Originally from California, Natalie moved to Europe in 2010. What was meant to be a year abroad turned into a new life in a new country.
She currently calls Rome home and uses Italy as a base for exploring as many countries as possible. If she is not in the Eternal City, Natalie can most often be found cruising along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way with her Irish husband and young son.
On any given day when she is not driving on the left or pounding the cobblestones in Rome, Natalie probably has pizza in one hand and her passport in the other. Always ready for the next flight, she particularly loves to experience new places through the local cuisine.
Natalie has been a writer and editor for over ten years. She has written about travel for Fodor's, Roads&Kingdoms, PopSugar, The World Atlas of Street Food, MSN, and more.
In addition to working as a journalist, Natalie has been a specialist consultant for the United Nations for seven years. This work has taken her to some of the least visited corners of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Her firsthand knowledge of Italian and Irish culture gives her an insiders view on life in the bel paese and Emerald Isle. Thanks to her Irish family, she has learned to never leave the house without having a party piece ready and to always be up for the craic.
Between trips, Natalie runs the popular blog An American in Rome.
Natalie holds a B.A. in English Literature from UCLA, and a Masters degree in International Development.
When given the chance to travel abroad - go and go boldly. Having to go home at the end of an adventure is the worst thing that can possibly happen when you embrace the unknown with an open mind.