About Me + Him

this darling world

Right after my husband and I got married back in 2011, we took an incredible honeymoon that changed our goals forever. It all started in Venice, Italy and it hasn’t stopped since. I absolutely head over heels fell in love with traveling.

By making travel a priority in our lives, we’ve been able to visit 17 countries and 100+ cities together.

I started this blog because I always had a hard time finding good photos of places I wanted to visit. I enjoy getting inspiration for itineraries through city photography and I just wasn’t seeing it.

So I set out to create my own. That’s why you’ll find that my posts are somewhat image-heavy from the architecture down to the food. I love showing you as many angles of a city as I can so you can get a better idea of what you’d like to see in person and what you can skip.

Honestly, showing you a destination through my lens is one of my biggest joys. 

This blog is a combination of everything I know; my background in journalism and marketing, plus my passion for travel and photography.

Funny fact: I never formally learned how to use a camera. The more I travel, the more I learn what angles I like and what lighting is best. Also, you’ll notice I’m rarely in front of the lens. That’s because the photos aren’t about me, they’re about the city I’m in.

I do not travel full time and would not want to. I’m happy having a home base and playing board games on the couch sometimes, ya know?

I work remotely doing marketing/advertising and everything that has to do with that world, and I dedicate a lot of time to this blog. My husband, Jorge/Porge/Gorge, is a 9-5 engineer but he helps me with the blog as much as possible. He’s pretty amazing.

We live in the beautiful city of Chicago. Have you been? You should come!

We love spending our downtime trying new restaurants and cafes, watching comedies, fostering dogs, and dog sitting. Did I mention dogs?

When I’m not busy doing everyday life, I’m dreaming up new places to visit and planning some incredible trips. So, here I am sharing how we make it work, how you can make it work, and how a little careful planning can get you across the world.

For a few fun facts about us check out this post: 11 Facts About Me and Jorge

If you’re visiting my hometown make sure to read my top Chicago posts:
Where to Eat in Chicago
Best Photo Spots in Chicago


  • Reply Annie July 26, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Do you have any air bnb reviews? Anywhere!

    • Reply This Darling World July 30, 2019 at 7:08 pm

      Hi Annie! I have reviews of Airbnb’s in different city posts. I don’t have a post just for Airbnb reviews unfortunately. I will be writing about my favorite stays all over the world next week though. That post will include some Airbnb reviews. Keep an eye out for it! 🙂

  • Reply Alison Macbeth, The Postcard September 26, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Hi Lily! Just came across your blog when browsing for posts on Haarlem. So glad to find it — I feel our blogs (and love of travel) are very similar! Looking forward to following along on all your adventures 🙂

    • Reply This Darling World October 5, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      I love this! Thank you for your comment 🙂 I will definitely check out your stuff as well.

  • Reply Sari November 28, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    You blog is really nice Lily 👍❤️️

    • Reply this darling world December 3, 2016 at 2:49 am

      Thanks so much, excited to share more stories and tips! I have tons!😃

  • Reply Erin Scherer June 28, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    I look forward to following along! 🙂

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