On How the Internet Changed Solo Travel

also while walking down a street, get your stony, unimpressed face on. it makes you look like you mean business/aren't lost and confused.

Posted on January 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm 3

On How the Internet Changed Solo Travel

i traveled by myself from budapest to croatia to bosnia to greece, some berlin, vienna, and istanbul in there as well. being alone makes it much more likely that you will meet interesting people/get invited along to interesting goings-on with said people.

i second the advice above about blending in: don't wear jeans and sneakers and a backpack. you'll get mistaken for a local.

i used a tiny pocket sized notebook as a journal, and to write down subway stops, etc, so that i could covertly be looking at stuff without pulling out a giant guidebook or map or whatever.

also, couchsurfing can be used to arrange to meet up with locals! when in budapest, i had arranged to go biking with a local college student, for instance. and then staying in hostels guarantees you will have other people to accompany you on your tourist-y outings by day.

what i mostly learned on my long solo trip is that people are nice. i struck up so many conversations, was approached by friendly, curious people, was given good advice, etc. a big smile and friendly, upbeat demeanor will get you everywhere!

Posted on January 24, 2012 at 4:01 pm 0

On Cleft Lips and Unamusingly Horrible Bosses

@fairlyalarmed i signed in to leave a similar comment! one of my guy friends has a repaired cleft lip and he is ALWAYS dating cute dudes, and it's just generally recognized around here that he's a good-looking guy. he is never not dating a hottie.

Posted on October 28, 2011 at 2:53 pm 1

On "If I could go back again, I think I’d try … not going to college"

@elysian fields i agree! especially when the three friends she interviewed sound pretty privileged (grandson of john rawls!!!?). and i really didn't get a strong sense, from her article, that this generation WILL be ok...it was sort of just a rambling rehashing of all those other articles about millennials.

Posted on October 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm 2

On Save the Date, Durham: November 12

former lurker coming out of the woodwork to rsvp for this.

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm 2