Slum tourism: right or wrong?“In Khayelitsha, an informal township on the Cape Flats in Cape Town, I met a grey-haired lady who was endeavouring to start a restaurant in her home. I had arrived with a local township tour operator in a VW Combi from the District Six Museum, which is dedicated to telling the story of the people resettled from District Six during the clearance between 1966 and 1982....more
Deciding to spend part of college away from friends, family and what is familiar can be overwhelming. When you're child is thinking about going away for an extended period of time, your first reaction could be "Absolutely not!" but there are important things to consider before ruling out the possibility....more
While in New York City for BlogHer, there are many fun and thought-provoking sights to see. Many people will hit the famous landmarks, like Times Square, the Empire State Building, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Lincoln Center and Rockefeller Center. Those places can be great, but I also hope that people will venture out a bit and see some of the more unusual things that make New York City the most exciting city in the US. Here are a few recommendations from my book Off the Beaten (Subway) Track: New York City’s Best Unusual Attractions:
Did you ever find yourself looking around, wondering what you were doing and how you got here? Did you then go on to wonder if "here" was where you really wanted to be? That's what happened to Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett and Amanda Pressner, aka the Lost Girls. When they didn't know the answers to those questions, they decided to find out by taking a year to travel around the world. I spent my recent vacation reading about their trip in their book The Lost Girls: Three friends, four continents, one unconventional detour around the world.
Flying can be rough on your body (jet lag anyone?) and on your skin.
This might sound funny but you need to wear your sunscreen on a plane if you are flying during the day. No way around it. Why? High levels of UV rays penetrate airplane windows since the su...more