Every 100 Kilometres, A New Country: Bicycling Across India

Every 100 Kilometres, A New Country: Bicycling Across India

2 September 2017: Three days before the flight When I was a child. As the daughter of Indian immigrant parents. Is that how this starts? Going to India every year since I was twelve. Is that how this starts? I’m on my way to India again, but this time it’s a little different. In a… Read More >>

Social Media as a Tool for Travel

Social Media as a Tool for Travel

For many women, people of color, LGBTQ folks, safety is the first thing on our minds when we think about travel. It’s daunting to go to a place you’ve never been, especially if you don’t anticipate there will be anyone who looks like you. It might feel safer to travel in cities or to stay… Read More >>

Two Wheels, All Heart: A Bike Tour of India

Two Wheels, All Heart: A Bike Tour of India

At the end of 2017, I biked more than 3,000 miles from the Himalayas to the southern tip of Tamil Nadu. Over four months, my bike tour of India took me through 12 states, and I passed Buddhist monasteries with prayer flags waving on mountaintops, Sikh gurudwaras serving free communal meals, towering minarets of mosques,… Read More >>

Bike Touring: An Obsession

Bike Touring: An Obsession

Sam and Shirley rolled up in a silver minivan. The 80-year-old couple inched out of the car and waved us over. The opened their trunk, loaded our bicycles and gear, and drove us up a thousand-foot mountain on a windy gravel road while joking that Sam, who was driving, was legally blind. That night, they… Read More >>

On Preparation

On Preparation

It was when I was lying on the floor at yoga class and the instructor said, set an intention, that I put my boyfriend and our impending distance aside because that’s not an intention. I put the stress and fear of an upcoming adventure aside; stress and fear are not intentions. I put my body… Read More >>

Road Trip in a Red State

Road Trip in a Red State

Last November, in a red state surrounded by people who voted for Trump, I silently grieved for my country. My body was brown, deflated, minimized, isolated, invisible, hypervisible, and hiding from what cannot be changed. I felt like a fire dumped with water, unable to fathom what was happening, or if the future I’d imagined… Read More >>

Sleep Under the Stars: Why Camping is Good for You

Sleep Under the Stars: Why Camping is Good for You

Three years ago, I didn’t even own a tent. But when I decided to go on a cross-country bike trip, I found out camping was the easiest and cheapest option for where to sleep. In the past few years, I’ve camped in the backcountry, on solo trips, out of a car, and with a group,… Read More >>

Today, I Fly

Today, I Fly

I unload my green backpack onto the airport security’s conveyor belt and remember the knife and the mace. The weapons given by strangers while hitchhiking across the country alone as an eighteen-year-old brown girl. The six-inch boot knife from a thirty-something white trucker who knew I’d have no idea how to use it, but thought… Read More >>

Stethoscopes & Suitcases: Life as a Travel Nurse

Stethoscopes & Suitcases: Life as a Travel Nurse

My closest aunt and a lot of my cousins are nurses, but for the longest time I had not thought of nursing as an option for myself. For a lot of Indian immigrants’ kids, becoming a nurse isn’t enough because we’re pushed to become doctors. But I always knew that I wanted to travel for… Read More >>