What to do on a 12-hour Paris Layover

April 1, 2015Blog, Europe, France

What to do on a long layover in Paris? It can be tricky to leave the airport, even if you have 5 hours. But if you have a really long layover — like my 12-hour gap between flights this August — you can actually squeeze in a lot. In 12 hours I was able to hop … Read More

How to Visit Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

March 31, 2015Blog, Iceland, Travel Guides

  You can’t go to Iceland without seeing the Blue Lagoon. Partially because it’s one of the country’s biggest must-dos, and partially because it’s so close to the airport that it’s just silly how easy it is to squeeze in before or after your flight. I spent the morning at the Blue Lagoon before flying … Read More

8 Days in Portugal

August 7, 2014Blog, My Trips, Portugal, Travel Guides

  In late April/early May I took a family vacation to Portugal—a multigenerational trip for my grandma’s 80th birthday. Here are my (rough, unedited) notes on what I did: How I Got There United flight from Newark: it was a small plane for an overseas flight; just 3 and 3 seats. Where I Stayed Lisbon Portuguese … Read More

Downtown Los Angeles Travel Guide

February 27, 2014Blog, California, Travel Guides

  In February 2014 I traveled to Los Angeles for a conference. I had one extra day to explore Downtown L.A. Here’s what I did: Bradbury Building: A quick stop in the lobby is all you need to appreciate the elaborate ironwork and elegant architecture of this 19th century building. Walt Disney Concert Hall: You … Read More

Is Rio Safe?

September 28, 2013Articles, Blog, Brazil, Travel Guides

Safety was my main concern when visiting Rio de Janeiro. I’d heard stories of muggings from people who’d visited, advice from former residents to avoid hills and the beach at night, and terrible accounts of attacks on tourists on public transit. Overall, I didn’t feel as safe as I do wandering around New York. You … Read More

Where to Eat in New York

July 18, 2013Blog, New York City, Travel Guides

I’m terrible at remembering where I dined, and with so many restaurants in New York (and a revolving door of newcomers and outgoers) it was always a bit overwhelming to be tasked with choosing where to eat. In order to help people visiting the city — or other New Yorkers drowning in choices — here’s … Read More

Favorite Bars in New York

July 17, 2013Blog, New York City, Travel Guides

There are plenty of things to do in New York, but there’s one thing New Yorkers do with more regularity than anything else: drink. No one really has room to host get-togethers in their apartments, so bars become the de-facto social scene. Plus if you live in New York, you’re inevitably stressed, overworked, overcrowded, and … Read More