How can one person love a book (or film) and the next detest it? A book may also resonate at one time but not at another. What did I see in Catcher in the Rye when I was 16? Not much. But at 40, I thought it was delightful.
Finally, I made it to the ashram. Ever since reading Eat, Pray, Love and being jealous of Elizabeth Gilbert's journey, I dreamed of jumping out of my life for a while and hanging out in India with super spiritual people and a guru who would fill me up with tranquility.
As a therapist practicing since 1995, one of the most common requests I receive is for a good book about marriage. This request is especially common among newly engaged couples and people who are struggling to decide whether to marry their current partner.
In day-to-day tourism-free Bali, life is a relatively relaxed mosaic of extended family, food and placating the island's many deities with ceremonies and the endless small offerings or banten that Hinduism Balinese-style demands.
Whether you're looking to discover the Tokyo of Bill Murray's Lost in Translation, or the explosive battle scene of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, Asia has set the scene for some of film's most epic adventures.
The world is slowly becoming a safer place for women, but we're far from there yet. So if you are hitting the road, here are some things I know saved me from life altering or ending situations while traveling alone.
A little over a month ago, I had my heart broken. It was far from the first time, and I'm certain it won't be the last. What made this particular time special is I didn't see it coming, and that hasn't happened since the first time.
I'm way beyond that demographic for HBO's "Girls," but I'm admittedly gripped by nostalgia much of the time...I went through some trials and tribulations of my own when I was 20-something and living in the Big Apple. I ended up watching every episode and was forlorn after the season finale.
Who am I to think that my novel is good enough to be published? Am I now as pathetic as those street poets I used to see in Berkeley, peddling their sappy, mistake-laden chapbooks for a dollar a copy? And how the hell does a writer act as her own publicist?
Before you jump at the chance for a midlife 'do-over,' you may want to consider these three essential psychological components to determine your readiness to take on major transformations at this stage of life.
Travel can be distilled so that it becomes all highlights, all the time—but then you lose the unspectacular details like the grit of the road you shake out of your suitcase before returning it to the attic.