Archives for January, 2012

“Do you know that only 5 percent of American own passports?” I hear it all the time: a frequently-quoted statistic that gets thrown around at home and abroad, either by condescending foreigners or self-righteous, well-traveled Americans. Their exact numbers tend to fluctuate–7 percent, 9 percent, 15 percent–yet no matter the number that’s quoted, it’s always…

Long before I became the digital nomad, I was a print nomad who wrote travel guides that cover some of my favorite places in the world. For all the joys and hard work that goes into a book, I’ve found that seeing said book appear in another language is most gratifying–especially when the guidebook comes…

The problem with business trips is that they tend to be more business than “trip.” At first, the destination may sound thrilling and exotic, but the reality of airport, hotel, conference room and taxi is anything but. Most business travel happens within the confines of comforts that actually keep us from sinking our teeth into…

All My Dogs

I love dogs, but I don’t have one of my own. Here’s why: With the amount that I’m away on the road, I just can’t keep a dog at home. And unlike Tintin, I could never take a real dog with me on all my adventures around the world. Instead, I “adopt” dogs wherever I…