VIDEO: 100 Things DC Cover Reveal

Guess what arrived at my doorstep? My author copies of 100 Things to Do in Washington DC Before You Die. {pause for happy dance} I made a short video to share the experience with you. Check it out here. Then, come on back, mkay? Stay tuned for more Washington, DC content and book updates. In the meantime, you can read more about the book here and preorder it on Amazon. It'll be available on February 15, 2015. Don't miss a post. Subscribe today. It's free! … [Read more...]

Travel Tips: How to Save On Your Next Flight

I recently interviewed travel expert, and former Director of Corporate Communications at, Kendra Thornton. Kendra appears regularly on ABC, CBS, NBC and CW affiliates across the country, sharing travel trends, tips and deals with millions of viewers every year. Here she shares travel tips that will help you save on your next flight. How can you make the most of your frequent flier miles? One thing to keep in mind with frequent flier miles is there are only so many seats on a flight that they’re going to allow for those rewards. You have to book those as soon as possible because availability is slim. How far in advance should you book your flight to get the best deal? There’s no secret sauce for when to book a flight. If you have very specific travel dates in mind, then you should book it as early as possible. There is less and less availability out there and prices will only go up for the most popular flights. Which days of the week offer the best savings? In … [Read more...]

BIG NEWS: I’m Writing A Travel Book About Washington, D.C.

I'm thrilled to announce that I'm writing a travel book, 100 Things to Do in D.C. Before You Die, to be published Spring 2015 by Reedy Press. HAPPY DANCE!!! 100 Things to Do Before You Die is a book series created and published by Reedy Press. They approached me, thanks to a recommendation by my good friend, Holly, to write a book about Washington, D.C. for the series. It didn't take me long to agree to the project. :-) I'm not just writing the book. Technically, I'm co-publishing it. What does that mean? It means I'm working in partnership with Reedy Press to see this book into the world.  It means that this is not a traditional publishing deal -- and that's ok. In this crazy, constantly-changing publishing world, there is more than one path to author-hood. This is mine. So, what's next on my path from writer to author? I'll be spending the next three months researching and writing the book. I'd love your help, at least with the researching part. I really want this … [Read more...]

Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine Opens in DC

Sophie's Cuban Cuisine, a New York City Cuban restaurant, opened its first location in Washington, DC, this week. And I had the pleasure of dining there with Liza of (a)Musing Foodie. Liza and I braved the streets of Northwest Washington in a Chevy Traverse on the day the federal government shutdown. Not so easy but we lucked out and found valet parking two doors down from the restaurant. Inside, we were greeted by Sophie herself and her incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staff. We sampled plantains, three kinds of rice, three different meat dishes, and a cubano (Cuban sandwich also available as a wrap.) When you go, make sure to order a side of Sophie's special green sauce to accompany your meat dishes (its dairy free). And save room for a Batido, a fruity tropical shake. It's so good.  Sophie's Cuban Cuisine is located at 1134 19th Street NW in Washington, DC. Lunch was provided for free. Transportation was provided by the GM Northeast Team. Thank you. … [Read more...]

Jauntaroo The Best Job Around the World

I applied to be Jauntaroo's Chief World Explorer, which means traveling the world in 2014 and getting paid to write about it. Sign. Me. Up. Its a dream job, for sure, but its also a contest; the top 50 videos, determined by number of likes, will advance to the next phase of the competition. Voting is simple. Just click like on my video once every 24 hours from every device that you own with internet access. No registration is required. My goal is 1000 likes. I'm at 80 this morning. Please LIKE my video and share it with your friends. Thank you so very much! What's your dream job? Let me know in the comments below. … [Read more...]