What's your travel style?

My travel style is high-low: I'll splurge on experiences like hot air ballooning in Cappadocia or taking a boat cruise in Santorini, but I also don't need to stay at luxury hotels every night. The majority of my nights are stayed in Airbnbs (get $40 in travel credit when you sign up here). But I'll seek out accommodations that have unique character or offer a one-of-a-kind experience, like a cave hotel or an agriturismo

When I'm on the road, my priority is soaking in a destination: wandering little neighborhoods, trying the street food, hanging out in parks, finding locals' watering holes, etc. I might have a handful of "must-do's" in a city, but I rarely have a timed itinerary of sights and activities to cross off my list. I don't mind having a reason to go back. 

I do research restaurants heavily, and I'll always say yes to a detour to wine country—I'm obsessed with Douro Valley and can never get enough of Napa/Sonoma or Tuscany. I'll usually mix in a little outdoors and adventure (mostly scuba diving and hiking). I love scenic train rides, but roadtripping is my favorite!

Where have you been?

Taiwan, Japan, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, the Philippines, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech, Hungary, Slovakia, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Luxembourg, Ireland, England and of course, the U.S. 

Of my travels, my favorite places have been:

  • Tokyo, Japan, which feels a little like home

  • The Greek islands of Paros and Santorini

  • Turkey, for its incredible landscapes and rich culture

  • Portugal's stunning Douro Valley

What camera do you take your photos on?

My blog photos are taken either on my Sony A6000 or my iPhone 8+, mostly by me!

Who do you travel with?

I typically travel with Mike, my significant other. I also frequently travel with my girlfriends—though less so as we get older. I've traveled solo a handful of times in Ireland, England, Italy, Mexico, and Japan, as well as various cities in the U.S. for business.