Above: Gothic Quarter, Barcelona, Spain, 2017. Photo by Paxton Swafford.

Hello and welcome to Papers & Airplanes! I’m Carly and this blog focuses on two of my favorite things: books and travel.

I was born and raised a few miles north of Los Angeles, went to college in Oregon, and then taught English in Italy. I now live Los Angeles with my husband and our dog, where I teach, write, and edit.

I love traveling, taking photos, reading, cooking, and all things college football.

Thank you for visiting and enjoy!

(All articles, photos, and illustrations are by Carly Erickson Swafford, unless otherwise specified.)