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Sailing Around the Göcek Islands of Turkey

The cobalt sea stretched out ahead of me. In every direction, islands of the archipelago jutted up from the calm Mediterranean waters, some covered in the pale brown of a rock face, others overflowing with swathes of green forest. The sun shone bright in the blue sky above. Our big white boat carried us across the water with ease, the smooth journey bringing us just the right amount of warm wind, a sweet smell in the air blowing in from the pine-forested island shores. I realised I hadn’t even heard of this place until the day before – blasphemy, it seemed, as I experienced this paradise unfolding before me.

This was the beautiful, the quiet, the utopian region of the Göcek Islands of Turkey.

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On Being “Busy”

“How are you?”

It’s a seemingly innocent question, and one that, unless you know the person really well, always comes with the same answer.

“I’m good, thanks, how are you?”

Or, perhaps, if you’re having a great week (or you’ve run into an ex), you tweak the answer slightly.

“I’m really good, thanks!” or even “I’m great, thank you.”

Or maybe, if you live in London, or NYC, or Toronto, or just about any other big city in the world, or probably even some smaller cities, too, or perhaps even the countryside, or I guess just everyone I speak to these days, you say this:

“I’m good thanks, super busy,” or “Yeah, good, but really busy,” or “Good, thanks, but so busy I don’t remember the last time I slept for longer than four hours and my back always hurts and sometimes I forget if I’ve eaten lunch so let’s just stand here and laugh for a little while so I can forget about my ever-growing list of things to do and all those unanswered emails.”

OK, so maybe that last one is a slight exaggeration. But over the last few years, I’ve heard myself give some variation of that answer to different people, whether they’re friends, acquaintances, coworkers, or someone in between. I’ve also written about it a lot on this blog. When did I get so obsessed with being so busy?

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How To Stay Healthy While Traveling

  Budapest, Hungary   Seoul, South Korea Varna, Bulgaria   Istanbul, Turkey   Melbourne, Australia   Chiang Mai, Thailand   Paris, France   Pokhara, Nepal   Pisa, Italy   Luang Prabang, Laos Winnipeg, Canada One of my resolutions for 2012 was to become a little bit stronger; I feel that I’ve been accomplishing that slowly […]

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How To Make Friends In Nepal

…or Romania, or Bolivia, or Japan…   When you ask a traveller what he or she loves most about being on the road, chances are he or she will, at some point, mention interacting with the local people and learning about new cultures. Most travellers are, after all, xenophiles at heart. But to the novice traveller, […]

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I Saved A Seat For You

Istanbul, Turkey In the summer of 2008, I went with my best friend to Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. Once in Istanbul, we gorged on baklava and Efes, shopped for spices and earrings, and spent one day across the bridge, in the area of Taksim (where these photos were taken). We tried on glasses that made […]

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Home Of Mine

Istanbul, TurkeyThe home of my dreams is filled with all the strange things I’ve accumulated in my travels, with Moroccan teapots and Japanese obis and Bulgarian cameras and Latvian maps and Vietnamese paintings and Turkish lanterns and all the other things currently packed up in boxes in my dad’s basement. It will be the most […]

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And So It Goes

(photo taken by Kerrilyn) Istanbul, Turkey And I’m off! Starting today I am setting forth on a new adventure, starting with a flight to Seoul this afternoon. From there, I fly to Beijing, where, after a day at the Great Wall, I will board the Trans-Mongolian train that will take me (and one of my […]

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