Hi, I'm Kristen! The wanderer, writer and photographer behind Travels and Treats.

Travels and Treats is a travel, food and lifestyle blog that was originally started as a creative outlet, sort of serving as my own private travel journal. With a journalism degree and a passion for photography, I was looking for a way use these skills to document my travel experiences. After a few months of writing and realizing how many hours of research I put into preparing for trips, I thought, why not share this information with others?

My love for travel really kicked into gear after studying abroad in Spain at age 20. Since then, I have visited 21 countries and am continually exploring my own country—the U.S.— especially the west coast. I love the entire process of planning a new trip—finding the best deals on flights and lodging, scoping out great places to eat, and figuring out what the must-see sights and hidden gems are in a new city. 

My travel taste and style is eclectic. Good travel deals are my jam! Nothing gives me a rush like finding a super cheap plane ticket across the world. I'm definitely a fan of budget and affordable travel, but I also like to include the right balance of quality. You'll catch me occasionally splurging on a night at a nice hotel or a fancy dinner. A girls' gotta treat herself sometimes!

I'm also really big on avoiding tourist traps, especially when it comes to restaurants. Travels and Treats focuses on finding and sharing good-quality, local food experiences in the cities I visit and sharing that information with you. Nothing shatters my heart more than seeing tourists in San Francisco eating at The Cheesecake Factory. (Sorry, Cheesecake Factory.) I know it's hard to avoid sometimes when you're unfamiliar with a city, but that's why I'm here to help!

I currently live and work full-time in beautiful, not-so-sunny San Francisco, California. I'm fortunate to work for a company that has a flexible and generous vacation policy, so I'm able to satisfy my wanderlust and go on a few trips a year. When I'm not abroad, you can find me exploring San Francisco or somewhere eating french fries.