Things to Do in Gulf Shores, Alabama & the Florida Panhandle

Our 2021 Christmas Beach Vacation For the second year in a row, John and I took a Christmas trip to a beachy destination that I'd never been before. In 2020, it was coastal Georgia—St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island to be exact. It's a beautiful area with stunning beaches; however, being on the Atlantic Ocean, …

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Yellowstone and Grand Teton Itinerary: Two National Parks in Two Days

Is it possible or even practical to visit both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park in just two days? Yes. Absolutely it is. But let me amend that by saying I would only recommend attempting both parks in two days during off season months, like April, September, or October. Why? Far less traffic and people …

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St. Lucia Travel: All-Inclusive Resort + Gros Piton Hike + Castries Tour

Why We Chose St. Lucia ICYMI, John and I visited St. Lucia back in July 2021. And, for those of you who didn't miss all my social media posts during our trip—yes, I'm three months behind on blogging about it. This is where that "better late than never" cliché comes in handy. Okay, but get …

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When Hiking Trillium Gap to Grotto Falls, Don’t Skip 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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A Tennessee Waterfall Adventure: Hiking Abrams Falls in Cades Cove

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 …

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Food Adventures: A Non-Foodie’s Guide to Local Foods in Australia & New Zealand

I’ll admit, I am not a foodie by ANY stretch of the imagination. In my everyday life, I tend to keep it pretty basic – as in, I rarely spend money eating out, and if a recipe has more than 5 ingredients, I start to lose interest. Not exaggerating. Now, I will say that travel …

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3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Brussels, Belgium

I love Brussels. The sprouts and the city. Brussels sprouts can be a polarizing topic, though, so I’m gonna stick with Belgium’s capital. Whenever I visit a new city, I’m curious to find an underlying element that sets it apart from any other place I’ve experienced. What struck me about Brussels is its juxtaposition of …

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How to Visit Four Countries in a Week

If you’ve ever thought: Gee, I’d like to visit several countries in a week! – this post is for you. One thing I’ve learned from my solo travels is how much I can see in just one day. All it takes is an eagerness to explore and the stamina to stay in GO mode. Multiply …

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A Review of European Christmas Markets

I knowwwww Christmas is over, but it’s never to early to start planning for Christmas 2019. Right?? At least a small part of you knows I’m right. And that part of you needs to consider visiting at least one Christmas market in Europe this year. At least one. Preferably more. Definitely more. Trust me. When …

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6 Reasons Why Chicago is My Favorite City

It started with a field trip in elementary school. Don’t remember which grade. Can’t say for certain what we visited. (Most likely that big ol’ Museum of Science and Industry.) What I do know? We took a bus to downtown Chicago and little girl me was IN AWE. Now, I’d been to Chicago as a …

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