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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.

9 movies that inspire travel

9 Movies That Inspire Travel

It’s no secret that I’m a film buff. In fact, watching foreign films had a lot to do with my desire to travel. I cannot get enough of travel films, documentaries, and shows. The movie picks below are just a few of the most inspirational (and stylish) in exotic settings like Italy, France, Iceland, and Egypt….

Nataly Dawn and Jack Conte of Pomplamoose signing in Chicago, Illinois at Lincoln Hall.

Watch Pomplamoose Live in Chicago

By now you should know that I’m a die-hard indie music fan. Pomplamoose are the very definition of an indie (independent) band, having started and sustained a five-year career first as a YouTube cover duo, now as a multimedia band producing its own songs, tours, and even spawning a company, Patreon. I first wrote about Pomplamoose years ago on Dignity Zine.

Brown lemurs grooming at Bronx Zoo, New York City

A Day at the Bronx Zoo, New York City

For years, I didn’t visit zoos. I was so upset at the deplorable conditions at the Dallas Zoo (among others), that I just stopped going. When the Hubs and I were first dating, he organized a date at the Bronx Zoo and because I was smitten, I agreed to go. We actually fell in love that day, somewhere between the giraffes, the bamboo, and tram. Perhaps it was the romance, or maybe it’s just because the Bronx Zoo seems to have humane enclosures, I decided to visit zoos again. The Bronx Zoo is one of my favorites (up there with the Singapore Zoo). A few Aprils ago, we went back to the Bronx Zoo and took these photos.

Man in robe in Marriott hong Kong hotel room

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Travel Sales

The great thing about shopping for travel? Not getting trampled by a soccer mom at Walmart! Now’s a good time to sign up for emails from travel vendors (airlines, hotels, tour companies, etc.) and follow them on social media.