What a Difference a Year Makes!

The Trip Architect’s birthday snuck up on me this year. Like any exhausted parent, I’ll be celebrating my baby’s second birthday with just a bit less fanfare than I did the first. My drive to become Trip Planner Extraordinaire admittedly has been waning since last summer, when marketing woes and stiff competition from tech-savvy start-ups […]

Let Your Destination Be Your Guide

Let Your Destination Be Your Guide

Earlier this year, I surprised my partner with a culinary scavenger hunt through New York for his birthday. As a travel planner, I put a lot of pressure on myself to make everything perfect. I spent hours researching restaurants and bars and meticulously selecting places that I knew he would like. By the time we […]

A Partnership to Promote Limon, Costa Rica

A Partnership to Promote Limon, Costa Rica

I strongly believe in the personal benefits of travel. For most, exploring new worlds and encountering different cultures opens the mind and increases one’s ability to perspective take. Because of the recreational nature of travel, we tend to view it as a personal luxury - something that only benefits our own lives. But travel also […]

To Move or Not to Move?

To Move or Not to Move?

From the first moment I set foot in Europe, I’ve dreamed of what it would be like to live there. It didn’t hurt that my first visit to the continent took me to Switzerland, one of the most beautiful and livable countries in the world. As I criss-crossed the stunning countryside via the comfort of the luxurious […]

Happy Birthday, Blog!

Happy Birthday, Blog!

A New Year provides the perfect time for reflecting on accomplishments of the past and dreams for the future. Though I wasn’t aware of it at the time, these ritual contemplations likely had a lot to do with why I started my blog in early 2013. As is the case with many births, the story […]

Ready, Set, Blog!

Ready, Set, Blog!

The lovely Anna of Anemina Travels has passed me the baton in my first blogging relay! She has asked me to respond to 11 of her travel questions, which I’ve recorded and answered below. Next, I’ll pass the baton to six other writers who will respond to 11 of my questions. So here it goes… ready, […]

A New Opportunity

A New Opportunity

I’m excited to announce a new writing opportunity that has come my way - I am officially the newest travel contributor for The DC Ladies! The DC Ladies is a lifestyle website geared towards women living and working in Washington, DC. The contributors are DC locals who have expertise on a variety of subject matters, […]

Trading in Supermarkets for Bazaars: Life in Egypt in the 1970s

Trading in Supermarkets for Bazaars: Life in Egypt in the 1970s

On the morning of my first grade class’s show-and-tell day, my mom stuffed my backpack with memories from her and my dad’s life abroad. At school, my classmates and I sat in a circle on the carpet, eagerly watching each other show off various treasures usually reserved for home. My friends talked about their princess […]

A Daddy’s Girl Returns to the Ball Game

A Daddy’s Girl Returns to the Ball Game

This is not a story about baseball. I don’t know a single thing about batting-order strategies, different types of pitches, or base stealing. Like the vast majority of Americans, I know the basics: a man swings his bat at a fast-moving ball and, if he hits it, runs around a diamond-shaped, dirt path in a […]

Lake Como: My Italian Seductress

Lake Como: My Italian Seductress

My heart has belonged to France. Disillusioned by the monotony of cubicle life years ago, my desires gradually drifted away from developing a career as a statistician. During my precious three weeks of vacation per year, France lured me in with her elegant language, rich cream sauces, and Grand Cru champagne. The American corporate ladder […]

Washington, DC: My Own Little Slice of Paris

Washington, DC: My Own Little Slice of Paris

If you’ve been following this baby of a blog that I recently created, it’s probably no secret to you that I’m a raging Francophile. In my mind, France embodies everything that is good in this world: amazing food, fashion, and romance (in order of importance, of course). On my dreamiest days, I picture myself in […]