There was the time when students laughed at me for wearing a head-wrap to class, and one teacher approached me and asked if I was wearing a Thai skirt on my head.
Another au pair told me that her kid had to switch schools because mine had bullied hers so badly. Then I met a neighbor who confided that her family had found the last au pair kicked out of the house crying.

Jun 20, 2014 at 2:00pm | 133 comments

I like to think of myself as an adventurous person, who cheerily goes new places and explores unfamiliar experiences with zeal. But this is totally a lie.

Mar 25, 2014 at 3:00pm | 118 comments

I’ve always been depressed, but that shouldn’t hold me back from traveling. I already have enough to worry about, from graduating university to saving for my next trip and planning where to go.
thought catalog
It can be easy just to do what everyone else wants to do rather than follow your own desires or dreams. If everyone else wants temples and you want museums, go to the museums. Keen to try local cuisine rather than pizza like your travel pals? Do it.
If people look at you and think, “Please don’t let her be on my plane,” you’re gonna have a bad time.
mercury in retrograde
I never got the whole "Mercury's in retrograde" thing until I tried to go somewhere.
Note to self: Do not be a dick. It’s a mandate that I’ve failed at from time to time during my nearly five years in China.
san francisco
I've been to 6 out of 7 continents and have always dreamt of California, but somehow it's just never happened. So now, I'm doing it. Solo. What should I do there?
I realized that if I wanted to make my time in the airport as easy and cheap as possible, I needed to get my act together and learn how to pack a carry-on like an adult.
I was so concerned with packing cute underwear and my phone charger that I didn’t pack a BB Cream or a clear mascara or ANYTHING.
bolt bus
I always make sure to only take up the 16-inches allotted me, mentally drawing a line in the air that no part of my body crosses. But guess what? Dudes don't do this.
awesome places to live
New York City is more expensive than it's worth. But where else should I go?
So far, my book tour has included reunions with old friends, a podcast interview in a garage, and the opportunity to sign a hot girl's boobs. Come with me on my voyage, won't you? I've got pictures!

Feb 28, 2012 at 10:00am | 28 comments

body politics
The positive attention took a few forms. One woman told me she that she liked seeing “big girls” in dresses, because we look great in them.
being a good person
After several days of intense emotional and physical work in Jamaica, everything looks different back home.
Peachy wants to look successful and happy and unwrinkly when she arrives at her destination. Who can blame her?