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Personal stories about the ups and downs of travel.

Featured WorldSmith: Dancer Alaine Handa

One of my most memorable travel moments was the night in Barcelona I stumbled across a group of people doing the lindy hop on the Barceloneta boardwalk. I was about three weeks into my RTW trip and had been struggling greatly with my anxiety. That all melted away as I joined in the dance – I took dance classes all through school and started swing dancing in college. It was a beautiful, unexpected connection to find and the boost of endorphins didn’t hurt either. As much as I trumpet the virtues of creativity and travel, dance often isn’t something we think of as being easy to pursue while traveling. But the two passions go more hand in hand than we might think, and this is no news to dancer Alaine Handa. (In fact, Alaine has had her own dance adventure in Barcelona, pictured above.)

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WorldSmith of the Month: Wasteland Warrior Faith Roswell

WorldSmith of the Month is a new feature, showcasing traveling artists and creative professionals around the world. I believe travel in itself can be a creative pursuit, but there are so many ways travel and art can (and do) intersect and fuel one another. Travel can bring you closer to creative endeavors, and living creatively can help you travel more. Read on to meet the newest addition to the WorldSmith community and learn how she balances art and travel.

From creative writer to professional artist’s model to costume-designing Wasteland Warrior, Faith Roswell is the picture of what unique, winding roads creative travelers take to fulfill their passions. “It’s strange to think that it was never an ambition of mine to travel,” she says. “I just wanted to make art, but over the past ten years, it is travel that has had the greatest influence on my art.”

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Hostel Horror Stories

Hostels are one of the staples of budget travel, whether you’re on a year-long RTW trip like me or a shorter vacation. Found nearly everywhere outside the US, these shared spaces help travelers save money and make friends. Though they have a bad reputation among many less experienced travelers, there are plenty of hostels that are clean, comfortable, and safe. Sometimes, however, it’s true that you pay a different price for that tempting low nightly rate. Below are all my worst hostel experiences from nearly a year on the road.

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WorldSmith of the Month: Writer Alina Popescu

WorldSmith of the Month is a new feature, showcasing traveling artists and creative professionals around the world. I believe travel in itself can be a creative pursuit, but there are so many ways travel and art can (and do) intersect and fuel one another. Travel can bring you closer to creative endeavors, and living creatively can help you travel more. Read on to meet the newest addition to the WorldSmith community and learn how she balances art and travel.

How many of us had our wanderlust first inspired by a beloved book? The Three Musketeers swashbuckles us to 17th century France. Shogun turns back the clock to feudal Japan. Authors from Ernest Hemingway to Elizabeth Gilbert are as famous for their personal travels as they are for their writing. In fantasy writer Alina Popescu’s first novel, she had the unique pleasure of reliving some of her favorite trips through the eyes of her heroine. From her earliest memories, she says, “Travel was something I looked forward to, and the urge to see more, discover more, became a part of who I am.”

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WorldSmith of the Month: Musician Lena Tarasyuk

WorldSmith of the Month is a new feature, showcasing traveling artists and creative professionals around the world. I believe travel in itself can be a creative pursuit, but there are so many ways travel and art can (and do) intersect and fuel one another. Travel can bring you closer to creative endeavors, and living creatively can help you travel more. Read on to meet the newest addition to the WorldSmith community and learn how she balances art and travel.

“As soon as you see someone in your hostel with a guitar, you instantly know you can easily build a conversation with them,” says travel blogger Lena Tarasyuk. But what if instead of a guitar in a hostel, it was a ukulele on a street corner with a camera set up to record?

In addition to her work on the Travel Monkey website and blog, Lena and her partner travel the world making music and bringing together new friends. Continue reading

Why I Didn’t Go to the Taj Mahal

It is incredibly difficult for me not to consider my trip to India a failure. While there were certainly positives, between jackass hostel guests, my own mistakes, and a million outside factors that are nobody’s fault… it was kind of a shitshow. Case in point: Who goes to India and doesn’t see the Taj Mahal?

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Never Knew Your Name: The Unsung Angels of Travel

One of the biggest things I have learned on my RTW trip is to appreciate even the briefest of connections. As an introvert, I tend to seek out deeper relationships. We introverts detest small talk and prefer to invest our limited social energy in a small circle of close friends. That luxury doesn’t exist when you’re constantly on the road. In fact, with many of the people that have stood out in my travels, we never even exchanged names.Nonetheless, they made so many aspects of my trip easier and became the unsung angels of the road.

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WorldSmith of the Month: Photographer Erica Coffman

WorldSmith of the Month is a new feature, showcasing traveling artists and creative professionals around the world. I believe travel in itself can be a creative pursuit, but there are so many ways travel and art can (and do) intersect and fuel one another. Travel can bring you closer to creative endeavors, and living creatively can help you travel more. Read on to meet the newest addition to the WorldSmith community and learn how she balances art and travel.

Few arts go hand in hand with travel like photography. We all love to snap away while we’re overseas, whether it’s on a disposable Kodak, a waterproof GoPro, or a fancy DSLR with interchangeable lenses. Taking photos while we travel at its most basic helps us show friends and family back home what our time abroad was like, but at its best, developing your photographic craft makes you a better traveler. The reason is simple. A traveler and a photographer both require the same trait for success: patience.

Just ask professional photographer Erica Coffman, who has fondly irritated many a travel companion with her long shoot set-ups!

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WorldSmith of the Month: Flow Artist Kellie Mogg

WorldSmith of the Month is a new feature, showcasing traveling artists and creative professionals around the world. I believe travel in itself can be a creative pursuit, but there are so many ways travel and art can (and do) intersect and fuel one another. Travel can bring you closer to creative endeavors, and living creatively can help you travel more. Read on to meet the newest addition to the WorldSmith community and learn how she balances art and travel.

If you’re walking through an airport terminal in the near future and spy a petite blonde with a five-foot carbon fiber pole and some “ninja-looking stuff on [her] pack,” try not to be intimidated. Chances are, you’ve just run into flow artist Kellie Mogg on her way to a music festival. Continue reading

The Bucket List – Reversed

Truth be told, I’ve become a bit disillusioned with my bucket list. It sounds like a great idea, right? List all the things you want to do before you die. But pinning your hopes and dreams on something you’ve never experienced is a dangerous road to walk. Expectation is, after all, the mother of disappointment. Focusing too much on your bucket list can also mean not living enough in the moment, not appreciating what you already have.

I’m very lucky (and very privileged) to live a life of travel. Though it doesn’t come without its challenges, and some items from my traditional bucket list have fallen short of expectation, my RTW trip has been anything but a disappointment. So as 2016 winds down, I am reversing my bucket list and celebrating the accomplishments and experiences, both painstakingly planned and delightfully unexpected, that are already under my belt.

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