An Ode to McDonald’s

I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the real MVP of my travels: McDonald’s. No, not because I like fast food or get excited about nuggets and a red-footed, red-haired clown. Let me take a second to explain. When I arrived in Berlin on a chilly, windy, wet April morning, I was running on…

How I’ve felt after nearly a year without travel

So…. Last I wrote, I was headed off to Australia in April 2016. My post was about the adjustment to post-grad, full-time working life and missing the freedom to roam. In some ways, not much has changed since then. I’m still adjusting to being a real adult and to be honest, I don’t love it…

The real reason I travel

I have been feeling uncharacteristically emotional and anxious lately. These feelings, I’m sure, are symptoms of stress from exams, lack of sleep, nervousness about my impending graduation and uncertainty about the future. This emotional tempest of late has caused me to be immensely introspective; I’ve thought deeply about who I am, who I want to…

12 life lessons I learned from a year of travel

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley 2013 was the year I fell in love with travel. 2014 was the year I let that love take me all over the world. In the past 365 days since I started this blog, I traveled to three continents, nine countries…

5 reasons why I’m grateful to be broke

I had a long discussion with some friends last night about another friend  or ours who is studying abroad in Europe. She traveled to a different country almost every other weekend during her semester and now that her classes are finished, she’s traveling around Europe. We kept asking ourselves, “How is she affording all of…

Top 15 Destinations on My Travel Bucket List

From Rio to Zurich, I am drawn toward cities with beautiful, colorful architecture and waterfront cityscapes. The following are 15 places on my before-I-turn-30 bucket list, apart from the ones I get to check off my list this summer — Rome, Paris, Barcelona, London and Montecarlo. 1. Prague, Czech Republic 2. Berlin, Germany 3. Amsterdam, Holland   4. Venice, Italy 5….

I’m going to Europe!

Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m young, and I’m broke. As a 20-year-old college student, though, what else would you expect? But the thing is, I am dying to travel. I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain last summer, through a program with my school, and the experience undoubtedly changed my life forever. Leaving the States for the…