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Hawaii highlights and Maui guide

September 2, 2019
Girl looking at clouds below at Haleakala

I will happily spend a few days on island time any chance I get. If you need a reason to jet off, look no further than this guide to my favorite Hawaii highlights. Aloha every day! While planning your trip you should research the local culture and mistakes to avoid in Hawaii. OAHU We flew into Oahu from LA and NYC and spent a few days here first.…

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Winter Park ski mountain adventure

August 26, 2019
Girl at Winter Park ski resort

I’d heard great things about another Alterra-owned resort – Winter Park – so after our season ended I headed west to Colorado. The Winter Park ski season lasts just slightly longer than ours so I was there from March 27-30. The weather was a mix: in the beginning of the trip I was skiing in a t-shirt on a bluebird day and on the last day it was…

Travel

Luggage essentials for traveling light

August 19, 2019
total group of luggage essentials

Most people can’t believe it when I tell them I’ve traveled for months with just a backpack. It’s very easy to do! I used to always overpack for trips but now I’ve got the luggage essentials down to a science. Here are my tips for saving space: 1. Your backpack is important – choose one that has a hollow inside similar to a suitcase. I chose the Osprey…

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France countryside gem: Monet’s garden Giverny

August 5, 2019
Girl on green bridge at Giverny

Going to Monet’s garden and famous house was like being in a dream. I’d always loved his paintings of a green bridge over water lilies and I’ve now experienced the same vantage point as one of my favorite impressionist artists. Logistically, it’s very easy to get to Giverny if you book a tour package through their site. The operator is ParisCityVision and they also offer other tours for…

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Paris sightseeing beyond the Eiffel Tower

July 29, 2019

Paris was a bucket list destination for me since I was young. In school I always wanted to study French, but it was never available for me to take. (Unfortunately in my experience U.S. public schools, especially in the South, are extremely limited in language offerings). When I decorated my dorm room I carefully selected and framed two posters: one of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and…

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The best of Old Town Prague

July 22, 2019
Colloredo Mansfeld Palace Prague

Our airbnb (sign up through my link for $40 off) wasn’t very close to Old Town Prague, but it was the most serene oasis! We loved the outdoor area and everything was so comfortable. There are a lot of coffee shops nearby so we picked up lunch to go and ate in the garden. It’s too far to walk to the center, but transport in Prague is really…

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Connecting canals and more Amsterdam attractions

July 15, 2019
Girl in front of canal bridge in Amsterdam

Going to Amsterdam is inspirational! Everyone bicycles to work and looks happy and healthy. The canals are beautiful and it’s a very picturesque place. We stayed in an airbnb near the museumplein, which was a charming area that is easy to walk around. The airbnb was adorable, full of colorful design and very quiet. Read on for my favorite Amsterdam attractions. We flew to Amsterdam from Barcelona, it…

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Your three day Barcelona travel guide

July 8, 2019
Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Barcelona was the first city we visited when traveling to Europe this spring. I was very excited to see the famed architecture and experience the laid-back bohemian vibe. I’m not used to eating late or siestas so make sure to plan accordingly! Restaurants will close in the afternoon and do not reopen until 7pm or later. Our airbnb was in a nice and quiet residential area (about 40…

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Santorini island is the ideal paradise

July 1, 2019
Girl three domed blue church in Oia Santorini

Santorini island is definitely an oasis – this was my most relaxing stay during this trip to Europe. We flew Olympic (operated by Aegean Air, one of my favorite airlines) to the small airport in Thira on their one-a-day 7:00 am flight. When we arrived I realized I’d screwed up our airport transfer but thankfully there’s a company Yafy that will take you to Oia for 12 euros…

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