20 gifts that give back (for mostly under $20)

20 gifts that give back (for mostly under $20)

I love giving while giving back; I think it’s rewarding, adds a story to the gift, and beats mass consumerism. But it can be challenging to choose something practical that the recipient will actually like and maybe even use, find legitimate websites, and not spend a fortune. Plus, let’s be honest, donating to charity in … Continue reading

How to outdo DC transit snafus

How to outdo DC transit snafus

In my first six months in DC, I’ve spent at least five Fridays sitting at a bus stop until I gave up on my plans or opted for an alternate mode of transportation. I’ve tried every option the city has, from driving to transit and transfers to Uber, Sidecar, Car2Go and ultimately Lyft. Continue reading

Finding the good in DC

Finding the good in DC

It’s no secret that New Yorkers struggle transitioning to DC. And on top of adjusting to short buildings, big yards and roundabouts, I moved to a 9-to-5 cubicle, commuting by car and six months without travel. I’ve held a little grudge against the city by association and had to get a little more proactive about … Continue reading

How to suppress wanderlust when you must

How to suppress wanderlust when you must

It sounds terrible, I know. Why would you even click on such a title? Well, because all of us have things that delay travel–obligations, full-time jobs, family dependence, financial constraints, passport or visa issues, life… At some point, for some reason, we all have to sit still for a bit, and when you must: try … Continue reading

Three months after moving

Three months after moving

My inactive blog speaks for itself on the subject of busy-ness. I’ve never heard anyone say moving gets easier every time, but I think we all hope so deep down inside, then hope we never move again when we’re in the middle of it. I start to reconsider permanency and the price of hiring movers … Continue reading

A thank you to my favorite things in New York

A thank you to my favorite things in New York

My job…that sounds very glamorous and obnoxious out loud…is to see the world and somehow articulate it on paper. I have the responsibility of fitting unforgettable experiences and indescribable destinations into a number of paragraphs to convince others to follow in my footsteps for a lot more money. While I haven’t seen everywhere or experienced … Continue reading

13 Ways to Do a Little Good Today (or in 2013)

13 Ways to Do a Little Good Today (or in 2013)

My traveling philosophy is to change the world as you discover it, and that is even easier in your own world at home. If you’re not convinced you can make a difference in every place you visit and actually enhance your trip on the way, start right where you are. There are more ways than you think to take a little good a long way, and that doesn’t always mean donating to a cause. Continue reading

How to Gift A City

How to Gift A City

It’s no secret that I love New York City so much I try to force everyone else to, from over-planning visitors’ stays to over-gifting I “heart” NY shirts. While NYC is one of those things you can’t fit into a box—both because it’s overwhelming and something you have to see for yourself—several occasions have prompted me to try to. Continue reading

Why I got on the plane anyway

Why I got on the plane anyway

The last time New York City had a hurricane on the way all the panic and grocery store raiding turned out to be a big waste of time, as expected from we Floridians. So when I left for Nashville in October and heard murmurs of a maybe, could be follow up, I thought nothing of … Continue reading