solo traveling

10 Things That Happen When You Solo Travel

You step off the plane in a new destination and feel that both liberating yet terrifying feeling sweep over you as you realize you are in a new country and completely alone. Whether backpacking through Asia, spending a week in Argentina or passing through London, the following 10 things will inevitably happen to every first time solo traveler.

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Why I’ve Decided to Leave New York City

For four years I have poured my heart into my New York relationship; I have managed to work in places I never thought I’d come close to, meet people who broadened my horizons and have experiences I could have never imagined. Like most great romances, New York has taken me far from where I started and changed me in the best possible way for which I will always be irrevocably grateful.

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‘What Travel Means to Me’ GIVEAWAY Contest

This week, The Pin the Map Project launched two very exciting sections: a new Travel Video Channel and The Pin the Map Project Travel Shop! To celebrate the expansion of The Pin the Map Project and its wonderful readers, I am hosting my first GIVEAWAY for what (in my opinion) is the best camera bag out there.

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The Traveler Series: Christie Harger of Heels and Hindsight

This week on The Traveler Series meet Christie of travel blog, Heels and Hindsight.  Christie is a native of New Zealand and currently living in Melbourne, Australia. As a self-described geek and a Chartered Accountant, Christie loves to divulge her love of passion and writing in her spare time. Feeling that travel puts you in lots of funny situations… [Read More]

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Launch of The Pin the Map Project Video Channel!

I am thrilled to announce the launch of The Pin the Map Project video channel that will add to the stories and photography I show by allowing people to experience a destination with me. From clips of my press trip to Miami’s Little Havana to solo traveling through Iguazu, make sure to check out the travel videos!

Haunted Restaurants across the United States

This October rather than feign fear at a kitschy haunted house, explore the unexplained and unimaginable at a genuinely haunted locale. Whether dining alongside the spirit of former vice president Aaron Burr or feeling the touch of an ‘unknown presence,’ the following bars and eateries across the United States are said to serve up treats with a side of tricks.

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The Hustle of Travel Writing

Underneath the 400 word blog posts of idealistic imagery and description there is a real drive and hustle unfolding—especially for budding travel writers (like yours truly) that are caught somewhere between the constraints of routine and the freedom of travel writing. While most of my posts will regale my readers with details of freshly baked empanadas in Buenos Aires or visiting native tribes in Panama, that really is showing only one fraction of the larger picture.

Williamsburg Street Art, Brooklyn

In the Pursuit of Happiness

A wonderful man recently unveiled these mind-shattering concepts to me that have left me at both inspired and pondering the word “happiness.” As most travelers can attest to, we are quick to chalk up unhappiness to “post-vacation blues” and to attribute our happiness to the “high of wanderlust.”


The Reality of Publishing That Next Blog Post

While I often stand by my work proudly, the nature of this story begged that it be anonymous out of respect to my family, friends and those involved. The story was published on a popular website and within a day or two garnered over 1 million likes and thousands of comments that ran the gamut from harsh to supportive.

Miami Beach Cadillac Hotel

Review: Courtyard Cadillac Miami Beach Hotel

I am staying at the historic Courtyard Cadillac Hotel on Miami Beach, which has been open since the 1940s and has seen the likes of icons such as Frank Sinatra walk through its doors. Nestled feet away from the sand, the newly renovated Courtyard Cadillac is part of the Marriott group and features two pools, spacious rooms and fantastic ocean views. The hotel takes on the popular Miami Beach Deco style that is unique to the area.

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The Traveler Series: Taylor Fields of Callaway Rose

This week on The Traveler Series, meet Taylor Fields of the beautiful travel blog, Callaway Rose. Having recently graduated from the University of Michigan, Taylor sold most of her belongings to purchase a round-the-world ticket. In an effort to pursue her travel writing, Taylor will be venturing to six continents, dozens of countries and countless cities to absorb as much culture, enjoy as much food and learn about as much local traditions as possible.

Travel Writing Press Trip

Confessions of a Travel Writer

My desk today is a tray table, my office is a Delta flight and the view from my window is 30,000 feet up in the sky with an endless vista of clouds and sunshine. I am en route to the Sunshine State for a press trip that will take me on a tour of Miami’s local restaurants and ethnic neighborhoods.