Photo Diary: Christmas Markets in Prague

I’d heard of these Christmas markets and how magical they were, but I had yet to see them for myself until I visited Prague this January. Christmas had been over for more than a week, but Prague’s Christmas markets in Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square were abuzz with sweet treats and little trinkets. From [...]

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Vlog: How to Pack for 3 Weeks in Europe During Winter

I can usually get away with 30 minutes of frantic packing when it comes to a weekend trip, and it all ends up just fine.  But an international trip?  A trip that lasts three weeks?  A trip during the winter?  Hot dang.  I might need more than 30 minutes and one run to the store. [...]

How to Save Money for Travel

Some things never change.  Your order will forever be a caramel latte with nonfat milk.  There will always be dishes in the sink at the end of the night.  No matter how many passwords you’ve created in your entire existence and written down somewhere, you still have to press the “Forgot Password” button.  And money [...]

Round Trip Roundup: DECEMBER

I think I'm done with holiday parties and Christmas songs but never the treats. I don't know about you, but come the end of December, I'm ready for the new year. I promise I'm not a scrooge! December was chock-full of family and friend gatherings along with gifts I'm loving. Here's a look: 1 . [...]

8 Things I Learned in 2018

Life doesn’t go as you planned; I can tell you that much.  This year saw a wide range of emotions but, most importantly, growth.  But here’s the deal: growth is unbelievably uncomfortable.  If I’m being honest, this wasn’t my favorite year.  There was much change, difficult classes and just monotony.  Truth be told, I’m really [...]

Photo Diary: Chicago at Christmastime

Short but sweet.  I was in Chicago for less than 24 hours, but it was packed with activity and a great getaway.  And all at Christmastime (with surprisingly good weather for Chicago)! We started our night at the Skydeck in Willis Tower.  We paid $24 for each ticket and zoomed up the 103 floors in [...]

Your Holiday Party Survival Checklist

I don’t make it to the zoo much these days, but shopping any day in the month of December should suffice. But seriously. Parking takes twice the amount of time, and it’s almost necessary to hockey player-style check people to reach the aisle you need. I guess it’s the best time of the year if [...]

Flight, not Fight: An Essay on Fear

Over a plate of nachos that were made with random items scrounged up but that were ultimately burned, I figured something out about fear and travel. Recently I cooked dinner with my freshman-year roommate, and we reminisced over our days of sharing a room the size of a gym locker and binge watching the entire [...]

Round Trip Roundup: NOVEMBER

In the moment, it can feel intense.  In the moment, it can feel like the end of the world.  In the moment, it can feel like the best thing you could do for yourself. In the moment. Whether it's getting unnecessarily frustrated at a red light or slap-happy laughter at midnight on a Tuesday, those [...]