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2016 Rewind

With 2016 being slated as the worst year in the history of time, this is a unique moment of time to reflect on. Of course there are plenty of other historically crap years arguably worse. But, between the conflict in Syria, the Refugee Crisis, ISIS, terror attacks, Brexit, Trump, the Zika virus, police shootings, and what seems like an endless stream of loss and sorrow, 2016 is at least on the shortlist of crap time. 2016 has certainly left me hoping that 2017 will be a year of a million changes, fresh starts, and happiness. Putting the gloom behind me,…
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Packing Cubes Review

Usually when I pack I use my trusty plastic zip lock bags to keep my clothes organized. This year, I thought I’d class things up a bit and try out packing cubes. After a bit of time on google, and checking out the ones Alex in Wanderland uses, I decided to order 3 different sets from Amazon with the aim being to return the ones that didn’t suit me as well. I’ve tried out a few different cubes so you don’t have to!   WHAT I ORDERED: Item 1 : The Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Set I ordered this…
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Why You Should Visit Sarajevo

If you read my review of Intrepid Travel you know that I did zero research before jetting off to the Balkans. Though this isn’t my usual, I really loved it because I had no expectations. If you’re headed to Paris, odds are good you are picturing yourself gazing out across the city atop the Eiffel Tower, and imagining how wonderful of the crepes will taste. The risk you run with this is disappointment, so really I was setting myself up perfectly for this trip (the lazy man’s excuse). No expectations = no disappointment! Like many people, when I think of Bosnia the first thing that comes to…
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Choosing a Tour Company: Intrepid Travel Review

This summer I did something I haven’t done in quite a few years. Instead of being the usual googling and research guru I pride myself in being, I decided to be lazy for my trip to the Balkans, and join up with a group tour where all of the logistics and details were taken care of.Though the lazy side of me was excited, the side of me that is accustomed to researching every detail and creating an itinerary that suits my whims was nervous. This was my first trip with Intrepid Travel, a tour company I first heard of through Nomadic Matt, and I…
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Solo Travel for Women – Is it Overrated?

As I reach the upper tier of my twenties I’ve been ill-advisedly clicking on more and more articles about things you have to do while you’re still “young”.  Many lists are entitled things to do before you turn 30 or things everyone should do in their twenties, and other headlines which make me worry I’ve missed out on something extremely time sensitive things and after 30 I’ll be too old and decrepit to do whatever it was. Though many of the items are fairly eye-roll worthy (try a new sport – really?), one thing I did take away was solo travel. I…
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A Lesson in Age

As I somberly careen towards the upper end of the decade where my age begins with a 2, I’ve found that I’ve aged in a very real way with very little knowledge of it. I actually didn’t even know it had happened… until I spent an evening attempting to socialize with a group of 19-22 year olds. They were nice. I didn’t dislike them. I did want to rip my own arm off just for a bit of interest.   My evening of awakening began in Galway, where I went solo to a pub crawl. Usually I find with a…
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What’s Coming: Eastern Europe & Ireland

Ireland

What’s Coming: Ireland & Eastern Europe This weekend I’m spending a fair bit of time preparing for my next trip. On Wednesday I head off to visit one familiar place and a bunch of new places. It was only when I started getting things together that it really hit me how little I know about some of these new places, and I’m feeling a bit guilty that I didn’t put more effort into finding out about local customs and conversational phrases. Starting it off: The first stop is Ireland, and though I’ll be landing in Dublin which is familiar, I’ll…
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Buying a House vs. Traveling: How to do Both

House

A little over two years ago I purchased my first home. But before I dipped my toe into the enraging enigma that is the housing market, I had a lot of hesitations. Mainly I didn’t want to sacrifice travel and adventure, or the possibility of it. The thought of just living in this house and doing nothing else until the end of time made me panicked, and if that was the only way to become a home owner I don’t think I would have. So, I started looking at it a different way – my sister was the one who…
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Gradually, then Suddenly. May 2016.

As long as April felt, May turned the tables a fluttered by… at least that’s what I’m assuming as I have very little memory of this time. While writing down the month that passed I had to check the calendar again to be sure that really was May that was already out the door. Not 100% sure I wasn’t drugged and missed part of that?! Also summer arrived. GRACE   With two new employees starting this month I’ve been on a roller coaster of emotion. Both of them are great, but it’s fairly overwhelming to try to teach a million…
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It Was the Best of Times; it Was the Worst of Times

With people often asking me the best and worst places for certain types of travel I’m kicking off my list of the best and worst travel destinations in a few different categories…offering advice and of course my personal successes and, well, less successful dabbles in these arenas. These will be bias based on the places I’ve been – so check out the travel map   Western Europe on a Budget – The Best : If you’re looking for a taste of Europe, but want to spend a modest amount of money on your travels you should absolutely be kicking it…
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