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 […]

Expat Entrepreneurs: Lauren from Devour Spain

In this series, I feature expats who started their own business abroad. From food to fashion, art to tourism — these women had the guts and confidence to pursue their passions and turn it into something bigger. Check out previous interviews here. For the past three years, this series has been devoted to expats who set […]

Playa, Please

As I mentioned recently, I’m trying to post more short ‘snapshots’ from my travels. First up: Barcelona It was the waters that won me over. Going into Barcelona, I wasn’t sure if we’d click. After all, one of its main attractions is the beach — and I am the opposite of a beach person. Not to […]

Life in Paris & London: Summer 2015

It’s been over two months since I left Shanghai to go permanently on the road. In that time I’ve been to seven countries on three continents, saw very many friends and very few touristy things, probably gained a few pounds in wine and cheese, and went on far more camping trips than I was comfortable […]

The 5 best things I ate in Barcelona

In this biweekly series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Click here to read previous 5BTIAs from Tokyo, Paris, and more. All I did in Barcelona was eat. That’s what it felt like, anyway. By the end of a week there I was teetering on the edge of a […]

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 […]

I quit — now what? Upcoming travel plans for 2015

So now that I’ve quit my job to travel and have all this free time, next comes the obvious question: Where do I want to go? Even though I’ve been planning this new chapter for a while now, when the map is actually laid out before you, it gets a little overwhelming. Do I spend […]

The 5 best things I ate in Madrid

In this series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Read more food posts here. A large factor in me falling for Madrid was the city’s food and drink scene, and the friendly people behind it all (the portion sizes, the freebies, the smiling service — such a treat, […]

One Day in…Segovia

If you like aqueducts and suckling pigs, boy do I have the day trip for you. Segovia is a small town outside Madrid, about an hour’s drive or thirty minutes away on the fast train. It’s one of those towns so old and full of preserved historical goodness it’s been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage […]

Everything I loved about Madrid

Spain was never on my radar. Never. Something about it didn’t inspire me; no amount of writing or photography of its food, scenery, culture made my heart skip like it does when I read about Ireland or Iceland or Thailand. So I never planned a visit — I didn’t think we’d get along. It took […]

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 […]

I Love My Neighborhood: Xativa, Valencia

In this week’s expat guest post, explore historical Spain with Paddy, an Englishman living in the medieval countryside town of Xativa, Valencia.

I Love My Neighborhood: Baza, Granada

Today’s guest post comes from Jacquie, a Brit in Granada, who introduces us to the simple pleasures and cultural charms of life in rural Spain.

I Love My Neighborhood: L’Eixample, Barcelona

In the latest edition of ILMN, Jessica from California shows us around her Gaudi-tastic neighborhood in central Barcelona.