The One Thing You HAVE to Do in Lisbon

Update: Travel Junkette readers can now receive a discount on an Inside Lisbon tour! Scroll to the bottom for details.  As a city, Lisbon was everything I’d imagined it’d be: warm, romantic, and unique. But the food? An utter disappointment — that is, until I took a food tour. Portugal, after all, is famous for […]


My 11 Favorite Things About Ireland

Ireland was a wonderful surprise of a country. I thought maybe Americans just liked it because so many of them can trace their ancestry there, or because it’s the home of great booze. But, it turned out to be so much more than that. I spent four days in Dublin attending TBEX (thanks, Failte Ireland!), […]


I’m on Blogcation!

I’m in Dublin, Ireland for the first time — and LOVING it. I’m here to attend TBEX, a travel blogging conference at which I’ve already learned a ton and met a bunch of great people. I’ve seen the wonderful dance performance Heartbeat of Home, gone on a historical walking tour, taken a tour of The […]


Let’s Finish 2013 With a Bang!

Ventura, CA

Sometimes you have to go backwards to go forwards. I finally feel like I’m moving forwards, and I don’t think I’ll look back. Because of that, this next month is going to be busyyyyy! To give you an idea, here’s my next 30 days in airport codes: SYR-ORD-LHR-DUB-LIS-BCN-BLQ-BCN-TXL-DUS-LAX. (I’m writing to you while on the little […]


Going Backwards to Go Forwards

Emily in Torrey Pines State Reserve in California.

Exactly one year and one week ago, I published a post that thrilled me to write: “Why I’m SO Excited… And Pretty F-ing Terrified.” Why was I excited and terrified? Because, for the first time in 12 years, I didn’t have another job lined up after leaving Alaska. It had been just about a month […]


My Must-Have Online Productivity Tools

Even though I’ve been out of high-school for almost ten years, and college for almost six, I still feel like September is the start of something. (It might also have something to do with working seasonal jobs, as September is the shoulder season before summer and winter jobs.) Since it is back-to-school time, and many […]


The Jacket That Travels Everywhere With Me

Wearing my Patagonia Nano Puff women's jacket on a hike in Alaska.

There are a lot of mistakes I used to make when traveling. I used to be too cheap. I used to plan too much. I used to carry a bulky cotton hoody. Traveling is a learning experience, and to be good at it, you have to constantly adapt. The hoody had to go. It took […]