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Travel stories and tips for authentic experiences around the world, without quitting your day job or deserting your family

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Planning a trip to Rio de Janeiro

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The best roadside tacos in Mexico

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Exploring the beaches in Brazil

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I should start by saying I don’t really hate the zoo…

“Erin Hates the Zoo” is a fun moniker my family came up with years ago when I was captured during every family photo op from our zoo day making unpleasant faces at a certain noisy bird. We use it now for taking sour-expressioned photos in beautiful or fun settings. For the purposes of this blog, though, it works as a nice metaphor for my distaste with “pre-packaged” experiences and inauthentic travel.

For those who don’t know me, I am a 30-something, married-without-kids, corporate crony with 2 3/4 dogs. Travel is not only my life mission but also a big part of my career in hotel IT. I travel often alone and with my husband or siblings. HOWEVER, I’m not a nomad and I’m not an influencer and I don’t have unlimited funding and time to travel. I am a middle-class adult with responsibilities, and when I was recently researching for a trip I realized how little travel content is targeted to people like me. In this age of Instagram travel experiences, the extremists seem to run the town with their #vanlife or spontaneous trips to luxury resorts in Dubai.

So as someone who doesn’t (usually!) stay at hostels or Four Seasons, who isn’t trying to visit every country in the world, who works an 8-5 (remotely but not in any time zone I want), and who never looks good in pictures, I welcome you. If you’re also a traveling “every man” and are looking for some authentic travel experiences and tips, I hope this will be of some use to you.

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