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!
Hey y'all, today I'm bringing you a quick post showing you what I packed for my trip to the East Coast + Europe. I'm only traveling for a month this time and will mostly be in warmer climates, so I didn't need to bust out any heavy coats or super warm clothing. I'm also going to show you my new camera bag and what I packed in that!
If I had a penny for every time someone asked me what my favorite country to travel to was, I’d be rich. The answer I always give to that question is Slovenia, which usually elicits a confused “Wait, where the heck is Slovenia??”
Slovenia is a small country of 2.06 million located in Central Europe, bordered by Italy to the west, Austria in the north, Hungary in the northeast, and Croatia to the south. There's something for everyone due to its range of different climates and geography. You'll find warm Mediterranean sun and water sports on the coast, gorgeous mountain hiking in the north, and quiet lakes and forests in the center. If you're looking for a dose of city life and interesting architecture, the capital Ljubljana is perfect for you!
Hello there! I'm back with a post on what make up and toiletries I brought on my 9 week European backpacking trip. I personally travel with just a carry on sized backpack, meaning I must follow the 3-1-1 rule which states all liquids or aerosols I carry must be 3oz or less and fit in one 1 quart sized plastic bag. Since I was traveling for over two months, I inevitably had to restock up on items like hair conditioner and face wash, but I actually find it fun shopping in foreign countries and seeing what beauty goodies they have.
It's no secret that ladies traveling alone face a higher risk of falling victim to crime than men do. This is an unfortunate reality but it should not stop any girl with the travel bug from adventuring out and ticking off destinations from her bucket list. I've compiled several of my best tips on how to be smart and safe so you don't end up needing Liam Neeson to come rescue you!
Located at 191 Queens Gate in South Kensington, you'll find Astor Hyde Park Hostel in the most expensive neighborhood in one of the most expensive cities in the world. While it may seem strange to have a backpacker hostel in such a fancy locale, I really enjoyed being able to experience a small slice of life in this upscale quarter of London. Every person I passed exuded poshness and the roads were lined with flashy sports cars and million dollar homes.
If you are looking for the perfect place to call home while visiting Prague, look no further! Today I am reviewing Sir Toby's Hostel, a quirky and beautifully decorated hostel that is bursting with charm.
If you read my last post on Prague, you'll remember that I didn't exactly have the best time, but that was through no fault of this enchanting fairy tale town. I arrived in Prague after a terrible seven hour bus ride, where my laptop was stolen and a debilitating cold quickly took over my immune system. Thanks to Sir Toby's wonderfully comfortable environment and friendly staff, I was able to relax and recuperate during my short stay there.
Today I'm reviewing the Olympus Pen E-PL7 16MP Mirrorless Digital Camera, which I personally believe to be the best camera for amateur photographers who want something better than a point and shoot or their phone camera but don't want to venture into DSLR territory quite yet. Let me first begin by saying that I am not at all a photography professional - I know the very basics, like the exposure triangle and the rule of thirds, but I still shoot in automatic half the time.
So... I didn't exactly have a good time in Prague. I'm pretty disappointed that I didn't get to experience the full beauty and culture of it due to certain circumstances that I dealt with during my time there. I actually had my laptop (which I had just gotten a month earlier) stolen on the bus from Budapest to Prague and then came down with a terrible cold and fever. I didn't even leave my hostel room except to get food on my first full day in the city. I basically laid in bed bitter and sick and the fact that the hostel was practically deserted due to it being slow season did not help my case.