One Week in Europe? How to Create an Itinerary for Four Countries

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 that …

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Best Things About European Christmas Markets

It may not be Christmas when you're reading this, but it's never a bad time to talk European Christmas markets. When a $434 roundtrip flight to Brussels popped up in my inbox (thanks to Scott’s Cheap Flights) I could not pass it up. Initially, (to save up more moolah) I wanted to book the latest …

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6 Reasons to Visit Chicago

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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Charleston Restaurant Recommendations

Where my foodies at? Because this post is for you. I don’t eat out much at home—I’d rather spend that money on trips!—so it’s a treat to eat out when I’m traveling. In my trip research phase, I do look at restaurant options. But overall, I like to keep it more spontaneous and just find …

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Olomana Three Peaks Trail on O’ahu Hawaii

If you don’t already know this about me, lemme fill you in real quick. I try to avoid being a tourist when I travel. Sure, I’ll take LOTS of photos and visit a few famous landmarks (here’s looking at you, Eiffel). But I wanna go beyond that, too—away from the crowds, off the beaten path—in …

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How Traveling Solo Makes Me a Better Travel Partner

Wanna discover your travel personality? Travel solo. After traveling to Europe solo three times this year, I certainly proved that I am the ideal solo traveler. But, more importantly, I learned just what sort of traveler I am—which is really good to know for those times when I actually do travel with others. And, you …

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Best Tips for a Non Touristy Experience Traveling to the Amalfi Coast

Do you ever want to go all Secret Life of Walter Mitty and step right into photos? I do. Basically, all the time. And I don’t just dream about all the places in the photographs. I add them to my bucket list and plan to actually GO—which is exactly how I wound up visiting the Amalfi Coast. …

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7 Tips on How to Be a More Spontaneous Traveler

I am a planner. Don't get me wrong. I absolutely love the spontaneous moments of life! It’s just that the planning comes naturally. It’s instinctual. So, you better believe I plan for trips—especially those international ones! I go all travel agent and even put together a full itinerary by day. BUT, before you start thinking, …

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How Not to Look Like a Tourist When You Travel: 5 Tip

Did you know that yesterday was World Tourism Day? I didn't… till Twitter told me. Those trending hashtags always keep me in the know! Sooooo, in honor of #worldtourismday (better late than never, eh?), I thought I’d write a quick post on how NOT to be a tourist – just to challenge the norm. When …

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A Weekend Itinerary for the Florida Keys

Can you believe it took me 3 ½ years of living in Florida to finally experience the Florida Keys?? And I call myself an adventurer. That’s messed up, right?! Messed up, but true. It took a visit from my sister (Danae) and brother-in-law (Jacob) to motivate me to cross the Keys off my bucket list. …

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