Why I Hate Skiing in Japan

I’m flying — no, floating — through clouds of powder. White sprays surround me. All I can see are trees, sagging heavy from weeks worth of fresh snow. And it’s quiet, so quiet. No sounds other than my own delighted giggles as I turn my skis in snow up to my knees. I wonder to […]


A Royal Stay at Dromoland Castle

Think back to your childhood. At some point, you undoubtedly pretended to be a princess, knight, king, queen, jester, or (in my case), royal hound. So many of our childhood stories revolve around the world of castles and dragons – and it’s fun to imagine ourselves right in the thick of it. Then… we grow […]

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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!), […]


Walking the Line as a Woman in Istanbul

Shopkeeper in Istanbul, Turkey

“Did it hurt when you fell from heaven, baby?” “Come take a ride with me. It’ll be fun!” “How much, beautiful?” Walking down the streets of Istanbul, I’d never felt more verbally harassed in my entire life. I was spending my holidays in Turkey with my college roomie. We’d arrived there after island hopping on the […]


What It’s Like to Volunteer in a Nicaraguan School

Earlier this year, I spent three glorious months volunteering with La Esperanza Granada in the Central American country of Nicaragua. I loved my experience, and I think that many others would, too. But there’s not a whole lot of information out there about volunteering in Nicaragua, or with this organization. With this post, I’d like to […]