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Philosophy

Notes on following your dream

There's something that's been bothering me lately: this concept where a life in which you travel is inherently better than one in which you don't. It goes without saying that I love to travel and that I find it incredibly valuable in a multitude...
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One thing about deciding where to stay in a new city

Whenever people visit New York City, I always ask where they're staying--and whenever the answer is Midtown or Times Square, I always cringe on the inside. Sure, there are tons of hotels and a bunch of the main "touristy" spots in the city (Grand...
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Our semi-elopement wedding in NYC: photos + details

When we scheduled a March wedding, I anticipated that I'd be wearing a fur coat and snowboots, or that my parents' flights would get delayed because of a blizzard. Instead, the weather was 70 degrees! It started raining the minute we stepped inside...
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Seven years of daring to dream

Seven years ago today, I published the very first post on this blog. Since then, I've written more than a thousand blog posts--about places I've been and what I'm reading and all of the twenty-something-in-the-city feelings. I started my very first...
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Notes on my financial routine

Before anything else, let me state this: I know that I come from a place of financial privilege, and because of that, the advice or insight I give might not be applicable to everyone. I'm also certainly not a financial expert, but I did want to share...
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One thing to fully relax

One thing that I try to do fairly regularly (but without much success): completely disconnect. Although I meditate for 20 minutes every morning with my phone on airplane mode, it's not always a complete escape: there's often a frolicking pug at my...
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One thing to ask when you’re afraid

One of the things that I find really helpful when I'm feeling nervous about something (whether it's big or small) is to ask myself one question: "What's the worst that can happen?"  in traveling and life, we often overestimate the risks or worry...
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Notes from a honeymoon

We’re back from a wonderful honeymoon to the islands of Saint Lucia and Dominica! As David quipped: “So far every day of marriage has felt like a tropical paradise.” Ha! Putting that to the test now that we’ve been reunited with our pug on the eve of...
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One thing to help with the winter blues

Scandinavia is infamous for its long, dark winters and famed for its happy people , and it's no doubt that those two things can be (partially) explained by its sauna culture. Saunas are viewed as necessities, not luxuries: they help with physical and...
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The best list of beach reads, V3

It's no secret by now that I love to read, and I read often. That said, I'm not much for the reading challenges that seem to be all the rage these days or setting goals around the number of books I want to read. I'd say I average about a book a week,...
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