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 one-year-old and an infant. Not the best […]

April 30, 2013 Continue reading…

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 about visiting Southeast Asia, about being somewhere that I couldn’t blend in as a local and where […]

April 25, 2013 Continue reading…

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 in small town in Pennsylvania. She applied for a […]

April 23, 2013 Continue reading…

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 was to catch up with my parents on the East Coast: we spent the […]

April 18, 2013 Continue reading…

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 Sacramento.” Reading it now, it strikes me in a strange way: if I don’t belong in the […]

April 16, 2013 Continue reading…

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 make travel a priority–no matter where I am in […]

April 12, 2013 Continue reading…

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 didn’t have the energy (or the money!) to […]

April 11, 2013 Continue reading…