Come Join Us for the Women in Travel Summit!

What could possibly be better than spending a weekend in a gorgeous city with 300 smart, influential, incredible women? (I'll wait while you think about it). Probably not much. So, then, I'm super excited--and humbled, and nervous, and all the good stuff that comes with the anticipation of an upcoming trip--to announce that I've been invited to do … [Read more...]

From the Archives: 61 Writing Tips from my MFA

Today is part of my annual "fall cleaning," which has nothing to do with actually cleaning my house. As a writer, this is the time when I go through my digital files and try to organize all of my writing and research into folders (that I will inevitably change the following year when I think I've come up with the next brilliant organization … [Read more...]

Oh, Switzerland: A Night with Cheese Fondue

The first question that goes around the table as the seven of us sit down to eat is whether or not I am lactose-intolerant. This is a question that the Swiss always ask their foreign friends when they come to try fondue, they tell me, because we’re about to collectively consume and then digest two very large ceramic bowls of thick, creamy cheese … [Read more...]

Bronze Award: NATJA Travel Media Competition!

PASADENA, CA-- The North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) recently announced that I won Bronze place in the 2013 Annual NATJA Awards Competition in the Personality Profiles category! (My submission, Becoming Mahout, was originally published in Perceptive Travel, and came out of my experience working with mahouts at the Maetaeng … [Read more...]

Travel Writing 2.0: An Interview with Amanda Black

First, it's probably important to start off by letting everyone know that yes, I'm back! Life has been nothing short of crazy lately, probably because in the last two months, I have: 1. Married my unbelievably talented best friend Ryan (pics to come from our awesomely talented photographer, Pie Bell) 2. Took a wonderful mini-moon with my new … [Read more...]

Photo Wednesday: Langkawi, Malaysia

For those of us who are getting married in, oh, 10 days, here are some nice, tranquil photos to get us through the rest of the week. I'm thinking a set of nice, summery, island pictures of boats lapping against the shore, of children playing in the water, of sandy stretches of beach....of everything and anything that doesn't have to do with … [Read more...]

Photo Wednesday: Singapore City

This week, I decided to try my best at improving my night photography. But why pictures of Singapore? Well, having arrived at 9 p.m. with less than 24 hours to explore the city, I didn't really have time to do anything other than wander around the streets at night. We flew Singapore Airlines (which, yes, was every bit luxurious as I'd heard), … [Read more...]

Photo Wednesday: San Diego

As some of you know, I am totally and inescapably obsessed with my new DLSR camera (yes, yes, I know, I'm a little late joining this revolution, but in my opinion, a little late is better than never!). For the past few months, I've been promising to teach myself something new about photography every week, in the hopes that 1) I can learn the joys … [Read more...]

Why I Travel

I've noticed that a lot of travel bloggers lately are writing and sharing posts specifically dedicated to "why they travel." Check out any travel blog--you'll see what I mean. Not surprisingly, a lot of them offer anecdotes of heartbreak, boredom, apathy, curiosity, and a desire to see the world (the usual suspects). And it makes sense--readers … [Read more...]

Photo Essay: Colours of 1 Malaysia Festival

The Colours of 1 Malaysia festival, which was held on May 25th, 2013 at Dataran Mederka, Kuala Lumpur, is hard to describe in words. Founded in 1999 to reflect and celebrate the cultural, racial, sexual, and economic diversity of Malaysia, the event has become an enormous parade, complete with thousands of dancers, costumes, floats, props, and … [Read more...]

Travel Writing 2.0: An Interview with Amie O’Shaughnessy

Continuing with our travel writer interview series over at Travel Writing 2.0, this week we've got Amie O’Shaughnessy--who just presented at the biggest travel blogging conference in, well, the whole world (this would be TBEX). Amie, the creator behind the popular luxury travel site for families, Ciao Bambino!, discusses what it takes to succeed in … [Read more...]

24 Hours In: Reflections on Kuala Lumpur

Some cities are hard to get to know--people are unpredictable, the weather can make a huge difference, and depending on where you go, you might get a cranky waiter, a tired taxi driver, a leering comment by an insensitive man on the street, or (insert annoying or frustrating travel experience here). Conversely, at first glance, some cities are … [Read more...]