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Top 5: Barcelona, Spain

  • October 17, 2017

While I’ve not had a chance to do much traveling through Spain, I get the impression that Barcelona is quite different from anywhere else in the country. (I mean, a lot of them want to leave the country altogether.) But Barcelona has a distinct charm to it. It was the first city I traveled to on my first big-girl trip without adult supervision (an epic backpacking trip with my good…

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Food & Drink

Lunch at Bay Street Biergarten

  • October 11, 2017

When I saw that we were having lunch at Bay Street Biergarten in Charleston, I assumed we’d be grabbing a beer and a quick bite to eat before continuing on with our day. Au contraire! It turned out we were diving into a six-course tasting menu of Bay Street’s most popular dishes. As a biergarten, it was only fitting to enjoy a beer with my meal. They offer a few different options: you…

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Top 5: Charleston, South Carolina

  • October 1, 2017

I recently returned from a trip to Charleston, SC sponsored by the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and so many amazing local businesses. We had the best time! Not only did I get a chance to meet up with other writers (mostly from NY, hah!), but I got a great taste of what Charleston is like. Tourism in Charleston continues to grow exponentially, for good reason — it’s home…

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Sightseeing

The Best Hiking in the Hudson Valley

  • September 11, 2017

I’ll kick this off by saying that hiking has not always been one my favorite activities. Let’s call a spade a spade: it’s just walking uphill. But as I’ve hiked more, I’ve come to appreciate not only the view from the top, but also the meditative process of taking in nature along the way. While the Adirondacks and Catskill Mountains get the most press for hiking in New York (and…

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Top 5: Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • September 1, 2017

Amsterdam is a funny, interesting little city. It rains an awful lot, which seems depressing on the surface but kind of fits in with the vibe of the place. It’s a little dreary, a lot quirky, and has a peculiar charm to which I was very drawn. While you don’t necessarily need a ton of time to see all the sites here, I can think of worse cities to spend…

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Top 5: Coffee Shops in Brooklyn

  • August 23, 2017

This post is sponsored by Hotel Planner. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Atlas Abandoned up and running! When you’re a freelance writer, you tend to spend a lot of time hanging out in coffee shops. Sure, I could just as easily guzzle gallons of coffee from the comfort of my own home, though the definition of comfort ranges wildly, depending on which part of the world I…

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Life on the Road

On Loneliness While Traveling

  • August 16, 2017

There is a line from Oh, The Places You’ll Go! that often occurs to me while I’m traveling: (Uplifting, no?) Being alone doesn’t necessarily mean feeling lonely (an important distinction, I think), but for most people, being alone tends to be an uncomfortable experience. We’re so used to being surrounded by family and friends, whether physically or electronically, that being alone can feel strange. It can feel overwhelming at times. When…

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Food & Drink

Eating Your Way Through New Orleans

  • August 9, 2017

Have you ever traveled to a new city just to stuff your face with all of its culinary delights? If you haven’t done so, I highly recommend heading to New Orleans and giving it a try. Crescent City is home to many things – the National World War II Museum, Mardi Gras, and parades that seem to pop up out nowhere – but its incredible, indulgent cuisine is perhaps its biggest…

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Top 5: Paris, France

  • August 7, 2017

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young [wo]man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” – Ernest Hemingway While my feelings about Hemingway are mixed (*cough*misogynistic asshole*cough*), the man had a way with words and his prose about Paris sums up my feelings quite well. It seems no matter where I…

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