10 Things You Should Never (ever) Do Abroad

10 Things You Should Never (ever) Do Abroad

With all the lessons I've gathered up over the last three years of travel, I can say in total honesty that I know exactly as much about what NOT to do, as what TO DO abroad.  With every "travel hacking" notation I've made along the way, there's been a warning frantically scribbled on my notebook [...]

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What it’s like to Date Around the World

What it’s like to Date Around the World

It always cracks me up how eager people are to hear about my dating life, especially since I started traveling internationally.  I've played coy and kept the juicy stories for "Girls Night" with close friends, but with so many of you asking, let me share a little bit with you- you know, woman to reader. [...]

Funny things I noticed about Peru (after staying for 7 weeks)

Funny things I noticed about Peru (after staying for 7 weeks)

One of the benefits of full-time travel is that you can slow down (despacio en Español) and really get to know a place.  I had the luxury of doing this in Peru last month.  I spent almost seven weeks in this beautiful country and was able to see quite a few places I can now [...]

Overpacking in South America: I’ve become the best/worst backpacker on Earth

Overpacking in South America: I’ve become the best/worst backpacker on Earth

Just over a week ago I flew out of SFO on a one-way ticket to Peru and started a new leg of my round-the-world journey. I felt more excited than nervous this time and had zero panic attacks landing abroad, like that first time two years ago in Madrid (Anyone remember? Good Lawd, what a [...]

People always know I’m an American abroad right away. Here’s why…

People always know I’m an American abroad right away. Here’s why…

There are a few things you're probably doing that make you stick out as a "typical American tourist" (effecting your favorability depending on what that person thinks of the states).  Sometimes , depending on the country I've been visiting, people love the fact that I'm American.  Other times, not so much.  It's been particularly interesting to [...]

10 Mistakes I Made Abroad

10 Mistakes I Made Abroad

Traveling has so many twists, turns, ups and downs, it can be hard to keep up.  There are often unforeseen issues that arise and can totally ruin your day- if you let it.  The trick?  ALWAYS keep a notebook (and your sense of humor) on hand. Personally, I've slipped up MANY times along the way, [...]

11 Surprisingly Funny Things about South Africa

11 Surprisingly Funny Things about South Africa

It may go without saying, but, I will point it out anyway:  Living in another country is VERY different from visiting.   I have been living in Cape Town, South Africa, on and off, for almost a year now and I still experience culture shock almost everyday.  The difference is, now it is every day [...]