Offbeat Attractions in Sofia

Bulgaria is a beautifully diverse country. With places to visit like the magnificent mountain town of Veliko Tarnovo, Black Sea city of Varna, and the capital, Sofia, it’s easy to get wrapped up in everything the country has to offer. Located in the western part of Bulgaria, Sofia, at the foot of Vitosha Mountain, is the most populousContinue reading “Offbeat Attractions in Sofia”

Money Matters: Why You Must Have Money to Travel

“Quit your job to travel. Now.” “Don’t worry about money. It’s OK. You won’t regret traveling.” “Who cares about the future, you need to enjoy your present.” Or, “It’s OK to spend all your money on traveling, says science,” according to the Huffington Post. (Hello, click bait! which I refuse to link to.) Do theseContinue reading “Money Matters: Why You Must Have Money to Travel”

Why I Hate Travel Quotes

Here’s the deal: I like pretty photos with inspirational photos as much as the next person. Hell, I’ve got a Pinterest board that focuses on nothing but those little gems. But — and this is a big but — those inspirational travel quotes that are circulating nonstop? Can they just stop? Before you roll yourContinue reading “Why I Hate Travel Quotes”

How I Got Fired by My Big Time New York City Book Agent

“Hi Diana,” the e-mail titled with the subject “book” read. “My name is Big Time New York City Book Agent [ed. note: obviously, this is not the person’s real name] and I am the Big Time Person at the Big Time Literary Agency [ed. note: again, obviously changing]. I love your site and believe it couldContinue reading “How I Got Fired by My Big Time New York City Book Agent”

Free Things to do in Athens

Athens is a city incredibly worthy of discovering. It’s loaded with history (hello, Acropolis and Greek mythology), is a hotbed for dining, has some seriously cool off-beat attractions, and offers some amazing Athens hotels. But, there is so much more to the city. Whether you hop on tours or opt to explore on your own, there are plenty ofContinue reading “Free Things to do in Athens”

The Best Beaches in Phuket

Exotic food. Exotic beaches. Exotic attractions. In Phuket, exotic is the name of the game. This idyllic seaside town in Thailand is a main draw for tourists, thanks to the paradise it offers. Even the Phuket hotels transport guests to a world very different from what they are used to. But, isn’t that the pointContinue reading “The Best Beaches in Phuket”

Cool Things to do in Berlin

Berlin is one of the most dynamic and cool cities in Europe (at least says I). Thanks to a burgeoning street art scene, embracing of the vegan lifestyle and funky spots to explore, it’s easy to see why it is one of my favorite places in the world. It’s packed with a fascinating history, friendly locals,Continue reading “Cool Things to do in Berlin”

The Truth About Riding Elephants

I watch, happy tears swelling in my eyes, as the first of two rescued ex-trekking elephants walks off of the truck, backing out slowly and cautiously placing her hind legs, one-at-a-time, on the ground. It’s pitch black, save for a few flashlights and one camera light. Around us, cicadas, frogs and crickets all compete toContinue reading “The Truth About Riding Elephants”

10 Tips for Solo Female Travelers

Do you want to travel solo but haven’t pulled the trigger yet? Traveling as a single female is more accessible than ever, thanks to a growing number of kick-ass women who take the plunge and hit the road for their own adventures. Whether heading out on a gap year, taking a career-break or simply going onContinue reading “10 Tips for Solo Female Travelers”

CityLove: The Best Hotels in Florence

The gem of Tuscany (and one of the most attractive places in Italy), Florence, is a vacationer’s dream. With gorgeous wine, Italian cuisine, and scenic views, there are so many historic — and offbeat — attractions to explore. Fortunately, Florence is able to accommodate the visitor who comes to experience all this city has to offer, and there many hotelsContinue reading “CityLove: The Best Hotels in Florence”