It's not scary to travel alone

Isn’t it scary to travel solo??

Often, when I tell people I’ve traveled in Europe by myself, they respond with something like, “Wow, you’re so brave!”

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What do I do when my travel buddy has a different travel style?

Everyone travels differently. Some people like pounding the pavement, perusing museums, and tracking down attractions. Others prefer relaxing and shopping, and still others like experiencing a place from a local’s point of view by exploring parks and eateries. Maybe you are a mix of all three or none of the above. Whatever your travel style, you’re very lucky if you find yourself with a travel buddy who has the exact same one. And sometimes unexpected differences can cause conflict while traveling. Here are some suggestions for navigating travel style differences so everyone involved can have a good experience. Read More

Foodie Fridays: The best foods to try in Scotland

I’m finally writing a Foodie Friday post about my favorite place! I love Scotland so much, not only for its beautiful mountains and cities but also for its food. My last trip to Edinburgh, everything I ate was great.

Here are some of my top recommendations for things to try in Scotland. And, of course, how could we start with anything but… Read More

I want to travel, but I'm stuck at home: Suggestions to help

Mental Health Mondays: I want to travel, but I’m stuck at home!

When I was studying abroad last spring, I got used to hopping on a bus and wandering all over England. My days were filled with hiking, exploring, and adventures. And when I got home and started working full-time right away, it was kind of a rude awakening.

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Midnight in IA: creative nonfiction

Midnight in Iowa

I am a night owl. Were it left up to me, I’d be up till 2 every morning and sleep until 10. And though I get up groggy and exhausted most mornings, fighting the urge to go back to sleep for another five hours, somehow the last few months have also left me afflicted by an insomnia.

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