September in Peru: My fam-tastic four-week itinerary

During the month of September, I’ll be enjoying the big perk of life as a travel professional on a fam trip to Peru. I wrote about the anatomy of a fam trip after Ecuador in 2012. To summarize: “fam trip” is tradespeak for familiarization trip. I’ll be getting familiar with elements of our upscale itineraries at Southwind Adventures. (More)...
September in Peru: My fam-tastic four-week itinerary

Is Paid Vacation Time a Basic Right for Workers?

Should employers be required to provide paid vacation days to their full-time employees? It depends on where you live. For most countries with advanced economies, the answer is an obvious yes. Not here. In the United States, the standard agreement is two weeks (if you’re lucky) of paid vacation time each year, which is still low compared to our peer countries. For 25% of American employees -- 28 million people -- the number of annual paid vacation days is zero. (More)...
Is Paid Vacation Time a Basic Right for Workers?

What I Love about Colorado’s Hot Springs

I’ve spoiled myself on hot springs. While traveling in Guatemala, Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador, and Iceland, I sought out more than my share of good geothermal soaks. Closer to home, Colorado is endowed with an impressive number of hot springs to explore. They’re dispersed all over the Rocky Mountain high country. Lately I’ve been tracking them down, checking them off my bucket list, and revisiting favorites. Here’s what I love most about Colorado’s hot springs: (More)...
What I Love about Colorado’s Hot Springs

What Every Beer-loving Cyclist Should Know About BABRAC2014

In the area of annual Colorado bike tours, BABRAC2014 is a noteworthy newcomer. Summer 2014 is your chance to be among the first to know about it. Some fast facts: BABRAC stands for Beer And Bike Ride Across Colorado. If a strange-sounding acronym for a fun-centric cross-state bike ride sounds familiar, it is. BABRAC is inspired by Iowa’s famous annual RAGBRAI. (More)...
What Every Beer-loving Cyclist Should Know About BABRAC2014

Never Too Late For a Junior Ranger Badge

Call it a phase, but I’ve been a little obsessed with national parks lately. It started last summer on a four-day backpacking trip through the backcountry of Colorado’s own Rocky Mountain National Park. One of my most vivid memories is watching the alpenglow on the peaks reflecting in a remote alpine lake, stunned by the beauty. I heard the mating call of elk for the first time. I understood what it meant to have a national parks moment. (More)...
Never Too Late For a Junior Ranger Badge

Spring Break 2014: Hiking the National Parks of Southern Utah

Zion. Bryce. Canyonlands. These places have been a whisper in my ear since I moved back to the United States two years ago and realized how much of my own country I have yet to see. In one week, I’ll be visiting these bucket-list destinations in Southern Utah on an epic camping and hiking trip with my good friends Samira and Alex. Every trip is actually three: the one we anticipate, the one we take, and the one we remember. Today I’m on that first trip. I’m all abuzz with excitement as I Google pieces of the itinerary (carefully hand-crafted by the amazing Alex) and find out a little more about the places we’ll be exploring. (More)...
Spring Break 2014: Hiking the National Parks of Southern Utah

My Top 3 Shorts from the Banff Mountain Film Festival

At the Paramount Theater in Denver, 1,900 people fill every seat to see the annual Banff Mountain Film Festival. For many, catching the film tour is a yearly tradition. The event stems from an outdoor/adventure film contest held each November in Banff, Alberta. Winning films are selected to go on tour over the next few months, attracting big audiences of active adventure-seeking types in cities and towns all over the U.S., Canada and internationally. (More)...
My Top 3 Shorts from the Banff Mountain Film Festival

5 Signs It’s Time to Go Traveling

March 20th will mark my second anniversary of living in Denver. Two years in one place is a personal record for me since I graduated college eight years ago. The rootedness has been great, but now I’m seeing signs that it’s time to pack up and do some more longer-term travel. (More)...
5 Signs It’s Time to Go Traveling

5 Data-Rich Visuals That Shape My View of the World

I’ve always been attracted to data as a way of understanding the world a bit better. True story: In 2006, when I was working at an ecolodge in Guatemala, I met a steady stream of travelers from all over the globe. I would carry The Economist’s Pocket World in Figures around as a cheat sheet to refer to every time I met people from a country I didn’t know enough about. Since then, I’ve traded my dorky Pocket World in Figures for the Internet. Here are my favorite sites that take vast amounts of data about our planet and render it in dynamic, visual ways. (More)...
5 Data-Rich Visuals That Shape My View of the World

What I’m Thankful For: Colorado’s Alpine Hut System

This Thanksgiving, I’m going on an adventure in Colorado’s alpine backcountry. While most of America will be gorging on food and football in their family’s homes, I’ll be beginning a four-day hut-to-hut trip in the Elk Range of the Rocky Mountains (near Aspen). I’m joining three hiking friends and ten strangers for an outdoor Turkey Day complete with a traditional feast that we’ll be packing in. (More)...
What I’m Thankful For: Colorado’s Alpine Hut System