The Pros and Cons of Staying in Hostels

As someone who has stayed in plenty of hostels within the U.S and abroad, I can say there are plenty of wonderful features, and um, not so pleasant things. Hostels can be a great way to see the world and meet new people but have the potential to be a disastrous experience if you don’t…

Inconsistency and the TSA

Since the beginning of January, I have been on eight flights. I have flown out of Boston’s Logan Airport, Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, and San Francisco’s International Airport. I have taken enough Snapchats of the flags in Terminal C at O’Hare to last until the next year. Having traveled through these three airports multiple times a…

Was Freud Wrong About Traveling?

2 Days prior to departure. Passport. Wallet. Camera. Phone. I repeat my packing list over and over again so that it becomes a mantra: a saying that is so familiar it’s comforting. This particular list, however, is much longer than usual and I find it hard to keep it in mental order. Bug spray. Sleeping…

The Trek Home

Twice a year, I travel to and from Bangkok, Thailand (home) and Boston (home away from home). This migration is usually a 22-hour ordeal that takes the form of interminable waiting, achy joints and perpetual eye bags. Flying alone can be unnerving. Flying a seven-hour flight to London, waiting a five-hour layover followed by another…

¡Baja, Baja!

Below my bedroom window, impatient drivers honk their horns as they make their way along the haphazardly paved road that curves past my house; the constant drilling and hammering of city construction fill in what would otherwise be the quiet moments. From down the hall I can hear Florence and the Machine’s newest release blaring,…