Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

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30 Things I Didn’t Do Until I Turned 30

30 Things I Didn’t Do Until I Turned 30

Yesterday I turned 31. I spent a wonderful day with my loved ones in Riga. It was a day filled with plenty of my favorite things: photographing a World Heritage Site, wine, cheese, getting recognized by a reader, and Magic Mike XXL. I also spent time reflecting on how far I’ve come in the past year. Life doesn’t end at 30. Far from it. In fact, when I turned 30 last year, tons of people... [Read more]


7 Fantastic Food Experiences in Chicago

7 Fantastic Food Experiences in Chicago

As soon as I decided to visit Chicago for a few days, I began planning meticulously. I started talking to everyone I knew who lived in Chicago or had visited there. I asked questions, took notes, even had a document in my Evernote compiling my information. All this information…was about food. I mean, yes, I wanted to do an architecture cruise and see Second City and have a meetup with my... [Read more]


15 Lessons From Turning My Travel Blog Into A Career

15 Lessons From Turning My Travel Blog Into A Career

There are a handful of questions that I get asked several times a week when on the road (or even at home). The first, far and away the most popular, is, “What’s your favorite place?” So hard to answer! (Though stay tuned, because an upcoming feature in October will answer that once and for all.) The second is, “How did you get so many followers?” Or some variation on,... [Read more]


A Day Trip to Andorra from Barcelona

A Day Trip to Andorra from Barcelona

The mysterious country Andorra wasn’t on my original itinerary for Europe this summer. From my launch pad in Copenhagen, I planned to head to Athens, then upward into Albania and through the Balkans until I arrived in Belgrade. In fact, I had no flights booked until two weeks before I arrived! But then after learning that my friend Becki wouldn’t be in Athens during my visit, I decided... [Read more]


Is it Safe to Travel to Greece Right Now? Absolutely.

Is it Safe to Travel to Greece Right Now? Absolutely.

After spending time in Greece this summer, I’ve constantly been slammed by questions from travelers with one eye on their vacations and another on Greece’s financial crisis. Is it safe to travel to Greece right now? My short answer: ABSOLUTELY. Neither I nor several of my friends traveling in Greece this summer had a single problem with traveling in Greece right now. I’m going to... [Read more]


The Secret to Solo Female Travel Confidence: Drink Champagne

The Secret to Solo Female Travel Confidence: Drink Champagne

The older I get, the more I realize that nobody has a clue what they’re doing. We’re all just winging it, hoping for the best. And that goes for me with my solo travels. After nearly five years of constant travel, most of it solo, I’d like to think I’ve gotten a bit better at it. But while I have no problem going to the movies alone, or visiting a museum alone, I still feel... [Read more]


Viewpoints: Traveling While Overweight with Pamela MacNaughtan

Viewpoints: Traveling While Overweight with Pamela MacNaughtan

Pamela MacNaughtan of Savoir Faire Abroad was the first person I met when I started traveling the world long-term: we met on my first day in Bangkok in 2010! Years later, she’s still traveling solo, with a particular love for Asia and Québec City. But a few months ago Pam wrote a post that rocked the travel blogging world: Confessions of an Overweight Female Traveler. It’s a subject... [Read more]


Milwaukee Rocks! Who Knew?

Milwaukee Rocks! Who Knew?

Here’s an egregious travel oversight of mine: until this June, I had never been to the Midwest before. Not even Chicago! But the spring I was invited to serve as a mentor at Navigate Media Group’s latest Bloghouse, this one taking place in Milwaukee. Milwaukee, it turns out, was the perfect introduction to the Midwest. As much as I love visiting new and unusual countries, there’s... [Read more]


Snorkeling with Sharks in Belize

Snorkeling with Sharks in Belize

Splashes erupted from the side of the sailboat. Giant brown sharks thrashed out of the water, surrounded by silvery tuna, each of them vying for the fish bits thrown on the surface of our daredevil crew. Sharks. Sharks were waiting for us. And it was time to dive in and swim among them. Snorkeling with Sharks The single best activity I did in Caye Caulker was a one-day snorkeling trip with Ragamuffin... [Read more]


Caye Caulker: A Good Place to Go Slow

Caye Caulker: A Good Place to Go Slow

Just off the coast of Belize lies a sleepy little island. Pastel wooden houses on stilts line the seashore. Palm trees sway slowly in the breeze. People of every shade of the rainbow call this island home, from Rastafarians pushing fruit carts to blond-haired, blue-eyed cafe owners and Chinese shopkeepers. Welcome to Caye Caulker, Belize. Don’t think of Caye Caulker as your run-of-the-mill... [Read more]