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Lisa Lubin
Lisa Lubin is a three-time Emmy® Award winning television writer, producer/director, photographer, and video consultant. After more than a decade in broadcast television she decided to take a sabbatical of sorts which turned into nearly 3 years traveling and working her way around the world. She documents her (mis)adventures on her blog,, with photographs and articles from the road/train/rickshaw/camel. Her writing and photography has been published by the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Smithsonian, Encyclopedia Britannica, and American Way Magazine. She recently launched LLmedia, a video consulting business.

Lisa has teamed up with Whole Foods, REI, and Hostelling International for 'traveling solo' and 'Travel & Food' talks. She also hosts the Chicago portion of the annual national Meet, Plan, Go! event encouraging working Americans to travel more by taking career breaks and sabbaticals.  She has spoken about video and journalism at several conferences including the Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX), the World Travel Market in London, and "Visit Russia 2012" in Yaroslavl. Lisa grew up in New Jersey and lives in Chicago when she's not traveling the world.

Entries by Lisa Lubin

The Most Unique Places to Stay in Chicago

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 1:48 PM

We all know Chicago is a great vacation destination. Michigan Avenue. The Bean. Wrigley Field (which celebrates its one hundredth anniversary this year!) Gorgeous Lake Michigan. We have it all.

And we have about 40,000 hotel rooms just downtown to lodge all the teeming visitors that venture to our windy...

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9 Reasons You Must Eat in Ann Arbor

(4) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 2:34 PM

The midwestern city of Ann Arbor has a lot going for it. It's now the fifth largest city in Michigan. It is home to the University of Michigan. And this vibrant town might surprise you with its dining scene. Perhaps it's all the international residents that call it home thanks...

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Traveling That Sucks: When Travel Burnout Happens

(7) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 4:40 PM

It all looks the same.

Is anything new anymore?

Cobblestones, squares, kebab shops, palm trees, fountains, another freaking cathedral.

After months and months on the road, there is no denying that great sights start to blend together and lose their once-dazzling sheen.

You are no longer giddy with excitement and...

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Norway: Travel West To East (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 7:00 AM

"Born in the U.S.A." blares out of the speakers of the local Egon Restaurant right on Bergen's Harbor. Tonight Bruce Springsteen (of my home state of New Jersey) is playing a big outdoor concert here and the city is abuzz with not only summer tourist masses, but Norwegian Boss fans...

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Road Tripping Through West And South Sweden (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 8:30 AM

If you happen to be in the market for a new car, and that car happens to be from a European carmaker, you can get a free trip. Seriously. What's the catch? Ahem, none.

Buy a new vehicle, get a free vacation. A handful of European automobile makers including Mercedes,...

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Ft. Lauderdale Grows Up (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 7:00 AM

The beauty of travel within the Unites States is that we have a country with such a diverse landscape you really don't have to spend a lot or cross borders to experience a tropical paradise.

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida has grown up, shaken off its frat-boy shenanigans and...

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Diverse Wine Festivals Around The U.S.

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 8:00 AM

It's springtime and besides sunny days, tulips, and baseball that means food and wine festival season all across the country!

What better way to shake off the winter chills than enjoying a glass (or three) of vino accompanied by artisanal foods and cheeses?

Here's a roundup of...

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How I Worked My Way Around The World

(14) Comments | Posted December 14, 2011 | 7:45 AM

Courage to Quit Your Job

Five years ago, I quit my full time job and, in essence, my full-time career in television. Since university, I'd worked in broadcast journalism, starting after my sophomore year with my first internships, including one at "Late Night with David Letterman." I graduated college and...

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Quit Your Job to Travel With Meet, Plan, Go

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2011 | 8:00 AM

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain

Have you ever dreamed...

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How Could I Afford to Travel Around the World for Two Years?

(106) Comments | Posted June 29, 2011 | 4:13 PM

One of the most common questions I am asked is: "How did you afford to travel around the world?"


Here is the simple answer:

I saved money by traveling. In other words, it would have cost me a lot more to stay and...

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Traveling Solo -- It's Easier Than You Think

(12) Comments | Posted April 13, 2011 | 5:01 PM


During my two and a half years traveling solo around the world, the most common comment I heard was, 'Wow, you're going alone. That's so brave.' Many told me they didn't think they could ever do something like this, let alone do...

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