces suitable only for...

Ajmer and a 1000 Year Old Manmade Lake in Rajasthan
Ajmer and a 1000 Year Old Manmade Lake in Rajasthan

After arriving to Rajasthan India we stopped first in Ajmer to charge our batteries and see one of the world's...

Dubai Is The Billionaire's Oasis In the Middle East
Dubai Is The Billionaire's Oasis In the Middle East

Dubai is the playground of billionaires, royalty and me (for a day)! I've studied the architecture and dreamed of skiing...

Abu Dhabi - Making the Best of a 36-Hour Layover in the UAE
Abu Dhabi - Making the Best of a 36-Hour Layover in the UAE

A 36-hour layover in Abu Dhabi became one of the most interesting and spontaneous adventures of my life! Check out...

Colombia Is The New Germany - A Rotary Youth Exchange Reunion
Colombia Is The New Germany - A Rotary Youth Exchange Reunion

I spend two weeks in Colombia with old friends exploring the hottest destinations, eating the most delicious food, and learning...

Andrés Carne de Res - The Tackiest Steakhouse In The World
Andrés Carne de Res - The Tackiest Steakhouse In The World

If you find yourself hungry in Colombia, you better find your way to Andrés Carne de Res. This is the...

Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá - A Subterranean Monument of Faith
Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá - A Subterranean Monument of Faith

The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá on the outskirts of Bogota, Colombia, is perhaps the world's grandest testament of a people's...

Villa de Leyva - A Historical Mountain Retreat In Colombia
Villa de Leyva - A Historical Mountain Retreat In Colombia

Villa de Leyva is a small historical mountain town in Colombia with beautiful architecture, adventure tourism galore, and waterfalls everywhere....

Isla Palma - Private Island Paradise of Pablo Escobar
Isla Palma - Private Island Paradise of Pablo Escobar

Isla Palma is the private island retreat of cartel boss Pablo Escobar. Today, this all-inclusive resort is scattered with the...

Cartagena - A Historical Tour Through Colombia's Magnificent Port
Cartagena - A Historical Tour Through Colombia's Magnificent Port

Cartagena is a historic city on the Caribbean coast of Colombia full of culture, music, seafood and great times for...

Bogotá - A Capital of More Romantic Times and a Beautiful Nation
Bogotá - A Capital of More Romantic Times and a Beautiful Nation

In Colombia's capital city, Bogotá, one finds themselves taken to a time when romance lived permanently in the air and...

Agra Is Home of The World's Oldest Fairy Tail Tragedy
Agra Is Home of The World's Oldest Fairy Tail Tragedy

A short drive from New Deli, Agra is home of the Taj Mahal, the tomb which has stood as the...

Dharamshala is Home To The Dalai Lama and This Wonderful Shopkeeper
Dharamshala is Home To The Dalai Lama and This Wonderful Shopkeeper

Dharamshala is the refuge of the Tibetan people in India. Hospitality shines through their acts, their stories, and their business...

Manali - India's Doorway to the Himalayan Mountains
Manali - India's Doorway to the Himalayan Mountains

Half a day's drive north of New Delhi you find yourself scaling the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. Once you...

Bangalore Is Known For More Than Being India's Silicon Valley
Bangalore Is Known For More Than Being India's Silicon Valley

I made a lot out of a quick trip to India's Garden City, Bangalore. Temples of bulls, parks, and rooftop...

Dandiya Is The Festival Drummers and Dancers Were Born For
Dandiya Is The Festival Drummers and Dancers Were Born For

The Dandiya Festival is an Indian celebration of an ancient battle. The music is percussion-driven and the dance reflects the...

Three reasons Tranquebar is worth the long drive to get to
Three reasons Tranquebar is worth the long drive to get to

Tranquebar is Christianity's origin point in India, home to the largest Danish fort outside of Europe, and one amazing B&B...

A Pondicherry Sunrise Is Better Than A Tequila Sunrise
A Pondicherry Sunrise Is Better Than A Tequila Sunrise

This coastal town of Pondicherry sits on the Bay of Bengal in southeast India. This historical French colony is lined...

Hampi the Fallen Capital of the Vijayanagara Empire in India
Hampi the Fallen Capital of the Vijayanagara Empire in India

Hampi: Fallen Seat of an Empire

Golconda Fort
Golconda Fort

I was a child when I first visited the National Natural History Museum in Washington D.C. I’ve never been one...

Charminar
Charminar

I had the most wonderful experience exploring Hyderabad today! I went to visit one of India’s most recognizable monuments, a mosque...

