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Top 10: Spain on the Trodden Path

Top 10: Spain on the Trodden Path

Clearly, I am very fond of traveling off the beaten path and traveling like a local.  Luckily for me, Spain has so many little gems far away from the crowds, that it is easy to get swept up in staying away from the well-trodden route.  But let’s face it, some places...

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Barrios de Madrid: Malasaña, a Street Art Lover’s Dream

Barrios de Madrid: Malasaña, a Street Art Lover’s Dream

Perhaps it was this neighborhood that inspired the idea behind my Barrios de Madrid blog series.  The streets here are a photographer’s dream, filled with color, texture, street art, and architecture. And with no shortage of cafés, bars, shops, and restaurants, it is...

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Barrios de Madrid: Artsy, Diverse, Colorful Lavapiés

Barrios de Madrid: Artsy, Diverse, Colorful Lavapiés

I am super excited to launch my series of Barrios de Madrid, highlighting some of my favorite parts of Madrid and their hidden (and not so hidden) gems. It is a pity that many visitors to Madrid do not explore the city to its fullest, limiting themselves to the areas...

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My 2017 Travel Roundup

Elephants at Kaudulla National Park, Sri Lanka (September): Hands down my favorite “new” country of 2017.  So wonderful that I went twice! Last year at this time, I had just returned to California from Spain. Upset (understatement) about the results of the 2016 US...

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Tips to Travel on a Budget (Really)

Renting a bike in Amsterdam is the cheapest (and most fun) way to get around! My hometown, San Francisco, California, is one of the most expensive cities in the world.  Because I can work remotely, I have found that it is actually more cost effective to be out of my...

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Let’s Talk About… Spain

Montefrío, one of my favorite small Spanish towns in Andalucía If you follow my blog, Instagram, worked with me professionally, or happen to know me in real life, you know that I have a slight (ok, incredibly large) Spain obsession.  I have spent large amounts of time...

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Self Care For the Constant Traveler

Scenes from the slow boat on the Mekong River in Laos When I was a teenager and a babybackpacker in my 20s, I always wanted to cram as much in a trip as possible.  From Kyushu to Hokkaido with two weeks in Japan?  Bring it on! One week in Europe?  Sure, I can visit...

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