Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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Oak Alley Plantation

Oak Alley Plantation

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]


SOTM Tour: Month Ten of Twelve

SOTM Tour: Month Ten of Twelve

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]


New Orleans’ Garden District

New Orleans’ Garden District

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]


Finding the Right Purse for Travel

Finding the Right Purse for Travel

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]


Mardi Gras: Magic, Music, and Mayhem in New Orleans

Mardi Gras: Magic, Music, and Mayhem in New Orleans

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]


#SouthUSA: Best of the Trip

#SouthUSA: Best of the Trip

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]


Hong Kong: The Best Experiences

Hong Kong: The Best Experiences

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]


The Revelation of Hong Kong

The Revelation of Hong Kong

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]


How to Use Airbnb and Have a Great Experience

How to Use Airbnb and Have a Great Experience

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]


Travel Safety: Always Consider the Source

Travel Safety: Always Consider the Source

“You shouldn’t go there. It’s not safe.” STOP. As soon as you announce your upcoming travels, no matter to whom, you’ll probably be hit with at least one person saying, “It’s not safe.” Whether the person is protesting the act of solo female travel — which is ridiculous — or travel to a particular destination, it’s important to evaluate... [Read more]