Help me win $20,000 to fund my travels!

I’ve been listening to the Eric and Kathy morning radio show since I was in high school. Their familiar voices and running jokes used to wake me each morning and help get me ready for early bird (read: over achiever) science classes and swim practices. After graduating from college I worked at a marketing agency in downtown Chicago for a little over a year and … Continue reading Help me win $20,000 to fund my travels!

Why I love the window seat

Window or aisle? I choose window. Sure, you have a little less room than your neighbor on the aisle and the need to use the restroom mid-flight suddenly becomes a big ordeal, requiring the entire row to vacate. But you get a headrest in the form of the wall of the plane. Oh, and the view. You get the view, too.         … Continue reading Why I love the window seat

#tbt Paris: 4 single girls visit the city of love over Valentine’s Day

Copied from journal entires and emails sent after my first trip to Paris in February, 2003. I was 20 and studying in Rome for the semester. Bonjour! I have just returned from a wonderful French weekend!  Four of us single girls decided at the beginning of the semester that we would escape to Paris for Valentine’s Day, hoping to find love in the city of … Continue reading #tbt Paris: 4 single girls visit the city of love over Valentine’s Day

The Houseboat Museum in Amsterdam

One can’t walk around the streets and over the countless bridges of Amsterdam without taking notice of the many boats tied to the canal walls. These are houseboats and are valuable real-estate in the city. About one third of Amsterdam’s 2,400 houseboats are moored within the 17th century canal system of downtown Amsterdam and regulations on the number allowed have made them valuable property. Living on … Continue reading The Houseboat Museum in Amsterdam

#tbt Amboseli National Park, Kenya

Amboseli National Park in Kenya was my first ever safari experience, back in November 2006. Weyn, a fellow volunteer, was planning a solo visit to Amboseli  before heading home and when I got a call over breakfast letting me know that the school where I was volunteering would be closed for the next three days he suggested I join him. I think I thought about … Continue reading #tbt Amboseli National Park, Kenya

No Need for Menus

I’m going to admit something here. I’m not a foodie. Let me say that again, make sure you understand. I’m NOT a foodie. In the travel writing and blogging world I feel like everyone is a self-proclaimed foodie and I might get my passport revoked for this blatant admission. But amateur foodies/critics/photographers can be found in all walks of life. All you have to do is … Continue reading No Need for Menus

Top Travel Moments from 2013

December 31st always tends to be a day of reflection: another year come and gone, a chance to look back on the highlights, lowlights and an opportunity to look toward the new year. 2013 has been a good travel year for me. I’ve made a list of my top travel moments from 2013, in no particular order. 1. Driving solo around Arizona In May I … Continue reading Top Travel Moments from 2013

A Point of Clarification

On November 21 an article about my DTour experience was published in The Winnetka Current, my local hometown paper. I was interviewed for the article and provided photographs about two weeks before it ran. For the most part, this was an informative piece about my experience with DoubleTree, my trip through Europe and highlights from the adventure. I have had several people contact me in … Continue reading A Point of Clarification

Top 10 Moments From My European DTour

It was so hard to whittle this list down to only 10 highlights! I could have easily created a Top 10 list for each destination, or even each day! 10. Visiting the Charles Dickens Museum in London. Not only is Charles Dickens one of my favorite authors but I got to visit his former London home with fellow DTourist, Jen Lowthrop from She Gets Around! Since … Continue reading Top 10 Moments From My European DTour