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 […]

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 living in London (the edgy fashion and friendly people) and her least favorite […]

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 […]