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10 Things You Should Never (ever) Do Abroad

With all the lessons I've gathered up over the last three years of travel, I can say in total honesty that I know exactly as much about what NOT to do, as what TO DO abroad.  With every "travel hacking" notation I've made along the way, there's been a warning frantically scribbled on my notebook beneath it. Today, I figured I'd share a few of those "warnings" from my own experiences [...]

Sleeping in a Capsule with Rainbow lights in LONDON

Throughout London you'll see quite a few St. Christopher's Inn locations- there are eight in London alone.  The hostel/hotel chain has many locations, and not just in the UK.  I actually stayed at another location in Berlin, Germany two years ago near the beginning of my travels and loved it.  They have four guiding principles at St Christopher's: Safe, Fun, Secure, Value- and I can vouch for all four. One of [...]

Princess Treatment at Radisson Collection Royal Mile

Is there anything better than a suite on the top floor of 5 star hotel overlooking a castle and a street called Royal Mile?  I think not. Radisson Collection Royal Mile made my final two days in Edinburgh perfect.  I truly won't forget my stay here, or my visit to this city.  Edinburgh quickly became one of my new favorite cities- I know... I've said that too many times, but they [...]

By |2018-08-07T21:18:11+00:00March 29th, 2018|Europe, Reviews, Solo Female Travel|1 Comment

Living like a Local in Leeds, England

In February, with plans to head back to the states by the end of March, I had about 5 weeks left to explore more of Canada (I was in Montreal), but I was really feeling the need to slow down before beginning the journey home.  The project I worked on in Canada was over and I'd already adjusted to the cold, so I thought: why not finally make my way to [...]

And My Next Stop is…(Country #34)

I hinted at the Travel Pack Panel a few weeks back that my next stop would be one that I've been holding out for for quite some time- and that country is....drumroll please...ENGLAND! 🇬🇧 This will be my thirty-fourth country- which feels so crazy to say.  I remember when I had a solid goal of visiting 30 countries before 30, and here I am at 28 years old checking off #34.  [...]

By |2018-08-07T21:36:47+00:00February 14th, 2018|Dear Diary, Europe, From ___ with love|4 Comments

Four places to Eat, Pray, Love (beyond Italy, Bali and India)

There are so many special places on this planet, and I've been fortunate enough to discover many of them. Like every other "basic" girl from the states, I watched Eat, Pray, Love years ago (saw it twice in theaters) and was even more inspired to travel than I already had been.  It's hard not to constantly refer back to that story when I am reminded so often by people that I [...]

"How I healed my broken heart in Finland" by Dr. Tarryn Bannister

Looking back now, with the doctorate under my belt and currently enjoying a peaceful relationship, I can see that my 2014 heart break turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to me. I am more decisive now and I know what “I” want. Prior to us ending the relationship, I had grappled with indecision as to whether I could trust my own intuition. For years I [...]