Round Trip Roundup: JANUARY

6 countries, 7 cities, 100 plus miles walked. You could say January was stacked. I spent the majority of the month abroad and living out of a suitcase. Those city guides should be hitting your news feeds and inboxes each Wednesday for the next month at least. Although you'll be reading more in depth about [...]

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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 [...]

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. [...]

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 a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

11 Travel Movies to Inspire Your Next Adventure

I’m living in the restless in-between, when adventures and new places feel both distant in the past and far-off in the future. While nothing cures that melancholy like booking a flight, the next best thing to satisfy that wanderlust craving is to queue up a series of travel-themed movies. While your wallet and commitments demand [...]

Travel Thoughts Journal is on the market!

We all have thoughts and stories to tell, but getting them on paper is a whole different issue. And our travel experiences aren't immune to this writer's block. It's during these weeks that we're flooded with emotions and experiences we know we'll cherish, but oftentimes these moments become foggy just months after we return home. [...]

City Guide to Seattle

There’s this cult-like following of the Pacific Northwest.  Other hot vacation spots like Cabo or Florida just don’t compare to the hype surrounding PNW disciples.  At the end of July, I made my first trip to the Pacific Northwest, and I can see why all the fuss—its nature access, perfect weather and stunning views make [...]