20 Photos That Will Inspire You to Visit Scotland

This May, I spent a week in Scotland with one of my favorite travel buddies - my dad.  My dad is a die-hard history buff, so traveling Scotland with him was a joy. (He's also one of the funniest people I know, which helps too.) We spent three days of our trip in...

Dream Travel Jobs: What It's Like to be a Travel Show Producer

Bella Falk has what most people consider a dream job: She travels the world working as a TV producer and director, shooting travel shows for the BBC and Lonely Planet. Bella and I connected while we were living in Uganda, and I was so fascinated by her life and career...

Two Art and Pasta-filled Days in Florence

Between hiking the Dolomites and eating everything in Bologna, it's safe to say I enjoyed myself in Italy. But before flying to Spain to walk the Camino, I had one last stop – Florence. I journeyed to Florence to see my mom, who was attending a painting course. My mom...

What to Eat in Bologna, Italy's Culinary Capital

While I was visiting Bologna, Italy, last fall, I enjoyed some of the best food of my life; from the fresh pastas to the cured meats, it was all magnificent. I'd even go as far as to say Bologna has the best food in Italy and possibly Europe. So I wanted to write a...

Tips for Safely Hiking the Dolomites (Without a Guide!)

Last fall, I spent several glorious days hiking the Dolomites in Italy, a mountain range that forms a southern section of the Alps. While they're technically located in Northern Italy, the vibe is decidedly Alpine; many people speak German, and red geraniums and dairy...

What Living in London as an Expat is Really Like

Welcome back to American Expats, a series that shows you what expat life is like in cities around the world. Our latest interview features Micaela, an elementary school teacher living in London with her British husband. Here, she shares her favorite things about...

Is It Smart to Travel Young? A Follow-up Five Years Later

Five years ago, I (melodramatically) posed the question, “Is it smart to travel young?” At the time, I was 22, working in Paris as an au pair. Though I loved my life in Paris, I feared I had preemptively ruined my career by taking a gap year. I certainly hadn't, but I...

20 Essential Tips for Your First Oktoberfest

I was surprised by how much I loved Oktoberfest. I don't know if it was the liters of golden lager or all of the handsome German men in lederhosen, but Oktoberfest was an absolute blast. Being my first Oktoberfest, I did a few things right (see: buying a dirndl) and a...

Where to Picnic in Paris: A Guide to the City's Most Epic Picnic Spots

There are few things more blissful than a picnic in Paris. Beautiful weather, friends, cheese, baguette, red wine... what's not to love? Over the years, I've picnicked almost everywhere in Paris -- from the Seine to the banlieues to everywhere in between. So I wanted...

The Real Truth About Dating as an Expat

Throwback to when I lived (and dated) in Paris When I first moved to Uganda, I thrilled at my newfound dating options. Finally, a pool of politically savvy, well-traveled men interested in things beyond dogs, hiking, and marijuana! At first glance, dating abroad...

What Living as an Expat in Tanzania is Really Like

Welcome back to American Expats, a new series that shows you what expat life is like in cities around the world. Next up: Melissa, who has been living in Tanzania with her husband and three children for eight years, after moving from California. Melissa and her...

What to Wear to Oktoberfest: A Complete Packing Guide

When I was planning out what to wear to Oktoberfest, I had no idea what to pack. Do I need to buy a dirndl? I wondered. Does everyone dress up? Despite my initial concerns, I was very pleased with what I packed for Oktoberfest. If I do say so myself, I looked...