My 7 Favorite Cities in the World

To quote Carrie Bradshaw, I'm what you might call a bonafide city girl. From the time I left home at 18, I've lived in as many cities as possible: Chicago, Buenos Aires, Paris, Denver, Boulder, and Kampala, Uganda. Excitingly, I just moved to a new city -- Ann Arbor,...

Turning 28 + Some Life Updates

Hey guys! I hope you're having a wonderful summer. I've tried to blog more recently (see examples A, B, and C), but haven't written anything of the personal nature in a while. So, I wanted to update you on what I've been up to this summer. Where I've been At gorgeous...

What Living in Shanghai 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. Next up: Samantha, a teacher who has been living in Shanghai for four years. Here, she talks about soup dumplings, personal safety, and the importance...

Mountain-biking with Zebras in Lake Mburo, Uganda

For my last weekend in Uganda, I wanted to do something special. So I decided to venture west to Lake Mburo National Park with my aunt, uncle, and two of our friends. Lake Mburo is six hours from Kampala, deep in Ankole Country. Everyone recommended we stay at Rwakobo...

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...