Europe

Postcard from Heybeliada

The only thing I wanted to do on my birthday this year: soak up some sunshine and go for a swim. To be fair, that’s pretty much what I want to do on my birthday EVERY year. Even though we were in  the gorgeous cosmopolitan city of Istanbul, I convinced my friend Nevin that we […]

July 17, 2014 Continue reading…

Postcard from Goreme

Goreme is the little tourist hub in the region of Cappadocia: the tiny town only boasts about 3,000 residents, and a local estimated that about 95% work in tourism. For quite a little town, there’s a lot to do: stunning hot-air balloon rides at sunrise, epic hiking opportunities during the day, staying in magical cave […]

July 10, 2014 Continue reading…

Five reasons to love Koza Cave Hotel

In general, I try to spend as little time as possible in hotel rooms. I’m usually not too fussed about luxury hotels or a ton of hotel amenities, unless I’m on an island and want nothing more than an infinity pool. I can sleep just about anywhere and I try to spend as much of […]

July 8, 2014 Continue reading…

Postcard from trekking in Rose and Red Valleys

I flew all the way to Cappadocia to take a hot-air balloon ride, but after seeing the otherworldly landscape from the sky, I was eager to see the view from ground level as well. The reddish hues of the rock formations reminded me of the Grand Canyon, while the strange features formed by years of […]

July 3, 2014 Continue reading…

Postcard from a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia

It’s rare that I buy the ticket and board the plane and essentially go to a very faraway place exclusively for ONE activity. But when it came to Turkey, more and more people kept telling me that I couldn’t miss a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia. So when I started planning my trip, I […]

June 26, 2014 Continue reading…

The best of Turkey, via Instagram

Turkey was just about everything I could have asked for in a birthday trip: full of adventures, but also plenty of relaxation. There was the once-in-a-lifetime hot-air balloon ride at sunrise and seeing the most stunning architecture that has stood the test of history, but also plenty of wandering through side streets, basking in sunshine […]

June 13, 2014 Continue reading…

Passion Passport Twitter Chat: Road Trips!

Interesting fact about me: I hate driving, but I love a road trip. I grew up in California–that automobile utopia–and have spent a significant amount of my life in traffic and a hefty amount of money on gas, maintenance and car insurance. One of my favorite things about living in New York City is that […]

May 14, 2014 Continue reading…