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 Rock, and as soon as we […]

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 Edinburgh, and the […]

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 that I asked her to do […]

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 is a very talented artist, […]

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 culinary […]

The Ultimate Guide to 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 cows abound. My solo hiking trip was blissful: for four days, all I […]

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 […]

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 few things wrong (making my hostel reservations […]

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 to put together a guide on my recommendations for where […]

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 seemed eminently easier than dating back home. But after a few months […]

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 festival-appropriate, cute, and […]

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 camino was an intense physical challenge; […]

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 for almost a […]

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 friend Jen, whom I stayed with in London, suggested we fly […]

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 Run.) So I wanted […]