April #IGTravelChallenge

April #IGTravelChallenge
April 15, 2016

Welcome to the #IGTravelChallenge!   April’s Theme: April Showers Bring May Flowers   To be honest, I hate rain. Hate it! Ask anyone who knows me. I picked this theme because I wanted to see everyone else’s rain photos. Last month’s month-long challenge participants had some of the most amazing photos and stories. I know someone is going to blow me away with their mad photography skills. Why do I hate rain? It seems like it follows me. I didn’t always have this dislike of rain. Two years […]


Best of the #IGTravelChallenge

Best of the #IGTravelChallenge
April 10, 2016

Back when I first hatched this idea to do an Instagram Challenge for the travel community, I wasn’t quite sure how it would play out. All the doubts crept in but the idea wouldn’t leave me alone. I had to make it happen. #IGTravelChallenge was born. I was lucky enough to be joined by two co-hosts who have ROCKED this challenge to the TOP! Thank you so much to my co-hosts, Carlie from A Cajun in Cali and Hannah from Traveller Hannah!!!!! If you don’t follow these ladies, […]


A few differences Americans will discover in Poland

A few differences Americans will discover in Poland
March 25, 2016

Dear Dad, Let’s talk about the differences Americans will discover when visiting Poland and Germany. Sometimes I was a little dumbfounded when confronted with a difference because I wasn’t sure what the heck I was supposed to do, such as change the temperature of the shower water. It seems like a relatively easy task but I was half way through my shower before I realized how to change the temperature at one hostel. I found a few things to be comical, some to be annoying and others to […]


What to Pack for a 2 Month Trip

What to Pack for a 2 Month Trip
February 24, 2016

Packing for a two-month trip can be pretty daunting especially when you are traveling with carry-on luggage only. To make it even more difficult, try taking a backpack that is the size of a typical high school bag. After purchasing an incredibly cheap ticket with Ryanair, I realized my carry-on bag could only be 7 inches deep.   Yikes! I realized after spending a month in Roatan with a backpack and a half pack full of stuff that I tend to wear the same clothes over and over […]


Is Teaching at a Language School in China Worth It?

Is Teaching at a Language School in China Worth It?
February 18, 2016

I have been and always will be a question-asker. Sometimes you simply need to know stuff. This interview series features random travelers I meet that may or may not blog or write about their travels. They work or travel to unique places. I want to know why and what they recommend in order to follow their path. My goal is to bring you different ways to travel the world. Showing you how you can afford to visit exotic and alluring places is important. Not all readers understand traveling […]


Rantings of a Tired Hostel Guest

Rantings of a Tired Hostel Guest
February 16, 2016

During my travels of Poland, I have spent sporadic days in Warsaw as it became my hub during my volunteering time with an English language center. Since my stay wasn’t continuous, I had the pleasure or misfortune of sampling several hostels, trying to find one that was satisfactory in price and features. It was a challenge!     I spent my first Warsaw stay at New World St. Hostel on Nowy Swiat. It was trying, to say the least. First off, I arrived on a late bus and followed […]


Enhance Your Berlin Experience with the Perfect Hostel

Enhance Your Berlin Experience with the Perfect Hostel
February 10, 2016

I have found the perfect hostel. Actually, it is more like a hotel, only much cheaper. This magical hostel is located in Berlin, Germany. It is The Grand Hostel. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Hell yes!     Berlin was not a city I particularly wanted to visit. I’m not sure why I felt this way but I did. However, flights into Europe were considerably cheaper if I chose to land in Berlin, hence, my need for a hostel in the city. Since I was landing there, it seemed […]


100th Anniversary of the National Park Service

100th Anniversary of the National Park Service
January 24, 2016

Look who is turning 100! The National Park Service.     2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the park service creation. The service was created to preserve protected areas of wilderness and wildlife. There are 59 national parks in the United States and its territories.   There are many celebrations and projects planned to mark this special year. My favorite is The Greatest American Road Trip. You can follow Stefanie and Jonathan as they embark on an epic journey to visit each park including those located in American […]


Experiencing the World as a Medical Student Volunteer

Experiencing the World as a Medical Student Volunteer
January 21, 2016

There are an immense amount of volunteer opportunities throughout the world. My friend Niki has participated in three rounds of volunteering. All as a medical student. All in third world countries. Brave? Yes. Adventurous? Yes. She’s got it going on. I met up with her on Roatan, a small island off the coast of Honduras. She was volunteering again at the medical clinic down the road from our hostel.     Let’s Chat Volunteering!   Where have you volunteered overseas? In what capacity? Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras. All […]


The Ultimate “Bucket List” List – Part 2

The Ultimate “Bucket List” List – Part 2
January 17, 2016

Welcome to Part Two of the Ultimate “Bucket List” List. I love bucket lists. Always have, always will. I’m drawn to movies like Bucket List with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson and books such as Next Thing on My List by Jill Smolinski. My list wasn’t called a bucket list but something more like the ultimate goal list. Then the movie came out and changed a lot of people’s thoughts about travel list making. Through various books and websites, I learned to be specific with my items like […]


Working as an International Licensed Teacher

Working as an International Licensed Teacher
January 14, 2016

I have been and always will be a question-asker. Sometimes you simply need to know stuff. This interview series will feature random travelers I meet that may or may not blog or write about their travels. They work or travel to unique places. I want to know why and what they recommend in order to follow their path.   My goal is to bring you different ways to travel the world. Showing you how you can afford to visit exotic and alluring places is important. Not all readers […]


The Ultimate “Bucket List” List: Top 5 Bucket List Items from 11 Bloggers Around the World

The Ultimate “Bucket List” List: Top 5 Bucket List Items from 11 Bloggers Around the World
January 12, 2016

I love bucket lists. Always have, always will. I’m drawn to movies like The Bucket List with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson and books such as Next Thing on My List by Jill Smolinski. My list wasn’t called a bucket list but something more like the ultimate goal list. Then the movie came out and changed a lot of people’s thoughts about travel list making. Through various books and websites, I learned to be specific with my items like “See polar bears in the wild in Alaska” versus only […]


Visiting West Bay: How and Why

Visiting West Bay: How and Why
January 10, 2016

One day in March, I’m laying on my couch, sicker than a dog, thinking about what was I doing here. A flu bug was sweeping its way through the restaurant where I worked sending co-workers home in waves. That day it chose two other people and me. I am thankful for that flu bug. It is not something you hear people say often. Now, you may think I’m crazy, right? But hey, look where that flu bug prompted me to go. West Bay on Roatan!     That […]


Get the Inside Scoop on Cruise Ship Working

Get the Inside Scoop on Cruise Ship Working
January 7, 2016

Many people have dreams of working on a cruise ship. Sounds fun and exciting, right? Well, it can be, for sure! My fellow seasonal worker Krista dishes on life aboard a cruise ship. Depending on the cruise contract you nail, the possibilities of sightseeing are endless. Cruise ship working is hard work but rewarding. For other seasonal working opportunities, check out these chats with a nanny, a student worker, or a teacher. Let’s Chat Cruise Ships! How many years did you spend working on a cruise ship? Cruise […]


Host a BaconFest Party

Host a BaconFest Party
January 3, 2016

Mmmmmm, bacon. One of my favorite food groups! It is a separate food group, right? Given this thought pattern shared between my sister and me, we thought, “Let’s host a BaconFest party.” I’ve been to parties based around food themes before such as Mexican or Italian foods but never one based solely on one ingredient.   The idea of a bacon-themed party started with BaconFest Chicago. When I moved to Chicago a few years ago, the festival was in its inaugural years. It has since grown to a […]