Looking back on a year of travel and food, it’s hard to choose the best. However, I looked at all the photos, and here are the 10 best meals I had in 2016.

Remember when I set my 30 Before 30 goals all those months ago? There are only five months left! See how I’m doing in my latest update.

With only 12 months left to complete my 30 Before 30 Goals, its hard to imagine how much I will accomplish, and how I will feel, this time next year. Happy birthday, or wish me luck!

Inspired by my friend Malia from Shoyu Sugar, I’m picking a single word to focus on in the coming year. ‘Minimize’ is my mantra for 2016.

Six months down, twenty-four to go. Here is my annual checkup on my 30 Before 30 goals… just in time for my birthday!

With only 30 months before I turn 30 years old, I’ve written a list of goals to help make my birthday a celebration of the past while looking eagerly toward the future.

Like many other travelers who look deeper than the nearest gift shop–or fellow Moon Palace guests who look no further than the nearest bar–, I am a firm believer that the mornings reveal the most about a destination.

Welcome to the first post on Valerie & Valise! Learn about my travel bucket list, a set of goals I want to accomplish in my life and document on this blog.