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Traveling is magical…except when it’s stressful, dirty, and unpleasant. I don’t sugarcoat my travel experiences. Nor do I tell you where to go and what to see. This blog is where I share my stories — the magical as well as the challenging — as I venture around the globe (as well as eat my way across it).


As someone who loves travel, I adore finding those unexplored corners of a city. The butcher shop where the locals go for fresh sausage. The hidden staircase at the back of the church. The neighborhood parade.

Curious about the name of my blog? I was inspired by a poem called “The Unexplorer” by Edna St. Vincent Millay:


There was a road ran past our house
Too lovely to explore.
I asked my mother once–she said
That if you followed where it led
It brought you to the milk-man’s door.
(That’s why I have not traveled more.)

I identify with the child: she sees nothing but utter delight in the road in front of her home. It is rife with possibilities and adventure. Her mother, on the other hand, sees it as a means to an end: the milk-man’s door. But as any happy traveler knows, it’s not the destination, but the journey that’s important.

Those that get it—well, we’re the unexplorers. We’re in it for the adventure. Who cares if we make it to our destination? Sometimes getting lost is the best part. And we live for those hidden gems, those unexplored avenues of a city. You can keep your Statue of Liberty; I’d rather have the view from the Dolomiti in Italy.


Enjoy the site and my travel books, and may you discover your own hidden gems!

About Me

I live in Italy, in Calabria (the toe of the boot), two blocks from the sea. I'm learning to cook Calabrian food and improve my Italian!

When I’m not traveling or writing, I’m helping solo women navigate the tricky waters of becoming expats and writing business content.


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