Life as a Nomad: The Whirlwind Summer of 2016

These wrap-ups are for me to share personal tidbits, the little things that make up my life abroad — and to help you (and me!) keep track of where I’ve been. See previous months here. 2016 is the year I’ve forced myself to answer the question: How much is too much? How long can you live out of a […]

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

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 than that, my travel […]

Into the (Irish) Woods

This is it. Drastic measures had to be taken. You guys, I’m going into self-imposed exile. An extrovert like myself doesn’t do well in the countryside. I actively try to avoid this kind of situation. However, I’ve been traveling full-time for the past four months, and I’ve done sorely little work in that time. And the […]

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 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 […]

An Accidental Year Around the World

The thing about accidentally going on a year-long round the world trip is that you don’t actually realize you’re on one…until it’s over. I mean, when you plan to travel long-term, you usually have a start date. You (usually) have an end date. You are aware that you are on An Adventure. Whereas for the […]

Instagrammed: Europe for the Holidays

For those who wondered where I’ve been these past five weeks: I’ve been everywhere! Kind of. I spent all of December living out of my suitcase while traveling around northern Europe, doing a minorly whirlwind tour from Italy and France to England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Denmark, and Iceland. It’s all been fairly spontaneous. I decided last-minute […]

When nothing and everything go according to plan: Winter travel and Big News!

Yesterday morning I received this text from EasyJet: Your flight tomorrow has been cancelled, because you live in a country with scheduled airport strikes. You may transfer your flight at no additional cost, but good luck finding one because in ten minutes all our Paris flights for the next three days will sell out, ha […]

Breakfast at the Pompidou and Eileen Gray

Every time I go to the Pompidou to catch one of my favorite views over the city, I can’t help but glance at the well-dressed patrons on the terrace and wonder what it must be like to dine at Georges, the sleek modernistic restaurant atop the Pompidou. Alas, with the prices being what they are […]

A night at the Irish Embassy in Paris

I’m not sure if it comes through on the blog, but I’m a major hibernophile. I played gaelic football, studied Irish literature in college, wear a claddagh, and my speech inevitably becomes accented whenever Irish friends are around (especially those from Wicklow and Dublin). I even tried to teach myself Gaeilge at one point. I’m convinced […]

Why 2012 was the best year ever — and 2013 scares me

Happy New Year everyone! I realize I’m slightly late with my 2012 year-in-review; I took the past week off to celebrate the holidays in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Macau. But you know, better late than never.  I’ve been extraordinarily lucky: since 2008, every year has been exponentially better than the last. When I was 18, […]

I Love My Neighborhood: Galway’s City Centre

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 post is a bit special […]

I Love My Neighborhood: Sandyford, Dublin

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 post features Selly, a German […]

10 things you didn’t know about Dublin

I’m back in Paris after a whirlwind three weeks in London! While I recover from the Olympics, Colm Hanratty, editor of Hostelworld.com, has kindly offered to write a guest post on one of my favorite places in Europe. Based in Dublin, for this post Colm has put together a list of things that might surprise […]

Two Days in…Dublin

There’s more to Dublin than Temple Bar. Here’s what to See, Do, and Eat if you have only two days in the Irish capital.