Recent Trails

5 Effortlessly Photogenic Places

I'll just start off by saying that I'm not a professional photographer nor have I ever taken a professional photography class (although I definitely plan to) so take my list of photogenic places with a grain of salt.Having worked as a travel writer and blogger over the past three years, I've had[...]

Boho Trails

  • Waterfalls and Fall Foliage in Plitvice Lakes

    The two hour drive from Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park was a gloomy one. The skies were cloudy from an early morning rain and it seemed like the closer we got to our destination, the gloomier it became. Almost as if the skies were playing a little trick on us, the clouds began to clear right[...]
  • Crazy Creative Street Art in Zagreb

    I only spent two days in Zagreb but luckily I managed to see an absurd amount of innovative street art before leaving. Our group was a bit unlucky with weather during our time in Zagreb but when the sun did shine, it was simply glorious. On my last night in town and during the last remaining hour of[...]
  • 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 [...]
  • Photo Highlights from Maui

    I had always heard great things about Maui and Hawaii in general so my expectations were already pretty high. Yet, I don't think it sank in until my plane began its descent into Kahului Airport and the vibrant green valleys that make this island so unique began to appear. From that moment I was tota[...]
  • Fashion Guide to NoLIta

    I had so much fun writing my hipster guide to the Lower East Side that I decide to make it a series. There are so many amazingly fascinating neighborhoods in New York and each deserves a little praise once in awhile. Today's guide is all about NoLIta, or North of Little Italy to be exact. This is ar[...]
  • 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[...]

Avant-Garde Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Guide to Québec City

For my latest Neighborhood Guide I've chosen Québec City. From the newly revamped Saint-Roch neighborhood to the historic streets of Quartier Petit Champlain and Vieux-Québec, this French Canadian city has many faces. If you have time, try to visit these major neighborhoods but otherwise, this guide should give you an idea of which spots you will gravitate toward most.Saint-RochLet's start[...]

Guide to London Street Markets

It's no secret that I'm more than slightly obsessed with London. I may have only lived there for six months but I go back whenever I can because it really does feel like my second home. As a struggling American student trying to survive a bad exchange rate, I relied on markets for many of my clothes and household items. Here are my favorite London markets worthy of the avant-garde traveler.Por[...]

5 Underrated New York Neighborhoods

Every once in awhile I feel especially inspired to write about my home away from travel. That would be New York City, where I've been based for just over three years now. I've lived in a few different neighborhoods but some of my favorite NYC spots are rather underrated, even among locals.Here are 5 Underrated New York Neighborhoods Worth a Visit1) SoHo Beyond BroadwayI have to specify[...]

Neighborhood Guide to Berlin

Berlin is an endless blur of inspiration. From trendy Mitte to the hipster haven that is Kreuzberg, here are five of my favorite Berlin neighborhoods to appeal to the avant-garde traveler. If these few don’t spark your interest, I’ve included a couple other areas that are also worth a bit of exploration.KreuzbergLocated in the former West Berlin near the River Spree Oberbaumbrücke bridge, [...]

Neighborhood Guide to Helsinki

Compared to other global cities, Helsinki is relatively small in geographic size and population, making it easily navigated by foot or bike. During my stay in here, I got to know the different neighborhoods fairly well. Each is unique in its own way and adds to the innovative complexity of the city as a whole. Here are five of my favorite Helsinki districts for the avant-garde traveler.Designk[...]