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Girl at Ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Bali

How to Be an Eco-Friendly Traveler

As of December 2014, I’ve traveled to 82 cities in 18 countries and have few regrets… besides not being a more eco-friendly traveler. This earth is a gift to us and as traveler we should always hold it in high-esteem. That means being more conscious of the impact we make not only on nature, but on animals and people too. Here’s to practicing what I preach going forward…

Girl on a riverboat in Borneo, Indonesia

8 Easy Steps to Save Money for Travel

Let’s face it, the holidays were brutal on your bank account. This may be an annual occurrence, but do not despair — you can still reach your travel dreams in 2015. It will require sacrifices, but more than that, it will require planning. I never recommend going into debt for leisure travel. It’s much better to save, then travel. Follow these ten easy steps and start traveling!

Gifts for travel lovers

Gifts for the Travel Lover

Admit it, your shopping this month also included a few gifts for yourself. Whether you’re wrapping your last present or still searching for the perfect gift, you’ll want to check out my hand-picked items for the travelista in your life — especially if that’s you!

Girl in leather dress on bench at hotel in Guam

Travel Blogging 101: Finding Your Niche

Five years ago blogging was a totally different ball game. There were fewer players and even fewer rules. Now there are millions of bloggers and readers have even shorter attention spans. The bar for bloggers is at its highest ever. This makes finding a niche absolutely essential. In fact, it’s the first step to starting a successful blog. I know, because I started a few unsuccessful blogs before I found my niche, quit my job, and started making more money blogging than I did working full-time.

Enter to win a trip to Australia!

Win a Trip to Australia! (I’m entered, are you?)

Tropical North Queensland is giving away a trip to Australia to film a travel documentary. Are you an aspiring travel TV host? Enter to win. Please LIKE and SHARE my entry to film Australia’s wildlife and nature scene in Tropical North Queensland. The entry with the most likes and shares is automatically a finalist! View…

2014 in Review: My Year of Travel

2014 in Review: My Year of Travel

This was one of my busiest years for travel and that’s the way I like it! In 2014, I discovered some of my favorite new destinations, covered an international music festival, and wrote a cover story for one of the world’s largest travel publications (more on that coming soon). Not to mention the fact that I started Global Girl Travels!

15 Things to Do in Ann Arbor, Michigan

15 Things to Do in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Having grown up in Cincinnati, Ohio, I love college towns. It still came as a surprise how quickly I fell in love with Ann Arbor, Michigan. Home of the University of Michigan, this historically-preserved walking town has a seemingly endless supply of hip coffee shops, quirky specialty stores, and yes, turn-of-the-century architecture. I visited most of…

How much do travel bloggers get paid?

How Much Do Travel Bloggers Get Paid?

Thousands of travel-loving pragmatists are sitting at their desks right now wondering how to quit their jobs and become professional travel bloggers. It’s possibly the millennium’s most romantic job — and the most misunderstood. I know because I’m a travel blogger.

Warm & Chic Winter Coats

I so rarely get to wear coats — or any warm clothes — living on a tropical island set at a perpetual 86 degrees. I’m not complaining. I turn into a 90-year-old scoliosis nightmare in cold weather, but secretly I kinda miss it. I miss winter wardrobes and dusty snow covered houses. I miss snow days and watching movies and drinking hot chocolate.

SHINJUKU GYOEN NATIONAL GARDEN, Tokyo, Japan

What To Do with One Day in Tokyo (PHOTOS)

I’ve had two extended vacations in Tokyo as well as a couple of single-day (or less) layovers. It’s a safe, eclectic destination and one I recommend you see at least once. These are my pics for the top activities if you have just one day to spend.