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All of a sudden my iPhone and Nikon seemed very out of place as I stepped into the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, as part of the New Orleans Hotel Collection, and found myself surrounded by guests donning attire from the 1800s. I was attending General Pakenham’s Final Supper; a culinary event and New Orleans tradition that celebrates the history of the Battle of New Orleans of 1812.
As I sit here in New York City looking at the dreary, rainy day unfolding outside my window, let me reach back in time to almost one year ago when my view was not red brick buildings and alleyways of Astoria; but rather the jungle foliage and sunny weather of Panama. Back in March… [Read More]
While solo traveling in Argentina and Uruguay, I found music to be one of my best companions–whether I was on a shaky flight to Iguazu, a ferry ride to Uruguay or making the trip between New York and Buenos Aires. My “Solo Travel” playlist both inspired and uplifted me during my trip. If headed on a solo travel adventure, consider the following music as the soundtrack to your trip.
It was a gloomy morning on that third day in Buenos Aires and the clouds and cold gathering outside my hostel window were hardly inviting. For one reason or another, I had woken up feeling under the weather and laid in bed feeling cripplingly alone. It was my first time solo traveling and that… [Read More]
Recently, I was interviewed by Jason of the Zero to Travel podcast for an episode on how one gets paid to freelance write and how to start a travel blog. If you have ever pondered these questions yourself, than take a listen to this episode where I not only share my experiences but also my secrets to getting paid to see the world, reviewing hotels and running The Pin the Map Project.
Of the hundreds of thousands of Instagram users who upload photos of everything from a delicious looking meal to an idyllic sunset, the following 10 Instagram users both inspire my own photography, have managed to generate a following and share gorgeous snapshots that fuel my wanderlust and remind to appreciate the simple things in life.
Blame it on the two cuba libres I had on arrival but from the beginning of my solo travels in Argentina I had fallen in love with Buenos Aires. When I navigated my way from the airport (seemingly located in the boondocks of Buenos Aires) to Palermo, I applauded my small success. When I… [Read More]
It’s said the night is darkest before the dawn and the end of February felt quite dark–between the frigid temperatures that wove its way around New York City to the snow turned slush that seeped into our shoes, this past month seemed to stretch on in a parade of gloomy days. Perhaps it was… [Read More]
Writer Virgina Wolf once wrote that “across the broad continent of a woman’s life falls the shadow of a sword.” She argued that on one side of that sword rests convention, order and tradition where the ideals of a “normal life” as dictated by society are revered. On the other side of that sword was spontaneity, chaos and confusion and that if a woman was mad enough to cross over, her life would prove perilous but infinitely more interesting.
Guest contributor, Mehdy Ghannad of The Hostel Life, shares his incredible story of visiting Chile and making an unlikely (and controversial) acquaintance abroad. Read on!
Recently, the folks at College Humor released a new video of what it’s like to have one of those friends who seem to have a bottomless bank account and an unwavering sense of wanderlust. Admittedly, the video got me thinking about what it means to be a traveler (as well as hoping my friends never see me coming off as airy and flippant like the cartoon-ish girl in this clip).
Like most, I have a deep rooted love for chocolate and its uncanny ability to create smiles, alleviate pain, remedy bad days and bring comfort. I have always enjoyed the convenience with which I can pick up chocolate from my local Duane Reade but have never stopped to imagine the process by which chocolate is made..until now.
Meet Yaya and Lloyd, these two UK based travel writers stand at the helm of the wildly popular travel website, Hand Luggage Only. What started as a mere idea back in 2012 is now an online destination for readers to fuel their wanderlust, learn tricks to improving their photography and share tips on travel planning.
Paris has that certain je ne sais quoi that sets it apart from other cities as it seems to have a veil of romance draped over its cobble stone streets. From the deep green stalls that dot the Left bank of the Seine–selling everything from tattered novels to postcards–to the colorful pastries on display at Laduree,… [Read More]
Welcome to the world of travel perks. As I navigate the world of travel writing, freelancing and travel blogging; I have officially crossed over into that funny realm where my bank account can afford me a hostel yet I’ll find myself staying at a gorgeous hotel and dining at a Michelin-star restaurants. So, how do I do it? From getting published to approaching brands, below I share my tips to landing travel perks of your own.
The sounds of Spanish guitar floating over the streets of San Telmo were both hypnotic and seductive. As though in a trance, I seemed to stand affixed listening to the lone guitarist serenade the passing crowds as an elderly couple danced tango nearby. With my Nikon camera in hand, I snapped photo after photo of this… [Read More]
In an expensive city like London, it is easy to burn a hole right through your wallet and sacrifice it on the altar of travel. Guest contributor, Jess Signut, shares her tips to enjoying London on a budget.
As someone with an insatiable appetite for wanderlust, my heart is constantly swooning over destinations to visit. Be it the exotic backdrop of Vietnam or the balmy nights and passion of Spain, each time I add a new pin to my map I can hardly wait to plan my next trip and commence day… [Read More]