content top

People Are Good and the World’s Not Scary

People Are Good and the World’s Not Scary

I was recently invited to speak at an event in June. It’s one of those things where you get a short amount of time (in this case, six minutes), to talk about absolutely anything. Wow. What freedom and what pressure! That I would talk about travel – in particular, solo travel – was a no-brainer. But what to say? What about my 13 months traveling around the former USSR could I condense into just 360 seconds? The more I thought...

Read More

How to Spend a Weekend in Atlanta

How to Spend a Weekend in Atlanta

When I planned to spend the weekend in Atlanta prior to running the Georgia Marathon, I had no idea how much I would really be able to see in that time. I managed to squeeze in quite a bit – an Inside CNN Studio Tour, the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, the Margaret Mitchell House, the Atlanta History Center and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. However, if I was to do it all over again, I probably would have...

Read More

Exploring Historic Atlanta

Exploring Historic Atlanta

While I enjoyed my first day in Atlanta, visiting the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium and touring CNN, I didn’t feel like I had really gotten a feel for the city itself. All three sites surrounded the Centennial Olympic Park downtown and in a sense, they could have been found in any city. I was anxious to delve more into the culture and history of this southern city and my second day allowed me to do just that. I started at...

Read More

The Wide World of Coca-Cola

The Wide World of Coca-Cola

I originally didn’t really think about visiting the World of Coca-Cola during my weekend in Atlanta. It just didn’t jump out at me as a place of interest. But then everyone started telling me I needed to go – that it would be the highlight of visiting Atlanta. So I started to reconsider and I am sure glad I did. After a lackluster tour of CNN studios, my visit to the World of Coke could not have been better. I skipped through the...

Read More

In Search of Anderson Cooper in Atlanta

In Search of Anderson Cooper in Atlanta

It didn’t take me long to spot it. The large red letters loomed large over Centennial Olympic Park and left no doubt which way I needed to head to find my first stop in Atlanta: CNN Tower. My mission? To catch a glimpse of Anderson Cooper, what else? With my Atlanta CityPASS in hand (thanks to the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau), I made my way inside to the ticket booth and got my ticket for a 10:30 a.m. tour. As I did, the guy...

Read More

A Sisterhood of Traveling Women at WITS

A Sisterhood of Traveling Women at WITS

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you likely saw that I recently attended (and spoke at and helped plan!) the inaugural Women in Travel Summit. Taking place in my adopted hometown of Chicago over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, WITS was the first conference of its kind, planned by women, for women, focusing on travel and blogging and, of course, travel blogging. I first heard about WITS from the founder, Beth Santos, when she tweeted...

Read More

Running the Georgia Marathon

Running the Georgia Marathon

It seemed like a good idea last October. After a year back in Chicago, I realized I just couldn’t handle the heat and humidity like I used to – especially when it came to running in such toasty weather. So as much as I wanted to run another marathon now that I am back in the U.S., I didn’t want to run a fall marathon, which would mean training throughout the hot summer. No, I decided to do a spring marathon instead, thinking I could...

Read More

Volunteering Abroad: How to Find the Right Opportunity for You

Volunteering Abroad: How to Find the Right Opportunity for You

When I took my career break to travel a couple years ago, volunteering was a big part of my plan. I saw volunteering abroad as a chance to give back to local communities, immerse myself in the local cultures and build some valuable skills that I could then list on my resume when it was eventually time to look for a job again. I also spent a lot of time researching possible volunteer opportunities – A LOT! And when I look back, there are...

Read More

A Chicago Transplant’s Guide to Visiting the Windy City

A Chicago Transplant’s Guide to Visiting the Windy City

The fact that I refer to Chicago as the Windy City in the title of this post should give away the fact that I am not originally from here. As I learned in some article on some other website last week, “real” Chicagoans don’t call it the Windy City. I guess 12+ years here hasn’t been enough to make me a “real” Chicagoan. Anyway, regardless of my status as a legit Chicagoan, I often field questions from would-be visitors about...

Read More

Could I Ever Travel Long Term Again?

Could I Ever Travel Long Term Again?

I never thought I’d say this, but sometimes I miss traveling around the world.   When I returned home from 13 months of travel in September 2012, I was so incredibly ready to be home. I was exhausted from travel, burnt out on sightseeing and longing for a routine and stability. And I swore time after time that one of the biggest things I learned on my trip was that long term travel was not for me. That I would continue traveling,...

Read More
content top
css.php