Why I like to travel solo

I love traveling on my own, and I know loads of other people do too. I’m sure this has all been said before, but it can’t hurt to reiterate some of great things about solo travel. 1. Freedom I like being…

Top reasons to visit Charlottesville, Virginia

I lived in Charlottesville for four years while attending the University of Virginia, and I loved it. Long before I received my acceptance letter, I have fond memories of my dad (also a UVA alum) taking me down to C’ville…

Misconceptions about America(ns)

While traveling abroad, these are the questions I got asked a lot as soon as people (usually, very quickly) realized I’m an American. 1. “You don’t own a gun?” This was by far the most common and (to me) the most…

My Australia To Do List

Australia is huge. Way too big to see in just a year. Although I saw a good chunk of it, I can’t wait to go back and explore the rest. Here’s a quick peek into my never-ending bucket list: 1….

Lord Howe Island's Quirks

Living on a remote island is the dream. But as we all know, nothing is perfect in life, and living on Lord Howe definitely took some getting used to. These aren’t all necessarily good or bad things, just things that were…

These are the jobs I had in New Zealand

1. Au-pair in Auckland When I arrived in Auckland, I had come from the crappy 2012 American job market. Having been rejected by every architecture firm I applied to, I was ready to take any job I could get. Less…

How I ended up in New Zealand

I thought I’d share my thought process from the time I graduated college until I got on a flight to Auckland in timeline format. May 22, 2011 I received my bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University (of Virginia) in…

I love Lord Howe Island, and you will too.

Let’s start backwards. I returned home from Australia almost three months ago. For the majority of my time there, I lived on Lord Howe Island. I’d never heard of the place until spotting an online job advertisement for a burger…

My Travel Story - An Introduction

Hi, I’m Karen. I’m twenty-four years old, from Virginia, and I love traveling. The first time I left the country was to Canada in summer 2005 with my family before going on an Alaskan cruise. While I loved Vancouver, in my…