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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Traveler’s Holiday Gift Guide

It truly is the most wonderful time of year, and I have already begun my shopping.  But that’s not to say finding the perfect gift for everyone is my list is an easy task.  Gift cards are basic.  Socks are too practical.  Clothing can be tricky when it comes to sizing and taste. Fret no [...]

4 Things to Do in Scotland for the Artsy, Outdoorsy Traveler

Strolling around a castle and exploring the town where Prince Will met Kate aren't out of the question.  Grace Huguelet did both of these and more.  She's spending her a semester abroad in France and took a trip to Scotland.  She shares some of her favorites from her time in Edinburgh and beyond.  (And if [...]

The revised & redesigned 40 Ways to Travel Better

About a year ago, I published my first book, 40 Ways to Travel Better.  Publishing a book is both exhausting and exhilarating.  For the past several months, I've been hard at work revising, updating and redesigning.  I teamed up with graphic designer, Catherine Reifschneider, and I'm obsessed with her redesign. Here's a bit about the [...]

Travel Needn’t Be So Posh

Cramped on a blanket in the park on a Sunday afternoon, we sat discussing French while eating croissants and gourmet cheese.  It’d been a gloomy day, and I really didn’t feel like driving all the way downtown for this French honor society rendez-vous.  But I’m so glad I did. Even though our little group spans [...]