Visiting the Jardim Botânico in Rio de Janeiro

Country 19: Brazil | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! Rio de Janeiro is perhaps the most awesome city I have ever visited, with heavy emphasis on the awe. It is the very definition of urban jungle, with plenty of concrete and plenty more greenery. But tucked between the beaches and…

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Why You Should Visit Singapore

Country 18: Singapore | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! My trip to Singapore was more or less a stroke of supreme luck—almost fairytale. An uncle I met on my trip to the Philippines happened to be stationed in U.S. navy housing in Singapore, and offered to fly me out for a…

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Postcard from “Back Home”, the Philippines

Country 17: The Philippines | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! One of the things I love, in principle, about America is that you can be any kind of American: Filipino-American, Swedish-American, Afro-American, Chinese-American. In theory, you keep the country of your heritage looped in with your identity as an American. My…

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Why you should visit Thailand for Loy Krathong

Country 16: Thailand | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! Planning a trip to Thailand? There are two very Thai festivals that might pop up on your radar. One is Songkran, which is the Thai new year and is a riotous celebration with people flinging, shooting, dumping, and dunking water onto everyone…

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Trip Tips: The Best Ways to Spend a Long Layover

Country 15: Taiwan | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! I used to hate long layover flights. Between the overused airport bathrooms, uncomfortable seating, and ridiculously expensive food and beverage options, there’s little to look forward to. It was only when flying into Taipei that I first appreciated the better ways a…

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Travel Inspiration: Chichén Itzá in Photos

I visited Chichén Itzá, the ancient Mayan city in the Yucatan Peninsula, back in 2010. (so young! So tan!). It was the first time I’d seen something so ancient and monumental—made even more dramatic by a deafening thunderstorm that drenched the site for a solid hour during my visit. My two favorite spots within the…

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Where to Find the Best Tapas in Mallorca

Tourists flock to Mallorca for the beautiful beaches, crazy party scene (okay, maybe this is just the Germans), and wild scenery, but it’s still possible to take in some of Spain’s food culture in a quieter, more intimate way—and try the best tapas in Mallorca while you’re at it. In Palma’s Sa Gerreria district (just…

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Lessons I Learned in Paris

Country 12: France | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! April 2009 — Paris, France   Paris. There’s no other city like it—(perhaps because we keep saying there’s no other city like it). I spent four days in that city and cannot even begin to claim that I have seen it.…

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Things We Are Not Taller Than: Milan, Italy

Country 11: Italy | This post is both part of my 30×30 series (read more here!) and part of my travel traditions series (read more here.). “What a wonder it is! So grand, so solemn, so vast! And yet so delicate, so airy, so graceful! A very world of solid weight, and yet it seems …a delusion…

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The Art of Alphonse Mucha

Country 10: Czech Republic | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! One of my biggest regrets from my trip to Prague was missing out on the Mucha Museum. Prior to visiting the Czech Republic, I’d had no idea that the artist famous for most of the French Art Nouveau pieces…

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