Uncut: Chattanooga, Tennessee

For Money magazine’s September 2014 issue, I wrote about top leaf peeping destinations. Here are more tips on what to see and do in Chattanooga, Tennessee in October, when the fall foliage is at its best. Chattanooga, Tennessee This small city in southeastern Tennessee, divided by the state’s namesake river and surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains, struts its stuff in the fall when densely wooded areas are drenched in crimsons and gold. Head to Stringers Ridge Park, just outside of town, where the Cherokee hike-and-bike trail leads to a scenic... Read On →

Uncut: The Eastern Townships, Canada

For Money magazine’s September 2014 issue, I wrote about top leaf-peeping destinations. Here are more tips on what to see and do in the Eastern Townships, located in Quebec, Canada, when the fall foliage is at its best. The Eastern Townships, Quebec This pastoral countryside 20 minutes north of the Vermont border is reminiscent of New England. Still, it’s distinctly Quebecois thanks to friendly French speakers, Canadian flags, and meals that end with raw-milk cheeses. Make North Hatley, located on the banks of Lake Massawippi, your jumping off point to explore the dozens... Read On →

Uncut: Colorado’s Fall Foliage

For Money magazine’s September 2014 issue, I wrote about top leaf peeping destinations. Here are more tips on what to see and do in Telluride, Colorado, when the fall foliage is best in mid-September. Telluride, Colorado To see the state’s best fall foliage display, make Telluride your jumping off point. There are a number of locally loved hikes just outside town. The two-hour Bear Creek trail leads to a waterfall; opt for the Jud Weibe Trail for the best views of the historic village. Before hikes, fuel up with a Café Au Lait... Read On →

Uncut: Istria, Croatia

My story on affordable Europe is now out in Money magazine’s August 2014 issue. You can read the online version of the article here. As is always the case when I write feature stories, sections are trimmed and cut for space. This was the case with my coverage of Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula.Travelers headed to Croatia should definitely add this northern peninsula to their itinerary. Below, I’ve included a handful destination highlights: Why Now: While Croatia is already a popular destination amoung travelers—especially Europeans—it’s Istrian peninsula is still blissfully under the... Read On →

Trends: Chinese Travelers

Thanks to a growing group of middle and upper class travelers, the Chinese now have an enormous—and growing—influence on hotels, tour operators, and destinations around the world. Hotels.com just released its third annual Chinese International Travel Monitor, (CITM)—a report that surveys more than 3,000 Chinese international travelers and 3,000 hoteliers around the world. I loved sifting through the study’s data. Here are some highlights: Eager globe trotters: While only 5% of Chinese citizens hold passports, 14 million more Chinese travelers traveled in 2013 than 2012. Why? Along with loosening government... Read On →

Affordable Travel Tips: AirBnB’s new destination guides

In an effort to help create bespoke experiences for every traveler, AirBnB  has launched Discover, a new magazine-quality home page that hopes to inspire its users not only to book one-of-a-kind accommodations, but also to seek authentic destination restaurants and activities on the road. AirBnB has compiled data from over 1,000 travel markets across the world, including user favorite destinations such as San Francisco, Mexico City, Paris, and, of course, Austin, Texas.