Category: Travel and Culture

What Do I Think of World Travel?

Over the last three years, I’ve visited nearly two dozen countries on five of the seven continents.  I lived and worked in the Philippines for eight months, Ghana for another six, and Kenya for exactly one year.  In addition, I…

How to Break Into Development, pt. 2

This is part one of a two-part post on getting involved in international development work.  Read part one here. Trying to answer these questions – at first in vain, and, a few years later, more successfully – helped me so…

A Meta-Travel Writing Piece, pt. 2

The other day I talked about the need to really draw your reader in with a short anecdote about something that could never happen in their lives right now, but could if they did what you are doing.  Another key…

A Meta-Travel Writing Piece, pt. 1

As a generalization, people who travel are interesting.  Not interesting in the sense that they are unique or intriguing (sometimes that is the case), but that they often tell good stories because they have fresh experiences to draw from.  And within…

How to Get Around the World

Perhaps the most novel and amusing aspect of living abroad is getting around.  In the United States, I spent two years walking through the Copley Square mall to avoid the dismal cold of Boston winters.  When I moved back with…

Non-Profit Career Advice: Urban Development

This is the first post in an ongoing series offering advice to people interested in learning more about international development work. Mandy Goodgoll, a Masters Candidate in International Affairs at the New School, offers advice on urban development in developing countries and…

Develop Economies Returns to Kenya

In eight hours, I am boarding a Virgin Atlantic flight bound for the United Kingdon.  Tomorrow, I will spend the day wandering around London, before boarding another flight for Nairobi.  On Sunday morning, I arrive in Kenya, and start work…

How to Travel Alone, pt. 4

This is part four of a four-part post on the joys of solo travel. _ In this last installment, I will share my thoughts on the need to meet as many people as you can and be confident as you…

How to Travel Alone, pt. 3

The following is part three of a four-part post on the joys of solo travel. In the last two posts, I talked about the need to be prepared for what to expect, and also to be adaptable when deciding what…