Emily Grund: Traveling Multimedia Journalist
Emily Grund is a recent graduate from UMass Amherst. She is passionate about writing, photography and travel. After graduation, Grund entered the Peace Corps and plans to keep a blog while she is abroad. Below are articles she wrote for GoNOMAD when she was an editorial assistant in 2010.
For many travelers, layovers in airports are a pain in the you know what. Unexpected delays can lead to hours upon hours of boredom and frustration.
It is safe to say that by and large, layovers are generally not what you look forward to in your travels unless of course you’re an optimist, such as Rachel Reiss, creator of Layoverguide.com...Read more
"Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World by Seth Stevenson is a nonfiction journey that takes readers around the world without ever taking flight. As he circumnavigates the world with his girlfriend Rebecca, Stevenson describes each leg of each trip in extensive detail.
Their decision to travel the world and why they decided not to take planes revolves around one desire: adventure. By taking cargo freighters, trains, and even bikes, the couple is able to explore cultures and landscapes during their travels as well as during their stay. No stone is left unturned as they discover the challenges, humor, and beauty of spontaneous travel with no itinerary... Read more
If I were to bike to work, my initial idea would be to take Route 116 from Amherst, Massachusetts, to the GoNOMAD office in South Deerfield. However, if I wanted to avoid bicycling on a highway with fast cars which could be potentially dangerous, I might want to plan another route.
Sure, it might take a little more time but it would be prettier and safer, so how do I figure out the best way to go?
Thanks to Google Maps, which recently partnered with trail map data site, TrailLink, run by Rails to Trails Conservancy, I can now use their new biking directions feature. Sure enough, the fastest route would be to take Rt. 116, however they provide another option to take the back roads which add on an additional five minutes. Read more
Do you love to travel? Do you wish you could have the best travel resources all in one place, right at your finger tips, to ask all your burning travel questions? If so, the perfect place for you is the seventh annual New York Times Travel Show presented by American Express at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, February 26-28, 2010.
During this show, roughly 500 exhibitors from 150 different countries will be there to answer your questions, give you travel deals and tips, as well as teach you how to promote your travel business... Read more
For many, going to Rio de Janeiro means going to the beach and enjoying Brazilian night life. If you are looking for a more authentic experience with the locals, try exploring a favela with Favela Adventures.
Favelas are hillside communities built on the outskirts of large Brazilian cities. They are also referred to as shanty towns, which are impoverished communities with crowded housing and often have a bad reputation associated with crime and drugs.
Zezinho, founder of Favela Adventures, a Brazilian tour operator, aspires to diminish these negative stereotypes by giving travelers a personal trip through his hometown Rocinha, one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favelas...Read more
For many travelers, Baltimore may be seen as just a city to drive through to get to Washington D.C. Many may choose to fly to Baltimore Washington International airport instead of Dulles International to save a few dollars, or perhaps even stay in Baltimore for a cheaper hotel outside of D.C.
Red Sox fans have been known to travel to Baltimore to see them play the Orielles because tickets are cheaper and easier to buy than tickets at Fenway, but often see nothing more than the Camden Yards stadium. The downside of all this being, travelers aren’t spending much time exploring the actual city of Baltimore, and they are missing out on a fun, budget friendly place... Read more.
Baltimore has a lot of budget friendly activities and attractions to take part in, even with lodging and transportation, Baltimore is an overall budget friendly travel destination. However, sometimes when people travel on a budget they miss out on the food a city has to offer and settle for fast food or hotel buffets instead. I highly suggest you don’t do that in Baltimore.
No matter the meal time of the day, Baltimore has a unique restaurant with appetizing food for an affordable price. Trying out the diverse food is just as fun as exploring all the sites, and an important part of understanding Baltimore’s diverse culture... Read more
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