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]

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 the funny twists life can take -- how it can throw you in for a spin cycle and leave you tumbling out in a place you never, in your strangest … [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 -- ten hours on the road, woof! -- but all told, we were in Norway for three hours. All to rescue a dog and a Frenchman. (this is not the van … [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...]

Realistic Resolutions for 2017

Seeing in 2017, Paris house-party style What up, 2017? Another year, another round of resolutions. 2016 was straight-up insanity. I'm still … [Continue reading...]

I Love My Neighborhood: Westerpark, Amsterdam

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 … [Continue reading...]