Mistakes I Have Made Have Helped Me Grow


By Kolena Allen Growing up I never had a big interest in traveling, but as I got older something told me there was a larger world out there, something amazing beyond the confines of my comfortable bubble. So I decided to set out on my first international trip to Kenya in my early twenties. My … Continue reading Mistakes I Have Made Have Helped Me Grow

Guest Post: How to Review a Small Business (California by Train, Part 2)


Originally posted on The Green Stars Project:
Since I’ve never really gone into it before, I want to say a little bit about how I research and write Green Stars reviews of restaurants, cafés, bars, stores, etc. I did look at Starbucks in a recent post, but smaller businesses are a different kettle of fish…

How Travel Destroys Our Perception Of A Dangerous World


By Kolena Allen It has been a very disheartening week, actually it has felt like it has been disheartening couple of months.  Out of control gun violence in the United States, refugee crisis’ the world over, natural disasters, and racial tensions that are starting to boil to the brink. Whenever you turn on the TV … Continue reading How Travel Destroys Our Perception Of A Dangerous World

10 Life Lessons I Learn From Traveling


Travel teaches me not with agenda or curriculum, but simply through the act of movement. It slowly covers me in its warmth, gifting me knowledge, understanding, and true experience as I make my way through the world. When I take that leap into the unknown I am then able to learn about diverse cultures, meet … Continue reading 10 Life Lessons I Learn From Traveling

How Responsible Travel Is Also Fun Travel


Responsibility… Yuck. When I hear that word it makes me think of all the things I had to do as a child: chores, homework, parents lecturing about cleaning my room.  So when we talk about Responsible Travel it’s important to talk about how traveling in this way also means travel experiences that are more exciting … Continue reading How Responsible Travel Is Also Fun Travel