Life as a Nomad: Winter 2016

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 the light of blogging day. See previous months here. If I could sum up this winter in one word, it would be validation.  For months I’d been wondering if I […]

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 […]

On ‘Expat’ as Identity

(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 still reeling from the death of my grandmother over Christmas, and was entangled in an emotionally abusive relationship that, at the age of 18, I couldn’t […]

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 […]

Life in Shanghai: June 2015

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. “What is this?” You may be asking yourself. “Why am I looking at a June recap? Aren’t we closer […]

Leaving Shanghai: The Double Decker

There’s a leaving season in Shanghai. It coincides with plum rain season; the whole month of June is awash with rain and leaving parties and many declarations of friend love and promises to return to the ‘Hai. This, coupled with the already event-heavy nightlife scene in Shanghai, meant I didn’t throw a leaving party my last […]

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 […]

Life on the Move: May 2015

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.  Well it’s safe to say, this might have been one of my biggest months yet. Huge turning points all […]

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 […]

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. 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 […]

Life in Shanghai: April 2015

April was yet another solid month in Shanghai: the arrival of spring, coupled with two trips, one concert, and having the coolest honor bestowed upon me by a bartender yet found me in a pretty happy place. Read on! For previous monthly recaps, check ’em out here. Jason Mraz: Kicking off the month was this guy: […]

Life on the Move: Winter 2015

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: […]

Beijing Lit Fest! And other fun spring updates

That’s me! In the lineup of a Literature Festival! So last year, I was published in this book. This year, they’re launching the book at the annual Bookworm Literature Festival in Beijing. Meaning this weekend, I get to discuss my essay — which was based on this post — in public. I’m very self-conscious about both my […]

Life in Shanghai: December 2014

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 […]