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.

Travel Blogging

Landing that First Press Trip & What to Expect

After signing on as Special Contributor to The Daily Meal, I was quickly given the opportunity to snag a spot on my first press trip to tour Miami’s local heritage. From exploring the Cuban culture of Little Havana to the art deco of Miami Beach, the press trip aimed to show that there is more… [Read More]

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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.”

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The Cuban Art & Flavors of Miami’s Little Havana

What Miami Beach may lack in authenticity, Little Havana more than makes up for in rich heritage and flavors. The iconic Calle Ocho offers visitors a taste of the eclectic Cuban-American cuisine that mixes together Spanish, West African, American and French influences.

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The Reality of Publishing That Next 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.

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The Traveler Series: Luke of The Backstreet Nomad

This week on The Traveler Series, meet Luke of The Backstreet Nomad. Luke lives in Newcastle, Australia and fell in love with travel after studying abroad in England in 2010. Since then, Luke has divulged his travels through his blog and enjoys submerging himself in the local culture of any given destination.

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A Guide to New York’s Hidden Speakeasies

Whether tucked away behind a store front or hidden behind the wall of a pawn shop, New York speakeasies take on an air of mystery, secrecy and excitement while giving a nod to the Prohibition era. The following 1920s inspired locales prove there is more than meets the eye.

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Breaking into Travel Writing 101

Even with a degree in journalism and a travel writing course at MatadorU under my belt, I am always learning new tricks when it comes to pitching editors, networking with other travelers and getting published. Here, I share my best tips on breaking into the wonderfully unpredictable, inspiring and beautiful world of travel writing.

Jack Kerouac

A Collection of Travel Quotes to Live By

During some of the darker moments of my life, quotes have acted like a port in the storm offering up a sort of safe haven to garner confidence from. When in love, quotes seem to resonate with every emotion from falling head over heels to standing the test of time; and in traveling my favorite sayings push me outside my comfort zone and inspire me to see the world. Rather than carry around a book of proverbs, today I simply have an ongoing note in my smartphone where I jot down quotes that catch my eye. Here are a few of my favorites.

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The Traveler Series: Ashley of Ashley Abroad

This week on The Traveler Series, meet Ashley of Ashley Abroad. Ashley is a travel blogger who moved to Paris when she was 21 and has been traveling the world ever since! After growing up in Michigan and earning a degree in Advertising/PR, Ashley decided to ‘call it quits’ on normal and move to France. Her adventures abroad took her from the savory streets of Paris to motorcycling across Vietnam, to completing yoga training in India.

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Review: Hostel Suites Palermo, Buenos Aires

Tucked away on the quiet street of Charcas in Palermo Soho rests the Hostel Suites Palermo, just 15 minutes away from downtown Buenos Aires. The chain, Hostel Suites, has locations throughout Argentina in Obelisco, Florida and Mendoza.   The Palermo location is set in a charming, restored house in a bustling neighborhood home to various bars, galleries… [Read More]