Sep 132015
I LOVE the Corning Museum of Glass in Finger Lakes, NY

I have a new favorite museum, and it’s not a traditional one. The Corning Museum of Glass in the Finger Lakes region of New York is the largest display of glass art in the world, smacking you in the face with over 3,500 years of pieces you never thought possible from such a taken-for-granted material. Come with me as we explore the treasures this building holds!

Did you know that the Corning [...Read More!]

Aug 062015
My New Favorite State Park: Watkins Glen, Finger Lakes

“HOW DOES THIS EXIST?!” I gasped as we stood on the overlook gazing at the slithering stone ravine below, the thundering waterfall ahead, and emerald trees above. “I thought this was going to be some dinky little meadow, not the most out-of-this-world spot I’ve seen in years!”

I suppose I should have seen this greatness coming well before arriving for our five-day Finger Lakes, New York trip. In a 2015 USA Today poll, Watkins Glen [...Read More!]

Apr 232015
Times Square, New York City in the Middle of the Night

It was midnight, I was walking alone through Times Square, New York, and all was right with the world.

What brought me there this week? My husband, baby, and I have been traveling in Manhattan for vacation, and on Sunday, I was afforded a solo night out to meet up with my travel blog mentor. When dinner was over, I decided to walk the 50 blocks back to where we were staying.

You can guess where [...Read More!]

Oct 052014
Visiting Niagara Falls, NY in Half an Hour with a Baby

“WHOA!” I yelled to my husband as we zipped down the highway from Boston to Ohio to visit family. “Do you realize that we’re just a few miles away from Niagara Falls?!”

“Yup,” said Colin. “You’ve never seen it before?”

“No, I’ve never seen it!” I replied breathlessly. “We HAVE to go, even if we only have half an hour before we need to get back on the road.”

Colin nodded as he took the exit [...Read More!]

Feb 232014
New York Travels: My First Night Away From Baby

I was shaking with emotion as I boarded the train for New York. My bag cut into my shoulder, laden with the supplies I suddenly must lug as a new mother traveling without her baby for the first time.

I took my seat as the train slid out of Boston, and breathed as sigh of relief as the familiar feeling returned: My heart soaring up out of my body with the ecstasy [...Read More!]

Dec 242010
Illegal Thai Fruit, Odd NYC Veggie, and Ghana Intensity

Exactly one year ago, I was almost arrested in Bangkok, Thailand for bringing an illegally smelly fruit onto a public train.

You can read the whole dramatic story by clicking here, but the short version is that durians (giant, monstrously spiky fruits common in Asia) smell so horrifically bad that there are signs all over public transport in Southeast Asia warning against carrying them.  And I did.  And a Thai policeman nearly [...Read More!]

Nov 282010
Crazy Mystery Thanksgiving Food Photo Contest!

Exactly a year ago, I was spending Thanksgiving alone in Northern Thailand, quietly eating stir-fried vegetables in a Chiang Mai restaurant.  It wasn’t lonely or bad, honestly.  But that said, I truly appreciated that this year I could spend America’s special Stuff Yourself Holiday with beloved family and friends in New York and Philadelphia!

Now on to the contest promised by the heading of this article.

During our New York Thanksgiving awesomeness, my [...Read More!]

Jul 222010
On Risk: From Homelessness to a Four Diamond Hotel

“I feel terrible for you!” sighed Sherry, watching me lug my suitcase through the sultry New York streets.  “I’m so sorry we have no place for you to sleep tonight!”

I chuckled.  “Literally,” I said, “this is the hundredth time I’ve showed up in a city and had nowhere to stay.  And yet, miraculously, it always works out in the end.”

Sherry looked dubious and murmured, “I really hope you’ll be all right.”

It [...Read More!]

Jun 302010
What Happened at The Giant TBEX10 Travel Blog Conference and Why it Matters

It’s fitting that the TBEX10 world travel blogger conference occurred in New York City on the same weekend as the NYC Gay Pride march.  If you are a blogger and are passionate about it, to reveal this to others has a distinct air of “Coming out.”

When you reveal your big secret for the first time, how will the listener react?

Will they judge you? Will they try to dig up information they [...Read More!]

Jun 192010
How to Not Dumbly Waste Money in RTW Travel

Nicholas Kristof’s fascinating recent New York Times article about unwise budgeting by some of the world’s poorest families, “Moonshine or the Kids,” reveals a truth that applies to all classes of humans around the world: We’d each have a whole lot more money if we stopped spending piles of it on silly things.

That in mind, let us take a tour of the stupid things I did and didn’t spend money on during my nine [...Read More!]