Watch out! Unusual tourist scams to avoid in Paris

Whenever I go to Montmartre, I always keep my hands firmly in my pockets and out of sight.  Why? … [Continue Reading]

Watch out! Unusual tourist scams in Paris

13 ways I saved money for travel as a teenager

We were poor when I was growing up, to be blunt about it. My parents immigrated to the US in the … [Continue Reading]

How I saved money for travel as a teenager by Expat Edna

Travel Makes the Heart Grow Fonder: 21 Lessons from 21 Countries

If there's one thing every travel blogger loves to talk about on the internet, it's that solo travel … [Continue Reading]

Travel makes the heart grow fonder by Expat Edna

Worth the wait: Highlights from Japan

For the longest time, I've wanted to visit Japan. And for the longest time, I've told myself to … [Continue Reading]

Highlights from Japan by Expat Edna

Five years on: How I moved abroad after college and built a career through travel

This week marks the five-year anniversary of my college graduation. FIVE years! Well I. feel. … [Continue Reading]

5 years on by Expat Edna

Floating over Melbourne by hot air balloon

Is there any better way to see a city than from above? I love sunrises and I love heights. So … [Continue Reading]

Melbourne at sunrise by hot air balloon by Expat Edna

Two Days in…LA

How much can you really see with only two days in Los Angeles, a sprawling city the same size as … [Continue Reading]

Two Days in LA by Expat Edna

The art of doing nothing in London

There's not much to say about the art of doing nothing. It's pretty much one step, self-explanatory: … [Continue Reading]

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From Serial Expat to Full-Time Nomad: Life in 2015

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Let's skip all the pleasantries and excuses: yep, this recap is a little delayed. Happy 2016! Regardless of date, I love me a good annual recap. 2015, amiright?? What a year! This was the year I became a cliché, quit my corporate job, and left the serial expat life to travel full-time. More … [Continue reading...]

Pass the Turkey, S’il Vous Plaît: The Joys of Expat Thanksgiving

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I often claim that the best Thanksgivings are Expat Thanksgivings.  That's not to say that my parents aren't great cooks, because they're the bomb -- but in terms of good ol' American traditions, the one portrayed in Hallmark movies and elementary school pageants? ...Let's just say Chinese … [Continue reading...]

Celebrating 2000 Days of Travel — and One Big Announcement!

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Yesterday, I celebrated a huge milestone: 2000 days since I left home to see the world! On June 8, 2010, two weeks after my graduation and 21st birthday, I flew out of Pennsylvania with a one-way ticket -- and, in retrospect, disturbingly little planned about my future. The Great Plan was: one … [Continue reading...]

Paris Is Life

Fluctuat nec Mergitur by Expat Edna-2

Fluctuat Nec Mergitur: She is tossed by the waves, but does not sink. This has been the city motto of Paris for over 650 years. The day after … [Continue reading...]

Paris, Last Night

Red House on Nov 13, 2015 by

Red House last night, shortly before curfew was announced "There's been a shooting." My friend Joe read the news from his phone. We were gathered … [Continue reading...]

On ‘Expat’ as Identity

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(The office, Shanghai. 2009)  In the early weeks of 2008, I set out on a six-month trip to China. It seemed so insignificant at the time -- I was … [Continue reading...]

The Green, Green Woods of New Hampshire

Woods of New Hampshire by Expat Edna

Two things happen to ski towns in the off-season: the price of rental lodges goes waaaay down, and the scenery explodes in so many shades of green … [Continue reading...]

The 5 best things I ate in London: The Greatest Hits

The 5 Best Things I Ate in London on ExpatEdna

In this series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Click here to read previous 5BTIAs from Boston, Paris, and … [Continue reading...]

I Love My Neighborhood: Anjuna, Goa

ILMN Anjuna, Goa

In this series, I ask expats to share the joys of local life they’ve found in their corner of the world. If you’re just joining in now, check out … [Continue reading...]

Town & Country: The Beauty of Wales (Or, there’s more to Wales than sheep)

Bala, Wales 7 by Expat Edna

(Admittedly though, there's a LOT of them hanging around.) So by now, you guys know alllll about the week we spent driving around North Wales, the … [Continue reading...]

City Girl’s guide to camping in North Wales

Tyn Cornel, Wales by Expat Edna 3

I had my worries going into this big Welsh camping adventure. I purposefully spend very little time in nature -- a combination of being allergic to … [Continue reading...]

Six Hours in…Caernarfon, Wales

Caenarfon, Wales by Expat Edna 7

The first thing we did upon arriving in the town of Caernarfon was to...promptly lock our keys in the campervan. Smooooth. To save our egos, I'd … [Continue reading...]

The 5 best things I ate in Boston

Cannolis, Modern Pastry Shop, Boston by Expat Edna

In this series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Click here to read previous 5BTIAs from London, Paris, and … [Continue reading...]

Groovy, Baby: Touring Wales in a 1970s VW Campervan

Camping in Wales by Expat Edna-22

I have no idea how my boyfriend stumbled across this idea. The rabbit hole of the internet, right? One minute you're looking up things to do in … [Continue reading...]