The Best American Travel Writing 2011 – Notable List

My article, Chet of Arabia, was mentioned on page 255 of The Best American Travel Writing 2011 (Sloane Crosley) as one of 2010's most notable travel pieces.  

Galapagos with Gap Adventures – Travel Savvy Mom (August 2011)

As part of a 9-part series for Travel Savvy Mom, I chronicled a 10-day Galapagos Islands adventure with Gap Adventures.  Excerpt: They say any journey begins with a single step.  Ours starts with a non-stop plane journey–and a queasy feeling

Letting go and exploring the world (The Balance Sheet, a blog – 16 August 2011)

I recently guest-posted for Allison Winn Scotch's popular blog, The Balance Sheet, about letting go and traveling with your kids. Excerpt: I have a confession to make:  I consider ‘balance’ to be a bit of a dirty word.  Sure,

Hearts and Minds (Houston Chronicle City Brights Blog)

I am now contributing a new weekly blog to the  Houston Chronicle City Brights collection:  Hearts and Minds.  In it, I discuss new findings in life, love and science.  With the occasional personal story thrown in. 

Guest Travel Columnist ( – June 2011) asked me to be their guest travel columnist for the month of June.  I created several articles and lists based on travel including: 5 simple ways to guarantee the whole family enjoys the trip Tips and tricks for keeping

Frankfurt City Guide (Executive Travel – July 2010)

Forget Munich or Berlin, Frankfurt is one of Germany's booming business centers – and a place where business travelers will feel right at home. Excerpt: Frankfurt may not be the first German city that comes to mind when you think

Taste: Malta’s Pastizzi (Islands – June 2010)

In the June 2010 issue of Islands, I wrote a Taste column about my love for the Maltese pastizzi – and what lengths I'll go to get one. Excerpt: “It will be a long drive,” says our guide, Carmelo. He’s

Chet of Arabia (The Atlantic Monthly – March 2010)

Why do I travel to exotic destinations with my son?  In "Chet of Arabia," I discuss traveling to Jordan with my three-year-old son during my husband's deployment to nearby Iraq. Excerpt: We ENTER THE archeological park early in the morning,

One man’s scotch whisky passion (Wine Enthusiast – 1 December 2009)

An article about Claive Vidiz's incredible 3400+ bottle scotch whisky collection – and how he amassed it – appears in the 1 December 2009 issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine.  The collection is now on display at the Scotch Whisky Experience

Hotel Duo Review (Smith Hotels – August 2009)

On a recent trip to Paris, I wrote a review/essay about my experience at the Hotel Duo for boutique hotel experts, Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Excerpt: For many, driving in Paris rates somewhere between a visit to the dentist and replacing a