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Road Trips on a Budget

Road Trips on a Budget

The kids and I are embarking on a 10-night road trip through the South next week. We hadn’t planned on taking a road trip (Emma is spending a month in Mexico, and I’m spending a month in Southeast Asia. Those are our planned trips for […]

Guide to St. Louis Coffee Shops

Guide to St. Louis Coffee Shops

When I moved to St. Louis in 2003, I worked my way through a printed list of area coffee shops, looking for a space I could call my own. I had two coffee shops in my college town that I would bounce between depending on […]

How to Make Sense of Travel Advisories for U.S. Citizens

How to Make Sense of Travel Advisories for U.S. Citizens

In January, the Department of State revamped its travel advisory page and how it provides information about other countries. Before the list only included countries that had a travel advisory, but now the list includes all countries with the following classifications: Level 1 – Exercise […]

Reflections on Traveling Solo

Reflections on Traveling Solo

I’ve been on so many solo trips that I forget it’s not something that everyone feels comfortable doing. I find comfort in being on my own, allowed to experience a new place in any way that makes sense to me. It’s invigorating and freeing. But […]

Ecuador Travel Guide

Ecuador Travel Guide

Ecuador was the biggest surprise of our South American trip. We didn’t have any expectations for the country because we didn’t know that much about it, but my daughter and I both agree that it was our favorite country from the trip. There’s much to […]

South America Packing List

South America Packing List

From the Amazon Rainforest and coastal beach towns to the Andean Mountains, South America has much to offer, but this diversity in geography and climate make packing a challenge. Hot and humid days on the coast can be followed by bone-chilling nights in the mountains. […]

Colombia Travel Guide

Colombia Travel Guide

Bustling cities, Andean adventures, Amazon jungle, and Caribbean coasts. Colombia packs all of South America’s treasures within its boarders. The country that was once riddled with drug cartels and violence is now one of the most popular up-and-coming destinations. In the past 10 years, international […]

Tips For Planning Your Next Trip

Tips For Planning Your Next Trip

How to plan your next trip I spend a lot of time researching trips. It’s how I fill the non-travel part of my year–it’s honestly something I love doing. Recently a friend of mine, who is thinking about taking her first trip to Europe, asked […]

Tips for Booking Cheap Flights

Tips for Booking Cheap Flights

Airfare is often the most expensive part of traveling. If I can find a cheap flight, I can always make the rest of a trip fit into my budget. But with so many options, how do you find cheap airfare? Which days are the best […]

Planning for South America

Planning for South America

We decided on South America many months ago, or rather my daughter, Emma, pitched the idea to me in a way that was convincing enough to change my mind. I was planning to go back to Southeast Asia, one of my favorite regions of the […]