Photographing local residents isn’t so simple.Wendy Simmons September 18, 2017It was as if joy had somehow managed to come full circle. I   …Read More

According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, a record-breaking 1.2 billion tourists traveled abroad in 2015, 50 million more than in   …Read More

Tapir in the Madidi National Park
Bolivia | October 27th, 2016

On Sunday, I was trying to summon a Tapir in the Madidi National Park, in the Bolivian Amazon. This is when I   …Read More

Hey Younger Me,It’s me, your older self. I’ve been asked to write you a letter that foretells the myriad accomplishments and setbacks   …Read More

When it comes to travel, few things can ruin a vacation faster than money. Vacation is meant to relieve stress, not induce   …Read More

Why I Travel the World Alone
New York | April 29th, 2016

I’ll never forget the day I checked in for my flight to Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I was at   …Read More

10 Tips for the Road Less Traveled
New York | June 27th, 2016

If you’re like me, off the beaten path is the only path. But despite the obvious advantages of taking the road less   …Read More

Have you heard the story of the cobbler’s children? You know, the one about a cobbler who’s always so focused on making   …Read More

America the Beautiful… Fun & Food
New York | June 2nd, 2016

When it comes to traveling, I spend most of my time visiting places outside of the United States, which is a shame   …Read More

Hold the Pastrami
| May 12th, 2016

“Wake up girls! Who wants to go to Tastee Diner for French fries!” my mom announced rhetorically one night around midnight from   …Read More

Traveling with a friend may seem like a no-brainer when it comes to bright ideas, but even your best friend can get   …Read More

The Day I Hit the Wall in North Korea
New York | May 2nd, 2016

Chapter 15 ExcerptTHE DAY I HIT THE WALLI didn’t remember selecting “Concrete Wall” from the list I’d been given when choosing activities   …Read More

Next Stop: North Korean “Normal” People
New York | April 27th, 2016

CHAPTER EIGHTNext Stop: Normal PeopleI was sitting on the Pyongyang Metro interrogating Older Handler. As usual, I was trying to get to   …Read More

You just know some things are wrong. Being shaken down by a Buddhist monk at a thousand-plus-year-old temple is one of those   …Read More

Advice for Travelers From a Traveler
New York | April 12th, 2016

I’ve been to 85 countries and therefore consider myself to be a fairly seasoned traveler. Today I offer you advice on a   …Read More

The Ride of Their Lives
New York | April 8th, 2016

Dear Hillary and Bernie,I know you’ve both had your share of problems this week with our fine city’s MTA not “Going Your   …Read More

Tips for Making Long-Haul Flights Fly By
New York | April 6th, 2016

Is a long-haul flight looming in your future? Are you dreading it? Don’t! Long-haul flights are like listening to the new Justin   …Read More

Travel Addict Needs Her Fix
| March 29th, 2016

I haven’t been out of the country since I returned home from Chad in northern Central Africa on January 2nd and for   …Read More

When I was 14, I spent the summer living in Los Angeles, in Studio City. During this time, my entire goal in   …Read More

A Locals’ Guide to Eating Out in L.A.
New York | March 17th, 2016

Los Angeles has over 8,000 restaurants, spread across 503 square miles, offering every cuisine imaginable, and then some.Which is why on my   …Read More

How to Get Fixed Up
New York | February 27th, 2016

I love independently exploring the world because of all the unique, authentic, and awesome experiences and adventures I’m able to privately enjoy   …Read More

Okay so there’s absolutely no way to make coach class feel like business class because coach class sucks.Continue reading “How to   …Read More

Freedom Trumps View at 30,000 Feet
New York | February 16th, 2016

I love the view at 30,000 feet. It’s one of the greatest things about flying. But unless the flight is under two   …Read More

As someone who travels a lot, I can say with zero authority, but 100% certainty, that these are literally the most useful   …Read More

Jerks on a Plane
New York | February 2nd, 2016

I don’t know what it is, but something about flying seems to turn otherwise genteel, intelligent, sentient beings into thoughtless bullies and   …Read More