It's summer! The best time to curl up with a cold book and a deep read. Recently, for Displaced Nation, I asked some authors and writerly friends to give me some ideas about their favorite beach books. The result? Two posts full of novels, memoirs and other adventures!
Take a look here at Part I, featuring Alli Sinclair (author of Luna Tango and a former Novel Adventurer), Brittani Sonnenberg (Home Leave), Christine Kling (The Shipwreck Adventure series), Heidi Noroozy (translator and a former Novel Adventurer).
In Part II, we get recommendations from Mark Adams (author of Meet Me in Atlantis), Marianne C. Bohr (to-be-published Gap Year Girl), Shireen Jilla (The Art of Unpacking Your Life), me and my editor M.L. Awanohara.
This time for my Booklust, Wanderlust column at The Displaced Nation, I interview the lovely author Shireen Jilla about her second novel, The Art of Unpacking Your Life. Set in the Kalahari, this book puts together a group of friends who were once best friends in university. Many thanks to Shireen for agreeing to the interview!
Read it here.
In my latest Booklust, Wanderlust column for The Displaced Nation, we venture off in search of the lost city of Atlantis, with Mark Adams' Meet Me in Atlantis.
Read my review here.
Click on the image above to go to this month's book review on The Displaced Nation. "Passionate Nomad" by Jane Fletcher Geniesse looks at the early life and development of hotshot wartime Middle East expert and lifelong adventurer Dame Freya Stark and is a gripping read.
I'm excited to announce that today my first review as a columnist for The Displaced Nation is live!
The Displaced Nation, which bills itself as "a home for international creatives," invited me to start a book column to review books on topics that would be of interest to their readership of long-time expats and adult "third culture kids."
My first column looks at an engrossing series I recently finished, the Dublin Murder Squad books by Irish writer Tana French. Please stop by the site and check out my review, and the other great articles by Displaced Nationers!
I'm not a huge fan of organized sporting events, but I *am* a big fan of social media!
One of my clients, the social media analytics company Socialbakers, has released a fascinating (and addictive!) new tool that will measure fan participation--mentions are counted as "cheers"--for the FIFA 2014 World Cup, happening now in Brazil. Want to find out which teams get the most love on Twitter? Which players are pictured most often on Instagram? Check out the tool--and my blog about it on the Socialbakers site. Who will you cheer for at #Brazil2014?
Kitty wants to come, too!
When my partner and I left for our Big Trip around Asia, we got on the first train bearing approximately our bodyweights in gear. That first day, we shed a whole carrier bag full of stuff. Over the next week, we dropped more and more items--either giving them away or simply leaving them behind. Since then, I've become much better at packing light. Here are my recommendations for how to pack when traveling to Southeast Asia. Bon Voyage!
Shopping for souvenirs can be a lot of fun. I love making lists of things to take back for friends and family, or to keep until the next gift-giving holiday rolls around. And heck, yes, I like buying things for myself too. But first-timers to Southeast Asia can find the markets and street stalls intimidating, not because of choice or crowding, but because of haggling. In my article for ThaHoliday.com today I give seven tips for bargaining gracefully. Check it out at this link.
Is it beer o'clock yet? When I travel, I love sampling local beers. For this week's ThaHoliday.com article, I introduce some of the most popular beers in Southeast Asia. Cheers!
Confession time: I'm a cheap traveler. So cheap, in fact, that I will sometimes stay overnight in the airport to save money on accommodation, if I have a flight that arrives late at night. Luckily, Southeast Asia has some of the best airports in the world, whether you're bunking out until morning or just passing through for a few hours. My article on ThaHoliday.com introduces what I consider to be S.E. Asia's four best airports. Happy flying!
Beth is an American freelance writer who has lived in Europe and Asia since 2003. She grew up on a sailboat and, though now a landlubber, still enjoys a peripatetic life. She writes articles and suspense about travel, expatriate living, and many other topics.