10 Things to Pack in Your Travel Medicine Kit

If you adventure hard enough, you’re going to want (and need) at least a small medical kit with you. I personally measure the awesomeness of a trip by how many bruises I get (and how f*ed up my mani/pedi is at the end). Bonus points for breaking skin.  Even if you don’t intend to adventure…

Introducing Stay Nauti

With absolute joy, I’m proud to introduce you all to Stay NautiTM, a brand that I’ve been building quietly behind the scenes for over a year. Born out of my love of all things water and fueled by my desire to share that love with the world, I’ve created fun hats, visors and totes that…

Adventure, Party of 2

My love for solo travel knows no bounds—the freedom and empowerment of escaping to a far away destination alone is simply exhilarating. But after leaving my plus one stateside for my last two adventures, I knew it was time to take the plunge into traveling as a party of two. I’ve said it before, and…

If It Doesn’t Challenge You, It Doesn’t Change You

  When was the last time you took a leap of faith? Went outside of your comfort zone? Did something that scared you? It’s all too easy to fall into a routine. Routines can be good. They give us cadence and predictability. And in a world where unpredictability swirls around us like a hurricane, routines…

I Kissed a Ray, and I Liked It

Circling back to my #mostepicadventure in Grand Cayman, I share with you one of the coolest experiences of my trip: visiting Stingray City. In actuality, Stingray City is a sandbar. In the middle of the ocean. It’s not an enclosed habitat where all the creatures have been trained to be around humans. It’s a place…

On Life Mottos and Foreign Grottos

At any given moment, I’m exactly where I’m meant to be. That has been the guiding motto of my life for over a decade, and I plan to keep living by it. There’s a certain peace I get in trusting—and celebrating—the poetry and patterns of life. In a month where I will find myself somewhere…

Adventure, Party of 1

At the intersection of hope and fear, we find adventure. That’s precisely where I found myself last week when I was 37,000 feet above the Caribbean heading out on my first solo international trip. My mood was a healthy mix of nerves and excitement. Excited because I was heading to an island I’d long wanted…

Travel Tale: Go with the Gondola

Gondolas. One cannot think of the city of Venice without picturing those long, skinny and beautifully crafted boats and their perfectly uniformed gondoliers. As my husband and I were preparing for our trip to Italy a couple of years ago, we struggled with the question of whether or not to spend money on a gondola…

Swimming with Sharks…Literally

For most of my life, I have been afraid of swimming in the ocean. Maybe it was the giant wave that sent my six-year-old self tumbling head over heels through the surf, maybe it was the stingray I almost stepped on in middle school, or maybe it was that time one of my high school “friends”–knowing…