Cruising Through Coastal Mississippi
Ever want to drive through Mississippi? Don't miss these lovely towns on the coast.
Oak Alley Plantation
Come see an elegant mansion in Louisiana -- whose grounds were once home to 110 slaves.
Finding the Right Purse for Travel
Shouldn't you just use a moneybelt instead? Nope. It's a purse for me.
Mardi Gras: Magic, Music, and Mayhem in New Orleans
It's one of the world's biggest parties. Here's why Mardi Gras is something you must do once in your life.
#SouthUSA: Best of the Trip
The best and worst of the #SouthUSA road trip, from New Orleans to Charleston!
“Downtown Reading. That’s a throwback.” “Is it really?” I asked. I was 21, temping for the summer, and my boss-of-the-week had told me that my own hometown was remarkable. “It’s something special. You don’t see a lot of towns like that anymore.” I hadn’t thought of it that way. Growing up in a Massachusetts town founded in 1644, it’s... [Read more]
As soon as I saw photos of Oak Alley Plantation’s grand entrance, I knew I had to come here and photograph it myself. That mansion at the end of all those oak trees. How romantic and southern — it was something straight out of Gone with the Wind! There were other mansions in South Carolina and Georgia, a few in Mississippi and Alabama, but this Louisiana plantation would be the one —... [Read more]
It’s almost over. When Mario and I set off on the SOTM Tour, we planned on being away for a year, or maybe a year minus two weeks or so. Well, we have an official end date now: May 9. On that day, we’ll board a flight from Malta to Birmingham, England, a little over eleven months since we flew out of the same airport en route to Paris. It seems like forever ago. I hit a wall this month.... [Read more]
The French Quarter might get all the fame in New Orleans, but at some point, you need a break from the constant music and crowds and good times rolling. The perfect spot? The Garden District. I’ve always loved driving around and looking at beautiful houses, seeing where people live and thinking about the choices the architects made. Even when I was a teenager (and gas was a mere $1.45 a gallon),... [Read more]
Should you bring a purse on your travels? If so, what kind? This is a question that I’m asked often. It’s no surprise — people always want to know how best to protect their belongings when they’re exploring a new destination. And my answer is a resounding YES. I use a purse at home — always. For that reason, I use it the vast majority of my travels. I even took it on... [Read more]
New Orleans enchanted me from the moment I arrived. This was my first stop on the #SouthUSA road trip and my first real stop in the South. I knew I would love it, and right away, I was fascinated by the musical city before me. After arriving late the night before, I set out in the morning to discover what this city had in store for me in the days leading to Mardi Gras. What did I find? Beignets at... [Read more]
My road trip through the American South was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken. It’s also the most exploring I’ve done in the US since I began my full-time travels in 2010. Discovering the South was long overdue and it couldn’t have gone better. The trip began in New Orleans and after a quick stop at Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana, moved on to Ocean Springs... [Read more]
I knew I’d love Hong Kong, but I had no idea I’d be rapturously in love with the city by the end of my time there! Hong Kong is endlessly fascinating — it’s impossible to get bored here. Here are some of my favorite experiences in Hong Kong. Chowing Down on a Hello Hong Kong Food Tour Mario’s friend Laura, who has lived in Hong Kong for a few years, started Hello Hong Kong... [Read more]
Whenever I travel, I try to fit in. I’m quiet. I observe. I try to speak as much of the local language as I can. I even dress like the locals. I try to fit in seamlessly with the tapestry before me. I love doing this, and having an ethnically ambiguous look is certainly an advantage. One of my first great achievements was at age 20 when an English woman in Florence complimented me on my English... [Read more]
Airbnb has quickly become one of my favorite ways to find a place to stay around the world. This unusual lodging site has saved me a lot of money and led to some of my most memorable stays. While Airbnb was founded in 2008, it absolutely exploded in the past few years. I had my first stay in mid-2013. Since then, I’ve used Airbnb for stays in Japan, Australia, the Philippines, and the United... [Read more]