Opla is a travel newsletter created with my friend and fellow traveler, Allison Reiber DiLiegro (pictured).
Opla—A Travel Newsletter
is a personal project, a long-form travel newsletter created with my friend and fellow traveler, Allison Reiber DiLiegro
. Launched at the end of 2018, Opla is where we share travel tips, recommendations from our favorite locals and the treasures we find as we explore the world.
“Ling is my favorite collaborator, with her impeccable eye and bright, infectious energy. She has a sixth sense for culture, with a finger on the pulse of what’s happening and contacts wherever we need them. Her writing for Opla is so insightful and evocative that I’ve immediately bought flights after reading (you’ve been warned).”
Each newsletter shares travel tips, recommendations from our favorite locals and the treasures we find as we explore the world.
Within a year, we amassed 400 newsletter subscribers. In each of the 25 issues (and counting!), we’ve featured stories about more than 30 destinations around the world. Each newsletter features an interview from a contributing writer whose taste we admire. We’ve interviewed a mixologist from Hong Kong, a writer from London, an artist in Detroit, and a hotelier in Cairo, just to name a few.
It was a wild 2019, with experiences from Bhutan, Milan, Cape Town, Bangkok, Paris, and more. Through these destinations, we’ve delved into topics like sustainability, friendship, happiness, food, and more. We love having an outlet to reflect on the joys and lessons of travel that go far beyond an Instagram caption.
Within a year, we amassed 400 newsletter subscribers. In each of the 25 issues (and counting!), we’ve featured stories about more than 30 destinations around the world.
We were recognized by travel publication Fathom as a website to follow in 2019
. Shortly thereafter, they gave us our first travel assignment: to fly to Detroit to get the scoop on the city’s renaissance. We knew that whatever restaurants and museums we’d go to would make for a good story (who doesn’t love a comeback?). A few days in the city taught us something else: Detroit is so cool because some people never left. I reached out to my friend Jessica Silverman
, an art gallerist living in San Francisco, who previously lived in Detroit and knew the pulse of the city. She put us in touch with the artist (and someone who never left Detroit for ‘greener pastures’), Matthew Angelo Harrison
, who we interviewed for the story.
Matthew is an artist with work at the Whitney Biennale 2019 and past pieces in the New Museum in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. We had such a wonderful time meeting him, gathering his point of view of the city’s renaissance, and enjoying his food recommendations, especially where to get the most authentic Lebanese food in the city. You can read the travel assignment on Fathom
The lobby of the Shinola Hotel
in Detroit; a hotel we reviewed as part of our Detroit City Guide for Fathom