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...

What Living as an Expat in Singapore is Really Like

Hey guys! Welcome to American Expats, a new series that shows you what expat life is like in cities around the world. Our first interview is with Sarah, a Tennessee native who lives in Singapore with her husband and 15-year old daughter. Here she shares about what...

The 9 Life Lessons I Learned on the Camino de Santiago

Sunrise in the Pyrenees, Day 2 Yeats once wrote, “It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a soldier to fight on a battlefield." After walking nearly 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago, I fully understand that sentiment. The...

Life After Uganda: What I'm Doing Now

Last fall in Germany, a few weeks before doing the Camino Hey guys! I know it's been a while since I updated you. I've been so quiet on social media that even some of my close friends have asked if I'm still in Uganda, ha. Here's the situation. After living in Uganda...

A Hygge-filled Weekend in Copenhagen

Before visiting last September, Denmark was a country I knew little about. Due to reading The Year of Living Danishly, I knew the Danes produce LEGOs and above-average pastries, and are supposedly the happiest people in the world. But that was about it. So when my...

8 Wonderful Books to Read in 2018

As much as I love blogging about travel, I also enjoy writing about books. This is in large part due to you guys - whenever I write a post about books, you give the best recommendations. It's how I've found a lot of my recent favorites (see: 97 Orchard and Born to...

The Best of Shoreditch Street Art: A Photo Essay

In my humble opinion, Shoreditch has everything you could want in a London neighborhood: cozy pubs, outstanding Indian restaurants (see: Dishoom), ultra-hip bars (see: The Gibson), and centuries of turbulent, fascinating history. But my favorite thing about Shoreditch...

11 Things You Can't Miss in Cape Town

As I've waxed on about before, I absolutely love Cape Town- it now holds a firm spot as one of my favorite cities in the world. It has a little bit of everything: mountains, history, ocean, and wine country. What more could you want? Last year, I was lucky enough to...