Destinations

It’s not about crossing countries off a list.

My goal is to really experience each place I visit, by living like a local and going really far off the beaten track.

Where I’ve been

Asia // Africa // North America // South America // Antarctica // Europe // Australia

 

Countries // Austria // Belgium // Belize // Bosnia // Canada // Croatia // Czech Republic // Denmark // England // France // Germany // Guatemala // Hungary // Iceland // Ireland // Israel // Italy // Liechtenstein // Mexico // Monaco // The Netherlands // Northern Ireland // Norway // Portugal // Scotland // Slovenia // Spain // Sweden // Switzerland // Thailand // Turkey // UAE // USA

Canada // Alberta // British Columbia // Manitoba // New Brunswick // Newfoundland and Labrador // Northwest Territories // Nova Scotia // Nunavut // Ontario // Prince Edward Island // Quebec // Saskatchewan // Yukon

USA // Alabama // Alaska // Arizona // Arkansas // California // Colorado // Connecticut // Delaware // DC // Florida // Georgia // Hawaii // Idaho // Illinois // Indiana // Iowa // Kansas // Kentucky // Louisiana // Maine // Maryland // Massachusetts // Michigan // Minnesota // Mississippi // Missouri // Montana // Nebraska // Nevada // New Hampshire // New Jersey // New Mexico // New York // North Carolina // North Dakota // Ohio // Oklahoma // Oregon // Pennsylvania // Rhode Island // South Carolina // South Dakota // Tennessee // Texas // Utah // Vermont // Virginia // Washington // West Virginia // Wisconsin // Wyoming

The best places to stay in NYC

Choosing a neighborhood to stay in for your time in New York is intimidating. New York City is huge...and expensive. If you find a great deal on a room in Midtown, by all means, book it! But be warned that if it's cheap it's probably microscopic, time-worn, and facing...

The toxic history of Niagara Falls, NY

Niagara Falls has millions of visitors every year, yet the cities it connects are full of poverty, crime, and desperation. Most people want to hear about the falls themselves, death defying adventures and amazing engineering. Or they want to know the best spot to eat...

Why you should stay in Jersey City when you’re in NYC

If you're looking at that picture above and thinking it doesn't quite look like New York, you're right. That's Jersey City. So many maps of New York City leave New Jersey off the map. It's given many New Yorkers the idea that there's nothing west of the Hudson worth...

8 reasons to love Zagreb

So many people see Zagreb as an airport to fly into when they can’t get a direct flight to Dubrovnik. They’re missing out. Here’s what I love about Zagreb Secret cafes So many of the best cafes and bars in Zagreb can be found down alleyways and in courtyards. This...

Red Bank, NJ: A perfect day trip

So many of the things I thought were cool as a high schooler haven't aged so well. Just about everything. Somehow, Red Bank is still one of my favorite spots to spend a Saturday. https://www.instagram.com/p/BSM_mWIB09Z/ The tourism websites will compare Red Bank to...

When you could take a year off – with pay

A friend of mine in Brussels casually mentioned how she’d wanted to take a sabbatical, but the new government had changed the program. She’d hoped to take some time off to work on personal projects, but she worried about what would happen to people who relied on a...

A digital nomad’s guide to Cologne

Cologne is hardly the most popular city for visitors to Germany, but I can’t seem to stay away from it. It may only be Germany’s 4th largest city, but it’s my personal favorite. What to do and see I’ve obsessively researched Cologne’s history, from it’s Roman...

Baltimore in a day

Baltimore is a pretty unique city. It’s the last real affordable city in America. It’s got a fantastic walkable downtown core, a bustling streetscape, solid transit connections, and great architecture. They call it charm city for a reason. Except for when they don’t....

The layover: 8 hours in Toronto

The shiny new Union-Pearson Express will get you from Pearson Airport (YYZ) to Union Station in 30 minutes. Take this time to charge your phones and get in a quick catnap. You’ve already seen your first Toronto landmark: Union Station. Look across the street and...

Rotterdam for design nerds

As soon as you step out of Rotterdam’s Blaak Station, you’re looking at Piet Blom’s famous Cube Houses. Turn around and you’ll see the Markthal. The Cube Houses form a pedestrian bridge over the highway, from Blaak Station to the Oude Haven. Across the harbor is...

Florence

it I had the unfortunate experience of visiting Florence at the height of tourist season, at the hottest time of year. The days were oppressive. At night the stones oozed with the heat of the sun. Tour groups clogged every passageway. While my intent was to see all...

The Tesla World Tour

It’s difficult to imagine what the world would be like without Nikola Tesla. He’s one of the most famous scientists who ever lived and has over 300 patents. His inventions power our lives, yet he died penniless and alone. Living in hotels all of his adult life, he...

Drinking our way through Brussels

This tiny city of less than 200,000 people likes to think of itself as the capital of Europe. A good chunk of that, about 50,000 people, are temporary workers. https://www.instagram.com/p/BP-gr2lBk7e/?taken-by=lifeontheroad15m It’s famous for its architecture and...

A digital nomad’s guide to South London

South London rarely makes the itinerary of visitors. It’s very much worth your time to make a detour to these South London neighborhoods   Peckham When I told friends I was staying in Peckham, there were three responses: I’ve literally never heard of this supposed...

