Why is it still OK to be racist towards Asians?

This is an essay about casual racism, white privilege, and speaking out as an Asian minority in a … [Continue Reading]

Expat Edna

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

Why is it still OK to be racist towards Asians?

Expat Edna

This is an essay about casual racism, white privilege, and speaking out as an Asian minority in a white-dominated industry. I've taken a few days to write this because I wanted to take the time to gather my thoughts, to present this as clearly and rationally as possible. *** Last weekend a … [Continue reading...]

Life in Taipei: April 2016

Late night breakfast, Taipei by Expat Edna

My monthly wrap-ups are for me to share personal tidbits — the little things that make up my life abroad; stories and photos which may not otherwise see the light of blogging day. See previous months here. Late night breakfast: one of my favorite things about Taipei (and one of the only photos … [Continue reading...]

Why I don’t buy SIM cards when I travel

Sunset in Neyagawa by Expat Edna

The question came up casually the other day, while discussing Snapchat habits. I had mentioned in passing that since I rarely buy SIM cards, I usually only post snaps when I find wifi. "Why on earth don't you get SIM cards?" Cailin asked, horrified at the Luddite monster that I was. I forget … [Continue reading...]

The 5 best things I ate in New York City

Roberta's NYC 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 Paris, London, and … [Continue reading...]

Life as a Nomad: Winter 2016

Grand Canal Venice by Expat Edna

These wrap-ups are for me to share personal tidbits — the little things that make up my life abroad; stories and photos which may not otherwise see … [Continue reading...]

Slowing things down: Where I’m moving in 2016

Edna in Paris by ExpatEdna.com

There was once a time when friends would ask me what my upcoming travel plans were, and I'd already have flights booked out for weeks -- or happily … [Continue reading...]

The 5 best things I ate in Paris: January 2016

The 5 Best Things I ate in Paris- November 2015 by ExpatEdna.com-7

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, Boston, and … [Continue reading...]

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

Venice Carnevale 2015 by ExpatEdna.com

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. … [Continue reading...]

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

Thanksgiving in Paris by ExpatEdna.com-10

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 … [Continue reading...]

Celebrating 2000 Days of Travel — and One Big Announcement!

Celebrating 2000 Days by ExpatEdna.com

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 … [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 ExpatEdna.com

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

My Shanghai office by ExpatEdna.com

(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...]