I'm a water baby. The morning my mom went into labor with me, she swam laps. That's right, she exercised. So it's no surprise wherever she travels she makes sure the hotel has a lap pool for her daily morning swim. Every time my mom plans a trip, she Googles: "large lap pools in [insert city name]." From there, she'll call the hotel, ask about the pool's length and water temperature, and also check out...

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! How To Get To Rwanda Airplane The Kigali International Airport will most likely be your main port of entry. If...

The food in San Diego doesn't disappoint! Veggie obsessed, meat motivated, everything in between—you'll get it all! Here is my list of the best restaurants in San Diego, California! Cafe 21 On 5th Avenue, in the heart of the Gaslamp District in Downtown San Diego, Cafe 21 is everything you want a restaurant to be: upscale, approachable, delicious. You get the downtown vibe without the chaos. The interior design is of what dreams are made. The service...

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,...

The food in Jackson Hole, Wyoming doesn't disappoint! Satisfying and fresh is a necessity because you’ll be so active, you must replenish your body! Fortunately for you meat-eaters, my meat-eating friend dined with me, so my recommendations for best restaurants in Jackson Hole don't just include my favorite veggie spots and dishes in town! You’re welcome.THE KITCHENThe Kitchen, one of 9 restaurants in the JH Fine Dining Group, is a modern American restaurant with worldly...

In August 2015, I set out on an international adventure with my pug Monkey. Our previous trip to Guatemala was amazing, so I was eager to do it again. (Click link to read about that trip!) Other than a few travel tips from a college friend who'd lived in Nicaragua, I knew very little about the country. With an open mind and minimal agenda, Monkey and I arrived. So, to start, come an adventure for an...