6 Airbnbs I loved from around the world

Airbnb, Beijing by Expat Edna

A quick note: this is not in any way affiliated with Airbnb. They have no idea who I am. I’m writing this post because I’ve stayed in some pretty cool places over the years and wanted to share the best of my experiences. (Unrelatedly, what is the state of travel blogging these days that I […]

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

Travel makes the heart grow fonder by Expat Edna

If there’s one thing every travel blogger loves to talk about on the internet, it’s that solo travel is marvelous and made of puppy tears and will cure your long-standing eczema. In principle, I support solo travel. It’s definitely something I think everyone should try at least once. But personally, it’s not for me. As […]

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

5 years on by Expat Edna

This week marks the five-year anniversary of my college graduation. FIVE years! Well I. feel. old. When I graduated from the Class of 2010, I was 20 years old, had $700 to my name — and zero clue what to do next. This is the story of how in the five years since, I’ve lived in […]

Anatomy of a Bondi Beach sunrise

Sunrise on Bondi Beach

There are few things worth waking up at the ungodly hour of 5 am. Flights, for sure. To watch an Olympic final, absolutely. A large plate of bacon? Definitely. And especially for me: catching the sunrise in a foreign city. It’s a risky wager; I once spent two hours traveling and sitting in wait to […]

Sydney Coastal Walk: A boogie down to Coogee

Sydney's Coastal Walk

For as much as people talk about this trail, ‘Sydney Coastal Walk’ seems to be a bit of a misnomer. Located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, the walk actually runs from Bondi to Coogee — but understandably then the full name of the walk can get to be a mouthful. Likewise, to say we ‘boogied’ […]

So this is Australian wine country…

Melbourne wine tours - Yarra Valley by Expat Edna

On the great booze divide, I’m very much in the beer camp. I’ll take a good stout or blanche over a glass of wine any day. If I’m going to be really honest? I generally can’t tell a bottle of $40 wine from a bottle worth $4. I get nervous when waiters ask me to […]

Floating over Melbourne by hot air balloon

Melbourne at sunrise by hot air balloon by Expat Edna

Is there any better way to see a city than from above? I love sunrises and I love heights. So naturally, while in Melbourne, a hot air balloon ride over the city was in order. It’s worth the 4:30 call time. If you get cold, volunteer to help set the balloon on fire. That amount […]

Life on the Move: Winter 2015

Australia-France-China 2015 so far by Expat Edna

The first two months of the year saw me on three continents … and it’s taken till the fourth to write about it. I love monthly recaps and it’s atrocious that this one’s a quarterly — but let’s make up for it with snappy photos and snappier text. It’s a speed round! Here we go: […]

The 5 best things I ate: Melbourne and Sydney

5 best things I ate- Melbourne and Sydney by Expat Edna

In this series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Read more food posts here. I did things a little differently when planning Melbourne and Sydney — namely, in that I didn’t. For once, I hardly did any research into the food scenes, and Joe and I instead relied […]

New Year’s Eve from the best seats in Sydney

Sydney New Year's Eve 2015 by Expat Edna

For someone who loves New Year’s Eve as much as I do, being invited to a private party, in Sydney, right next to Harbour Bridge — that’s equivalent to, say, giving a teenage boy front-row seats to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. I was pretty pumped. Apocalyptic downtown Sydney, four hours before midnight Originally, I’d planned to […]

Life in Shanghai: December

Life in Shanghai December 2014 by Expat Edna

A couple noteworthy events happened in December that I feel the month still warrants a recap post. But as everyone’s moving onto 2015, I’ll keep this as short and sweet as I can (short being 1000 words — that’s progress, right?). Haircut! I first donated my hair in 2008, and after six years of growing it […]

From Sochi to Shanghai (and a few places in between): Life in 2014

From Sochi to Shanghai - Life in 2014

It was bound to happen eventually, but 2014 is the first year I’m not entirely sad to see go.  In my recap two years ago, I had deemed 2012 the best year ever and was “scared” for 2013’s ability to rise to such epic precedents. 2013 indeed matched (and surpassed) the year before, but its many […]

I Love My Neighborhood: Sydney’s Northern Beaches

I Love My Neighborhood: Sydney's Northern Beaches

Welcome to another edition of “I Love My Neighborhood”, where I ask expats from across the globe 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 the other cities that have been covered so far here. Today’s guest post comes from Russell, […]

Admiring nature’s beauty on the Bondi Coastal Walk

Photo Essay: Bondi Coastal Walk, Sydney

There’s another reason to visit Bondi besides its world-famous beach: the Coastal Walk, a six-kilometer trail that runs between Bondi and Coogee beaches, passing through Tamarama and Bronte beach along the way. For a sand-averse person like myself, it’s an ideal way to enjoy the wonders of this beautiful coastline and feel as relaxed as […]