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Hi, I’m Kristen.

A published travel writer who accidentally entered the writing world via a bottle of tequila. I’m drawn to participating in local cultural practices in cities the world over; whether it’s attending local gondola race award ceremonies in Burano or getting stoned on the fringes of the Middle Eastern desert with new Omani friends. These experiences are what this site is all about. You won’t find your typical Top 10 lists here. Instead you’ll find experiential and off-the-beaten-path travel guides along with anecdotal tales of the people you’ll meet along the way.

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I’m Currently in London, UK

Eating prawn and mayonnaise sandwiches, pubbing around town with old English friends at night, drinking endless amounts of English Breakfast tea in the mornings, and writing my a** off while preparing for the launch of a new travel project and relaunch of this site (be patient with the silence kiddies – the soft launch is only 3 weeks away!).

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Monthly Preview: What I’m Getting Up To In June and July Two months ago I wrote my monthly preview post while sitting inside a cozy cafe in Notting Hill, London. I had just flow...

The Port Wine Tradition of Portugal’s Douro Valley In honor of National Wine Day today, I’m sharing the below article I wrote for Coastal Lifestyle Magazine a couple...

Pinhão, Portugal

On Arrivals: Here, There, and Everywhere in Liverpool On Arrivals is a nonfiction travel narrative series on the blog. Arriving in a new place can be thrilling, scary, joyous...

Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

Things To Do In Oman: A 7 Day Itinerary Remember last year when I mentioned my alter ego? The one I call Tina? You know – the annoyingly responsible...

Sur, Ash Sharqiyah North Governorate, Oman

Monthly Preview: What I’m Getting Up To In April Cliff Note fans rejoice – this is going to be the shortest roundup I’ve ever done. Mainly because I am SO FR...

Monthly Preview: What I’m Getting Up To In March 2017 I’m currently living every romantic comedy-lovers dream sitting alone at a cafe in Notting Hill.  The birchwood table sc...

Hudson, New York: Things To Do in NYC’s Newest Borough I know what you’re thinking – “OMG no way! New York City has a new borough? That’s sooooooo AWES...

Hudson, New York, United States

Monthly Preview: What I’m Getting Up To In February 2017 It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these. Namely because I made a conscious decision to discontinue my...

An Unbiased View on What Trump’s Immigration Ban Means for American Travel UPDATE February 5, 2017: A federal judge blocked President Trump’s immigration ban on Friday. The US federal appea...

A Look In The Rearview: My Top 16 Experiences Of 2016 I know I know I know – my annual New Year’s Eve post is 2 weeks late! I’m as bummed as you are. Actual...

On Arrivals: “This is F****** Paris?” On Arrivals is a new travel narrative series on the blog. Arriving in a new place can be thrilling, scary, joyous, nerve...

Paris, France

15 Gifts for Travelers That Aren’t Totally Cheesy “What do you want for Christmas?” “Money.” “Ok, but what else do you want for Christmas?...

Table for One in Calistoga: Traveling Solo in California’s Romantic Napa Valley “Oh you’ll just love Napa. It’s beautiful. Romantic. Is someone meeting you there?” Trapped beneath the weight of her ga...

Calistoga, CA, United States

The Travel Bucket List Quest: Checking Off Numbers 73 – 75 Last week I shared the results of this year’s Reader Survey and summarized the biggest requests I received from a...

2016 Reader Survey Results: The Good, The Bad, And What I Plan To Do About It Three things ran through my mind when making my Annual Reader Survey live last month: 1.) Am I delusional for thinking p...

Off The Beaten Path Experiences in Budapest, Hungary My initial impressions of Budapest are unintelligible. The nondescript thoughts forever preserved on the coffee-stained...

Budapest, Hungary

Monthly Preview – What I’m Getting Up To In August Ok I’m just going to admit it. You know, just come clean. Rip off the band-aid. Beat the world and all their judgm...

An Evening of Whimsy at The Magic Castle in Los Angeles “OHHHHPENNN SESAMEEEE” I jumped, the voice startling me.  Craning my neck, I sought out its source. Where did he come fr...

