Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been borderline obsessed with marine mammals but I certainly wasn’t unique in that sense; many children dream of becoming marine biologists when they grow up. In fact, for a good decade, I wanted nothing more than to work as a marine mammal trainer at SeaWorld. Oh, how times have changed! While my stance on animal captivity has taken a 360-degree turn, my love for ocea[...]
 
 
Ever since learning about Crystal River early last year, it's been on the top of my travel list. While my main focus for coming to Citrus County was to interact with manatees in a safe and natural environment (more on that next week), that ended up being only one facet of my trip.Plantation on Crystal River proved the perfect home away from home. It has all the conveniences I've grown accustom[...]
 
 
Making the move to the west coast meant many things: warmer year-round weather, more expensive rent and, of course, easy access to Napa Valley and Sonoma County. When I lived in New York I really didn't take advantage of nearby day trips and I didn't want the same thing to be true of San Francisco. In the last year, I've made it to Napa three times and while I'm certainly no expert, I've rounded u[...]
 
 
New Orleans continues to be a hub for artists, designers, and musicians. Perhaps best known for its annual Mardi Gras celebration, the city has plenty to offer in terms of culture and entertainment any time of year. From flavorful Creole cuisine and inventive cocktails to live jazz performances and local artisan markets, here's a boho guide to NOLA for any savvy and stylish traveler. Go beyond Bo[...]
 
 
New Orleans was every bit as magnificent as I hoped. While I'm sure it would be pretty memorable to explore NOLA during Mardi Gras, I'm actually really happy that my first visit was during a relatively quiet week in early December. I still got to experience the chaos that is Bourbon Street but I also got to ride (literally) in style.What brought me to New Orleans was a very special Hilton Hote[...]
 
 
Before heading to Toronto early last month, I had already heard about the city's coolest neighborhood, West Queen West, and was eager to explore it firsthand. For those unfamiliar with what Vogue deems the world's second hippest neighborhood, it's basically a one-stop-shop for everything trendy. I toured the area on a rainy afternoon and even with overcast skies, I found myself returning the next [...]
 
 
November started off with a bang in Paris where I celebrated my 28th birthday and the fun continued on to Toronto. I had the pleasure of speaking at an impressive fashion & beauty blogger conference called at SPARK Sessions about the Power of Google+. It was an amazing experience and one that both challenged and excited me and I'm looking forward to filling you all in on that a bit later. Stay[...]
 
 
Turismo de Mexico has a new campaign that just launched and it is seriously making me want to book a last-minute plane ticket to Puerta Vallarta stay there indefinitely. In terms of my own Mexico travel, I've been to Cozumel and the Los Cabos area and while both of those trips were truly memorable, there is still a huge chunk of the country that I have yet to see. Although this video is only 60 se[...]
 
 
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 west side and the slightly more spacious, residential neighborhoods on the east. If you remember from [...]
 
 
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[...]
 
 
As I quickly learned upon landing in PDX, Portland is a city that is constantly innovating itself while never shedding its "weird" appeal. Personally, Portland has interested me because there is so much going on in terms of organic produce, farm-to-table cuisine and beer trends but that's just scratching the surface compared to what I experienced while on the ground. I discovered that Portland is [...]
 
 
Later this month (May 31 to be exact) I hit a major life milestone. I will have lived in New York City for five years. Honestly, I have to pat myself on the back because it's not always easy to live in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Choosing a profession of travel writing isn't exactly a walk in the park either. That being said, I wouldn't trade these last five years for anything. [...]