Archive | Travel Thoughts


Poocano in Peru | Hiking the Inca Trail with Llama Path

 “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”  – Martin Buber I arrived in Cusco feeling excited to embark on my first camping trip in years. I couldn’t wait to spend all day hiking the Inca Trail through mountains, embracing nature at its finest and feeling the deep serenity that one can only experience […]

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My Three-Year MBA: Traveling Included

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson It’s 2006. I’m devouring ahi tuna and salmon sashimi with my father using my fingers because I’m too clumsy with chopsticks. My father, noticing my sticky fingers and insatiable desire for the foreign […]

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Jump or stay in the boat.

“Jump or stay in the boat.” – Margaret Stohl It started with a few deep-rooted butterflies, knots throughout my chest and a tight throat. I left work and got in the car, headed to the gym and it was clear my mood had completely shifted. I didn’t want to talk about my day and I […]

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Budget or Bougie?

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then, take half your clothes and twice the money.” – Susan Heller I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I’m going to finance my potential year-long trip. In my planning, I’ve started to think through why I’m going, what my priorities […]

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The famous six corners in Bucktown/Wicker Park, Chicago.

Traveler’s Itch – The Good Kind

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself” – Cloud Atlas What wakes you up in the morning? What keeps your fire burning all day long and up late when you know you should be sleeping? For me, and many of you out there, it’s traveling – and right now, it’s the endless thoughts about my next trip. I […]

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Sweet Home, Chicago

Year Long Travel: To Go or Not To Go?

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain  Planning for year long travel is not easy, […]

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Snowy Schiller

What values drive your wanderlust?

“It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy” – Lucille Ball Snowy Schiller in #Chiberia I am my happiest when I am living my life through my values. Love | one of the hardest values for me when I go on a trip. I am very close to my family and […]

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