About Me

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.

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

I don’t travel full time and wouldn’t 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 is a 9-5 engineer (think robots), but he helps me with the blog as much as possible.

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

We love spending our downtime trying new restaurants and cafes in our hometown, 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 Diane Moore July 24, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Lily, just found your blog while planning my first trip to Europe. Your blog and photography are fantastic! I too, have a passion for photography and would shoot the whole world if I could. Your post on the Cotswolds have definitely helped me in my planning. Thank you and I look forward to following more of your blogs.

    • Reply Lily July 25, 2020 at 12:01 am

      Thank you so much, Diane! That means a lot 🙂 I’m so glad you found the info and photos helpful that’s my ultimate goal. The Cotswolds is an absolute dream, I’m sure you’ll love it! Thanks again for reading!

  • 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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