I was born in raised in rural Massachusetts but moved to New York to attend university. I’ve lived in Manhattan and more recently Brooklyn for over six years and desperately miss it while I’m traveling.
I went to school to study journalism and have worked and written for companies like Viacom, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar and more. Enough of the introduction, let’s get down to the good stuff.
I’ve been to 25 countries so picking my favorites was definitely tough. In no particular order, here it goes…
By far the most spectacularly beautiful country I’ve ever seen. My boyfriend and I rented a car for two weeks and navigated our way around the South and North Island. We both prefer the South but that is only because every turn felt like we were in a scene from Lord Of The Rings. The natural beauty of places like Lake Tekapo, Wanaka and especially Queenstown made me appreciate nature in a way I never have before. For a city girl, that’s saying a lot.
I’m a firm believer in not visiting a place too many times. But after spending two weeks traveling through Italy and Greece on a school trip, the islands have always stuck with me. I used to daydream about going back and renting a boat to cruise the islands at my own pace or maybe honeymooning there one day. The white façade and blue domes are iconic and are truly spellbinding to see perched on the jagged hilltops.
This country holds a very special place in my heart for a lot of reasons. It’s lush green landscapes, vibrant food, and kind-hearted people made this country unparalleled. Two and a half years ago I decided to go on a trip to Southeast Asia by myself. I went on an incredible Intrepid Travel tour that my now boyfriend was also on. We fell in love and have been together ever since. But if the long plane ride scares you, the fresh spring rolls and Bánh mì are worth the trip alone.
As a kid, tropical islands were the family getaway. I’ve seen my fair share of crystal clear waters and white sand but Belize topped them all. I went there for spring break a few years ago with my roommates and it exceeded all my expectations. We stayed on the minuscule island of Caye Caulker, which has since become popular with the backpackers. There is one main street, a few restaurants and one bar overlooking the most beautifully clear ocean I have ever seen. Not to mention, off the coast Belize lives the world’s second largest barrier reef, which for me, definitely rivaled the Great Barrier Reef.
This city is the only place I’ve broken my “don’t go there twice rule”. After my first time listening to jazz in the dive bars, slurping on crawfish and walking the cobblestone streets of the infamous Garden District it became one of my favorite cities on Earth. There is a charm to the city that is hard to describe and uniquely its own. Despite reaching a balmy 100 degrees with 95% humidity in the summer, I still watched an outdoor jazz festival, drank my way down Bourbon Street and had a great time. Its grand Sothern homes, friendly people and of course its comfort food makes it one of my favorite places ever.
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