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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Travel Writing 2.0: An Interview with dobbernationLOVES

Though I couldn't make it to TBEX (for those of you who aren't travel bloggers out there, this is code for the "Travel Blog Exchange" conference and is kind of a big deal) because I was trekking through Borneo (oh, you know, the usual), in the spirit of the event, we're highlighting some of the keynote speakers and invited guests over at Travel … [Read more...]

Travel & Writing Post-Comprehensive Exams

As I sit here thinking about how to start this post, my first reaction is, well, to stare at the keys and wonder where the past two months went. I feel so out of practice that I'm not even sure where to begin. So where did these past two months go? In a word: comprehensive exams. (Ok, two words, but who's counting?) For those of you who know … [Read more...]

Liebster Award – 11 Questions About Me

Thanks to travel bloggers Jeff and Erin at AWeekOrAWeekend, I've been nominated for a Liebster Award. This doesn't really mean I've won anything, technically--it's more of  a fun way for bloggers to spread the word about other blogs they like (kind of like a word-of-mouth blog-tagging game). I'm not sure exactly what the criteria are (Number of … [Read more...]

What I’m Reading: The World’s Cheapest Destinations

As someone who is just starting to research honeymoon options for her upcoming wedding, my friend and mentor Tim Leffel's new book couldn't have come out at a better time. (Seriously--two artist-teachers trying to get married while still inviting the family is expensive enough--add on a honeymoon and, well, let's just say we're not exactly hoping … [Read more...]

One Question with Britany Robinson: Independent Travel

Britany Robinson likes to tell the story about how she left a trail of bedrooms with little plastic stars stuck to the ceilings as she moved from place to place with her parents growing up. Now, as that little girl's lust for movement never stopped, Britany is leaving a trail of metaphorical stars everywhere she goes and writing about it on her … [Read more...]

Travel Writing 2.0: An Interview with Kate McCulley

Be sure to visit me this week on Travel Writing 2.0 to read my interview with the amazing Kate McCulley, the writer behind the popular Adventurous Kate travel blog. As someone who lives by the mantra "life's too short to have regrets," Kate has now been to over 30 countries and has made writing her blog her full-time profession. In our interview … [Read more...]

Travel Writing 2.0: An Interview with Jodi Ettenberg

Come visit me at Travel Writing 2.0 this week to catch my interview with the lovely Jodi Ettenberg, creator of the Legal Nomads blog. Jodi's also the author of The Food Traveler’s Handbook, a book that will help travelers find cheap, safe, and delicious food all around the world. In our interview, Jodi talks with me about the history of her blog, … [Read more...]

Writing Lesson: Is This Tucson…? Or Is This…?

This week's post is the first in a series of reflections on writing lessons. Based in part on my experience working with writing students as well as my own experience as a traveler and writer, I hope these pieces inspire you to take a journal or laptop outside and write your heart out! - Kristin Whenever I talk with my students about writing … [Read more...]