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.

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.

new york skyline

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.

ghope camera bag 2

‘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.

heels and hindsight

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]

travel videos

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.

New York Skyline

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.