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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A Little About Everywhere I’ve Traveled

Here I am, over half way to my coveted goal of visiting 100 countries.  As a traveler, I know it is not only about the number.  I have returned to countries that I love, for more exploration. At this point, I can appreciate a special experience more than a new...

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On Finding Travel Destination Inspiration

As someone who is constantly traveling, for fun and for my business, deciding where to go next and where I want to go in the future can be a difficult task.  There currently 195 countries on this planet and since I really do want to travel (almost) everywhere,...

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The list I’ve always avoided writing: Top Five Countries

Important Note: This list has already changed and probably will again.  The most recent update can be found here. (Sorry, Thailand...) For years now, I've avoided making a top five of favorite countries list.  Why?  Countries are diverse, no matter how small or large,...

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