Welcome to Travels with Sandy, a blog about exploring the world through independent travel.  Travel is often unpredictable, but it can be liberating and eye opening as well.  My blog is a combination of travel guide, history lesson, cultural commentary, odd observations, reviews, and random musings.

This travel blog is purely a hobby for me so I may not post every day, but I will certainly try to keep you entertained.  All reviews are my opinion only, and I am not paid in any way or form for this online content.  I no longer live in Chicago!  I recently moved to Singapore with my husband, son, and two cats.

If you have comments or suggestions, please feel free to write me at travelswithsandy at gmail dot com.  You can also follow me on Twitter @travelswsandy and Instagram travelswsandy.

Thanks for visiting!


18 responses

13 09 2007
Dr Rayna Denison


I am a UK based academic, and I am interested in using your comments about the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka in a talk I’m giving next week. The talk is on Anime Tourism and the Studio Ghibli Museum. Please respond to let me know if this would be ok!


13 09 2007

Hi Dr Rayna,

That would be fine with me. Your talk sounds very interesting!

– Sandy

3 01 2010

why don’t you ever come to strasbourg?

20 01 2010

Thanks for your comment, Chuck. Although I try to visit as many cities as possible around the world, I am only one person and do not have an unlimited budget! 😉 Incidentally, I was recently in Colmar, France, which was lovely!

29 07 2010
Adrian leben

Hi Sandy,
Just a quick note to say how much I liked your website. Both the articles and the photography.
Best regards,
Adrian Leben

8 12 2010

Nice blog!
I also have a blog of travel and world exploration, but unfortunately is in italian.


24 02 2011
Michael Wellborn

Hello Sandy,

I am looking at your blog as a model for my trips. I travel the world as well, usually Eco Travel or Philanthropy Travel. You can see some of my travel at http://www.facebook.com/wellbornmichael

I also do travel for the Olympic Games, or I should say my company does. I would like to use some of your London Castle pictures to show off to our fans, prospects and clients. Do you mind if I use your blog as a model for my future blog, and some of your pictures for our social network sites?

Best wishes and happy travels. I look forward to reading more in the future. Will you be in London in 2012?


24 02 2011

Hi Michael, thanks for your nice comments! You can use my blog as a model and my photos as long as you link back to this blog. Unfortunately, I probably will not be able to make it to London in 2012, but I would love to go there again. It’s one of my favorite cities in the world.

2 04 2011
California Restaurants

Well done, this was very fun to read. Have you ever considered submitting articles to magazines?

28 07 2011
Stefanie Krasnow

Hi Sandy!

I’m wondering if you know of any weird/unusual restaurants in Taiwan?
Like Modern Toilet, or anything else with unique/strange food, location, service, theme, etc?

can you email me if you know of any? thanks!

28 07 2011

Hi Stefanie,

I don’t know of any weird or themed restaurants in Taiwan off the top of my head. In terms of uniquely Taiwanese food experiences, though, you can’t miss eating at night markets and trying local food like stinky tofu. I’m a big fan of the blog below that reviews restaurants in Taiwan, though. Hope that helps!


28 07 2011

Hi Sandy,
Here’s a link U may to send Stefanie to. It features strange dining places in Taipei. Have fun!


14 08 2011

Hey Sandy.

Love the blog. Somehow managed to stumble upon it while studying. No Idea how. I always love hearing peoples positive experience of New Zealand. You might have noticed us Kiwis are quite proud of our country.
I study in Christchurch, New Zealand. But I’ve lived in both Wellington and call Nelson my home.
I noticed you also traveled around Taiwan. A place that I am hoping to explore someday soon. So I will defiantly be reading your blog.


14 08 2011

Thanks for your comments, David! It was a pleasure visiting NZ and we hope to be able to return one day. I think it’s wonderful that you have an interest in Taiwan. I grew up in the US, but was born in Taiwan so it has a special place in my heart.

1 02 2012

It was very interesting to read your blog Sandy! I have just finished a backpacking tour of Europe and about to do some traveling here in Asia. I’m starting off in Taiwan and your articles of things to do are fascinating!


29 02 2012

Thanks Ken! Hope you are having fun in Taiwan. 🙂

22 03 2012

Hi Sandy, I am a fourth year design student in Wellington, NZ. I am hoping to use your image https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/eZ3nQ61gAXmF_yKiZC3r39MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite in a brochure I am producing for my local library to celebrate Matariki (Maori New Year) 2012. Please let me know if this is ok.

Thanks Sarah.

22 03 2012

Hi Sarah, I am fine with you using this image as long as it’s ok to use images from Te Papa. I am not familiar with NZ copyright law, so I will leave that part up to you. Thanks!

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