At the wise old age of 10, I decided on a career writing for National Geographic. This decision was likely fueled by NatGeo being the only magazine my parents subscribed to, combined with my avid love for wildlife and travel (yes, at 10 I actually did travel -- which is probably why I’m so obsessed today!).
Of course, like most 10-year-old dreams, I never became a full-time National Geographic reporter, but with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and a spirit for storytelling I was able to create something even better – a side freelance career covering all things travel and wildlife.
From the World Toe Wrestling Championship in England to the Southwest’s most Instagram-worthy spots (not to mention breaking the news on Iceland’s first “inflatable hotel”), freelance journalism has been eye opening, at times hilarious, and so incredibly fulfilling that even my 10-year-old self would be proud.
Here are some highlights:
(View comprehensive list of published work here.)
This Hidden Bar has the Best Beer in Tallinn
Koht, a small bar tucked away on Tallinn’s winding side streets, has hundreds of beer options – 800 bottles, to be exact – and an “intimate” atmosphere craft beer lovers will love.
Lašinėčiai in Lithuania
During a family heritage trip to Lithuania, I was bound and determined to find grandma’s iconic “bacon buns” dish. Sure, I don’t eat meat, but I had to use this once-in-a-lifetime trip to pay tribute to one of the most influential women in my life.
4 Reasons Why Climbing Everest Is Deadlier Than Ever
Climate change is making the already deadly Mount Everest climb even deadlier. Here’s why you should proceed with caution if bagging Everest is on your bucket list.
The Fight to Save Lithuanian Farmhouse Beer
For 70-year-old brewer, Aldona Udriene, farmhouse beer isn’t a nice-to-have – it’s her lifeblood. In this article I explain how the “Queen of Lithuanian Farmhouse Brewing” is fighting to keep her beloved tradition alive.
South Africa is Home to the Ultimate Camping Experience
In this video for viral media platform, Unilad, I showcase the unique camping experience at Inverdoorn Game Reserve's Kuganha Camp, a one-of-a-kind facility that donates a portion of safari and lodging revenue to helping its rescued animals.
The Endangered Baird's Tapir Can Help Combat Climate Change
The Baird’s Tapir may look peculiar, but this endangered Central American animal is integral to fighting climate change. Here’s how millennials across Costa Rica are pitching in to help.
10 Instagram-Worthy Destinations In The Southwest
From Las Vegas to Lower Antelope Canyon, the Southwest is full of landmarks and landforms that will “up” your Instagram game - and awaken your senses - on any trip. Here are 10 of the best.
Inside England’s Annual Toe Wrestling Championship
While Americans may think baseball’s the best summer pastime, residents in Derbyshire, England, welcome a more unusual “sport” to their town every August - toe wrestling. Yes, you read that right -- toe wrestling.
8 Tips for Filming on a Safari
In this article for camera retailer Adorama, I share what I've learned from filming multiple safaris abroad to ensure that once-in-a-lifetime experience can be watched over and over again.
48 Hours in Death Valley: A Road Trip Guide
All the essentials for planning the perfect road trip through Death Valley, California, one of the hottest places in the world.
9 Thoughts Anyone With Wanderlust Experiences When Their Adventure Comes To An End
Returning from vacation is the absolute worst. Here are the emotions you can expect when your dream trip comes to a close.
Vote for your favorite attraction in New Jersey!
Served as a guest expert for USA Today/ 10Best’s top attractions in New Jersey contest.
Repurpose Content with These Six Tools
You spend hours upon hours creating solid content -- don't waste it on a one-and-done strategy! In this article for PR and marketing blog, Spin Sucks, I highlight six of the best ways you can get the most bang for your content buck.