Guest Posts: Paris and Planning

Recently, I had the opportunity to write guest posts for Sarah at EarthLists.com and Penny from GlobeTrove.com, two awesome ladies who run awesome travel blogs.  I got to talk about my favorite place of all time, Paris, and one of my favorite activities: planning! See more below for the links to the respective posts. • •…

Whole30 on the Go: The hardest thing I’ve ever done

Never in my life have I coveted vegetables. Never have I stared longingly at a plate of scrambled eggs. Never before have I thought to myself, “Man, I could really go for some spaghetti squash right about now.” But here I am, devouring salads like they’re pasta, inhaling plain grilled chicken breast like it’s chocolate…

Getting Back on Track

It’s been a while, huh? When I started this blog last year, my intent was to write weekly, but after our European home exchange, I dropped the ball and only wrote a few times between October 1 and the end of 2016. No, we didn’t go anywhere during those months (except a few short stays…

Gone for So Long

I’ve been trying to write this post for over a week. I’ve started and deleted half a dozen variations on it, but haven’t been able to narrow down to a central theme. I had wanted to post something last week, but here we are, two days out from departing, and I still can’t figure out…

Six Reasons to Spend Six Weeks Abroad

In America, it’s uncommon to hear of people taking really long vacations or trips lasting more than two weeks because most companies in the US don’t offer much paid time off or allow people to work remotely. In Europe, things are a little different. Spain and Germany give their workers 34 days of paid vacation,…

How to Pack for 6 Weeks in 2 Carry-On Bags

We’re 38 days out from our Schwannema Euro Adventure, slowly checking things off of our pre-trip To Do list. And today, I knocked a big one off the list: doing a test-pack to make sure we can live out of carry-ons for 36 days.

Sleeping in Airports

My brother is in Ecuador right now, visiting a friend. Together, they are exploring the Galapagos Islands, making my dad and me supremely jealous — of what they’re getting to see, not how they got there. Erich, my brother’s friend, is living in the mountains with a host family so in order to get down…

Michael, my Uber driver from Ethiopia

I’m a big fan of Uber. It’s convenient, keeps me from having to talk on the phone to anyone, makes payment simple. I also like talking to the drivers, learning why and how they became a driver, and get some locals’ insight into the place I’m visiting. A few months ago, when I was in…

Our Love Affair with AirBNB

Love affairs can be intense.  They can be fulfilling (in more ways that one), heart-breaking, country-song-inspiring, appetite-suppressing, completely and totally engrossing. Love affairs can also be quiet, satisfying, romantic and provide much needed comfort and support. When AirBNB first showed up on the scene, I was skeptical, not sure I was the right person for…

Crashing on Couches & Traveling with Anxiety

I’m an anxious person. Always have been. As a kid, I would stress out over things like talking on the phone (even to order pizza), not getting an A on an assignment, getting yelled at or in trouble. I especially stressed out over something that most little girls my age lived for: the sleepover.