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My Favorite Travel Gear

Eleven countries later, and I'm starting to figure things out. I'm often asked what travel gear I recommend from shoes to bags. It definitely depends on the type of trip and activities you'll be doing, but after many trips, here are some of my favorite travel tools and gear: This post contains affiliate links, which [...]

How to Eat Gluten-Free While Abroad

I get it.  Jumping on a jet and going across the ocean is exciting, but when you have dietary restrictions, it can be a bit nerve-wracking, especially if you’re gluten-intolerant or have celiac disease.  I’ve been eating gluten-free for more than six years, and I have three family members with celiac disease.  But here’s the [...]

Round Trip Roundup: MARCH

Sixth grade didn't seem so long ago, thanks to the Jonas Brothers getting back together with their new single "Sucker." March was packed with revisiting my sixth grade boy band obsession (it was bad, let me tell you), keeping busy at work and school and traveling to New York. The weather is warming up, and [...]

8 Things You Need to Do Before Studying Abroad

You’ve turned in the application and bought your plane ticket.  You spend your days procrastinating homework by googling photos of your soon-to-be home and planning weekend trips.  I’ve been there in the pre-study abroad haze.  You might’ve reached the point where the excitement dulls for just a moment and you start freaking out: How should [...]

How to Plan Your Next Trip Like a Pro

As glamorous as it appears on social media, travel can be downright overwhelming.  Where to begin?  How much to spend?  Where to go?  Where to eat?  There’s a lot of factors that go into a trip from lodging to activities.  Have no fear!  With the right amount of planning, you can ensure that your next [...]

Your 48-Hour Guide to Morocco

Let’s just say that Epcot’s Morocco has nothing on the real thing, and Mackenzie Nelson will tell you that from firsthand experience in Tangier, Chefchaouen and Tetuan.  She’s currently studying abroad in Cannes, France, and found an international student excursion group called We Love Spain that was organizing a trip to Morocco.  With its reasonable [...]

Everything You Need to Know About Traveling to Italy

A summer in Milan spent studying fashion design, image and styling isn’t swinging for the fences; it was a reality for Kaitlin Sheppard.  Most days of the week were spent in class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but her weekends took her to Lake Como, Cinque Terra, Rome, Florence and Belluno.  I asked Kait [...]

Round Trip Roundup: FEBRUARY

Snow bombarded mid-Missouri this month, and I'm so over it. The number of snow and ice days were more than I wanted or needed, and they had me dreaming about my glory days bopping around Europe but also blogging about them. This month was short but packed with celebrating gal pals for Valentine's Day and [...]

Rome City Guide

I’d been to Rome once but wasn’t wild about it.  I preferred Florence and small town Assisi, but my second time to Rome redeemed it once and for all.  The first time I went, apparently I was too tired and overheated, but this January, I returned and absolutely loved it! If you’re headed to Rome, [...]