TRAVEL READS – September 2016

So yes, I seem to have skipped right over summer, during which I had managed to pop by London (and Windsor), Paris (first time in 13 years!), Brussels and the Alsace region of France. But most of my free time was spent hopping across the beautiful countryside around Moscow. Please enjoy my IG illustration of those weekend getaways, along with…

TRAVEL READS – May 2016

Another month of not writing… but I feel like I might be getting closer to that mental place where I might write again, soon? Will June bring the magic? We shall see. But for now, have yourself some good reads, with my Instagram round-up of Spring finally coming to Moscow:  Ever since Russia and South Korea…

TRAVEL READS – April 2016

Perhaps a couple of you have noticed that I haven’t blogged much for the last, six months, but I haven’t fully disappeared into the abyss — just fallen through a wormhole and now trying to climb out. In the meantime, here are some good reads that have kept me tethered to the world of travel (oh,…

ON THE INFLUENCE OF TRAVEL BLOGS: A CASE STUDY IN SELF

Do travel blogs actually influence travel decisions and drive income to destinations and services? There are many ways in which travel blogs are monetized: website advertising, affiliate sales, sponsored content, press trips and external travel writing or photography engagements among them. To be hired, a blogger has to prove their worth, which usually comes down to…

TRAVEL READS – September 2015

Autumn is in full swing across the Northern Hemisphere. Here in Moscow September brought a freakish bout of absolutely gorgeous weather, with sunny days, blue skies, and temperatures reaching into the high 20’s C/80’s F. A true “babye leto”, or “women’s summer.” And now, let’s move on to … GERMANY In many countries fall means harvest festivals,…

TRAVEL READS – August 2015

Every day I come across awesome reads from fellow expats, travel bloggers, news magazines and other great sources and think, “so-and-so would love that!”  Sometimes I might forward the articles privately, but most of the time they disappear into the abyss of my memory and the Internet.  Well, no more! In this new feature, which is a…

THE IMMORTALS

Yesterday I had the honor of being a part of the 3 million-large Immortal Regiment that marched across Russia. Relatives and friends of the veterans of the Great Patriotic War carried their portraits through more than a dozen Russian cities. Around 400,000 people are estimated to have walked as part of the Immortal Regiment in…