The Goring hotel in London

Review: The Goring Hotel in London, England

The cabbie is gushing about The Goring; his excitement palpable as his car weaves in and out of London traffic headed towards this historic hotel situated by Buckingham Palace. Whether Princess Kate did in fact stay at The Goring before the royal wedding, I can’t say, but it is clear that this hotel offers the quintessential English experience I have been searching for.

Relais Christine Hotel in Paris

Review: The Relais Christine Hotel in Paris, France

I am staying at the charming boutique hotel of Relais Christine that is on the quiet Rue Christine in the Latin Quarter. The area around the Relais Christine is dotted with small creperies, eateries and shops and is only a short walk from Notre Dame, the Seine and the metro. At first sight the hotel is like a Parisian dream with a warm, roaring fireplace in the lobby and a friendly, French staff waiting to help with luggage and kindly lead the way to a room that will feel like a home away from home.

Laduree Pastries in Paris

A Photo Tour of Paris

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, the… [Read More]

Girl in paris

A Guide to Enjoying Paris like an Artist

From the Shakespeare and Company Bookshop on the Left Bank of the Seine to Les Deux Magots in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, here is a guide to experiencing Paris like a writer and paying homage to the literary greats–such as Fitzgerald and Hemingway–that once called La Ville Lumière home.

comedy cellar

Comedy in the Heart of New York City

There are perhaps 20 people nestled side by side in the crowded space, yet each one is laughing as the comedian allows his well-timed jokes to roll off his lips and ignite the room in streaks of laughter.Through a serendipitous encounter, I have recently found myself pulled into the comedic underbelly of the Concrete Jungle where laughter, wit and and a sense of humor reign paramount.

What travel means to me

And the Giveaway Winner is….

Recently, The Pin the Map Project launched its first giveaway to ask readers what travel means to them. The responses that came through were heartfelt, thoughtful and all spoke to the many beautiful aspects of traveling that help us discover the world, gain perspective and embrace experiences amidst different cultures.

the solo traveler

Should You Date a Girl Who Travels?

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.

Photo taken in Cartagena, Colombia. Street vendors serving delicious arepas con huevos.

A Homage to the Cartagena Arepa Lady

For 40 years, Elaine (whom I’ve come to refer to as The Arepa Lady) has stood on a corner in Cartagena whipping up her modest arepas by flattening and shaping the maize, tossing the arepas in a vat of hot oil and serving them alongside colorful salsas in vibrant hues of green and red.

confessions of a runaway bride

Confessions of a Runaway Bride

When I imagined myself getting married, ironically, I pictured that ending scene in “Runaway Bride” when Julia Roberts walks through the grassy field towards Richard Gere. With her hair blowing effortlessly in the wind; the fall foliage vibrant against her ivory gown and her off-the-shoulder dress trailing behind her she finally strides up to her… [Read More]

travel perks

Travel Writing 101: How to Land ‘Travel Perks’

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!

Cambodia River Boats

48 Hours in Kampot, Cambodia

If you think about it, it’s pretty amazing to picture millions of people traveling across the world every day. In fact, the International Air Transport Association estimates that around nine million people travel each day by air alone. Some of us travel out of necessity, others out of desire. Some of us professionally, others personally. Some of… [Read More]

Blog engagement

Blog Tips on Increasing Your Engagement

This week, I am sharing ways to increase your blog engagement. What is engagement? Engagement can be measured in the ways users interact with your content–whether they are commenting, subscribing, sharing and enjoying your posts. It can be tricky to snag a reader’s attention when there are so many other fabulous travel blogs out there, but these tips will help increase your site’s engagement.