The Magic Castle, Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, United States

48 Hours In Washington DC: An Insider’s Guide Summer stresses me out the same way pumpkin spice lattes do. Don’t get me wrong, I love anything procured from a can of...

Washington, DC, United States

Monthly Preview: What I’m Getting Up To In July 2016 Hi. My name is Kristen Sarra and it’s been 24 days since my last flight. The first 5 days proved the hardest. Upon...

Riding In Cars With Omanis Our white Toyota sat off to the shoulder of the main thoroughfare, halted onto a softened dirt enclave. From my view in...

Sharqiya Sands, Ash Sharqiyah North Governorate, Oman

Monthly Preview: What I’m Getting Up To In June 2016 In my March Monthly Preview post, I wrote about how my April/May plans were overshadowing everything else. My excitement...

The Trip That Changed My Life Charity Book Project Occasionally someone will get really drunk and message me with some nonsense about how I inspire them. The liquor course...

Oman: The Paradise You Never Knew Existed When I first announced that I’d be heading to Oman instead of my planned trip to Montenegro, all the conversations went...

Muscat, Muscat Governorate, Oman

Because Dubai Crafting a story on Dubai isn’t the easiest of achievements.  All the angles have been covered more times than drunken f...

Dubai - United Arab Emirates

A Glimpse of Local Life on the Outskirts of La Antigua Guatemala Having never touched down on Central American soil before, I boarded the shared shuttle departing Guatemala City’s airpo...

Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Guatemala

Monthly Preview: What I’m Getting Up To In April 2016 I’m the definition of neurotic right now. Sitting in the corner of my neighborhood coffeeshop stuffing napkin after napk...

How to Prepare and Pack for the Acatenango Volcano Hike Occasionally I do something really out of character like stay sober long enough to write a blog post that’s comple...

Sacatepequez, Guatemala

Climbing the Acatenango Volcano in Guatemala: A Lesson in Adventure and Friendship “So Kristen, what kind of things do you like to do when you travel?” “I like to climb s***.” “Really? What kind of s***?...

Acatenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala

Monthly Preview: What I’m Getting Up To In March 2016 In an act of total transparency, I want to confess that I’ve been bullying the month of March and exposing it to the col...

What Does It Mean That I Still Don’t Like Miami, Florida? Since the beginning of time (ok, so since circa 2014) I’ve been casting pessimistic shade over Miami, Florida. I don’t k...

Miami, Florida, United States

Monthly Preview: What I’m Getting Up To In February 2016 Hi from 30,000 feet in the air! To be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about this whole wifi on planes thing. In a world...

A Brooklyn Beer Crawl With GPSmyCity Plus A Giveaway! Winter is no longer coming. It’s here. It’s lingering. And February is still in its early snow-induced coma. My blood ru...

Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Crashing the Gondola Race Awards in Burano, Italy I’m not exactly what you would call a foodie. I mean don’t get me wrong, I like food. Correction – I’m OBSESSED with foo...

Burano, Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Monthly Preview: What I’m Getting Up To In January 2016 Before you say anything, let me first admit that I am all too aware that it’s the middle of the month – ergo...

Finding Venetian Culture In Venice I’ve mentioned before on this blog that Italy and I are in a complicated relationship.  It goes back 9 years when I was...

Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Time and Place Combinations: A Travel Destination For Every Month Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life. Yeah, ok we get it. Our friends quote this to us after bad breakups,...

A Look In The Rearview: My Top 15 Experiences in 2015 I find it slightly ironic that I’m writing a post on my top travel experiences of 2015 while smack dab in the middle of...

6 Ways To Be Completely British In London This Christmas So ya’ll know I’m basically British, right? Well, except for the accent. And the whole ancestral lineage thing. You know...

London, United Kingdom

Monthly Preview: What I’m Getting Up To In December 2015 I’m sitting here in London on day number 30-something of my 60 days of travel doing the most Americanly basic thin...

Day Hiking In The Scottish Lowlands I like to think words and I get along pretty well.   There’s never a shortage of adjectives in my arsenal; prepositional...

Blairlogie, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Towns of Stirling, Scotland Geography totally failed me this week. Ok, ok, I digress – there may be the slightest chance that I was the one wh...

Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom

24 Hours In Edinburgh Without Any of the Sites I have a habit of doing things every which way backwards. Remember “opposite day” in grade school? The one kids made up...

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Monthly Preview: What I’m Getting Up To In November 2015 Is the whole Rip Van Winkle effect stuck in hyper drive or something? Seriously. How did it already get to be November?...

A Day in Red Hook: Brooklyn’s Isolated Neighborhood Being a Manhattanite, I have always had a too stigma about Brooklyn. As in it’s just too too. Too many subway rides away...

Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY, United States

150 Things Locals Do In New York City UPDATED May 22, 2017: I update this list every six months to keep things fresh as NYC is constantly changing. This basic...

New York City, NY, United States

A Bank Holiday in Brighton and Hove From the people who brought you the terms wanker, knackered, and kerfuffle – you’d certainly think the Brits would...

Brighton, England, United Kingdom

Discovering Hammersmith and Chiswick: A Different Side of London This article was originally written for the Apr/May issue of Coastal Lifestyle Magazine and was my first commissioned fr...

Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Happy 1st Birthday To The Blog! It’s not everyday you impulsively quit your job, get seriously drunk, go home with a random (yet incredibly sexy) ...

Canyoning In Peneda-Geres National Park, Portugal Travel is treacherous. Seriously, it should rip a page from America’s drug commercial culture and come up with its own d...

Peneda-Gerês National Park, Ponte da Barca, Portugal

Slowing Down in Porto, Portugal There comes a defining juncture in every traveler’s life when they’re faced with the monumental choice of whether to mov...

Porto, Portugal

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian: An Unsung European Gem It’s inescapable. Capital cities = Museums. Newcomers disembark on foreign soil to find countries proudly sitting...

I Don’t Know About You, But I’m Feeling 22 … In Lisbon Ok, let’s get real and talk about Taylor Swift for a hot second (or for the next 547 words because let’s fac...

8 Unforgettable Ways To Experience Lisbon, Portugal In what universe could there ever possibly be enough time? That was the first panicky sentence that whirled through my m...

Lisbon, Portugal

Springtime On Historic Stone Street In New York City If there is one thing New Yorkers can’t stand – it’s winter. Sure they may ‘ooo’ and ‘aah’ over the first snowfall...

Stone Street, New York, NY, United States

The Importance of Honoring Your First Travel Bucket List Is it just me or have Travel Bucket Lists been getting a really bad rap lately? Maybe it’s a causality of being too entr...

Adopted by the Scottish (and Maybe a Brit or Two) Kristen – 0 Scotland – 1 Ok so maybe it’s not fair to give myself zero points because it felt more lik...

Stockbridge, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

10 Reasons Living In The Financial District is AWESOME Oh. One of those small but heavily loaded words that somehow manage to carry more conviction and meaning than words nine...

Financial District, New York, NY, United States

Downtown Pensacola: The New ‘It’ Destination Of The South Move over downtowns of Savannah, Charleston, and New Orleans, there’s a new southern rival in town and its name is...

Downtown, Pensacola, FL, United States

Accidentally (Ok So Purposely) Sneaking Into The Pensacola Historic Village I’m not a criminal. Really. Did I do a criminal-like thing? Absolutely not. Well, ok…maybe. Kind of. I mean does trespas...

Pensacola, FL, United States

A Look In The Rearview: My Top 14 Experiences in 2014 Airports are the BEST THING EVER. I know it sounds crazy but seriously, I love them. What’s not to love? In the pa...

8 Places to Shop in New York City For Unique Holiday Gifts I suck at pretty much everything. For those of you who have been following along, you already know I dance like an awkwa...

New York City, NY, United States

A Local’s Guide To Eating Your Way Through Chelsea Market, NYC Really, it’s not my fault – this massive fixation I have with every little morsel, crumb, or scrap of edible...

Chelsea Market, 9th Avenue, New York, NY, United States

Lies My Travels Told Me – Luwak Coffee, Bali Like all human beings, I’ve been hurt before – by boys, friends, grandparents, siblings, pets, cracks in the...

