One of my favorite places that I've ever visited is the Loire Valley in France. I did a day trip there from Paris during my first solo trip back in 2015 and had a wonderful day exploring gorgeous chateaux and tasting delicious wines and food. I was looking at my pictures from that day and I honestly got really down about how awful my photo taking skills were back then. I'm by no means I'm a professional photographer now, but I have learned a lot about composition and angles and am much more patient with waiting for a shot to clear of people. Lots of people visit Paris and never venture outside the city limits and I think it's a shame that they miss such an amazing region that's so close by, so I decided that it's silly to not share my travel advice just because I'm not happy with the photos I took of the location and to write up a post for you anyway! :)
If you know one thing living in the South, it's that weather forecasts are hardly reliable. When it seemed that Charleston would get some snow, most of us didn't think that we would actually see any. How wrong did we turn out to be!!
The day started out super icy; the courtyard outside my apartment looked like I could go ice skating on it by noon. I accidentally took a nap on my couch because of how warm and cozy it was in my living room, and I was greeted with such a beautiful snowy sight when I woke up and looked out the window!
I think we can all agree that no one likes to drop a ton of money on airfare when they could be spending that money on eating in nice restaurants, buying cool souvenirs, or incredible experiences like scuba diving or wine tasting. Unfortunately, flying costs can be a large expense to bear if you desire to travel almost anywhere. Today I'm going to provide you with my best tips for saving money on airfare so that your budget can be put towards the better parts of traveling!
There is no doubt that Charleston is a damn cute town. Even though I knew how photogenic this city was when I visited the first few times, I still can't help but pull my phone out to take a picture every other minute when I'm walking around. Just walking my dog Tinker turns into an hour long promenade down every little alley because I see another pastel-colored house I've yet to photograph. While just about every corner of Charleston is eye-pleasing in some way, these spots below are my favorites and the most 'instagrammable'.
Even though it barely feels like fall has begun where I live, I thought I'd get a little bit ahead and write up a holiday gift guide to help anyone looking for the perfect gift for their travel-obsessed loved one. While money or airline gift cards are never a bad gift, it's sometimes more fun to give a wrapped up physical gift. Some of the items listed below are things I received as a gift and loved, or purchased myself and used frequently in my travels.
After watching the first episode of the latest season of Master of None (you MUST check out this show!) that is set in beautiful Modena, I realized I've never really posted about my short time in neighboring Bologna. Now, I'm not saying that Bologna is this unheard of spot that no one else has discovered because that wouldn't be true, but it is certainly overlooked by tourists in favor of places like Rome, Florence, or Venice. I was drawn to this capital of the Emilia-Romagna region because of my favorite thing in the whole world: food.
While the city of Dubrovnik down on the southern Dalmatian Coast is the most popular tourist destination in Croatia, I actually prefer the Istrian Peninsula up north. I went there for the first time at the end of May this year and was blown away by its beauty and cuisine. I was only there for a handful of days but I already know it's a place I'll want to visit again and again!
Last year I visited Charleston, South Carolina for a quick three-day stop in between visiting two close friends that live on the East Coast. Little did I know that I would not only fall in love with Charleston but that I would end up moving there! Now that I have spent much more time in the Holy City (nicknamed because of all the church steeples dotting the skyline), I can provide you with a much more detailed guide of what to do and where to eat and drink if you happen to visit this wonderful place. As I explore more of my new home, I will update this with more recommendations. I hope you have a spectacular experience visiting Charleston!
Traveling with two passports can be quite convenient but it is also a confusing process when it comes to immigration control. I decided earlier this year to apply for a French passport, as I am a dual citizen with both America and France. I was born in California but my mother is French, which automatically gives me French citizenship through the right of blood. Once I got my shiny new passport, I was excited at the thought of being able to travel freely and without any time limits throughout the European Union, and to be able to quickly pass through border control. I realized, though, that I had no clue how to travel with two passports, and I didn’t want to risk sitting in some holding room because I messed up with a stern-looking border agent.
Paris is a beautiful city and my favorite one in the world, actually. It has a charm that is difficult to describe in words but is so evident once you're there. Unfortunately, Paris is still a big city so some precautions must be taken by anyone who visits so that your charming visit stays that way.
The Napa Valley is famed around the world for its beautiful vine covered hills and countless unique wineries where you can enjoy perfect California weather while sipping on some delicious wine. Located one and a half hours from San Francisco and one hour from Sacramento, this is a great day trip to make if you're visiting the Golden State. Today, I'm bringing you a quick post about my favorite wineries so that you have an easier time picking amongst the overwhelming amount of choices to visit.
Last year, Erin and I went on a road trip through Ireland and Northern Ireland and had a spectacular time. Ireland is a gorgeous country and its residents are some of the friendliest people I have ever met in my life. We were a bit nervous renting a car for our road trip, especially since they drive on the left side of the road. While we can't drive the car for you on your own Irish adventure, we can supply you with our best advice so that you feel as prepared as possible zipping around the Emerald Isle!
Really try your hardest not to overpack! 7/11s are everywhere and you can get absolutely everything you need there. However, sunscreen is really expensive in Thailand, so bring a lot of it. After paying $1 or $2 for everything else, shelling out like $13 for a tiny bottle of sunscreen will be painful. Also, make sure to bring tampons if you're particular about the kind you use. They're difficult to come by in Thailand, and when you do, they're usually some uncommon brand.
One of the reasons I’ve been able to travel so frequently and to so many places is because I usually stay in hostels. Now, I know a lot of people who haven’t looked into hostels tend to pull back when I offer them as an accommodation option, but hostels are really fantastic for those on a budget! I promise you that there are loads of amazing hostels that provide a social, clean, and cheap experience that isn’t sketchy.
Hey there! Today I'm bringing you our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for the girly traveler in your life, whether that's your girlfriend, bestie, or yourself! As an avid traveler myself, I know that I would love anything that would help me in my adventures or remind me of my fun travel memories, so I'm sure that any gift from this list would be well received by girls like me :)
Today I’m bringing you a listicle that answers one of the most frequently asked questions I get from people planning their first trip - “What items do I consider to be essential for travel?” While you could certainly live without any of these items, I’ve found that I get a TON of use out of them and I’ve had many hostel acquaintances go “Wow, I should start traveling with that!”.
READER WARNING: The following photos may cause you to immediately book a plane ticket to Granada!
Okay, but seriously, Granada is one of the most beautiful cities I've had the fortune to visit. It was the city I was looking forward to the most on this trip and it did not disappoint. Granada is found in the Andalusian region of southern Spain and rests at the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas (no, not the ones in California!) It has beautiful Moorish architecture, charming streets, and is one of the last places in Spain that serves tapas for free when you order a drink. It also has a very large student population, so it's easy to meet locals of your own age and get a better feel of the city!
Charleston, SC has never been a city that was on my radar; in fact, I had no idea the difference between Charleston and Charlotte. I knew they were both in the South, and that was about it. I was starting to plan my trip to visit two of my good friends - one in Savannah, GA and one in Washington DC, when one of my favorite fashion bloggers, Julia Engel from Gal Meets Glam visited Charleston. Her gorgeous Instagram photos inspired me to pay a quick visit in between Savannah and DC, and I’m so glad that I did!