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April 2013

Guest Post: Why being an au pair rocked

When I was 18, I flew to Paris with the intention of spending my summer as an au pair for a family in a village in northeastern France. I was miserable: the village didn't even have a bakery (in France!) and I was spending my days with an...
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Postcard from Southeast Asia

I can't believe it's already been a year since I visited Southeast Asia. I spent a glorious three months reading on beaches, eating from makeshift motorcycle food carts, riding motorbikes around Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. I was nervous...
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The best advice my mom has given me

One of my friends recently remarked that she doesn't think she's ever seen my mom not smiling or laughing: how awesome is that? In that moment, I became so much more OK with "becoming my mother." Here's my mom's life in a nutshell: she grew up...
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Postcard from a local weekend in Boston

I first fell in love with Boston when the autumn was a million shades of red and gold: my obsession with the Northeastern city deepened in the deep, clear blue of late winter-bordering-on-spring.   When I visited Boston in October, it...
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If I don’t belong here, then where?

I was scrolling through Facebook photos the other day when I noticed one of me in Southeast Asia--on a beach, overlooking a rice paddy, something suitably exotic--and noticed that a friend of mine commented: "You don't belong in...
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How to save money while living in NYC

One of the most common questions I receive is how I've afforded to travel so much. I'm not a trust-fund kid or a full-time travel blogger; I'm currently working full-time in New York City. I've traveled because I work, I save, I live frugally and I...
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Postcard from Queens

One of my 2013 resolutions was to get out of New York City at least once a month. But between a whirlwind trip to Miami, the Bahamas and California for the second half of December and moving into a new Manhattan apartment on January 1, I simply...
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The highlights of Croatia

Now that summer is right around the corner--I went without a jacket for the first time in New York City yesterday!--I can't help but think about my favorite summer destinations. I've been noticing Croatia popping up on a lot more of my friends'...
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Happy Friday: a Kiwi Collection giveaway!

The past three years of blogging have been incredible--and it wouldn't have been possible without my readers.  THANK YOU so much for liking/following/commenting/all that jazz. It brightens my day and it's given me some incredible, wonderful...
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Postcard from Ground Zero

  The September 11 Memorial site has been on my list of "things to do" for the entire time I've lived here. However, it's one of those sites that you have to be in the right kind of mood for: those bright, sunny, happy late summer afternoons...
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