Gluten Free Restaurants NYC: A Guide to Eating Gluten Free in NYC

on February 6, 2019

New York City is truly a gluten free mecca. Actually, NYC is the first place I traveled to when I originally had to go gluten free back in 2012. I remember that trip vividly – I had only been gluten free for about six months (filled with many cross contamination experiences and a lot of sickness and frustration). I was living on bland salads at my college’s dining hall and dreading travel to a new location. Then I arrived in New York City to a huge array of high standard gluten free restaurants serving safe food that tasted … GOOD. The gluten free restaurants NYC scene has grown exponentially in the passing years, just as awareness of celiac disease, and the pop culture and scientific research on gluten free lifestyles have grown too. Yet, some of those original restaurants still remain. I have been back to NYC so many times over the passing years, now having both best friends and family living there. Each time I love revisiting my old favorites, and exploring new gluten free options.  Continue reading

To all the places I have loved before.

on February 1, 2019

The country count has its place but its place is not in loving. I have lived, and loved in many places. I haven’t loved them all the same, and they haven’t always loved me in return. So, maybe not to all, but to a few places I have loved before… Continue reading

How to Create Your Travel Life: Lifestyle Changes to Help You Travel More & Live Better

on January 30, 2019
If you want to create a travel life for yourself, consider these lifestyle changes to help you travel more and live better. #travel #travellife #travelmore #traveltips

You don’t need to choose between travel and life… you can have a travel life. Stop looking at instagram and wondering how some people travel so much, and instead start making targeted changes in your daily lifestyle. Building a travel life isn’t an overnight change, and it doesn’t mean you have to give up all your small pleasures. It just means you have to shift perspective and make room in your lifestyle for choices that support travel. Continue reading

January 2019 | Recap

on January 28, 2019

Hey there friends. Somehow January has mostly passed. I don’t know why I’m always surprised when the end of a month arrives, time being, y’know, constant and all. But here we are again. That’s one reason I like these little monthly recaps. I get a chance to look back at the past 30 or so days and realize, oh wait, a lot actually happened! And it’s a nice way to catch up with all of you. Here’s what I was up to in January. Continue reading

A Minimalist’s Carry on Packing List: Traveling Carry On Only with Encircled (+ Giveaway)

on January 23, 2019
In this minimalist's carry on only packing list, you'll find a complete guide to traveling carry on only. Including the best multi-way clothing and more. #carryononly #carryontravel #carryon #encircled #chrysaliscardi #travel

On my recent trip to New York City, I decided to curate a carry on packing list. In the past, I’ve succumbed to the hectic pre-travel packing rush: Even when I travel carry on only, I would only use about half the items I stuffed in my bag. So, I made the decision to very mindfully choose items that were versatile and sure to be useful. With the help of Encircled, and their multi-way chrysalis cardi design, as well as other travel-friendly designs, traveling carry on only was a treat. I’d love to share my carry on packing list with all of you! Continue reading

Wellbeing Habits Lately | Winter 2019

on January 19, 2019

Hi friends, and welcome to the fourth installment of my ‘wellbeing habits lately’ series. By a happy accident, this has turned into a seasonal series. I didn’t set out to write it this way, but I think it’s fitting because personally, my wellbeing habits and needs do change along with the seasons. If you are new here, in this series, I share a few of my wellbeing habits, whether that’s a physical product or a new philosophy. Continue reading

December 2018 | Recap

on January 16, 2019

It feels weird to be doing my traditional monthly recap post whilst everywhere around me the internet is reflecting on the entirety of 2018. In truth, I haven’t taken much time to look back over the year as a whole. I’ve got my plane flight back home from NYC in a bit (I’m waiting in the airport as I write this), and I seem to do my best thinking at high altitudes. Maybe that will lead to some reflection. In the meantime, let’s take a little look back at 2018’s final month… Continue reading

2019 Travel Plans

on January 2, 2019

I’ve been looking forward to writing this post for months, y’all! There is something special about travel planning at the beginning of the year. A new year can be a beautiful blank slate of opportunity. As different travel plans flit through my mind, I’m not only imagining individual adventures, but also how they will piece together to create the year as a whole.

Oh, 2019. I’ve already got a good feeling about you! Continue reading

Cherry Tree Inn Traverse City MI: Review

on December 19, 2018

You all know by now that one of my favorite places to travel in Michigan is Traverse City, a small city located on Lake Michigan. I’ve spent years coming to Traverse City in the summer for swimming, boating, paddle boarding, farmer’s markets, and quintessential Michigan summer experiences. Turns out Traverse City is equally wonderful in the winter, though… it’s the perfect cozy destination and Cherry Tree Inn was the ideal place to escape the cold. Continue reading

2018 Travel Favorites

on December 19, 2018

Well, the final trip of the year has been taken. I’m hanging up my 2018 traveling shoes (and pinching pennies for my 2019 travel-booking spree). As I look back on the travels I’ve taken this year, I wanted to reflect on them in a unique way. You’ve been reading along my blog so you don’t need a month by month recap of every trip! Casey from Land of Marvels had such a fun post on this very subject, so I’ve decided to create my own in that style. I’d love if you wrote your own ‘travel favorites’ post and commented your link below! Continue reading