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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

The art of doing nothing in London

There's not much to say about the art of doing nothing. It's pretty much one step, self-explanatory: … [Continue Reading]

One Day in…Segovia

If you like aqueducts and suckling pigs, boy do I have the day trip for you. Segovia is a small … [Continue Reading]

I Love My Neighborhood: Nowy Port, Gdansk (Poland)

In this series, I ask expats to share the joys of local life they’ve found in their corner of the world. If you’re just joining in now, previously covered cities can be found here. Today’s post comes from Agness & Cez, who are well-known for their expat stints all over the world and have … [Continue reading...]

New Orleans and a Question of Trust

"Give me your phone," ordered a stranger on my right. I looked up from the windowsill where I sat perched, mesmerized by the killer pork belly po' boy in my hands. "Give me your phone," the woman repeated. "The light's really nice, and you look good in this window." The po' boys in … [Continue reading...]

The 5 Best Things I Ate in Chicago

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 more. You guys. Why has no one told me about Chicago? Or I suppose more accurately: why has no one insisted I go to Chicago?! It took 29 years … [Continue reading...]

Everything Is Cyclical

Edinburgh, August 2018. My last day in Europe for the foreseeable future (again) Five years ago, at summer's end, I wrote this post. I wrote about … [Continue reading...]

A Very Short Story About Norway

This is a very short story about my first time in Norway, because, well, the trip itself was just as short. I mean technically, the drive was long … [Continue reading...]

A Very Swedish Midsommar

I don't know at what point the idea came to me, but somewhere in the last couple years -- most likely thanks to photos on Facestagram or Pinstabook or … [Continue reading...]

Reflections on 28 and a Decade Abroad

I've been reflecting on a couple milestones recently. The first is that 2018 marks ten years since I first left the States. 10! A whole decade! What … [Continue reading...]

Realistic Resolutions for 2018

One of my last days in Wellington. New Year's Eve, 2017 Every January I lay out concrete, practical goals for the year. See resolutions from previous … [Continue reading...]

Why I Left a Life I Loved to Move to New Zealand

When I told friends and family (and blog readers, and bartenders, and strangers on the street) that I was moving to New Zealand, I was met with a … [Continue reading...]

On the Road Again: Where I’m Traveling in 2018

Exactly five weeks from today, my expat adventure in New Zealand comes to an end. (Gone quick, hasn't it?!) I've given notice at work, found … [Continue reading...]

Hitting Reset: How Fiji Got My Groove Back

"Can I ask you something?" the hazel-eyed Brit interrupted from across the hostel breakfast table. "Let me get this right: you're not a beach … [Continue reading...]

The Quirks of Taipei Living

Confession: for years, I saw Taiwan as China's Canada. That is to say: it was so close in proximity, why would I visit the neighbor when I could use … [Continue reading...]

Twelve Hours in…Hong Kong

This month, I'm counting down my top 27 adventures at 27. Next up: Hong Kong. Hong Kong is one of those cities I can never say no to, if even … [Continue reading...]

#27EpicMoments + The Best of Bali

It's May, which means it's my birthday month! 27 was by far my most epic age yet: I traveled to 20 countries in the first seven months, before … [Continue reading...]