Do Readers Grow Up to Be Travelers?

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...
Career Advice for Lost Twenty-somethings

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....
My 7 Favorite Cities in the World

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...
The Real Truth About Dating as an Expat

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...
Does Snapchat Ruin the Moment?

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...
25 Things It Took Me 25 Years to Learn

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...
What I Miss Most About Long-Term Travel

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...