Sightseeing

Travel Ethics: Animal Tourism in Southeast Asia

  • December 11, 2017

Instagram recently added a feature to its search function that prompts a warning message when someone is looking for certain animal-related hashtags: If you click “Learn More,” you’re taken to the Instagram help page, which provides information about environmental and ethical concerns associated with interacting with wild animals. Having spent a significant amount of time living and traveling around Southeast Asia, I’m no stranger to attractions like riding elephants or…

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Top 5: Jeju Island, Korea

  • November 20, 2017

Jeju is a volcanic island located off the coast of mainland Korea, just a quick one-hour plane ride from Busan. It’s a popular vacation destination for Koreans, and is filled with gorgeous hiking trails, offbeat museums, and beautiful beaches. I went there while I was teaching English in Korea, mostly because it was so conveniently located and my vacation time was limited. It turned out to be an awesome trip,…

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Food & Drink

The Best Asian Food in Queens

  • November 13, 2017

If you’re a first-time visitor to New York (or second, or third, or tenth), you’ll probably spend a lot of time exploring Manhattan’s most delicious dining spots. With over 24,000 eating establishments on the island alone, you could spend a lifetime eating your way through its impressive number of restaurants and never reach the end. But if you’re interested in Asian food, I recommend you head out of the city…

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Hiking in Mecca Hills Painted Canyon

  • November 8, 2017

I recently returned from a work trip to southern California, and was able to spend a little time adventuring around before I returned to New York. One of the coolest things I did was go hiking with my coworkers at Mecca Hills Painted Canyon, located just outside of Palm Springs. Before you even consider doing this hike, be sure you’re driving either an SUV or a rental car with a…

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Life on the Road

Travel Ethics: Going to Myanmar

  • November 3, 2017

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to spend two weeks traveling around Myanmar. I loved nearly everything about it, from the greasy, 50-cent noodles on the streets of Yangon to the breathtaking temple-city of Bagan. It was unlike any other place I’d been, completely unspoiled by the trappings of Western culture that have become so ubiquitous in other parts of Southeast Asia (McDonald’s in Jakarta, anyone?). Yet there…

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Food & Drink

Dinner at Charleston Grill

  • October 23, 2017

On the last night of any vacation, I always like to go out for a special dinner. I think it’s a really nice way to cap off a trip, and helps stave off those inevitable end-of-vacay blues. So I was absolutely thrilled that on my last night in Charleston, we were treated to dinner at the Charleston Grill. This gorgeous restaurant is located inside the Belmond Charleston Place, and the…

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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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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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