Meeting Syrian Refugees and Other Ways Istanbul Made Me Cry

I might have the best job ever. I travel regularly to discover new places and eat local food – such is the life of a food and travel writer. Sometimes it takes me to less-than exciting small cities and sometimes it means tackling world-famous locations like Istanbul or Rome. Last week I spent five days in Istanbul, where I sought to learn as much as possible about this place. I’m always surprised when I go somewhere new but this trip was different. ...more
Thank you so much for this article! My husband and I are Americans living in Izmir, Turkey and ...more

The Organized Girl's Guide to Packing for Travel

VACATION! We're going on vacation with three of our closest friends this upcoming week. We're all leaving our babies behind with their very loving and very capable grandparents. I’m equal parts excited and nervous. ...more
Great article with good tips<:} As someone who has traveled back and forth between Mexico and ...more

Getting Lost is Our Family Tradition

There have been so many roads not taken, or mistaken, or taken wrongly—also highways, freeways, even hallways. Born without a sense of direction, like everyone else in my family, I turn left when I should turn right, can't tell the difference between east and west, and have been known to panic in hotel hallways. When J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, "Not all those who wander are lost," he was not talking about the Clark family. We wander, all right, and we are lost....more

Discovering Malaysia

I have always wanted to go to Malaysia - since the first time I saw pictures of the Petronas Towers. I didn’t know anything else about Malaysia; just those iconic towers were enough....more

7 tips on how to bargain while traveling

Let’s face it – it is really difficult to resist all the shopping temptations while traveling. Those colorful stalls at local markets are like magnets, attracting visitors with their pretty trinkets, handicrafts or artworks. Ok, maybe your will is stronger than mine. I’m constantly working on it. But you have to admit, that it’s almost inevitable to buy something on the way.Negotiating prices with taxi drivers is another part of traveling , where some bargaining skills are crucial....more

Organization Spotlight - Mission:Wolf

The stars create a mosaic of brilliant light in the clear summer sky, and a crisp breeze runs through the leaves of nearby aspen trees. As I sit on the ground gazing up at the milky way, the song of the wolves begins in a hushed tone. The song crescendos as more wolves join in, creating a moment that I will never forget....more

#Brunch in #Brooklyn

#Brunch @Pillow Cafe in #BrooklynDear friends,We would like to share with you the delicious branch we had today at Pillow Cafe' in Brooklyn....more

The Chronicles of Ireland

*Fact: The picture used in my 'About Me'-The back of my head over looking a green pasture with a romantic feel- is from Ireland*Merry Christmas/Happy Graduation to me...more

Mountain Magic

7 continents, 7 summits! It doesn’t get more adventurous than this! This is what Samina Baig, the first Pakistani woman who scaled Mount Everest at the age of 21, set out to do. Samina, just 23 years old, achieved this incredible feat in just under 8 months....more



I have a silver spoon in my room. There’s nothing very special about this spoon. It’s remarkably unembellished. I accidentally took it from a monastery in Paris in 2003....more

Serenity Areas Onboard the Disney Fantasy!