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the art of returning

the art of returning

  There’s something magical about visiting a place for the first time. That first glimpse of the majestic Swiss Alps, the initial whiff of French bakeries brimming with fresh baguettes, the first time my toes dug into the white sand beaches of the South Pacific, the way my heart rate nearly doubled when I first...
a different kind of luxury

a different kind of luxury

I had never considered myself to be a luxurious traveler until recently. I would say that 90% of my travels have been for study abroad. I was on a scholarship, a budget, and my twin bed in the dorm room wasn’t exactly my idea of luxury. It wasn’t until I was sitting in the back...
odysseus really pisses me off sometimes

odysseus really pisses me off sometimes

I’ve loved Homer’s Odyssey ever since I was fourteen.  There is an aura to long books that soaks you in, perpetuating the experience for enough pages that you feel like no one is shoving you out the door.
how to be by yourself

how to be by yourself

I recently joined a mixed martial arts gym where jiu jitsu black belts and UFC champions train five feet from where I self-consciously stretch, fancying myself an incarnation of trainer Brock from Pokemon (a thought that makes me laugh, hence attracting more attention to my terrible hand wraps).  In need of some fighter mojo, I...
the art of coming home

the art of coming home

You’re sitting at your desk, but in reality you’re elsewhere.  Sunning in Malaysia, luxuriating over tapas in Madrid. While the rest of your friends are planning their Thursday night, you’re still stuck in a foreign port. There is an art to coming home.  Rule #1? Be wherever you are right now.
in defense of traveling alone

in defense of traveling alone

I recently had drinks at Goldbar in Manhattan with that friend who always shakes his head.  I tell him of my most recent exploits, my hopes and dreams, and he gives that quiet smirk as if to say, “you’re out of control.”  Though well-meaning, his greatest gripe has always been that I prefer to travel...
somewhere between the andes and the world’s longest coastline

somewhere between the andes and the world’s longest coastline

The option of going on student exchange was my ‘get out of heartbreak free’ card when I found myself needing a hiatus from my life. What better way to jumpstart your heart than to throw yourself into the deep end and remember how to swim again?
that time we found ourselves halfway across the world

that time we found ourselves halfway across the world

RSJ contributor Megan Edmiston lost herself & everything along with it.  So what did she do? After fighting, screaming and shedding many tears, she packed her bags and headed across the ocean.
[video] that time we witnessed a miracle in ferrara

[video] that time we witnessed a miracle in ferrara

In his closing remarks at the end of Mass, Priest Don Franco called our meeting un miracolo. Two months ago, my friends and I stumbled into an empty Cathedral in Ferrara and I wound up with an incredible opportunity to sing for a packed Palm Sunday Mass.
that time we built castles in barcelona

that time we built castles in barcelona

In the war between Madrid and Barcelona, which one will you choose — the place that opens its arms, or the one that eludes you?  RSJ founder Gillian Kemmerer discusses her love affair with Barcelona (namely its people), and the city’s curious habit of escaping her grasp.
change in latitude, change in attitude: a travel partner survival guide

change in latitude, change in attitude: a travel partner survival guide

Do you have nightmares of your best friend becoming your mortal enemy after a trip to Copenhagen gone-awry? Here is a complete survival guide to help ensure that you and your travel buddies still love one another at the end of trip.
support the women of pattaya, thailand + be gorgeous

support the women of pattaya, thailand + be gorgeous

In an international hotspot for prostitution, Suayngaam Jewelry Project seeks to share beauty with those who have been oppressed by poverty.  Each of these gorgeous pieces have been hand-crafted by the women of Pattaya, Thailand, whose lives are constantly endangered by social injustice.  Share their mission of beauty + hope today!