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Eight Sunny Memories from Two Weeks in Los Angeles thumbnail

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know that my relationship with the City of Angels has been a slow burn. I was pretty unenthused when my dad first relocated there, finding the city to be  spread out, stressful, grimy and quite frankly charmless upon my first visit. Then I came…

Wedding Bells in the Windy City thumbnail

It’s become somewhat of a tradition now — when a close friend or a family member sets a wedding date, I get a text within seconds of the ink drying on the contract. You’re the first to know, they’ll tell me, considering my crazy calendar — so you better be there! How could I not comply…

Eating Our Way Through Chicago thumbnail

You’ve got to love a city where you can fiercely debate the merits of various pizza styles, go from sand to skyscrapers in moments, and celebrate holidays with such ferocity that you dye your river to match it. I’m talking, of course, about Chicago — though I must admit it’s taken me a while to appreciate…

Martha’s Vineyard On a Budget — Yes, It’s Possible! thumbnail

Martha’s Vineyard… on a budget? I admit, it doesn’t sound right. Like Thailand and good bread and cheese, or Brazil and being on time, or England and a reliably sunny weather forecast, it just doesn’t feel like a feasible travel combination. But lean in, because I’m about to spill what feels like a major secret. The…

Under Jericoacoara’s Spell: A Brazilian Backpacker Paradise thumbnail

“Estava aqui!” I blinked awake, trying to determine if my eyes had properly opened or not. Yup, lids lifted. Confirmed. It was just pitch black both in and outside the bus I’d been on for the last six hours. I checked my phone, it was just after midnight. No service. I scanned the darkness outside my…

From Bullet Holes to Murals: An Afternoon in Santa Marta Favela thumbnail

To visit a favela or not to visit a favela: it’s a controversial decision many travelers to Rio will ponder at some point or another. Critics call it poverty tourism, proponents say it de-stigmatizes and brings income to marginalized communities. Even amongst my own peers, there’s discord. Friends from South Africa have made me cross my heart that…

Forty-Eight Hours in Vila Madalena: São Paulo’s Worst Kept Secret thumbnail

When it comes to the first few days after a major festival, I have just a few key priorities in mind: rest up, recharge, and reconnect to the world. The latter can be a serious drag when it means coming back to an overflowing inbox and a built up to-do list. But Heather and I knew exactly…

The Wanderland Guide to Travel Planning: Booking Accommodation thumbnail

Welcome to my newest series, The Wanderland Guide to Travel Planning. This is the fourth post in a multi-part series!. Part Four //  Booking Accommodation Each year in my annual roundup posts, I break down all the various placed I laid my head in the previous 365 night. Last year’s tally included seventy-four different beds — not counting…

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