About

WHO I AM
I’m a freelance writer by day, travel addict by night. I’ve lived in London, Boston, and currently reside in Los Angeles. I speak sorta-kinda-almost fluent Spanish, and am currently learning German because language-learning is a worthwhile challenge. (And who knows? I might just end up living in Berlin.)

WHERE I’VE BEEN
I’ve been to over a dozen countries around the world including Italy, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Israel, Spain, and Egypt (where I went inside a pyramid!).

  • Dublin has the friendliest people.
  • Palermo, Sicily has the best hidden eats.
  • Stockholm is the most aesthetically pleasing city, pretty much ever.


WHY I STARTED JOY IN EUROPE
While planning a weeks-long Europe backpacking trip in 2012, it was hard to find blogs run by women solo travelers. So I created Joy in Europe to help solo travelers and women traveling alone who like to experience authentic local culture in the countries they visit. The stories and advice featured on this blog are for the newbie solo traveler, the tech-savvy backpacker, the foodie adventurer, the vintage shopper, the traveler who never loses his or her sense of humor, and the person who feels the best way to appreciate life is to travel.

HOW I TRAVEL
When I travel, I depend on recommendations from friends, locals I meet on the road, other travel blogs, and review sites, like Yelp. While tourist attractions have their place on a trip, I’m always looking for secret spots off the beaten path. Once in a new city, I head straight to where hipsters hang out. I hunt down shops featuring local designers, street food, craft beer, flea markets, local cuisine, along with independent bookstores, art and history museums. When in doubt on what to do, I’ve never gone wrong with a free walking tour.

Read more about why I love to travel.