My Day As a Goat Shepherd and Cheese Maker in the Pyrenees

Throughout the Pyrenees you can hear the ringing of bells. Domesticated animals of all kinds roam the mountains stopping to munch on some grass and occasionally interact with people. The bells adorn the necks of sheep, cows and sometimes, of goats. Yesterday I spent the day at the home and farm of a goat shepherd and cheese maker in the heart of…

How to Get the Local Experience

Some of the most illuminating travel experiences come from immersing oneself in the local culture and experiencing a way of life that was previously completely foreign. However, getting a full dose of the local experience can also be a very challenging task. With a willingness to try new things and a determination to be a real participant in your surroundings, the…

How to Pack for Long-Term Travel, or Putting Your Life in a Backpack

Packing for long-term travel can be a daunting task. I labored over what to pack for weeks making lists and trying to decide what clothes were essential. To help you pack for your trip I’ve gone through what’s in my own bag. Here’s what I packed for my 7 month trip through Europe, Asia and Australia and the rationale behind it:   Things to Consider: Climate/Weather:…

I’ve Been Flagged

My trip began at the ripe hour of 6:30 am when the creaky Yukon pulled out of the driveway with me, my dad and a somewhat minimal amount of luggage inside. When we approached curb side check-in outside of American Airlines the attendant informed us I’d been flagged and would have to proceed inside. The man at the desk mentioned…

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