In a world of rising sea levels and plummeting economies it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important. To stay balanced, some of us pack our bags and head out into the wild blue yonder. Others seek security in work or family. A few turn to cheetos, Jack Daniels or repeat episodes of Two and a half Men. Neil Pasricha blogs.  

Launched in June, 2008, his site, 1000 Awesome Things, a simple platform for gratitude gone viral, is read by millions of people eager to redirect their attention to the simple pleasures of daily life. 

Listen to Pasricha’s amazing story in this heartfelt talk, The 3 A’s of awesome, from TEDxToronto, where he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that’s truly awesome.



Author’s Note: I love helping people learn the ins and outs of travel, but have always wanted to have a blog that covers a wider range of topics, and is relevant to individuals interested in taking the internal journey to a life of meaning.

So I’ve decided to start a new series, The Internal Traveler, featuring topics like happiness, transformation, relationships, and what is right with our world, to help others be informed and inspired in those areas.

This is the first in that series and I’d love it if you’d use the comment box below to share your thoughts, ideas, or suggestions. Better yet, if you have wisdom, insights and experiences you’d like to share, drop me an email —I’d love to have you involved! 

Bon voyage,



Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".