50 Tips for Your First Trip Abroad

As I’m preparing to head back to Europe in a few months, I’ve been thinking back to my first trip “abroad” and I thought I could share some advice, so I’ve compiled a list of 50 tips that I would give to someone heading out for their first international trip! The Basics #1: Pick somewhere on the beaten path. I know, I know, everyone’s always … Continue reading 50 Tips for Your First Trip Abroad

Havana for Pirate Enthusiasts - 5 Swashbuckling Things to Do

Havana for Pirate Enthusiasts: 5 Swashbuckling Things to Do

Ahoy, mateys! Before heading to Havana for a month I did a lot of research – and one of the things I tried to find out was if there was any interesting “pirate stuff” that you could see in Cuba. I’ve loved pirates since I first read Treasure Island in second grade, and that interest was further fueled by the release of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and a … Continue reading Havana for Pirate Enthusiasts: 5 Swashbuckling Things to Do

Travel Video: Traditional Greek Dance

Travel Video: Traditional Greek Music & Dance

When we hopped off the Metro at Syntagma Square in Athens, we were lucky enough to catch this performance of traditional Greek music and dancing! It was cool enough that I had to get a video… The first short clip is of a street performer playing a traditional Greek bouzouki near the Acropolis, and after that you can see two different dances that we saw … Continue reading Travel Video: Traditional Greek Music & Dance

10 Fun Things to Do on Santorini

10 Fun Things to Do on Santorini

We loved our visit to Santorini, but life moves a lot slower there than we were used to, so we were always looking for more things to do while we were on the island! We traveled during the off season, in November, so about half of the businesses on Santorini were actually closed – which we didn’t mind–we got to see this gorgeous place sans … Continue reading 10 Fun Things to Do on Santorini

Bonneville Speed Week 2016

Bonneville Speed Week Travel Guide

When I was researching for our trip out to Bonneville Speed Week, there weren’t many resources to help with planning, and I’ve since learned that some of the information was outdated or incorrect. Therefore I wanted to try my hand at an updated guide for those wishing to attend Bonneville Speed Week as spectators! What is Bonneville Speed Week? Speed Week is an event that … Continue reading Bonneville Speed Week Travel Guide

Travel Memoir Reading Challenge

Travel Memoir Reading Challenge

I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions, but this year I did want to challenge myself in a few ways. I’ve been wanting to work more on this blog and my travel writing, and I’ve also set a higher goal on Goodreads this year than last year. Between these two things I saw an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone, so I … Continue reading Travel Memoir Reading Challenge

8 Tips for Visiting Meteora

8 Tips for Visiting Meteora, Greece

1. Why Meteora? If you’re in the midst of planning a trip to Greece and on the fence about fitting in Meteora, I have one piece of advice: just go! This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a truly unique place in Greece where you can visit living monasteries, see gorgeous Byzantine-era artifacts, and experience the incredible landscape (and even more incredible monasteries clinging precariously to … Continue reading 8 Tips for Visiting Meteora, Greece

10 Must See Archaeological Sites in Greece

10 Must-See Archaeological Sites & Museums in Greece

When you imagine a trip to Greece, glimpses of its ancient past–fluted columns and marble sculptures of muscular gods and well-draped goddesses–probably aren’t far from your mind. If you’re channeling your inner archaeologist à la Indiana Jones when heading to Greece, it can be difficult to know where to start! I’ve compiled this list of our top 10 favorite archaeological sites and museums that we … Continue reading 10 Must-See Archaeological Sites & Museums in Greece

Greece - the xenophile life

Greece

This November, my husband and I were fortunate enough to visit one of the countries I’ve always wanted to experience – Greece! We spent 10 days in the country, exploring four very different regions – the museums and ruins of Athens, the monasteries of Meteora, the archaeological site at Delphi, and the picturesque island of Santorini. November is definitely the off season in Greece, but we … Continue reading Greece