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Philosophy

Champagne cheers from the balcony at the William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

How to make the most of a trip delay

Fun fact: for all of the travel that I've done, I've only had two flights cancelled! The first was on our honeymoon last year: hurricane-level rains completely shut down the airport in Dominica for the day, and we ended up spending one extra night...
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My travel plans (and dreams) for 2018

Between moving and marriage, 2017 was a little light on the big travel plans. Although my biggest travel priority is taking advantage of our San Diego location and exploring more of the West Coast, Mexico and Canada, I'm also hoping to check some of...
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Bamboo forest on the Pipiwai Trail

My resolutions for 2018

One of the questions that gives me pause in my five-year Q&A journal: are you seeking security or excitement? For the past few years, I've struggled to define what exactly I'm seeking. But in 2018, I want the answer to be both, equally. On one...
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Soufriere, St Lucia at sunset

Looking back on 2017

In terms of life: this year was brilliant. I got married and I moved across the country, two pretty big life changes that have brought me so much happiness. Although it wasn't my biggest travel year, I still managed to squeeze in three new countries...
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Christine Amorose in Pugly Christmas sweater

My favorite gifts to give and receive

Hi hello it's that time of year again here's another gift guide. I actually don't think I've really done a proper gift guide before, but I realized that I like to give the same type of gift over and over again. And in true over-planner fashion, I...
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Seattle from the Space Needle

Notes on my business travel routine

In addition to my personal travel and fun blog-related trips: I’ve been doing a lot of business travel over the past few months: as part of my job in sales, I visit companies and agencies based in San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. Although the...
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Coronado Beach in San DIego

What if joy is my only metric for success?

“What if joy is my only metric for success?” – Sarah Jones I read that quote in an article full of good advice a year ago, and it resonated deeply. Joy is simply defined as "a feeling of great pleasure and happiness." It's easy to think of joy as...
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Hot air balloon ride in Temecula, California

A few thoughts on authenticity

I put up the below photo on Instagram earlier this week with the below caption, and as I read through some of the comments, I realized: I've been feeling the same way and dealing with a lot of these same anxieties for most of the (almost) eight years...
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California Dreamin' Hot Air Balloon Ride in Temecula, California

The podcasts I recommend the most

Full disclosure: I'm obviously a little biased to getting more people to listen to podcasts--my full-time job is at Gimlet Media (the HBO of audio, nbd!). But in my personal life, I've also become a very committed podcast listener: when I'm walking...
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Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

The places I recommend most (around the world)

Last week, I wrote about the places that I recommend most in the USA. Although I do feel strongly about the importance of seeing your own country (especially when it's one as diverse as the United States), I'm also so grateful for my experiences...
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