Margaret Kelly

Margaret Kelly

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When Maggie isn’t visiting family in Portugal or hanging out in Brooklyn with her wife and daughter, she often found in one of New York’s three Chinatowns, searching for the perfect dim sum, grocery shopping, or buying bamboo cooking gear.


  • Why do you travel?

    Because it’s fun. I like to see new places, meet people, and experience new things.

  • What’s one thing you never travel without?

    My passport.

  • Carry-on or checked?

    Carry-on on the way there, checked on the way back—I usually bring back things that can’t be carried on, like bottles or wine or spirits.

  • What was your worst travel experience?

    Water poisoning in a tiny village near the Stone Forest in Yunnan China. The recovery took months.

  • What’s on your travel bucket list?

    The Silk Road, from Xi’an to the Black Sea. I also really want to go to Papua New Guinea.

  • If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

    New York City. I’m very much where I want to be.

  • What are your favorite countries, destinations to travel to?

    I love traveling in China. It’s such a jolt to the senses. The country is huge and people are so culturally diverse, in language, history, and culinary traditions.

  • What's the most unusual place you have stayed on a trip?

    A brothel in China. It’s a long story.

  • What items do you always try to bring back as souvenirs?

    Something edible that I can’t get back home. I love going to grocery stores when I travel—that’s where I find the best souvenirs.

  • What's your first travel memory?

    Catching a grass snake with my sisters in a cabin somewhere in Wisconsin. We spent the next week trying to get him to eat a frog.

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