A Backpack’s-Eye View of East Nashville

I find it really silly and almost cute when people say that the United States has no culture. First of all, just on logical grounds that’s a ridiculous statement — the definition of ‘culture‘ is basically just all the stuff that happens when a group…

The Bosnian Renaissance in Dutchtown, St. Louis

I liked St. Louis a lot more than I expected to. It’s one of those cities where having a local friend makes the difference between two bored nights on the main tourist drag and a week of exploring its eccentricities like a local. In my five…

Silver Linings in Palatka, Florida

I am the self-declared supreme master of cheap transportation — if it saves me $50 and takes two layovers plus a bus and a 20 minute hike into town, I’ll usually do it. But sometimes my roundabout transportational approach lands me stuck in the middle…

Reflections on My First Year of Travel Blogging

One year ago today I published my first post on Globalect. This blog’s first year has not only been a means of sharing my stories as I move through the world and immerse myself in its languages, but it’s also evolved into a professional tool that I never expected…

The South of Mexico: Fast Travel in 21 Photos

I’m normally a huge fan of slow travel: stop, take off your shoes, stay a while, learn a place. It’s how I explored most of Mexico. But when I left Mexico City in July to travel through the country’s south — an area about twice the…

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Backpacking Mexico, ¡with Mother!

In January I was in Monterrey, my first stop in Mexico as well as my first trial speaking Spanish in a group social setting. My Mexican friend Karen and I went to a small meetup with some Couchsurfers, a German and three Mexicans, who we met at a…

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Mexico City: The Easiest Place I’ve Ever Been

When I set out for Latin America, one of my priority list toppers was poverty. I wanted to experience first-hand what it was like to live in a developing country, to live with and travel through developing communities. I wanted a global perspective on my…

Is Mexico Safe for Travelers?

I’ve been dying to write this post for a while now, because its title is a question that’s been posed to me so many times this year: “Is Mexico safe for travelers?” After spending eight months in Mexico an in 12 of its 31 federal…

The 7 Stages of the Traveler’s Social Cycle

Last week I shared some of the ‘travel fails‘ that led me to say hasta luego to Mexico and spend some time in Florida working on my location-independent business. One of the themes of that post that I couldn’t supress was the social one —…