5 Items That Have Upgraded My Long-Term Travels


My style of travel is to move to a new country, then use that place as a homebase for exploring. When I moved to Ethiopia in May, I didn’t exactly pack light, but I packed smart for living abroad and taking shorter trips from here. These are a few recent, well-loved additions to my packing checklist:

An Impromptu Trip to Ethiopia’s South Omo Valley


Today in the life of a travel trade gal – I’ve been invited to tag along on a fam trip to Ethiopia’s South Omo Valley. The region is famous for its decorated tribes and bartering markets. My 4WD ride leaves early on Friday morning (36 hours from now!). I’ll be on the road and offline for 8 days. More details, photos, and stories to follow …

My $20 Toward Hope For Rhinos (and Travel Prizes!)

Photo courtesy Susan Portnoy, The Insatiable Traveler

Bad news, guys. African rhinos are in trouble. In addition to the habitat loss that endangers a wide range of species, the rhino’s threat is its particularly valuable horn. Sadly, poachers can fetch huge sums of money for rhino horns on the black market in East Asia, where the horns are believed to possess medicinal powers.

Confessions of a Travel Contest Addict

Why I just keep entering these things

Rumors have circled back to me lately that I’m a habitual travel contest enterer. It’s true. I can’t resist a good sweepstakes where the prize is some kind of adventure. It’s gotten pretty bad lately. A few weeks ago, a Colorado Public Radio pledge drive was giving away a weekend trip for four to Crested Butte …

Aboard an Earthship in Taos, New Mexico

Greater World Earthship Community

“Climate Change? Bring It.” A bumper sticker for sale in the visitor center snarkily sums up what the Greater World Earthship Community near Taos, Mexico is all about. Without power lines, water systems, or natural gas pipes connecting it to the outside world, this growing cluster of Earthship homes is built to fend for itself.