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Even With the Crowds, Italy Still Inspires

Even With the Crowds, Italy Still Inspires

Italy: the land of pasta and immense beauty–the people, the language, and the landscape.  It’s no wonder the country is overrun by tourists. From the shimmering canals of Venice and the rolling amber hills of Tuscany, to the rugged cliffs of Positano and the picturesque […]

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 […]

Running the Streets of Siem Reap

Running the Streets of Siem Reap

I packed my running clothes, hoping I could run on my trip. I wasn’t entirely sure it’d be safe, and I didn’t know if I could bear the heat even if it was safe, but when  I got to Cambodia, I learned that my friend, […]

World Tourism Day and Being a Respectful Traveler

World Tourism Day and Being a Respectful Traveler

Today is World Tourism Day! Did you even know that was a thing? To be honest, I didn’t. It turns out that the day was created in 1980 to create awareness about tourism and its social, cultural, and economic value. This year the World Tourism […]

Understanding the Differences Between Sustainable Tourism and Eco Tourism

Understanding the Differences Between Sustainable Tourism and Eco Tourism

The travel industry is one of the largest in the world and is expected to continue growing in the upcoming years. In 2016, international tourist arrivals grew by 3.9%.  With this growth comes the realization that tourism has the potential to benefit communities through conservation […]

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 […]

Steps to Simplify Your Life

Steps to Simplify Your Life

My brother-in-law jokes that he could pack up my entire home in a matter of hours. I think this is an exaggeration, but it’s not too far off. I used to have more stuff–boxes from college full of Mardi Gras beads, closets full of shoes […]