Photo Diary: NYC

10 NYC Restaurants to Have on your Radar

Of the many reasons I both love New York (and admittedly at times, can’t stand it) its diverse food scene never ceases to surprise me. For little more than the swipe of a $2.75 metro card, I can find myself discovering authentic flavors from cultures that would otherwise require an overnight flight and passport stamp. Of course, narrowing down New York’s vibrant food scene is a hard task to do when there are five boroughs bursting with cultures and rich flavors yet these 10 eateries are some of my favorite spots in the city to enjoy a classic New York meal without the price tag.

blog tips growing a following

The Honest Guide to Building a Blog Following

The past two years of The Pin the Map Project has been a whirlwind of highs and lows; yet my passion for this corner of the web I’ve created is something that has me always looking forward to typing away on my laptop at my nearby coffee shop. As a relatively new blogger, I have picked up lessons in building a blog following in the past two years; below are a few of the ways I look to build my traffic and readership both on my blog and social media.

Guide to berlin markets

A Guide to the Best Markets in Berlin

This post was contributed by travel blogger, Laura, from girlxdeparture.com. Laura is based out of Berlin and is an avid traveler who spent a year studying abroad in the United States and continues to travel and share her adventures on her blog. Here, Laura shares her list of the best markets in Berlin.

Celebrating Global Artisans + a Travel Giveaway!

Celebrating Global Artisans + a Travel Giveaway!

In celebration of global artisans around the world, I am thrilled to be partnering with fellow blogger (and one of my favorite sites) Drew of The Hungry Partier! Together, Drew and I will be offering one lucky winner the change to win a FREE 3-month subscription to GlobeIn (that’s 3 artisan boxes at a $100 value!).

5 Essential Experiences to Enjoy in Thailand

5 Essential Experiences to Enjoy in Thailand

I can practically imagine the bustling streets of Bangkok, the vibrant fruit and flavors, the enticing smells of food stalls and the roar of city noises that envelop you upon arrival. For those catching a flight to Thailand, of the many things to see the following five experiences are essential!

The Honest Guide to Becoming a Travel Blogger

Your Ultimate Guide to Saving Money on Travel

In the past, I’ve often written about the ways to save on flights since airfare will usually prove the most expensive part of a trip. Travel is as expensive as we make it–from the accommodations we choose to the food we eat–and is customizable to our budgets and tastes. Beyond the flights, here are tricks for saving money on travel and stretching your dollars far so you can stay on the road longer.

Confessions of a Reformed Spender: Tips for Saving Money for Travel

Confessions of a Reformed Spender: Tips for Saving Money for Travel

Money is the dividing factor–the line in the sand between a life of freelance assignments and travel or one where I navigate office politics and have 20 days out of 365 of which I can call my own. Whether aspiring to become a freelance travel writer and bracing to jump the corporate ship; or simply saving funds to globetrot around the world for a year–I believe that traveling is as expensive as we make it. Everything–from plane tickets to accommodations–can be affordable if you’re savvy to the tricks on airfare hacking and more; but of course it all begins with saving.

The World Delivered to your Doorstep with GlobeIn

The World Delivered to your Doorstep with GlobeIn

I am in between trips right now–having just returned from assignment in Colombia and looking towards my next trip to Morocco in August–and to feed my wanderlust I tend to look to creative ways to bring the globe to my doorstep. One such way is with GlobeIn, an amazing company dedicated to supporting artisans in remote regions and fighting to eradicate poverty by giving local craftsmen a global audience.

The Rise of the Freelancer & Notes on Chasing Dreams

The Rise of the Freelancer & Notes on Chasing Dreams

I read today that Forbes projects more than half the U.S. work force will be freelance come 2020; for our sake as a society I truly hope so. Technology gives us the flexibility to work from anywhere in the world, to communicate with co-workers although we are on different timezones and I hope that in the future we can afford our dreams without being chained to a desk and sacrificing our passions in the process.

Remembering an Evening in Paris (+ a Travel Giveaway!)

Musings on the Difference Between Bloggers & Journalists

In an age where journalism has been whittled down to top 10 lists and meme heavy “articles,” it can be tricky to draw a line in the sand between a formal journalist and a blogger. As someone holding both a journalism degree and Wordpress blog, in my opinion the difference between the two titles comes down to this: creative freedom.