Friday, April 25th, 2014

“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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 — [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]