Life in Switzerland and The Year That Was 2020

Life in Switzerland and The Year That Was 2020

2020 is the year that so many people are thrilled to see go. I would say I'm also one of those people, but 2020 did bring something to our lives that no other year had before. Looking back on my last 2019 reflection, I'm stunned at the difference one year can make. Here's a quick [...]

The Honest Truth About Homesickness as an Expat

The Honest Truth About Homesickness as an Expat

It's happened many times: I'm having a drink at a party and small-talking with new people when they ask about where I'm from and where I've been. Inevitably due is a question laced with a hint of concern. They pry politely and it's cute how they almost whisper the question like it's a secret. "Don't...don't [...]

Insta-Travel Perfection Isn’t What the Travel Industry Needs. Authenticity and Storytelling Are.

Insta-Travel Perfection Isn’t What the Travel Industry Needs. Authenticity and Storytelling Are.

As a travel writer and photographer, last year was heaven for me. I embarked on twelve hotel press trips in seven countries around Europe and Asia. As fantastic as it was, numerous trips to-and-from brand collaborations opened my eyes up to the state of mass travel. This time last year, I was booking trips on [...]

Social Distancing Diaries, Part 1

Social Distancing Diaries, Part 1

It's 10am and the sun is pouring into the apartment. It's an impossibly pretty Spring morning. On any other normal day, I'd be tempted to get dressed and head into the city to spend my afternoon there. I would pick my favorite co-working cafe and work there for hours, energized just by being around other [...]

2019: Reflections, Lessons, and Where We’re Moving Next

2019: Reflections, Lessons, and Where We’re Moving Next

Hey readers! Happy New Year! As I write this there are only a few hours left in 2019, and I can't help but reflect. I began 2019 -- a lot like we will start 2020 -- in a new country, with plenty of questions, and a healthy dose of hope for our next challenge. The [...]

Saying Au Revoir to Paris (Again)

Saying Au Revoir to Paris (Again)

Everywhere I went today I marveled at the eccentric, the fashionable, the strange. Paris is surprising that way. What can I say about the City of Light that hasn't already been said? I could, like Hemingway, wax poetic about how the city is a moveable feast, how it’s a place that stays with me long [...]

Life Lately: 10 Countries in 10 Months and the Busiest Year Yet

Life Lately: 10 Countries in 10 Months and the Busiest Year Yet

As I head out the door to catch my train to Paris, I look my outfit once over in the mirror. Once outside, a cold breeze blows over me so I quickly dash inside to grab a pink scarf, the one that's been on the coatrack for months. And just like that, fall is here. [...]

Life as of Late: Sponsored Travel, MBA Partner Life, and French Living

Life as of Late: Sponsored Travel, MBA Partner Life, and French Living

Hey readers, I have so much I want to share with you. Right now I'm sitting with my bare toes sunk into in our fleshly cut lawn.  The sun is out in full force and I'm looking out into our garden that has since started to feel more and more like home. This small French [...]