Behind the Curtain: February 2016

I’ve come to look forward to these monthly posts about what I’m into beyond travel because there’s so much more to my life than where I go, despite the fact that it’s something I love. It’s funny how many people respond with their obsessions or agree with mine! As with last month, I’m sharing the […]

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Cheap and Chic Accommodation at The Jane Hotel

New York City is expensive to visit, especially when your employer is no longer footing the bill. I found myself in this predicament on my most recent trip to the city, where I was speaking at the New York Times Travel Show. I’ve stayed in a handful of places before, namely a basic hostel on […]

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Travel Writing Round Up [February 2016]

If you saw the last few editions of Travel Writing Round Up, welcome back! A lot are repeats from last month, but new posts are denoted with stars. I have checked all the links to ensure that they are still valid, but please let me know if I have missed one. I’ve also created an open Google Document where […]

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Visiting The Cloisters in New York City

When most people plan their trips to New York City, they stay within the confines of downtown Manhattan. They might visit stops on Museum Row like the Guggenheim or Metropolitan Museum of Art, but taking the subway for over 100 blocks seems out of the question. But there are so many things to see beyond […]

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Tips for Traveling Like a Road Warrior

It’s taken me many years, but I finally feel like I have a system for when I travel. Learned mostly through trial and error, my routine has become a well-oiled machine. I only started traveling for work, both my second job and press trips, in the last few years, which helped me learn how to […]

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XShot Pro: A Must Have for GoPro Lovers

Most of the time, I save my writing about gear for Her Packing List, a site I contribute to. But every now and then I like to focus on products I recommend to my fellow travelers. One such is the X-Shot Pro, a camera extender that is especially good for GoPro users like me. My […]

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What Is Millennial Travel?

If you’d asked me a few years ago what the niche or focus of this blog was, I might have mumbled something along the lines of budget travel, solo female travel, student travel, cultural travel and working abroad. It was difficult to explain the focus as it was like me as a person: a bunch […]

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How A Working Holiday Changed My Life

I can tell you about how important my working holiday was to me and talk about the friends I made, but you still may not take my word for it. This is why I’ve recruited a few of my friends and colleagues to share their stories about their working holidays. They’re bloggers and photographers and […]

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Lessons from My Working Holiday

Five years have gone by since the day I landed in Sydney for my year-long working holiday visa. I remember arriving groggily in the city after clearing customs and quickly finding my pastel purple backpack on the baggage belt. I put my only money, an Australian dollar coin my grandmother gave me from a previous […]

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Photo Friday: New York City, NY

When I decided not to continue with one of my jobs, I was afraid I wouldn’t get another chance to go to New York for a while. I talked about coming back every six months, but when it comes time to actually book flights, I wasn’t sure if I could manage. Thankfully, the opportunity came […]

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Writing Goals for 2016

If you read my post from earlier this week, you know that I’ve finally taken the leap and quit my backup job in hopes of becoming a full time writer. And while it didn’t come at a time I expected, mainly when I felt secure with enough money, it was necessary. I have to make […]

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On Falling Without a Net

For a few years now, people have asked me what I do for a living. I mumble about blogging and writing and they follow up with, “So you do that full time?” The answer was always no, as I had a few side jobs to make ends meet. This included a job for a rep […]

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