North America

Lower East Side History

Lower East Side History: In Pictures and Stories

I’ve heard it said so many times: “the United States has no history”. I’ve even head that statement from Americans themselves. Usually when they’re exploring Europe. But those who make this claim clearly haven’t given the matter much thought; and they’ve certainly not spent any time in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Visit this trendy neighbourhood today and it’s easy to miss the… Read more →

Lower East Side history is a tale that has unfolded over centuries from immigration to cultural diversity to food traditions, depression and progression.... Read more →
3 Days in San Diego: What to See and Do

3 Days in San Diego: What to See and Do

With a history that pans back over 10,000 years, 3 days in San Diego might prove a bit of a challenge if you’re trying to squeeze everything in…but it’s going to be a fun challenge. I arrived in San Diego after several months in Mexico and despite plans to spend only a couple of nights in the city (it was, after all, my second… Read more →

From the harbour to Gas Lamp, beaches & La Jolla, here's how to spend 3 days in San Diego, complete with recommendations for where to eat, drink and sleep.... Read more →
Best Destinations for solo female travelers part 2

Best Destinations for Solo Female Travelers (Part 2)

Want to know what are the best destinations for solo female travelers? In this two-part article I share my top 10 recommendations. You can find 1 to 5 in part 1 here. 6. Mexico If you’ve visited my blog before, you’ll know that I’m fanatical about Mexico and, like Italy, it’s a country that keeps drawing me back. It upsets me… Read more →

Want to know what the best destinations for solo female travelers are? Here are my recommended places after exploring over 50 countries around the globe.... Read more →
Best Destinations for Solo Female Travelers

Best Destinations for Solo Female Travelers (Part 1)

What are the best destinations for solo female travelers? It’s a good question and one I’ve given a lot of thought to. I travel as a solo female traveler about 98% of the time. I travel around 9 months per year. And I’ve been doing that for over four years. Oh, and I’ve visited over 50 countries. I’m not telling… Read more →

Want to know what the best destinations for solo female travelers are? I've traveled to over 50 countries, usually alone. Here are my recommended places.... Read more →
Greenwich Village Food Tour

Italian Food in NYC – A Greenwich Village Food Tour

The last time I ate Italian food in New York I was taken to a tourist joint just off Times Square, which felt a little bit like walking onto a replica set of the Godfather. Diners were sat with red-checked waxy napkins tucked into their collars, twirling and forking colossal mounds of tomato drenched spaghetti and fist-sized meatballs into their mouths. As I sat down and donned… Read more →

Every wanted to taste authentic Italian food in New York City? Then take a greenwich village food tour - where we went and what we ate, in pictures.... Read more →
Lake Austin Spa Resort Kickstart Fitness

How to Kickstart Fitness Without Sacrificing Happiness

Looking to kickstart fitness in the New Year…or any time of year? After decades of having ‘get fit’ on my New Year’s Resolution List, I’ve finally found a way to kickstart a new fitness regime without sacrificing happiness.    I can’t recall which of my 38 years was the first year that ‘get fit’ made it onto my New Year’s Resolutions list, but… Read more →

Looking to kickstart fitness? After decades of trying, I've found a way to kickstart a new fitness regime in just a few days without sacrificing happiness.... Read more →
Pictures of sunsets

2014: My Year Told In Pictures of Sunsets

As the sun (almost) sets on 2014 I’m so happy to be sitting here writing these words: “I’ve had an amazing year of travel”. They’re the kind of words that can make people want to push your smug little face into the dirt, but I hope you’ll forgive my boasting because my amazing year of travel came directly off the… Read more →

With over 50 countries visited, I see a lot of sunsets and yet they still manage to inspire me. Here's my 2014 travels shown in pictures of sunsets.... Read more →
Best Things To Do in Washington DC

Best Things To Do in Washington DC in 3 Days

My first trip to Washington DC was a bit of a write-off. Arriving in the Capital from New York in July, the first thing that hit me was the humidity. I consequently spent the first day shopping for clothes befitting a tropical island in the Pacific, my second day I hid out in a bar that was deliciously cool, had… Read more →

Wondering what are the best things to do in Washington DC? Plan your trip with this 3 day itinerary including hotel and food recommendations.... Read more →
Visit Nasa

The Ultimate Travel Destination: Space and Beyond

I’ve recently become a little obsessed with a different kind of travel: space travel. As a child and teenager, science used to bore me. I thought it was a subject for boys (feminism came to me a bit later) and I just didn’t get it. However, in the past year, I’ve come to re-assess that view as science has shot way… Read more →

Space is surely the ultimate travel destination but until we mere mortals can get there, I decided to visit Nasa and a few other stops on a US Space Odyssey... Read more →
where to eat in New Orleans

What & Where to Eat in New Orleans: An Itinerary

Want to know what and where to eat in New Orleans? From fancy lunches complete with 25¢ martinis (yep, you heard me right) to the best breakfast in New Orleans (hint: beignets) – brunches, lunches, dinners and cocktails, I spent a week expanding my waistline in the Big Easy to bring you this 7-day itinerary of what and where to eat in… Read more →

Want to know what and where to eat in New Orleans? From 25 cent martinis to the best gumbo, jambalaya, po' boys and brunch, here's a 7-day eating itinerary.... Read more →