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Moving to and making it in New York City

I wonder sometimes about the ratio of native New Yorkers to transplants: it seems like every other person I meet is originally from across the country or across the world. This city is the ultimate beacon for young people, and I honestly think that...
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Dominating the world (or maybe not)

To preface this entire post: the biggest thing I learned at World Domination Summit is that I don't like conferences. I don't like large crowds of people and I don't like schedules. Small talk drains me. I prefer exploring a city on my own, by...
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What’s more important: creativity or ambition

"Are rich people ever going to grow up to be writers or are all writers like Mr. Rocque with no money? My father is always saying STARVINGARTIST or STARVINGWRITER. Maybe I better reduce." -Harriet the Spy Lately, I've been pulled in two...
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Why I’m not going to TBEX

When I was traveling through Jordan, staying in five-star hotels and being shuttled around in a comfortable bus with Wifi and a row all to myself and watching the sunset over the Dead Sea from my balcony, I realized that seeing the best a country has...
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A note on souvenirs, and a NOVICA giveaway

I've always been a bit mixed on the idea of souvenirs. As much as I love having a memento to remember my travels by, I usually prefer to spend my money on incredible experiences--and the memories and photos that result are souvenir enough. However,...
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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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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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Good things come in threes

It's been said that good things come in threes: as of today, I've been blogging for three incredible years and I've got FOUR brilliant travel plans to share. The past year of blogging took me back to Paris and Nice, sailing through Croatia and...
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Coming full circle

Last week, I went to Las Vegas for work. It was a hectic week: recovering from the flu, managing my first trade show, squeezing in a 24-hour visit with my mom (complete with shopping, dinner and a Cirque de Soleil show!). Busy as it was, I managed to...
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Remembering to live, not just work

I'm a rare breed in the world of PR, marketing and social media: I’ve always taken a noontime break and left work at 5 p.m. Even though I usually bring my own lunch to save money, I take a lunchtime walk to stretch my legs or write letters in the...
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