Bali, Seminyak, Badung Regency, Indonesia

How Not To Ride A Bike Through A Balinese Village – Part 2 If you’ve already read Part 1 of this epic saga, we had left off with me flailing about in the bushes trying to un...

How Not To Ride A Bike Through A Balinese Village – Part 1 I’ve mentioned before that I have unbelievably terrible luck while on organized tours (although if truth be told,...

Bali, Ubud, Gianyar, Indonesia

Caption This – Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia A few weeks ago I posted my first ‘Caption This’ with every intention of having it be an uncomplicated one n...

Uluwatu, Sanur, Denpasar City, Bali, Indonesia

A Disastrous Tourist Affair at the Blue Note in NYC I Told You So. The most gratifying word combination in the Oxford-English dictionary. Do I like saying them? Yes (let...

Blue Note Jazz Club, West 3rd Street, New York, NY, United States

10 Reasons To Rent A Jeep On Fraser Island, Australia I’ll admit, I’m not the best when it comes to organized tours. My attention span doesn’t allow for the...

Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia

The One Where They Finally Went To Central Perk The One With My Own TV It was back in the 9th grade when kids still used to play outside in the azalea-bush-turned-fort...

13 Things The New York City High Line Taught Me I’ve already mentioned my own personal 7th level of hell known as ‘entertaining friends from out of town’ and chro...

Caption This – Potts Point, Sydney, Australia So I’m really really really sick. Not like ‘I’m sick of my boss for giving me work while I’m in...

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

When Your Favorite Restaurant Suddenly Becomes The Worst You remember what it felt like losing your virginity? That anxious pressure bred from the need of desperately wanting to...

The Battle of the Butcher Birds in Hervey Bay, Australia Preface Growing up in a time warp that very few people manage to escape from meant that I spent the first 18 years of my...

Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia

Re-branding Me, Myself, and I (Oh and the Blog Can Come Too) So yeah I have major ADHD. Like cannot-stay-in-the-bathroom-2-minutes-to-brush-my-teeth-much-less-sit-in-a-dentist’s-cha...

The Wonderful Wizarding World of PotterCon PotterCon So I’m definitely at least 3/4th of a nerd (ok fine – 15/16th of one).  If you’re not one of my close fr...

The Bell House, 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Myth-Busting In The Lone Star State Due to several factors that I’ll bore you with in a future post, I recently had to take a month long hiatus from m...

7 Things To Do in 7 Hours In Sausalito, California As amazing as New York City is 99.9% of the time, there is still that tiny .1% where it just completely sucks – ma...

Sausalito, CA, United States

Five Lessons From The FDNY So I’ve experienced many weird (and for lack of a better word ‘different’) things since moving to New York City. Cliché...

Nomination Time: Liebster Award It’s only been a short 3 weeks since I entered the wonderful world of travel blogging and I’ve loved every minute...

Sunset Salsa at Hudson River Park UPDATED 6/28/2016 The only thing more fun than watching a bunch of drunk people try to dance is watching a bunch of ston...

Pier 45, New York, NY, United States

New York City and Drag Queen Bingo Ok so bingo can sound pretty dull – think community halls filled with senile little old biddies (sorry if you’re reading...

(Le) Poisson Rouge, Bleecker Street, New York, NY, United States

Saying Goodbye (sort of) to the Whitney Museum: A Day of Jeff Koons Can you believe there is not one museum in all of New York City? Ok so that’s obviously a lie – it’s just that it’...

WHITNEY MUSEUM, Madison Avenue, New York, NY, United States

Burlesque: A 1930s Experience in Modern Day New York City Burlesque. A word reminiscent of an earlier time evoking taboo imaginings of women performing seductive acts in a small,...

Nurse Bettie, Norfolk Street, New York, NY, United States

Bastille Day: A Taste of France in New York City One thing I love most about Americans is their love of holidays. Well, that and any excuse to drink during daylight hour...

East 60th Street, New York, NY, United States

A New York City 4th of July Growing up in the South (yes there are parts of Florida considered the ‘South’), July 4th was always kind of a big deal....

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