Culture Shock: German Dancehall Music

When you think about German music, I bet a few different beats come to mind. The oom-pa-pa of the polka. The oons-oons-oons of Berlin techno. The heavy metal clashing of Rammstein, or a childlike, ethereal voice counting red balloons. What I bet you don’t hear is the melodic riffs of Caribbean dancehall music. And that’s…

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Where to Celebrate Halloween in the USA

Bring out your dead! It’s my favorite time of the year, and the time when I’m pining most to be back in the States…Halloween! Last year I collaborated with The Flyaway Life on a list of haunted getaways all around the United States. So if you love tricks, treats, and travel as much as I do, give it a read!

5 Haunted Getaways in the USA

Palosanto: The Best Tapas in Barcelona

We stumbled on Palosanto on one of the many tapas and pintxos crawls we undertook to discover where to eat in Barcelona. Tucked into a bend on Rambla del Raval (and not too far from El Gat de Botero, a sculpture I can only assume is based on Simon’s Cat), Palosanto appears pretty unassuming from…

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Where to eat in Barcelona

In a foodie city like Barcelona, there’s no excuse not to eat well. But Barcelona is also full of tourist traps. So where should you eat in Barcelona? We rounded up a list of our favorite pintxos, tapas, and paella in this incredible city. First, what’s what to eat in Barcelona? Pintxos: Also spelled pinchos,…

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What to Know Before You Go to Oktoberfest

It’s fall in Germany, and that means one thing: Oktoberfest. Despite having lived here for three years already, this year marked my first trip to Oktoberfest—the real one, anyway! In just one weekend, I learned a lot about the do’s, don’ts, and history of this storied festival. Here’s everything you’d want to know before you…

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Would you visit Saudi Arabia?

Two years ago, I was talking to a friend about our bucket list destinations. Russia was (and is) high on my list. “I have no interest in Russia,” my friend said. I expressed surprise. “Think of the history, the art, the architecture,” I argued. “I don’t want to give my tourist dollars to Putin’s government,”…

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Featured On: Written From Interviews

I recently chatted to Megan and Luis from Written From as part of their ongoing interview series. I talked to them about why I love being on the move, how I fund my trips (despite major student loan debt) and schedule the time off (despite a demanding full-time job), and how I’d define my “travel philosophy”. Check it out here!

Best Places for Asian Food in Berlin

Coming from San Francisco, I wasn’t expecting to have a huge array of good options for Asian food in Berlin. Lo, to my surprise, there are some incredible Asian restaurants in this city. The trick, however, is finding them. Search Google, and you’ll get an Asian restaurant on every corner. Some are true gems. But…

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Working Out in Berlin

German culture is deep into fitness and wellness of all kinds, so finding options for working out in Berlin won’t be a problem. (A good thing, considering all the options for food in Berlin!) With everything from hula hooping to spin classes to personal training programs, there’s something for everyone in this diverse city. Working…

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Travel Inspiration: State Hall of the Austrian National Library in Photos

I have a small confession to make. On my first trip to Vienna, I tried to find this mythical library. It was meant to be the most beautiful thing a bibliophile could ever bear witness to. But I…couldn’t find the door. And by the time I did, it was closed for the day. No chance.…

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