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I love a good bridge. Each arching structure uniquely its own. Bridges, in themselves, are metaphors that impart valuable lessons graspable and intangible. At their most basic, bridges serve the practical purpose of connecting two plotted points. However, at a much deeper level, they bring people and cultures that at one time suffered from physical separation, together.

There is a reason why one of the first targets in wartime lands on bridges. While strategically important in transporting artillery and goods, it is also highly symbolic and demoralizing to reduce a people’s means of moving freely to limit-imposing rubble. …


“I recommend you rent a private car or take the red City Sightseeing bus. One is expensive, and one is not.”

This comment was the response of my accommodation host. He was answering the question, “what do you recommend for a day of wine tasting?”

The intention behind my question was more to gauge guidance on narrowing down the list of highly acclaimed vineyard vintages in the region. Little thought goes into “how” I would accomplish multiple touring sites. As a solo traveler, it should always rank high when considering an afternoon of carefree consumption. …


This week marked one month since my first truly sleepless night. What wrapped up as seemingly another uneventful day of the new normal, morphed into an evening of restlessness and shortness of breath. Building anxiety over what other symptoms I might not be recognizing that could signal more significant concerns soon followed.

I have spent the time since mid-March strictly adhering to quarantine life. Venturing out only for walks with the dog, curbside grocery pickups, and the occasional to-go food truck order. I kept reassuring myself, “surely, you could not have picked up the virus.” …


Authenticity represents the eternal quest for the modern traveler. To discover relatively untouched locales and to establish new encounters that escape the well-worn paths of social media and streaming travel shows. In a constantly connected world, this becomes more challenging with each passing day.

While several high-profile destinations are confronting the challenge of over-tourism and the impact for their citizens and infrastructure, a great number of locations enjoy a happy medium that falls somewhere below or on the cusp of broader discovery. …


Photo by Kelli McClintock on Unsplash

On Tuesday, reports confirmed what has been rumored for the last week — that when the European Union reopens to international visitors in July, the United States will be on the outside looking in. As a US citizen who lives to travel, this decision hurts for entirely selfish reasons. However, on rational grounds, it also gives me some relief.

The decision-making is rooted in sound logic (remember that!) and is by no means permanent, with revisions considered every two weeks. …


If you place truth in the infinite scrolling feeds of Instagram and curated tutorial videos on Youtube, there is currently a lot of amateur baking taking place. Search “baking” on Twitter and behold a visual trophy case of brushed silver loaf pans with fillings that elicit reactions ranging from: “Wait, isn’t this about bread?” to “I wonder if this person is single?” Kumail Nanjiani recently appeared on Stephen Colbert and nearly rendered me misty-eyed watching him describing his newfound passion for viewing amateur kitchen creations during these times — all while fighting back tears.

I understand the ritualistic allure of…


“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.” — Mark Twain

I return to this quote often. For a long time, I kept a framed version on my studio desk — a consistent visual reminder to guide my underlying creative motivations. It appears in countless travel pieces, so add mine to the list. However, the quote is frequently truncated and leaves out additional lines that add context and are equally powerful.

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of…


I will be the first to admit, I arrived in Tokyo with less consideration than the place deserved. That became evident just a few hours into my time here. Years ago, I cut my international travel teeth in the typical haunts of Western Europe. My gateway drug to measuring my mettle and compatibility with new cultures, novel menus, and alternative dialects.

As confidence grew in lockstep with curiosity, future travels would expand my horizons and distance from home. A full day’s journey to Cape Town, the coasts of the Mediterranean, and the clustered bounty of Southeast Asian countries. …


I still recall my first camera. A matte black (ok, plastic) Canon Sure Shot that fell into my hands in the mid-90s. Perhaps it was the result of a hand-me-down or a gift meant to keep the attention of a meandering young mind? While not entirely clear on how it came into my possession, it was mine and that was all that mattered.

Of course, other cameras entered my life before this retractable 35–70mm pocket-size. Namely, the hybrid paper and plastic disposable varieties from Kodak and FujiFilm that grace the space next to cigarette packs at the local corner drugstore…


Bangkok hums. A reverberating drumbeat snakes down every alleyway and builds to a crescendo as one steps through the cross-cut intersections of the main arteries. The minute you step from the sliding doors of icy air-conditioned BTS cars or firmly plant a foot outside your taxi, the city pulse rises as quickly as the soaring surrounding temperatures.

Strap in because this pace will not cease until rubber breaks contact with the earth on one’s return home, or onto the next destination that is likely to pale in comparison.

If New York City lays claim to the concrete bed which does…

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