The Trident Hotel and Poverty
The Trident Hotel and Poverty

During a 6-month business trip to India, I was faced with poverty every day from the window of my high...

National Corvette Museum Hosts the C4 Gathering
National Corvette Museum Hosts the C4 Gathering

The C4 Gathering is hosted annually by the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for enthusiasts of the 4th...

What to do for A Weekend in Istanbul
What to do for A Weekend in Istanbul

If you find yourself having a weekend in Istanbul, Turkey, then this is the guide for you! I was there...

Category travel tips

The Without a Path Podcast asked me to share travel advice in Kyrgyzstan
The Without a Path Podcast asked me to share travel advice in Kyrgyzstan

I share travel advice from Kyrgyzstan on The Without a Path Podcast with American writer, traveler, and meddler Joe Baur....

What happened when I traveled alone in Beijing
What happened when I traveled alone in Beijing

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and author of the Propitious Panda blog and the new book "It Depends" shares a tale...

The Expat Sandwich Podcast features my story of serving humanity.
The Expat Sandwich Podcast features my story of serving humanity.

The Expat Sandwich Podcast features Americans living abroad and the crazy but interesting lives they lead. I share stories from...

An Interview with Aniko Villalba of the Viajando Por Ahí Travel Blog
An Interview with Aniko Villalba of the Viajando Por Ahí Travel Blog

Aniko Villalba and I got to talking about being digital nomads, solo travel, female travel, and what it really means...

An Interview with Jenna Davis of Give For Granted
An Interview with Jenna Davis of Give For Granted

Jenna Davis is founder of Give For Granted, a sustainable travel blog about giving back to Earth via travel. Read...

Weekend Trips - Quick Tips for the Jetsetter and Novice Traveler Alike
Weekend Trips - Quick Tips for the Jetsetter and Novice Traveler Alike

Weekend trips are often times the best trips. Guest author Jennifer Chang shares tips for how to make your weekend...

An Interview with Global Skier Laura Davies of the ForeverWinter Project
An Interview with Global Skier Laura Davies of the ForeverWinter Project

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Laura Davies as she pursues an epic journey chasing winter around...

Young, free, and female. How to be happy in a world full of choice and pressure.
Young, free, and female. How to be happy in a world full of choice and pressure.

Travel blogger Tarah Mason writes a guest post about how to be happy in a world full of opportunities, pressures,...

5 simple tips to prepare your phone for travel
5 simple tips to prepare your phone for travel

International phone travel can be expensive or even scary. Follow these best practices to ensure you get the most out...

What is metasearch and how it saves you loads of time and money
What is metasearch and how it saves you loads of time and money

I explain what is metasearch, the king of all internet search tools. With metasearch, you can search more of the...

Lost or Stolen Passport? Stay Calm and Follow These Instructions.
Lost or Stolen Passport? Stay Calm and Follow These Instructions.

A lost or stolen passport can be one of the most panic-inducing realizations a traveler can encounter. This happens everyday,...

Tips For Overcoming Language Barriers
Tips For Overcoming Language Barriers

Language barriers are hard to overcome but with these simple tips you will find yourself speaking and comprehending in no...

Living Without A Car in America
Living Without A Car in America

Living without a car in America may seem unpatriotic or even impossible, but with these basic tips, you too can...

20 Essential Travel Apps from My Life on the Road
20 Essential Travel Apps from My Life on the Road

This suite of awesome travel apps will get you the information you need, when you need it while traveling around...

8 Things to Tell Your Family Before You Travel
8 Things to Tell Your Family Before You Travel

Before you travel use these tips for keeping your family informed without making them overly concerned and without driving yourself...

Category career

How to organize the Jira backlog and Kanban board
How to organize the Jira backlog and Kanban board

One of my career goals is to work at Atlassian one day because I want to learn how the people...

Get organized with these Jira task templates
Get organized with these Jira task templates

One of the primary responsibilities of the product management role is to organize a team’s backlog. The more organized the...

Ultimate reading list for product managers
Ultimate reading list for product managers

I’ve been reading product management and other business books, articles, blogs, and listening to industry podcasts for years, even before...

A sensible definition of
A sensible definition of "Ready for Dev"

The desired outcome of a product backlog refinement meeting is to move tasks from the backlog into the Ready for...

How to migrate from Wordpress to Jekyll with CircleCI and AWS
How to migrate from Wordpress to Jekyll with CircleCI and AWS

By migrating my blog from Wordpress to Jekyll, I decreased my page load time from 7.5 seconds to .380ms. Furthermore,...