Joanna Eng

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Joanna Eng is a New York-based writer and editor who covers travel, green living, food, careers, entrepreneurship, and more. Her travel experiences have ranged from hostel hopping in Mexico to staying with distant relatives in China to renting a beach apartment in New Jersey.

Barriers like language, lack of familiar products, and eating out more frequently can make it difficult to stick to healthy eating habits while on the road or on vacation. But there are a host of smartphone apps that can help you make informed choices, from local produce to vegetarian restaurants to healthier grocery shopping.

This St. Patrick's Day, beer lovers can really go green by indulging in locally brewed ales, lagers, and stouts. Those celebrating in Savannah can enjoy microbrews from a brewery in town, or several others made nearby in Georgia and South Carolina.

Mardi Gras beads are half of the fun, but don't let them go to landfill! There are plenty of ways to reuse and recycle your beads, or make your own in the first place.

This Valentine's Day, celebrate your love of chocolate the ethical way with fair trade or organic chocolate. Chocolate tastings and even factory tours can make for romantic and unique dates.

When you opt for renting a vacation home or apartment rather than staying in a hotel, you're already not a typical tourist. You may want to live like a local, stick to a healthy or sustainable lifestyle, and explore off the beaten path. If you're staying in New York City, there are a few alternative guide books you can use to put together an under-the-radar itinerary.