All You Need to Know About the Art of Contra Dance

All You Need to Know About the Art of Contra Dance

Care to contra? Image by Flickr user Jack Mitchell. When home, it’s possible (though more difficult) to see the world around you from a traveler’s perspective. One’s native culture can seem nigh invisible, but it’s still there, waiting to be viewed through a defamiliarized eye. This fall season I am putting on my traveler’s goggles to reconnect […]

An Introvert Abroad: How to Give Effective Travel Advice

An Introvert Abroad: How to Give Effective Travel Advice

When is travel advice helpful? Image by Kayti Burt. If someone had one week to live, where would you tell them to travel? My friend launched this query at me over dinner last week. My first thought? I hate this question. A week later, I’m still thinking about why. Advice Needs Context Don’t get me […]

An Introvert Abroad: 5 Signs It’s Time to Socialize

An Introvert Abroad: 5 Signs It’s Time to Socialize

Alone can be lonely. Image by Flickr user Marco Alioli. Even the most introverted of introverts needs to be social to be happy. I spend a lot of time developing strategies for finding time for myself in a world that is increasingly social, but sometimes I am so worried about carving out alone time that […]

An Introvert Abroad: 3 Tips for Braving a Conference

An Introvert Abroad: 3 Tips for Braving a Conference

The 10-year Roswell reunion panel on the final day of the festival. Image from Kayti Burt. Last month, I traveled to Austin, Texas for the first time to take part in the third annual ATX Television Festival. The ATX Festival is a three-day event that brings television actors, writers, showrunners, critics, and fans together at […]

An Introvert Abroad: What Is Travel Friendship?

An Introvert Abroad: What Is Travel Friendship?

 The friends we made on our trek tour into the hills surrounding Chiang Mai. Photo courtesy of Sarah Poekert. Introverts tend to prefer a small, intense social circle. This is one stereotype I can identify with — at times, to a fault. For better and worse, I neither enter into nor leave a friendship lightly. […]

An Introvert Abroad: The Lessons of a Root Canal in Bangkok

An Introvert Abroad: The Lessons of a Root Canal in Bangkok

Kayti’s not the only one having a bad mouth day. Image courtesy of Kayti Burt. I have never been in as much pain as I was on the first leg of my flight from London to Bangkok. What had been a toothache in the final days of my three-week visit to London had graduated to […]

An Introvert Abroad: 5 Ways to Strike Social Balance When Traveling

An Introvert Abroad: 5 Ways to Strike Social Balance When Traveling

Being introverted doesn’t mean being alone! Image by Flickr user Davids imperfect fantasy. As an introverted adolescent, Friday nights were often fraught with tension. I can think of multiple occasions when friends became angry with me for deciding to stay home rather than hang out. A particularly jarring example of this came during my junior […]

An Introvert Abroad: Me, My Mother, and How Travel Connects

An Introvert Abroad: Me, My Mother, and How Travel Connects

Kayti’s mother reflects the influence of love on travel. Image courtesy of Kayti Burt. In the summer of 1972, my 23-year-old mother packed her bag, grabbed her copy of Arthur Frommer’s Europe on $5 A Day, and took off across the Atlantic. She was about to spend eight weeks backpacking across Europe with her sister […]

An Introvert Abroad: What 3 Fictional Females Taught Me About Travel

An Introvert Abroad: What 3 Fictional Females Taught Me About Travel

Let fiction take you away. Image courtesy of the CBC. Growing up in a working class family in rural America, I didn’t get many chances to travel as a child. Instead, I found my adventures to faraway lands the old-fashioned way: through stories. As is the habit of would-be travelers everywhere, I pored through National Geographic […]

An Introvert Abroad: 3 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Travel Companion

An Introvert Abroad: 3 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Travel Companion

Finding the right travel companion is worth it. Image by Kayti Burt. Traveling can bring the best and the worst out of people. It can also bring the best and worst out of your most important relationships. Over the course of a backpacking adventure, friendships have died. Romances have ended. Cities have fallen. (That last […]

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