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 [...]

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How to Throw the Perfect Bastille Day Party

While I'm an American by blood (and proud), I have this insatiable crush on France.  Its romance language makes my heart race, and its commitment to Nutella as a basic food group makes me salivate.  The French take their time, savor each moment and make some dang good dessert.  Their independence day is approaching rapidement, [...]

9 Things I Learned From My Summer Abroad

Nutella, chocolate macaroons and café au lait.  I tasted 'em all during my summer in Toulouse, France.  But beyond the good eats and stunning sights, I took in many lessons from this time abroad, ones I'll hold close to my heart for years to come.  Here are nine things I learned from my summer abroad: [...]

Photo Diary: Portorož, Slovenia

Western Europe gets a lot of hype—as it should.  Western Europe is home to stunning places from big, bustling London, England to small, charming Najac, France.  But it's a big continent, and there's so much more that meets the eye than on social media.  I remember receiving an email, asking me if I'd like to [...]

A Step-by-Step Guide to Grocery Shopping Abroad

No textbook or teacher could ever prepare for grocery shopping in a foreign country.  Even beyond the foods you’ve never heard of, there are so many more questions.  Why are they selling rice in packages bigger than dog food bags?  Why are they also selling cat statues?  Is that duck in a microwavable dinner?  Shopping [...]

How to Make a House a Home While Living Abroad

The expat life looks glamorous with its exotic culture and foreign foods, but there’s something to say for familiarity and known.  Living abroad may include a host of new experiences and exciting adventures, but it’s important to create a “homey” space in your apartment or house while living abroad for any amount of time. This [...]

How to Pack for a Summer in France

It's only three months, but at the same time, it's three freakin' months!  Packing for a summer abroad can be both harder and easier than just a week-long vacation.  What can I buy once I arrive?  What can I not live without for three months?  Will I even know where to buy nail polish remover [...]

My Summer Bucket List (+Free Template)

Is it possible to be awfully panicked yet overwhelmingly pumped all at the same time?  I can’t believe I leave for my summer adventure in Europe in a few short days.  I’m all for living in the moment, but I also want to be intentional with the time I have there.  That being said, here [...]

A Love Letter to Travel

Darling Travel, I’ve known about you for most of my life.  I’ve seen you at a distance through family stories and friends’ posts on Facebook.  You looked glamorous but a bit out of my league.  You seemed nice but way beyond reach.  I remember driving home with my dad on a cold January night when [...]

My Most Versatile Travel Item

You may not be a jetsetter, but you’ve probably been on your fair share of trips, retreats and camps.  You start working your way through the suggested packing list, and think, why the heck do I need a money belt?  When am I ever going to use those construction boots or water socks again?  I’m [...]