To fully enjoy your travel adventures, you must prepare! While I'm infamous for showing up in a city/country not knowing a thing nor where I'll be staying, we should all at least follow these top tips for how to prepare to travel! 1. Clean Your Home! That's right, clean! Nothing is worse than returning home to a disaster! I make sure my home is as spick-and-span and organized as possible before leaving. As if I'm preparing for renters....

While we like to think we're invincible and nothing bad can happen, reality is shit happens! Here are my top tips for how to stay safe while traveling! 1. Keep your valuables close! When you're out exploring, be mindful of exactly where your valuables (i.e. phone, camera, wallet) are. Keep them as close to your body as possible. Pickpocketers are sneaky; money belts help. When I walk through a crowded area, such as a street market in...

When I was 20 years old, way back in June 2006, I landed in Prague knowing no one nor a thing about the country. All I knew was to find the admissions staff, holding a sign with my name on it at baggage claim. I was enrolled in a study abroad program at Charles University, and so at the airport, I found the group and piled into a van toward an apartment I'd share with...

If ever asked to go to Rwanda, you say, "YES!" Always say yes. In summer 2007, when I was 21, I found myself in Rwanda for 2 weeks, exploring cities, villages, and the backcountry, searching for all the magic of a country that was divided decades before. Join me on an adventure. Here's my Rwanda Travel Guide! ARRIVAL [spacer height="10px"] AirplaneThe Kigali International Airport will most likely be your main port of entry. If you're coming from...

I recently biked passed a home with a tree blooming vibrant, purple flowers. By a fluke, my dog Monkey jerked to a halt to do her business right in front. So while she did, I soaked in the quiet beauty I pass almost daily yet had never noticed. This moment reminded me I'm surrounded by greatness every day, everywhere in San Diego. It's my home, and it's easy to lose sight of how amazing your...

When I was deciding where to move after grad school in Chicago, everyone and their mother yelled, “Austin!” The town where people are encouraged to be weird. I guess people think I am a bit looney after all.After grad school in Chicago, I blindly moved to and spent 3 wonderful years in Austin, Texas, the democratic island surrounded by the land of old-school Republicans, discovering every nook and cranny, building friendships, a boot camp, and...

As you fly into Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Grand Teton mountain ridge marvels you, making you wonder why it took you so long to explore this area of the country many consider the greatest outdoor destination. High-end, high-altitude, high vibes all around. Here is my Jackson Hole, Wyoming travel guide slash best tips to make your trip as awe-inspiring and fun as mine was!Summer or winter, this town’s got all the feels! I spent 12 nights...