Argentina’s weird and wonderful world of yerba mate

If you want to make an Argentine laugh, tell him that mate is a sparkling, berry-flavored energy drink that comes in a yellow can. Yeah, you know that brand I’m talking about. In Argentina, where mate (pronounced “mah-tay”) is the best part of waking up, the beverage stays true to its original form: a hot, bitter, caffeinated herbal soup prepared inside a little hollowed out … Continue reading Argentina’s weird and wonderful world of yerba mate

Insider tips on how to find cheap flights

Is there a trick to finding cheap airfare? Well, yes and no. I know that’s an annoying answer. But after years of ticket searching practice for short and long trips in diverse parts of the world, I would say there are various tricks you can use depending on your individual circumstances. What worked for your friend when he booked his vacation may not work for … Continue reading Insider tips on how to find cheap flights

Hanging out (and drinking and eating) in France’s Medoc wine region

Armelle Cruse and Martine Cazeneuve are two women from the famous Médoc wine region of Bordeaux in France who believe that it’s time for Bordeaux’s ancient châteaux and cellar doors be flung wide open to tourists. Part of a small women’s wine tourism group known as Les Médocaines, Armelle is a born and bred Bordeaux babe. One of five daughters who live in the family’s … Continue reading Hanging out (and drinking and eating) in France’s Medoc wine region

Road Trip to India, from Spain! Well sort of.

Finally, I was taking my boyfriend to India, after many months of planning and waiting and visa applications and passport renewals. Finally, he would experience and understand the chaos, and food, that I knew and loved so much. Because we were wrapping up a Workaway gig in Spain right before the India trip, we had tickets for a 6pm train from Alicante to Barcelona on … Continue reading Road Trip to India, from Spain! Well sort of.

Live abroad for FREE with a house sitting gig

  Several years ago, a friend living in Brooklyn told me that she had stayed for free all summer in a swanky, upper east-side NYC apartment. All she had to do was feed two cats. That’s it. It was a friend of a friend of a friend kind of connection. I couldn’t believe it! I’d heard about this house sitting thing, but it seemed way … Continue reading Live abroad for FREE with a house sitting gig

On Italy’s Abruzzo coast, you can dine out on the open sea

The trabocco dinner might just be one of Italy’s best kept secrets. That’s because you can only experience it while hovering over the waves of the Adriatic, out past the rocky shoreline in Abruzzo, the country’s least explored region.   Luckily, I was able to visit the area recently and discovered that near the scenic town of San Vito Chietino (30 minutes from Pescara, 2.5 hours … Continue reading On Italy’s Abruzzo coast, you can dine out on the open sea

Squid on a Stick & Monkey Islands: 9 Tips For Your First Visit to Thailand

Heading to Thailand for the first time and need some ideas? After spending time in Chiang Mai, Bangkok and the beach town of Pranburi, I’ve got some tips to share with you. But the most important advice: EAT! Eat as much of the street food as you can physically manage, walk around for 15 minutes and then go eat MORE. Don’t worry, you can’t get … Continue reading Squid on a Stick & Monkey Islands: 9 Tips For Your First Visit to Thailand