A remote workers guide to downtown Vancouver

My first trip to Vancouver was a bit of a whirlwind. I was there for -- believe it or not -- in-person all day meetings. I still managed to walk my feet off and explore downtown. But only downtown. For that reason, we’re going to pretend Mount Pleasant and all the...

How do I fund my travels?

I didn’t quit my job to travel, I work on the road.

I’m available to provide guidance to mission driven organizations on all aspects of communications.

Parks Canada sites near Toronto

When people think of Canadian parks, Banff immediately comes to mind. Luckily for those of us in Toronto, that’s hardly the only Parks Canada site worth visiting. There are lots of national sites that are accessible from Toronto without a flight or an epic road trip....

Why you want the Mobile Passport app

US Customs and Border protection is getting hip with #mobilepasport, their Mobile Passport app. If you don't travel enough for a trusted traveler program to be worth it (it's always worth it, but to each his own) and you live in one of these cities, Mobile Passport...

How to win the US Green Card lottery

You’ve probably heard of the green card lottery, officially called the Diversity Visa Program(DV). Each year, the US invites 50k people from countries with low rates of immigration to the US to apply for permanent resident (PR) status. Each year’s green card lottery...

Actually everything I’m packing for 52 days

Today we leave Toronto for 52 days in Europe and North America. We aim to travel as light as possible without suffering. Since we'll both be working, certain things aren't optional. I'm not bringing an external mouse, which I might regret. I grabbed a paperback for...

A digital nomad’s guide to Istanbul

I expected to fall in love with Istanbul. I did not. I did have a really fun time, though. Where to explore Taking a boat on the Bosphorus is basically mandatory. There’s no need to pay for a touristy cruise when there are so many ferries. We spent a day in Büyükada...

My first year in Canada

Today’s my Torontoversary! A year ago today I became a permanent resident of Canada. When we left Brooklyn for Toronto, there were certain things I knew I’d miss. Since we’d spent a good amount of time in Toronto before making it official (in fact, we had apartments...

7 AirBnB alternatives

We've all heard some AirBnB horror stories. Perhaps you've had one of your own. Staying in a home is so much more comfortable than a hotel, but no one wants to deal with a company that offers support only after you get on the nightly news (if then!). I've had AirBnB...

The digital nomad guide to Burlington, VT

Burlington is a university town and thoroughly charming 365 days a year. In the winter things are cold but cozy. In the summer there’s lots of biking and exploring along the water. The abundance of college kids ensure a plethora of bars and restaurants. The close...

How to survive a Canadian winter

People’s first response when they heard that I was moving to Canada was always “But it’s so cold!” While Canada is not the Arctic wasteland most people imagine it to be, it does get cold in the winter. If you’re coming from a place that doesn’t have real winters,...

The remote worker’s guide to Ottawa

I moved to Canada without having ever visited Ottawa. Clearly I needed to visit Ottawa as soon as possible. If you've heard Ottawa is boring, you're in for a pleasant surprise. Friends in Toronto suggested Ottawa didn't have a lot to offer, but there was more than...

2016 year in review

Most of this year was taken up with immigrating to Canada and then writing a book about the process. With both of us working full time, it’s been a busy year! https://www.instagram.com/p/BLzH81_DZyt/?taken-by=sheepdontswim It doesn’t feel like we’ve traveled much this...

The digital nomad guide to Buffalo

I didn’t have high expectations for Buffalo. Morbid curiosity, perhaps. And simply the desire to go somewhere and explore for a few days without having to get on a plane. Now that I’ve been there, I can tell you that Buffalo is way more than a stop on your way to...

An escape guide for Americans

So, that happened. There are a lot of reasons you might want to leave the US right now. First, do you have a passport? If the answer is no, you can’t get started on any of these options. Getting your passport is the very first step. Second, if you have a criminal...

How to move to New York: an escape guide for Torontonians

It’s come to my attention that a lot of people would rather be living in New York City than Toronto. New York is a huge, amazing city -- I certainly don’t have to sell it to you. If you’ve fallen in love with New York, there are plenty of ways to live your dream of...

This is a test. Do not leave New York for Toronto. THIS IS ONLY A TEST.

by Sam Corbin Last week, a Huffington Post contributor by the name of Cori Carl penned an article telling New Yorkers to abdicate the city that never sleeps for a city that actually sleeps just fine: Toronto. To Carl’s surprise, I imagine, the post drew guffaws not...

Torontonians Don’t Know How Good They Have It

It was pretty disheartening to see the reactions of Torontonians to my article on why New Yorkers should consider Toronto as a serious alternative. Here’s what I’m hearing from Torontonians: Not all Canadians are nice Toronto is boring Vancouver has a better, cheaper...

9 Reasons To Leave New York For Toronto

People around the world dream of living in New York. Here’s why I left. I had a great apartment in an up-and-coming Brooklyn neighborhood, a job doing work I loved, and an amazing bunch of friends. But life in New York is like being in an abusive relationship — things...

A remote workers guide to Yorkville, Manhattan

In the 1870’s, German immigrants flocked to Yorkville, a neighborhood on the Upper East Side. While the majority of Yorkville was German, there were plenty of families from Poland, Russia, the Ukraine, and Hungary. While the buildings were technically tenements, they...

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