How to Register to Vote in U.S. Elections While Living Overseas

The frenzy of the 2014 midterm elections is a few months behind us, and, believe it or not, the 2016 presidential election will be here before we know it. The first caucuses will be held less than a year from now, with other local and state elections held in the months between. For some expats abroad, American politics may seem a world away, but the results of U.S. elections still have a major impact on our lives, no matter how firmly planted on foreign soil we may be. Fortunately, while we’re off exploring the world, we can still contribute our voice to American elections.

I want. (photo credit)

I want. (photo credit)

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5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Niagara Falls in 2015

Happy New Year! I’m currently at LAX awaiting my flight to beautiful Fiji after an action-packed past few weeks home in California. I’ll get back into the swing of things on this blog with a few of my own posts once I’ve returned to Australia, but for now, I present you a guest post about a place still on my bucket list: Niagara Falls. Enjoy!

Niagara Falls is one of the most majestic places on earth. As one of the top natural wonders of the world, this is the perfect destination for your next vacation. Niagara Falls receives a large number of tourists that visit this area every year, and it’s easy to see why.

Whether you’re planning your next big business trip, or even if you’re planning your next family holiday, you’ll certainly want to consider Niagara Falls. Below are five reasons why you should make your next trip a stay at Niagara Falls. Continue reading  

The Venga, Vale, Vamos Variety Hour: December 2014

Life is chugging along splendidly here in Sydney, and Christmas is almost here! Here are a few miscellaneous updates from my life over the last few weeks.

  • In exactly [checks countdown app] 10 days, 1 hour, and 20 minutes, I will be on a plane for California to spend Christmas with many of my favorite people! I’m absolutely loving Sydney summer, crazy thunderstorms and all, but, as we all know, there’s no place like home for the holidays.
Home for the holidays last year with the cousins

Christmas at home last year with the cousins

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Right as Rain in Italy’s Amalfi Coast

I’ve taken enough of a break from detailing last spring break’s Italy trip, so let’s get back to it! When I left off, my mom and I had traveled through Rome, Naples, and Pompeii, arriving in Sorrento, a charming coastal town on the edge of the Amalfi Coast. Getting into the city by night, we settled into our hotel, strolled around for a bit, and had yet more exquisite Italian food and gelato, prepared to begin exploring the Amalfi Coast the following day.

Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento by night

Having fallen madly in love with Cinque Terre years before, I expected the Amalfi Coast to be a southern Italian version of that. Beginning with a bus ride to the town of Amalfi, we were met with dreary weather and an excess of tourists, but we made the most of the day anyway. Continue reading  

How to Learn Another Language While Traveling the World

Whether you’re interested in learning a foreign language for business purposes or just because you’re a linguaphile like me (because, seriously, how much fun is it to speak multiple languages?), there’s no denying that one of the best ways to become a polyglot is to do so abroad. Or if you’re traveling anyway, why not teach yourself a language on the road? Here are a few tips for maximizing your language-learning experience through travel.

Think I can manage to learn all of these languages eventually? (At the UN Headquarters in Geneva last year)

Think I can manage to learn all of these languages eventually? (At the UN Headquarters in Geneva last year)

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Travel-Themed Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Adventurers

The holidays are fast approaching (can you believe it?), so if you’re looking for inspiration for what to get your travel-addicted friends and family (or even if you just want to treat yo’ self!), here are a few travel-related items I love from around the web.

Travel Christmas gifts
Map Watch – $12

When you’re on the go and don’t want to miss your next train, keep on schedule with this colorful watch (and practice geography simultaneously?). Continue reading  

Why Am I Not Traveling the World? Oh, Right…

A little over a year ago, I shared a post called “Why AREN’T You Traveling the World?” Now that I’m more familiar with the world of travel blogs, I realize there are a million posts like it, encouraging readers to get up, get out, and see the world, because, well, they would be crazy not to, wouldn’t they? Love those posts or hate ‘em, I wrote mine not so much with the intention to prove a life-altering point or to win new readers – at the end of the day, this blog was started primarily to keep a personal record of my life and to update far away family members on my goings on, and that post was nothing more than another outlet of self expression, a personal snapshot of the optimism I was feeling about life at the time.

Taking in Waikiki's sunset in Hawaii on the eve of flying to Sydney for the first time

Taking in Waikiki’s sunset in Hawaii on the eve of flying to Sydney for the first time

A few months ago, I was chatting with a friend back in the States, talking about how much I missed travel, when he, ever so wisely, replied simply with an excerpt from that same post. Stop trying to contradict me, me! Continue reading