5 Apps for Holiday Travel Survival

5 Apps for Holiday Travel Survival
‘Tis the season to engage in the time-honored tradition of stressing ourselves out beyond belief while getting ready and traveling for the holidays. Social media makes it seem like everyone’s houses are decorated perfectly and their families all love each other, while you couldn’t get it together to get cards out and are in a... Read more »

Will the Injustice Boycott Impact Your 2017 Travel Plans?

Will the Injustice Boycott Impact Your 2017 Travel Plans?
I’ve struggled to write about travel on this blog recently. In part, I’ve been traveling less and more consumed with the demands of graduate school. Writing used to be a luxurious leisure activity and now I have to write, write some more, and keep writing week in and week out to stay on top of... Read more »

What Does Thanksgiving Mean in 2016?

It was a scene that has probably taken place in millions of households in the United States- a young child runs into their house in late November with a strip of construction paper wrapped around his head and some feathers sticking out in the back. I was excited to see him- I had traveled hundreds... Read more »
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Cubs, Guns, and Magical Thinking

I had a strange and vivid dream last night. I dreamed I was on a hijacked airplane- but I don’t remember it as a violent dream. The plane crashed into a building in Istanbul (or what I imagine Istanbul looks like- I’ve never been there) and everyone exited the plane on those inflatable slides you... Read more »

Uber Should Be Accessible to All

Uber has quickly become an travel essential for many. Convenient, affordable, and easy to use, I’ve used it countless times both at home and on the road. It’s been especially useful in cities where public transportation isn’t well developed and cabs can be hard to find. But there’s a big problem with Uber and other... Read more »

Don't Know What To Say About The Orlando Shooting? Me Neither.

I haven’t written anything here in about 3 months. Part of it has been other things taking a priority, but part of it has been feeling like I don’t have anything important to say. And after I heard the horrible news about the mass shooting in Orlando and the flurry of media that came after,... Read more »
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5 Reasons Why Trump at UIC is Super Ironic

5 Reasons Why Trump at UIC is Super Ironic
The Donald is coming, The Donald is coming! Not surprisingly, Donald Drumpf is holding a rally in Chicago ahead of the Illinois primary on Tuesday, March 15th. What is surprising to me is where he chose to hold it. It’s not at his namesake Tower, on of the high-profile centers for higher education in the... Read more »

Sleeping with the Presidents in Nebraska

Sleeping with the Presidents in Nebraska
I could tell this wasn’t your run-of-the-mill Best Western. It wasn’t necessarily the Village Inn wafting smells of bacon across the parking lot or the rusted out pickup trucks in the lot out back. But I knew when I walked through those columns that it would be an interesting visit to Nebraska. I hadn’t thought... Read more »

5 Hotels for When I Win Powerball

The Fogo Island Inn. I find this remote luxury hotel in Newfoundland, Canada fascinating. With spectacular architecture and scenery, not to mention a cinema, contemporary art gallery, heated toilet seats (!), and farm-to-table meals included. So out there you need to get there by ferry or private plane. Photo from http://fogoislandinn.ca/
I got the lucky ticket on my fridge and besides all the good deeds I would do with some of the billion dollar jackpot (and I have a lot of good deeds to do), I have a running list of places I would to visit and stay when I win it big. No standard, nondescript... Read more »
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5 Things to Drink in New Orleans That Don't Come in a Souvenir Cup

You’ve seen them. Either on tv, in a movie, or in real life. Some sort of undetermined liquor, sugar, and ice concoction in a plastic container shaped like it’s namesake. Maybe, if you’re lucky, it evens comes with a necklace so you won’t ever have to worry about losing it. It might look something like... Read more »