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Hi, I’m Kristen.

A published travel writer exploring the quirks and traditions of small towns and seeking out authentic cultural practices even in the most touristy of places. This is a lifestyle travel blog for the off-the-trodden-road warrior, travelers searching for a deeper connection, and those wishing to discover the underbelly of each country they visit. Join me as I try to blend into the world.

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I’m Currently in London, United Kingdom!

Swooning over Jude Lawesque accents, riding double decker buses, strolling the Thames, playing in the lovely neighborhood of Angel, and embarrassing myself in pubs.

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London, United Kingdom

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

A Glimpse of Local Life on the Outskirts of La Antigua Guatemala A Glimpse of Local Life on the Outskirts of Antigua de Guatemala: Chicken Buses in one of the outlying villages Having never touched down on Central American soil before, I boarded the shared shuttle departing Guatemala City’s airpo...

Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Guatemala

How to Prepare and Pack for the Acatenango Volcano Hike 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 Climbing the Acatenango Volcano in Guatemala - view from the summit just after sunrise “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 Mornings at base camp during the Acatenango hike 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? Beach views from Soho house Miami 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 Monthly Preview February 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! A Brooklyn Beer Craw with GPSmyCIity 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 Attending 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 NYC Subway Ride 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 Finding Venetian Culture in Venice - discovering local experiences in Italy's most touristy city 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 Colored rooftiles of reykjavik 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 Burano Italy 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 Christmas in London 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 December Preview 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 Trekking to the Summit of Dumyat in the Stirling Region of Scotland 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 Rainbow over 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 24 Hours in Edinburgh - Wandering through Greyfriars in the early morning 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 Monthly Preview: What I'm Getting Into 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 Sunny's Bar during a day in Red Hook 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 Grand Central New York City is where every contradiction goes to seamlessly merge together in an almost unnatural sync that’s echoed i...

New York City, NY, United States

A Bank Holiday in Brighton and Hove Hove beach huts 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 Hammersmith 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! blog birthday 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 Peneda-Geres National Park 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 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 Museu Calouste Gulbenkian 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 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 Lisbon 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 stone street nyc 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 Iceland 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) Edinburgh Castel 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 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...

Financial District, New York, NY, United States

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...

Downtown, Pensacola, FL, United States

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 trespas...

Pensacola, FL, United States

A Look In The Rearview: My Top 14 Experiences in 2014 Vietnam 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 christmas I suck at pretty much everything. For those of you who have been following along, you already know I dance like an awkwa...

A Local’s Guide To Eating Your Way Through Chelsea Market, NYC Chelsea Market 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 IMG_0970 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 IMG_1092 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 IMG_1111 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 In the nasally voice of James Blunt..."Goodby my lover, goodbye my friend, you have been the one, you have been to one for me..." 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 blue note 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 Before the massive wave hit. 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 friends_5229c55239054f665c359b6b189a0c44 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 IMG_2468 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 "But first...let me take a selfie" 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 wrong 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 IMG_0230 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) typewriter 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 fi2 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 texas1 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 Sausalito 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 IMG_2191 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 liebsteraward-720x320 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 salsa The only thing more fun than watching a bunch of drunk people try to dance is watching a bunch of stone cold sober ones...

Pier 45, New York, NY, United States

New York City and Drag Queen Bingo 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 featured 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 at Nurse Bettie's 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 blogmime 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 Damn those office buildings - this was the better viewpoint 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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Hello London! After 11 days in the arid Middle Eastern desert, I can't wait to indulge in a cool pint at my neighborhood pub. Speaking of beer, did you know women invented it? Men of the world - you're welcome. ... See MoreSee Less

Happy #NationalBeerDay! Turns out women were behind one of the greatest inventions in history: beer.

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I'm so sad that today is my last day in Oman. The country blew me away and is hands down the most beautiful place I've ever been. I'm going to miss the deserts, camels, cliff-side beaches, clear wadi pools, the local hospitality, its stunning architecture, and road tripping through unparalleled scenery with my best friend. I've never been more excited to write about a destination. Oman, I'll be back! ... See MoreSee Less

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Just got back from an incredible 3 day camping trip in Oman. No phones. No wifi. Just us sleeping beneath the Arabian sky on the desert sand. More pics and posts to come. Now heading to the turtle reserve at Ras Al Jinz! ... See MoreSee Less

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