My Top Bars and Cafés in Melbourne, Australia

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Photo by Linda Xu

Looking for somewhere to grab a drink or a bite in Melbourne? Well, let’s be real: you probably won’t be looking for long. This Australian city is packed to the gills with cafés, bars, restaurants, dives, markets, stalls, food trucks, and holes-in-the-wall (hole-in-the-walls?) that cater to nearly every budget, style, and preference. Finding a great bar or café in Melbourne is like finding hay in a haystack. READ MORE +

Good Hikes in New Zealand for Not-Quite-Hikers

Good Hikes in New Zealand for Not-Quite-Hikers

When it comes to the outdoors, on a spectrum from “about to climb Mount Everest” to “Shelley Long in Troop Beverly Hills,” I reckon I fall somewhere in the middle.

My family actually used to do a fair amount of camping and hiking all over the United States when I was a kid, and though I didn’t always enjoy it, I’ve probably retained at least a few skills (I can pitch a tent, and maybe start a fire on a good day, if someone else chops the wood and it’s not raining too much and YOU JUST LEAVE ME ALONE FOR A SECOND). That said, I still spent more of my summer vacations in front of the television than my mother would have liked. READ MORE +

What to See and Do in Overijssel, Netherlands

What to See and Do in Overijssel, Netherlands

Raise your hand if you’ve heard of Overijssel before. Anyone?

Well, it’s a good thing I’m here.

Overijssel is a province in the east of the Netherlands, and it’s been my adopted home for the last two and half years. One of the reasons I started this blog was to share this part of the Netherlands with the rest of the world; and it’s high time I gave a proper introduction. READ MORE +

Boldly Going Where Practically Everyone’s Gone Before: An Ode to Hot Spots

An Ode to Hot Spots

Considering I live in the middle of nowhere (at least, as middle-of-nowhere as you can get while still living in the Netherlands), it may surprise the casual reader to hear I don’t make a habit of avoiding popular places.

To the contrary: I might live in the Dutch countryside, but I take pretty much any excuse to go to Amsterdam. I’ve blogged about Parc Guell in Barcelona, the London Eye, and Hamburg’s Christmas markets. I spent seven months in Melbourne and more than two years in Queenstown, New Zealand. Clearly, I have zero qualms about visiting big tourist destinations. READ MORE +

Unexpected Moments from West Coast Australia

Unexpected Moments from West Coast Australia

Travel bloggers are notorious for telling you not to plan. I know.

We’re always like, “Just get lost! See what happens! Go with the flow!” And then we post 3,000 words on how much we love organizing our trips, the perfect day to book your flight (57 and 1/2 days in advance, in case you were wondering*), and the 37 apps you should download before you go. But aside from that, don’t plan a thing! READ MORE +

Celebrating and Critiquing the Women’s March + Links


Photo by Austin Schmid

When I opened up my social media feeds this past weekend, I was blown away.

Blown away by just how many people were out on the streets on Saturday protesting hate, inequality, and injustice. Blown away by the photos of the crowds, the witty signs they made, the powerful words they spoke and posted. Blown away by the sheer size of it, not just in DC or across the US, but around the world. I saw some amazing awareness, compassion, understanding, and support taking place, and it warmed my heart. READ MORE +