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a market vendor in Hoi An, Vietnam. Photo courtesy of Anita Breland of Anita's Feast.

25 Real Tips for Women Traveling Solo

A recent article from The New York Times has been making the rounds in Facebook travel groups. Written by Shivani Vora, it’s called “Tips for Women Traveling Solo, From Dining Out to Hotel Safety.” The title is misleading. Rather than a collection of tips, the article is an interview with Suzanne Randolph, founder of Alix…

Three reflected roseate spoonbills at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image via Flickr by Matthew Paulson

Visiting Orlando: 8 ideas that aren’t Disney

Disclosure: The following is a partnered post; I received payment for writing it and including a link. All opinions, however, are my own! What’s the first word that pops into your head when you hear the word “Orlando”? Unless you’re an Orlando Bloom fan, chances are you thought of Disney World. I enjoyed Disney World…

Coron, Palawan, the Philippines

Trip of a Lifetime: Bloggers Pick their Must-See Destinations

For this collaborative post, I asked fellow travel bloggers about their idea of a trip of a lifetime: If a person who’s never traveled far from home asked you to name the one place they should visit on their one and only trip ever, what would you say? I got so many different answers! I’ll start…

close-up of the American flag, representing the American Dream

Watching America Fall Apart on my Renunciation Anniversary

This entry is part 23 of 23 in the series US citizenship

One year ago today, I renounced my US citizenship. Here in the Netherlands, since last week’s US elections, friends and colleagues often ask me “Are you glad you gave up citizenship?” I always say “Yes!” but that’s a lie. I didn’t want give up citizenship then, and I still feel sad that I had to…

Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia. Image via Flickr by Hector Sanchez

Atlanta beyond “Gone with the Wind”

Disclosure: The following is a sponsored post; I received payment for writing it and including a link. All opinions, however, are my own! If you mention Atlanta to me, I picture Gone with the Wind: stately rows of homes in the city, antebellum mansions in the countryside. Fragile, pale white women wear corsets and bell-shaped…

This artwork in the lobby, called "Unearthed" and created by Frank Bender, lends a face to the people buried in the African Burial Ground.

The African Burial Ground of NYC

New York City’s African Burial Ground National Monument has an interesting history. Or, rather, two histories: one of the people who were buried there, the other of the rediscovery of the graveyard and the establishment of this monument. Rediscovery of the African Burial Ground In the process of preparing a building lot for a new…

a view of Manhattan from the Manhattan Bridge, New York City

New York City: A Photo Essay

For a while I’ve been meaning to create some photo essay posts. Whenever I write about a place I’ve visited like New York City, (for instance, about the High Line Park, or two small museums in New York City, or free or cheap things to do in New York City), I choose pictures that best illustrate…

Marina del Rey sunset. Photo by Yesenia Hinnaoui via Trover

Cities Less Traveled: Exploring Marina Del Rey

Disclosure: I am a writer for Hipmunk, and wrote the following article for the #‎HipmunkCityLove Project. Los Angeles is one of those places that everyone wants to visit someday, to see the stars on Rodeo Drive, visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or see the original Disneyland. The city is very spread out, though, and…