INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY | Help me Help Refugee Women!

on March 7, 2018

It’s March which means Women’s History month and International Women’s Day (Thursday March 8!) – AKA girl power month. It also means I have an announcement!

On Earth Day (April 22) I will be running 13.1 miles in an all-women half marathon, in support of my beloved Refugee Women’s Center. I have run races before (only one half marathon!) but I have NEVER done a fundraiser. Why am I doing my first one now? Well, I found the charity that deserves it. Continue reading

February 2018 | Recap

on March 4, 2018

Usually I write my monthly recaps gradually throughout the month. They’re the blog posts that I pretend-write in my head on long runs, or quickly jot sentences down in my phone for.  So it’s unusual that it’s taken me this long to sit down and write my monthly recap for February. That’s why I’ve decided to go with a different format for this month’s review – I’ve used the same basic format for the last two years so this will be refreshing!

Thanks Ellie for inspiring me to write this post, and PipHeidi Apples for inspiring Ellie! Without further ado… Continue reading

Wellbeing Habits Lately | 1

on February 25, 2018

So recently I came out to y’all about some of my health problems, and that I plan to bring increased wellness content to le blog! Yay! I’m really excited about this – I hope you are, too! A combo of wellness and travel content was actually my goal when I originally created this website, but well, as you can see travel took over. As I’m working on getting healthy and bringing some balance into my life, I’ll also be bringing some balance to this blog. Which brings me to… Continue reading

What I’m Loving About Repatriating to the USA

on February 22, 2018

One thing I’ve noticed about repatriating to the USA is that people are always asking me, “Are you okay?” Like they are so concerned about me, like they assume I hate being back in the USA. I do appreciate the concern – it was difficult to leave England, and I would rather have some acknowledge culture shock than ignore it! But on the other hand, it was my decision to move back to the USA. I wanted to come back for multiple reasons, and it’s definitely been the right decision for me.  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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How to Read More on the Go

on February 12, 2018

Turns out, it can be really difficult to read when you travel! And not even just traveling, but any kind of busy lifestyle. However… I think I’ve finally cracked the code on how to read more on the go – I’ve read over 15 books just in the two months, including during a long trip to NYC. I’m not a speed reader, in fact I’m kind of a slow reader (I like to savor it!).

But reading more on the go is not just a phase for me. Continue reading

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

January 2018 | Recap

on January 31, 2018

Just when I thought I was getting away with a mild winter in Michigan, I woke up to a full-on blizzard and 8 inches of snow!! I hope you guys are enjoying whatever wintery weather you’re having. ANYWAY. Welcome to the first monthly recap of 2018!

In 2017, I met my goal of doing a recap every month (you can see them all here), and I’m pretty proud of that! I want to keep it going for 2018 – but in an effort not to get bored, and also because things are changing around this part of the internetI’ve introduced a couple new headings. Just read on to see what’s new! 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

My Top 10 Super Practical Tips for New Expats

on January 24, 2018

It feels strange to longer be an “expat,” but in some ways I think I will always identify as an expat. Take, for example, how I perk up when anyone mentions they are planning their own move abroad. I love to give advice, hence the blog (or maybe this is one of those chicken and egg situations?), so I’ve been gradually compiling a list of practical tips for new expats in my head.

Add into the equation that one of my best friends from growing up in Michigan is imminently moving to Australia, and my head has really been buzzing with ideas. Over brunch the other day, Sydney (my friend) mentioned to me how she is wiring her money to her new Australian bank account, and all of a sudden all these alarms started going off in my brain. Like, Inside Out style. Imagine little Mindy Kaling-voiced elves storming through my frontal lobe with “practical tips for new expats” files under their arms. Continue reading