Why I Am Never Moving Back To Southern California

You can’t go home again, or so they say. I never really understood what that meant until I finally left mine, and I want to tell you why I'm never moving back. But before I begin, I need to clarify that this is in no way a hate letter to California. On the contrary, California has a huge place in my heart and always will. But for the sake of writing this, California could easily...more

Everything You Must Do When You’re Visiting New York For The First Time If You Only Have the Weekend

New York City with its ever growing neighborhoods, impressive museums, historical sites and limitless restaurants, can never really be seen in one trip. When you've visiting New York for the first time, planning your trip may seem overwhelming. Especially if you just have a few days to see the city. It's amazing though, how much you can actually squeeze in to one weekend in New York if you're willing to not waste any time and...more

What Are The Best Things To Eat in Paris? Try These 3 Life Changing Restaurants.

If you're looking for the best things to eat in Paris, the list is probably never ending. The French are however known for some truly jaw dropping dishes. They also set the standard for most high end cuisine. I've never considered myself a picky eater, but I have never been that adventurous either. When I first started traveling, I was committed to branching out of my comfort zone and trying some exotic dishes. That wasn't...more

You May Never Want to Leave Portugal After You Have These Perfect 3 Days In Porto

If you're planning a trip to Portugal, you absolutely cannot miss visiting Porto. I can't say enough good things about this place. It was easily my favorite city in Portugal the first time I visited, and even after a second trip, this incredible city remains at the top of the list of my all time favorite places. You really only need 3 days in Porto to see all the major highlights. A bit of a...more

If You’re Wondering Where To Eat in Porto, Try These Four Restaurants

Most travelers have a hard time picking their favorite city. At least I know I do. But if you backed me into a corner and made me choose I would probably pick Porto. I was the kickstarting city to a pretty big adventure so it holds real emotional value for me. But it's also home to some of my favorite European foods, which is why I came up with a list of where to eat...more

The Palacio das Cardosas Hotel is Where You Should Stay in Porto and Here’s Why

If you're looking for the perfect place to stay while you're visiting Porto, you won't find any better hotel than the Palacio das Cardosas Hotel. It is centrally located right in Liberdade Square and makes for a great starting point for whatever you want to do. It's also steps away from the São Bento train station for where ever your next adventure takes you. Even though the rooms aren't cheap, I worked around that to...more
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My 10 Step Guide To Moving To New York City Alone With Nothing (Because You Can)

I moved to New York City five years ago from California with nothing more than a little chunk of change and a (practically) strangers couch to crash on. It had been something I had been talking about doing for my entire life and I was finally done just talking. It was time for me to make moving to New York city alone a reality. I was 26 years old at the time, a college graduate,...more
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If You Want to Find the Best Cruise in Halong Bay, Here is Why You Shouldn’t Go Cheap

Halong Bay is the highlight of a Northern Vietnam trip. For anyone who has been to Hanoi and found it as stressful as I did, a breathtaking boat ride through this UNESCO world heritage site will make it all worth it. But if you want to find the best cruise in Halong Bay, here's why you shouldn't do it on the cheap. To begin, choosing a cruise company to host the adventure is daunting. The...more
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The Best Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City, Including the Cutest Cafe Ever

Finding amazing food and charming cafes is one of my favorite things about traveling. In Vietnam, I was looking for cheap street food and noodles drowned in a variety of different broths. I was surprised in Ho Chi Minh City, when I also stumbled across amazing craft beer, hidden cafes and delicious egg coffee. If you're looking for some of the best restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City, this list will give you a good...more
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Top Things To Do On Your First Trip To Ho Chi Minh City

I was surprised how much I loved Ho Chi Minh City. With all the anticipation I had building around Hanoi and Hoi An, I almost considered skipping it all together. Perhaps my lack of excitement was exactly why I found myself enjoying it so much. Maybe it was because I had such a great travel companion. Maybe it was because it was my last stop in Vietnam and I was sad to leave.  Perhaps it...more