10 Ways That Living Abroad Permanently Changed Me

In the past ten years, I’ve lived abroad in three countries: Argentina, France, and most, recently, Uganda. As a result, I’ve learned that moving to another country will change you, in ways big and small. From what you to eat to how you see the world… and possibly even your accent. Here’s how living abroad … Read more

Do Readers Grow Up to Be Travelers?

Since I was a child, I’ve been entranced by two things: books and faraway places. Though I didn’t leave the country until I was 15, I explored as much as possible without going anywhere. I read stacks of books. I took my red wagon to the library. I called an empty closet my ‘travel room’, … Read more

Career Advice for Lost Twenty-somethings

Me at my college graduation in 2012 In my twenties, I’ve felt so much pressure (both internal and external) to find the right career. I think most of us have. Since graduating from college, I’ve worked in sales and marketing. I’ve freelanced and blogged and au paired. I’ve entertained many, many career paths, from journalism … Read more

My 7 Favorite Cities in the World

20 unique photos of Scotland

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, Michigan! In celebration of that, I … Read more

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 understand why I … Read more

The Truth About Dating as an Expat

Dating abroad - the pros and cons of dating as an expat

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 seemed eminently easier than dating back home. But after a few months of going on more Tinder dates than I care … Read more

The 9 Life Lessons I Learned on the Camino de Santiago

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 Camino was an intense physical challenge; I walked for five weeks, averaging … Read more

Does Snapchat Ruin the Moment?

A few months ago, I was riding a wild-maned horse down a black sand trail in Iceland. The sun was shining, the sky blue for the first time in days. All of a sudden, my horse bolted. As she careened and bucked, I gripped the reins and tried not to get thrown off. When she finally was calm, … Read more

25 Things It Took Me 25 Years to Learn

25 has been a pivotal year for me – this stage of my life feels very adult in a way that my early twenties didn’t. As Adele so wisely wrote, the future didn’t matter then like it does now. Like most of us, I’ve become more confident and secure with age. I’m proud of how much progress I’ve made … Read more

What I Miss Most About Long-Term Travel

Around this time last year, I returned home from a year of backpacking. And although it’s so nice to be settled, sometimes I’m nostalgic for my nomadic lifestyle. There are so many wonderful things about long-term travel. Long-term travel lets you live your life to the fullest every day. Your entire universe is dedicated to your personal pleasure and … Read more