“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.”
I've done my fair share of travel and I continue to love exploring new places. Travel is a great way to learn about new cultures, language and see parts of nature that you may not be aware of. Recently, there’s been a lot of news about travelers disrespecting people, traditions and nature. I thought I’d share some of my tips for traveling with a more environmentally and socially conscious mindset. After all, we share one Earth and we share the same DNA. Read More
For my birthday a few weeks ago, I convinced my husband to try out Tiny House Living for a weekend. We rented a place on Airbnb that someone just built. To be fully transparent, it was brand new and luxury meaning it had a nice, large bathroom, a brand new, well-equipped kitchen and lots of space for us to move around. It was also fully connected with internet. It wasn't off the grid living, it was luxury tiny house living for a weekend. Read More
Things to do in Charlotte for the responsible tourist. Lots of sustainable activities that allow you to explore the Queen City without generating a lot of waste and reduce your impact. Read More
I was in love with New York. I do not mean ‘love’ in any colloquial way, I mean that I was in love with the city, the way you love the first person who ever touches you and never love anyone quite that way again.
I fell in love with New York City at the age of 21. My roommate and I attended a New Year's party at Webster Hall and we had one of those random, New York nights weaving in and out of different crowds and neighborhoods. It was an unusually warm New Year so New York in the early morning felt special. As a girl growing up in New Jersey, New York was a 40 minute train ride away. At 22, I interned at the Met Life building on top of Grand Central commuting by bus. Each time the bus curves towards and away from the New York City skyline, I also smile. Post college, I accepted a job in New Jersey and would take a day or two to explore the city every few months. I eventually ended up working in New York City, but the grind of the daily commute, the constant push of tourists when all you wanted to do was get to your office got to me and I fell out of love with New York. I admired New York from afar, enjoying the skyline and the quietness that came with it. Add another year or two and I'm now back into falling in love with New York, but now with new eyes. What follows are tips on how to enjoy New York city without generating too much waste. I call this being a conscious traveler. My ask is to fall in love with New York, but don't leave it broken-hearted with waste and trash. Read More
On the heels of my 100 Things To Do In the Fall, I thought I would also do a list for the Winter and probably for the other two seasons. I've loved every minute of Fall this year. The weather was slightly milder to begin with so we were able to enjoy most of it outside. So without further ado, my list of 100 Things To Do In the Winter. Do you have anything to add to the list? Let me know in the comments below. Read More
My favorite time of the year is upon us: Fall.
I was recently looking at the Fall Foliage maps and saw that in parts of the US, there are people that DO NOT experience changing leaves and therefore do not experience FALL, at all! This made me sad, but I encourage all of you to visit your nearby state or city that experiences Fall and revel in the beauty of this season's. I was also on Pinterest getting targeted with "Things to Do for Fall" and didn't really find one geared for zero waste or at least geared with reducing waste while enjoying this wonderful season. So without further ado, the 100 things you can this fall that's not very wasteful. Read More
Find tips on how to indulge in Las Vegas while still reducing waste and plastic usage. Read More
Iceland Ring Road Trip Essentials: What to Pack for Clothes, Food, Photo Gear, Car Equipment Read More
Keep Iceland beautiful, reduce your waste!
One of the things I loved about Iceland was how raw it is. With only 300K inhabitants, it has a lot of untouched land. Lots of open spaces also means lack of stores and restaurants. One has to be prepared especially when driving around the Ring Road. Sometimes, the only source of supplies can be a rest stop which is full of single-use disposable items. While I was not 100% successful in traveling zero waste while in Iceland, I am proud to admit that I survived 6 days travelling around the Ring Road without purchasing a single water bottle. A huge win for me. I also noticed so many opportunities to reduce waste the next time I go there which I am already marking as a future plan. Read More
Iceland is one of the most amazing and beautiful countries I have ever visited. It's raw beauty is unparalleled. Check out this 6-day photo itinerary that takes you all over Iceland on the famous Ring Road. Read More
Don't listen to the jokes that mention New Jersey as the armpit of America.
Because it is not. With over 100 miles of shoreline, New Jersey is a beautiful state. It also looks like it's gaining some hipster ground with many local breweries popping up. We took a brewery tour this past weekend with our friends and am loving that things are happening locally. Read on to get a map of the places that we visited so that you can try it out this weekend. Depending on your time, you can do this in a few hours. Get a designated driver for safety! Read More
Portland embodies sustainable travel. Lots of great things happening to reduce waste, use what's local and reuse what's available. Read More
A picture guide to all things Portland, Oregon. From nature to coffee to donuts to local and sustainable food. Find a downloadable itinerary in this post. Read More
Simple tips to reduce waste while traveling by car or plane. Read More
Eco-friendly outdoor things to do in Bohol, Philippines: ziplining, snorkeling, beaches, and so much more. Read More
The Peacock Garden is an excellent choice for a few quiet days in Bohol, Philippines. It's luxury at its finest. Great service, food, amenities and location. It has many sustainable practices to make your stay as eco-friendly as possible. It's also a short ride away from Bohol's famous beaches and attractions. Read More
Don't ski or snowbard? No problem! Vermont offers so much more beyond fresh snow. Visit Vermont to taste hard apple cider, craft beer, local cheese and other local fare. Then hike any one of Vermont's beautiful mountains. Read More
Turkish breakfast should be savored and enjoyed. You will see many places to have breakfast or brunch in Istanbul. Some places will have a magnificent view of the Bosphorus, others will be tucked away in lively streets. Here's my Istanbul guide on where to eat brunch. Read More
Open House New York Weekend is an opportunity to visit some of city's most architecturally and culturally significant sites. It begs you to start a conversation about architecture, public space, and the future of urban life. Read More
Car camping in the Catskill is an easy and inexpensive way to get out of New York City and enjoy nature. The fall foliage this time of year is spectacular. Get some fresh air and grab some local, hot, apple cider and donuts. Read More