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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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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30 cities to see before you're 30

30 before 30

The other day, my housemate and I watched a video called 30 Cities to Visit Before You’re 30. (It’s a great video—lots of pretty pictures and fun facts about the cities.) My housemate and I both love to travel, and she’s been to a bunch of places I haven’t (mainly in Asia), so together we were able to check off a number of the cities on the list.

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Madison, Wisconsin

Impressions of Madison, Wisconsin

Last weekend, my little sister and I packed up the car and went on an impromptu road trip to Madison, the capital of our next-door and “rival” state, Wisconsin.

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S(pace Needle)(tarbucks)eattle

Five reasons you need to visit Seattle

I was dreaming about Seattle years before I went there. It’s kind of a surreal place—the sunset over the water, the mountains, the Space Needle (I mean, what more perfect place for crazy science fiction stuff to happen, right? That’s what my writerly brain decided). It’s a little romantic too, thanks to the temperamental weather and Sleepless in Seattle. Even the place names and the atmosphere feel different from the Midwest. It’s one of my favorite cities I’ve been to.

Here are a few of the biggest reasons I loved it so much and why I think you should visit it as well.

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Pancake breakfast in Cardiff

The best foods to try in Wales

For #foodiefridays, here are the best traditional foods to enjoy on your next trip to Wales. Just in case a jaunt over to the land of leeks isn’t on your itinerary anytime soon, recipes are linked so you can whip up hearty Welsh dishes in your own cegin (kitchen).

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Above Florence, Italy

What’s next on my world travel bucket list?

Time for a quick life update! I’m off crutches now, so I can move around a lot more easily—just in time for the arrival of beautiful spring weather (we were getting blizzards here less than two weeks ago!). I have just a couple more weeks of being careful on my foot. I’m looking forward to getting back to working out and swing dancing very soon, both of which I have missed a lot.

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