Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley

All you need to know before you go to the best château in the Loire Valley: A visit to France’s Loire Valley is truly incomplete without a visit to Château de Chenonceau. I was first attracted to the Loire Valley because of the Loire River, which served as the demarcation line in central France during WWII. …

Mad Cool Festival

Madrid’s love affair with the late-night: You know you’ve been to the Mad Cool Festival when you wake up at 2:00 in the afternoon covered in glitter and sparkles. In fairness, this particular festival in Madrid doesn’t even start until 6:00 in the evening at the earliest and doesn’t wrap up until close to …

Walking Sticks on the Camino

The Day When We Almost Lost Our Walking Sticks: This could also read as the day when we almost lost our shit because when Lizz and I woke up in an albergue in Pola de Siero to find that someone had stolen our walking sticks, we were devastated. And then a new friend offered …

Two weeks after my boyfriend was diagnosed with advanced esophageal cancer, I sat on the side of a frozen Chicago sidewalk – and I completely lost my mind. I was surrounded by healthy, cancer-fighting produce that had suddenly burst from the bottom of my grocery bag, and the sight of organic avocados spinning down …

And How I Fell in Love with Airbnb It took a while to find the place. The GPS started talking in British-accented circles as soon as the tiny French rental car left the well-lit main road for the narrow street marked with only a small arrow pointing toward Saint-Martin-Le-Beau. But beyond the bumpy train …

When my best friend says she needs a weekend away, I immediately pack my bags. It’s not often that Marlena can get enough time away from work to do laundry let alone travel, so it was understandable that – on this rare getaway weekend – she just wanted to do nothing. That meant no …