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That Time in Laos When My Tuk Tuk Hit a…

This post was originally meant to be about my time in Halong Bay, Vietnam. However, it won’t be because as I was being taken by tuk tuk today from the bus station here in the small rural town of Vang Vieng, Laos, to my bungalow hotel, my driver hit a young girl on a motorbike…

Back in Vietnam…this time a little longer!

I just realized every town I am visiting in Vietnam starts with an H; Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hue and next stops Hanoi and Halong Bay. It also seems that everything I eat in this country starts with “banh”; banh mi (delicious sandwich from Hoi An), banh beo (delectable little rice pancakes topped…

My Interview with one of the World’s Top Travel Influencers, Kate McCulley!

World traveler, blogger, and entrepreneur, Kate McCulley, is cool. And she is not just so because she was named by Forbes this year as one of the world’s top ten travel influencers (although that is uber cool), has traveled to over 70 countries (another cool-qualifying accolade) or has been ship wrecked in Indonesia (frankly that is just bad *ss). She’s cool because she has been…

Going back to Vietnam…and Southeast Asia

Giddy, joyful and wondrous of the adventures that await are the feelings I usually have when planning a trip. And while all of these sentiments are absolutely true of my upcoming August trip that brings me back to Southeast Asia, this time a few more feelings are surfacing. Note: I usually don’t look quite this fashionable while trip planning.…

Adventures in Being on a Reality Dating Show

It has been a long held dream of mine to be on a reality dating show (don’t judge :). I am not sure I can articulate why other than the idea of trying to find love while America watched seemed intriguing…which also led me to believe that anyone else willing to engage in the same…

Watch ME On NBC’s First Dates THIS FRIDAY!

  THIS FRIDAY, MAY 19TH, WATCH ME GO ON A BLIND DATE ON NBC’S NEW DATING SHOW, FIRST DATES!  8/7C ON NBC Watch the Official Preview Here! I am often told I need to video document my adventures more…so this Friday night I take that advice it to a whole new level when my first…

A Taste of Bulgaria

Okay, so I am not in the capital of the Balkan nation of Bulgaria anymore. In fact, I am writing this from the thoroughbred capital of America, Kentucky! This weekend I am showcasing my online shop at a Wine, Women and Shoes charity gala to benefit Family Scholar House here in Louisville. As a little girl I…

Romanced by Romania

It is my final hours here in Romania before a 3:30am bus to the Bucharest airport and then 8:05am flight to Sofia, Bulgaria. I am writing from the lobby of my boutique hotel, Bella Muzica, here in the charming medieval town of Brasov. Next to me is a bottle of local chardonnay chilling and a…

My Dinner with a Baron in Venice

Perhaps this blog is better titled, “My Almost Dinner with a Baron in Venice.” I know. I am such a title tease. BUT it did almost happen. However, a rare Venetian snowfall happened instead which impeded my baron from undocking his boat from his palace on the Grand Canal. His message, “Jen, it is snowing…

Oh, The Places I Will Go…in January

It is cold and cloudy here in Seattle so that means it is time for me to escape to cold and cloudy Paris! Hurray! My becoming regular buying/exploring/indulging-in-baguettes winter expedition to Europe will commence in a few short days, and my itinerary is chalk full of new and old favorite places to visit. While it may…