Museu Calouste Gulbenkian: An Unsung European Gem

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian

It’s inescapable. Capital cities = Museums. Newcomers disembark on foreign soil to find countries proudly sitting astride layer upon layer of historic eminence with burgeoning assemblages of art cased throughout and all laying claims that their […]

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 face it – we all know I have rambling tendencies when it comes to blog post intros). Let’s […]

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 mind as I reached the top of what may possibly be the world’s longest escalator […]

Springtime On Historic Stone Street In New York City

stone street nyc

I am excited to share this article as part of Eventbrite’s Hometown Hunt Project highlighting my favorite local hangout. Eventbrite is a wonderful online platform that helps people find events in their area and allows them to easily […]

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 entrenched in the travel writing community, but I can’t help noticing the […]

Adopted by the Scottish (and Maybe a Brit or Two)

Edinburgh Castel

Kristen – 0 Scotland – 1 Ok so maybe it’s not fair to give myself zero points because it felt more like a victory. Well, at least it felt like a win last night. Today […]

10 Reasons Living In The Financial District is AWESOME

Seaport Living in the Financial District Rocks

Oh. One of those small but heavily loaded words that somehow manage to carry more conviction and meaning than words nine times its size. Oh. Disappointment. Oh. Lame Oh. That’s all? Oh. That’s not the answer I was […]

Downtown Pensacola: The New ‘It’ Destination Of The South

The Tin Cow in Downtown Pensacola

Move over downtowns of Savannah, Charleston, and New Orleans, there’s a new southern rival in town and its name is Pensacola, Florida. I can already envision the open mouth, slack-jawed look on my friends’ faces as they […]

Accidentally (Ok So Purposely) Sneaking Into The Pensacola Historic Village

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 trespassing in a neighborhood that’s been around since the 1500’s really count as a crime? […]

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 past hour at LaGuardia, I’ve seen uncontrollably stuffed bags fat-shamed on the scale resulting […]