Recent Trails

Photo Highlights from Jamaica

It's hard not to go camera crazy in a place like Jamaica. Everything from the blue skies to the yellow and pink sunsets are just screaming to be photographed. I've narrowed down my favorite pictures to the eight shown in this post. For more wanderlust, make sure to check out my Jamaica Millennial Gu[...]

Neighborhood Guides

  • Neighborhood Guide to Portland

    Although I was only in Portland for a few days, I did my best to explore as many neighborhoods as possible. If you've never been to Portland, let's start with some basic orientation to help get your bearings. The city is divided by the Willamette River, with the more walkable neighborhoods on the we[...]
  • Fashion and Design Guide to Stockholm

    Stockholm is hands down one of the most design-oriented and fashionable cities I've ever visited. Artistic expression is seen through the clothes people wear, the food they eat and the galleries they frequent. With so much creativity going on, I decided to do a fashion and design guide rather than m[...]
  • Hamburg's Hippest Neighborhoods

    Hamburg is most definitely a neighborhood city so as expected, I had a field day biking through them all. For the most part, Hamburg is already pretty established yet there are many changes in the works to drastically modernize the city as a whole. Many of the neighborhoods have or are currently exp[...]
  • Guide to Nashville's Creative Art Hubs

    As I mentioned in my other Nashville post, many of the cool neighborhoods are not within walking distance of downtown so I definitely recommend renting a car or at splurging on a taxi to visit at least one of these areas while in town. Exploring Nashville's innovative art hubs was a major highlight [...]
  • 5 London Neighborhoods for the Avant-Garde Traveler

    I've written about London neighborhoods before and that's because there are so many fabulous ones to explore. During my semester abroad, I spent any free moment I had simply wandering around London. Similar to New York, I found that each area had its own distinct personality and that's not the case [...]
  • Neighborhood Guide to Kyoto

    I found Kyoto very manageable, especially compared to a larger city like Tokyo. I spent three days exploring the different neighborhoods, sampling local food and people-watching whenever my legs needed a break. Kyoto has a good number of neighborhoods and just like other cities like New York and Lon[...]

City Guides

10 Reasons Portland is Just the Coolest

Earlier this month I finally checked Portland off my travel bucket list only to discover that I want to check it off again and again. This city is effortlessly fascinating and everything from the gritty street art to the farm to table culinary scene tops the charts. If you're from Portland you probably already know that it's the epitome of cool but for those of you who are planning a visit, hopefu[...]

Inspiring Urban and Green Spaces in Berlin

Having just returned from Berlin for the second time in less than two years, I'm even more determined to make this fabulous city my home one day. In many ways, Berlin reminds me a lot of New York. It has the same contagious energy that lures people (like me) back time after time. Yet, Berlin has a few things that New York lacks and its these differences that makes the biggest impact. Firstly, the [...]

5 Things Sweden Will Teach You About Life

While my trip to Sweden was a short one, I still learned a few life lessons along the way. Ever since traveling to Norway two years ago, I've been fascinated by Scandinavian culture and lifestyle so naturally, I was a tad overjoyed to be spending a few warm, Spring days in and around Stockholm. While some of my findings aren't really findings at all, I still wanted to point them out. Travel is all[...]

5 Things that Surprised Me About Maui

In many ways I got Maui right. It's beautiful, the landscape is unreal, the people are happy and the lifestyle is laid-back. But I also got some things wrong and that's exactly what I'll be addressing in this post.Culture is EverywhereHawaii is part of the U.S although many people think you need a passport to get there. I've never made that mistake but I can understand the confusion, as it[...]

Maui Culture Reflected Through Color

Long before arriving to Maui I wanted to do a post about how the island's culture is reflected through color. Granted, I knew very little about Maui but all signs pointed toward blue skies, green valleys and flower leis in all shades of the rainbow. All this turned out to be true, but I also learned a lot more about Maui's unique history and fascinating traditions.Blue = water, sky and surf [...]