Why My Travel Personality Isn’t for Everyone

Solo travel is a polarizing topic. You've either done it / want to do it / applaud folks who do. OR, you think they're crazy. And if you're in the latter group, I'm not mad. In fact, I think it does take some level of crazy to embark on a trip by yourself. Especially an …

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Grotto Falls Tennessee Hike to Brushy Mountain

Grotto Falls is pretty popular. First, it’s the only waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that you can walk behind. Bam. Instant appeal. Second, it’s a short hike. Only 1.4 miles from the Trillium Gap trailhead to the falls. Minimal effort for maximum beauty. Ironically, Grotto Falls’ popularity and the short trek to …

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Ramsey Cascades Trail: Smoky Mountain Waterfall Hike

Hiking to Ramsey Cascades helped me realize that I love 8 mile hikes. They're sort of my sweet spot in terms of distance. Don’t get me wrong. I love me a shorter hike. But y'all, I also love a challenge and feel like I’m stretching myself around that 8-mile mark. When I learned that the …

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Charlies Bunion Trail: Hike Review

Friends, I hiked eight miles to see a bunion in the Smokies. Though I don’t have bunions, they’re hereditary on my mom’s side—so I grew up quite familiar with ‘em. Outside of my family, though, it’s not often I hear much bunion talk. Maybe that’s why I was so intrigued when several Tennesseans recommended the …

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A Hidden Gem in East Tennessee: Obed Wild & Scenic River

I now live less than an hour from the nearest mountains. Just pinched myself. Not dreaming. It’s entirely possible for me to drive to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in under 60 minutes—and I've taken advantage of that several times in my first month as a Tennessee resident. Can ya blame me? Between recommendations …

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Cades Cove Waterfall: Hike to Abrams Falls

Welp. I did it. After 5+ years of being a Florida girl, I traded the beach for the mountains. And honestly, I’m sitting here thinking, What took me so long?! Tennessee is a state for adventurers. A state where—after just a few short weeks—I already feel like I belong. Though I’m eager to explore the …

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Don’t Let Your Bucket List Keep You From Doing the Things You Love Over Again

Friends, I have a confession. I almost didn’t go skydiving a second time. Okay, that’s dramatic. But, I did put it off way, way, wayyyyyyy longer than I should have. And not because I was afraid. Or didn't have the money. Or because I had a mediocre experience the first time. I actually loved it …

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My Canyon Fox & Canyon Swing Experience in Queenstown, NZ

You might think I wouldn’t be afraid to go canyon swinging and ziplining in Queenstown, New Zealand – ya know, since I’ve already mastered skydiving at 15,000 feet, bungee jumping in the Alps, and ziplining between two mountains in southern Italy. But nope. You’d be wrong. I was still pretty darn scurrrd. It didn’t surprise …

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Queenstown, NZ is the Ultimate Adventure Travel Destination

The moment I booked a flight to Sydney, I knew I’d wind up booking a flight to New Zealand, too. No way, José, was I gonna fly to the other side of the world and not visit both countries. I mean, who knows when I’ll be in that hemisphere again. It’s not exactly a quick …

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