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Travel Impressions | Vero Beach is…

on March 17, 2018

Sometimes when you travel, you’re not interested in the top ten sights or the best restaurants or Doing Every Possible Thing. Yes, this even happens to travel bloggers ūüėČ I’ve found myself increasingly craving this kind of travel: travel where I can soak everything up, take a moment to breathe, and not worry about seeing all the sights. I think this is partially because of my health issues lately, that when I travel I want to have the most relaxing experience possible and not further aggravate any of my symptoms. Also, the two trips I’ve taken so far in 2018 (Florida & NYC) were to places I’ve been many times, so I don’t feel that pressure to see the top sights because, well, I already have. Continue reading

A Cuban Exile’s Return to Havana: What We Learn from Visiting Cuba

on March 14, 2018

Today I want to share with you an important and exciting guest post written by my friend Celine, on her return to Havana. Celine and I met in college, and even did the same study abroad program in England together. In 2015,¬†I got to go to the southernmost point in the US with her – the closest she had ever been to Cuba, since her family’s exile {scroll to the bottom to see that photo!}. Well, a few weeks ago Celine finally made it to Cuba. I asked her to write this blog post about her return to Havana. It is really special, and I hope you enjoy it. Without further ado, here’s Celine…


Havana is like no other place. So I was told by countless Cubans during my visit a few weeks ago. So I was told by my father who can barely remember the city where he was born, for he has not been back since. And so I was told by a culture that seesaws on its feelings for this strange, wonderful land. Continue reading

11 Days Driving Through Slovenia: Itinerary & Video!

on February 15, 2018

Hi friends – a short and sweet one for y’all today, in (belated) honor of Valentine’s Day and my never ending love of Slovenia (oh…and the guy who drove me through the whole country). In August, Dan and I spent 11 days driving through Slovenia and it was one of my favorite trips of all time. Honestly, every time a Slovenian athlete comes on the TV in the Olympics now I’m like “I LOVE SLOVENIA!!!!

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Why Travelers Need to Quit the ‘Once in a Lifetime’ Mentality

on February 1, 2018

I have had a lot of ‘once in a lifetime’ travel experiences – and for that I am grateful. But more and more, the phrase ‘once in a lifetime’ and the ‘once in a lifetime’ mentality have been bothering me.¬†Especially in how it relates to travelers. So I’ve decided that I’m swearing off the phrase ‘once in a lifetime’ – and I think you should too. Continue reading

How Travel Made Me Sick (And My New Blog Niche)

on January 27, 2018

Two days after I flew home to Michigan in December, I found myself sitting on a cold Doctors office table, being pricked with injection after injection of neon-red liquid. No, I hadn’t returned from some jungle expedition with a rare tropical disease. I was returning from three years of living in England, and four months of traveling within Europe. Every country I traveled to was considered “developed,” none had health warnings or required vaccines which I didn’t already have. So no, I wasn’t being treated for some rare condition…. unless you count the health impact of travel itself as a condition. Which, after dozens of painful injections, I was starting to. Continue reading

SLEEPING IN A SPACE POD IN ICELAND: Galaxy Pod Hostel in Reykjavik

on January 10, 2018

If sleeping in a space pod in Iceland isn’t on your bucket list, well, now it is!¬†The luxury¬†Galaxy Pod Hostel in Reykjavik is not only the¬† best hostel for a stopover in Iceland, but it’s also the introvert’s answer to hostels. During my emotional transcontinental move from England to the USA, I planned in a quick 2-night stopover in Iceland – partly because I’d been wanting to visit Iceland for years, and partly because I was in denial of my nomadic lifestyle ending. I spent ages looking for the perfect hostel for my layover: I love quirky, boutique hostels, that are super clean with a central location and low on cost… don’t ask for much do I?! Well, when I found Galaxy Pod Hostel in Reykjavik I was sold. Not only did it have great reviews, and was undeniably the cheapest option in Rekyavik, but I would get to sleep in a space pod. A SPACE POD. Continue reading

2018 Travel Plans

on January 2, 2018

I can undoubtedly say I traveled more in 2017 than any other year of my life – from¬†expat life in England, to living nomadically throughout Europe, I spent time in 16 different countries! In fact, it’s funny to look back on last year’s 2017 travel plans blog post and see that, wow, I really did follow through on most plans – which were only a dream when I wrote it!!¬†But how can 2018 live up to that?¬† If 2017 was the year of travel, I’m going to make 2018 the year of roots. Of slowing down, enjoying being in one place, reconnecting with family and friends in the USA. And not just because I have¬† to, but because I¬†want¬†to. Continue reading

Goodbye, England.

on December 12, 2017

I felt a click the moment the wheels lifted off the tarmac. As in: it’s too late, there’s no turning back now. The frost on the airplane window is telling me this is no longer your home.¬† I watch London’s close packed grey roofs fade into squares of white, cordoned by dark green hedges. All of England seemingly covered in crisp snowflakes, never more beautiful than in this exact moment, gazing down from my window seat. Beautiful because it’s no longer mine. It is like the country I love so dearly is sending me a white flag of surrender, offering up a final goodbye. Or maybe the snow is a celebration (of me leaving? or of my years here?). Continue reading

Gluten Free Budapest: Hungry in Hungary

on December 6, 2017
My AMAZING Texas barbecue burger at Drop, Budapest's 100% gluten free restaurant. If you're finding yourself hungry in Hungary, read this ultimate guide to gluten free Budapest! Including 100% gluten free Budapest restaurants and more.

I came to Hungary hungry (pardon the pun, friends) and I was in for a treat exploring the gluten free Budapest scene! Dan and I spent four days in Budapest in August (a one night layover between Belgium and Austria, and then a proper weekend a few days later). It wasn’t nearly long enough to fully explore the gluten free Budapest scene, or experience every single thermal bath all the things we wanted to see. I usually shy away from writing up gluten free city guides if I don’t feel like I¬†truly¬†know a city. However, I’m going to give gluten free Budapest a shot because Dan’s good friend and her mom (who are both gluten intolerant) visited Budapest a few weeks before us, and I got to pick their brains as well! Continue reading

A Cozy & Sustainable Stay at Ecomama Hotel Amsterdam

on November 29, 2017

If you’ve been following my instagram, you’ll see that life lately has been cozy, pink, and full of gluten free bagels: I have Ecomama Hotel Amsterdam to thank for that! With my spike in traveling recently, and also some reflections after working in the refugee camps, I’ve decided to honestly invest in making more ethical, sustainable, and socially responsible decisions with my money when I travel. (You’ll even see that I’ve added a new category in my blog menu: Ethical Travel). Whereas I previously looked for a low price/high design ratio in travel accommodation, I’m now adding sustainability into the mix. Continue reading