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Patty Hodapp
Patty Hodapp is a Minnesota native but her expat addresses scatter through Western Europe. Since age 10, she's lived in a rural Irish cottage, a village near Cambridge, England, a cramped apartment in central London, and a stained glass villa in Florence, Italy.

For Patty, travel isn’t just a story about leaving and returning. It’s a way of living. A way of seeing beyond oneself into the other with compassion for what’s not understood, and a curiosity, a desire to translate how others exist by bringing a sense of place to life, through words.

Patty currently lives in Manhattan. She is deputy editor for Lost Girls World, an online travel website geared toward women travelers in their 20s and 30s. She’s wrapping up her degrees in Magazine Journalism and Medieval Renaissance Studies from Syracuse University, NY. She freelances on the side, and of course, looks forward to her next big adventure.

Blog Entries by Patty Hodapp

2,507 Feet Above Ireland: A St. Paddy's Climb up Croagh Patrick

Posted March 17, 2011 | 11:28:16 (EST)


Dirty snow and chunks of wet mud wedged under my fingernails. I clawed and scrambled up the near-vertical slope on Croagh Patrick, a mountain in County Mayo, Ireland. At 2,400 feet from the ground, I climbed as much with my hands as I did...

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Mumbai Real Estate: Chaos or Control (a Westerner's Guide to Understanding Land Limitations in India)

Posted February 26, 2011 | 16:23:04 (EST)


By Patty Hodapp

In Mumbai, a grid of honking taxis, rickshas and bikes clogs the streets. It's the most crowded city in India, swollen with bustling masses of people gyrating to the metropolitan rhythm of the city. In 1975, Mumbai's population...

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5 Myths About Solo Travel

Posted October 13, 2010 | 12:10:50 (EST)

To enjoy solo travel, you don't have to bury yourself in an Indian Ashram or get fat off Italian gelato like Liz Gilbert did. Sigh of relief.

Wherever you go, traveling solo is the ultimate self-indulgence. You absorb new surroundings unfiltered by the tastes, prejudices, and charisma of travel...

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Dying to Quit Your Job To Travel? Well, What's Stopping You?

Posted July 20, 2010 | 11:00:00 (EST)

Plenty of us have considered, even fantasized, about giving our dreary cubicle existence the mental middle finger, tossing our PDAs into the nearest body of water (flushable or otherwise) and hopping the next flight to Fiji -- but few of us rarely take that leap. Sure, pesky little things like...

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