Spain is what travel dreams are made of. Imagine a country that is home to some of the world’s best art, a wide range of beautiful old architecture, vistas with olive trees as far as you can see, thriving and authentic cities, picture-perfect small towns; a country that is home to many languages and cultures, on a naturally beautiful peninsula surrounded by three seas. That’s Spain in a nutshell. And working as a personal travel consultant, based in Madrid, I live, work, and, yes, travel it full-time.
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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...read more
The busy streets of Madrid never sleep As a personal travel consultant, I see it all the time in my work; clients with a proposed itinerary of Spain that completely skips Madrid. It used to be that you pretty much had to at least transit through Madrid to get...read more
In 2005, Spain became the third country to fully legalize same-sex marriage. Not surprisingly, Madrid is one of the most gay-friendly cities on this planet. It even hosted World Pride in 2017. The heart of Madrid’s LGBTQ community is centered around a neighborhood...read more
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...read more
This is the second installment of my series, Barrios de Madrid. Through this project, I hope to bring Madrid’s fantastic neighborhoods to life. A bit more (ok, a lot!) refined than Lavapiés, with its rich literary tradition, quaint streets, and museums galore, I now...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Travel Problems: Finding Happiness Everywhere (Even After Departing a Country You Loved)read more
My name is Karen & travel is not only my passion but also my profession.