Humans feel power when they scale up a mountain. Mount Everest is the tallest mountain on earth; standing a fierce 29,000 feet. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay are credited as the first to make it to the top. When Hillary returned from the hellish trek the local villagers asked him, “Did you see God up there?”

Cleaning Out My Fridge

I’ve got six mini-stories that I want to share, they don’t have a uniting theme that lends itself easily to a cohesive piece. So, I’m throwing them together in one pot, stirring it up, and hoping the end piece tastes alright. You be the judge.

Dennis the Dietician

A Travelling Cactus has a day job, here’s a little peak into a fun hospital experience I had a few months ago:

Color Me Tamil Nadu

In the beginning of January 2018, I had the opportunity to go to India with my family. This was a whirlwind of a trip, I had just a week to see family, participate in a pooja (Hindu religious ceremony), see some of the country, and try not to get too far behind in school. This trip marked a 15-year absence from the motherland, and needless to say we had both changed markedly in that time. 

Arizona Meets Alaska

What is the opposite of Arizona? Alaska.

I had the opportunity to spend a week in the Last Frontier. To sum up my trip: it was unbelievably gorgeous, the days stretched on forever, and I got to walk to my heart’s content.

Solo Adventuring Without the Loneliness

Won’t you be lonely?

You will be. Being alone for extended periods of time will inevitably lead to some moments when you’re lonely. But the entire trip doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 4 ideas to have fun and push off loneliness on your next trip.

The Signs & Symptoms of Travel Fatigue

If you’re not a regular traveler or on the road full time, vacations are welcome departures from reality. But like anything, vacations have to come at the right moment. When you’re not in the right mindset, being away from your home base can be difficult, tiresome, annoying – fill in your favorite emotion word.

The Misty Morning Mile

My cellphone buzzed signaling me to drift out a dream and sit straight up in my tatami-mat bed. I slapped the sleep out of my eyes and stood up in the cold room before I let my brain talk me back into resting my eyes. I pulled my roommate/best friend out of her peaceful slumber.

“Dude, it’s our turn to get the flowers.”

First Aid – Being Sick Abroad

3…2…1… CLEAR?…!

I tried to sound confident when I was leading the code – our patient was dying and we just needed to do something fast. My teammates got the message and ZAP! I pressed the button that delivered the shock to our lifeless patient, his eyes making that robotic clicking sound, artificial tears leaked out of the openings next to his eyes, his rubber skin was a little burned by that last shock.

Making a Hostel a (Temporary) Home

Jumping around the globe can be expensive and hostels are a terrific way to offset costs. Just because of their nature of attracting so many types of people and being ever-present, everywhere, hostels are a grab bag of experiences. I’ve lodged at my fair share of hostels and came up with seven tactics for anyone to elevate a regular ol’ hostel stay to a great one.