Bella! Bella!: My Two Week Italian Itinerary

NatashaItaly, Mediterranean0 Comments

The Perfect Italian Itinerary

I spent two wonderful weeks traveling solo in Italy and had a perfect Italian itinerary.  As a top European romance destination, I often get asked where I have been in the boot-shaped country.  My plan was to eat pasta and drink wine around the nation until I dropped.  My two-week sporadic itinerary went something like: Florence>>Siena>>Rome>>Pisa>>Pompeii>>Sicily I wish that I had stepped a little more off the beaten path, but given my time frame I think I did pretty well.  Below is my two cents on each of the sun-bathed cities. Girls be warned – you will get catcalled and you … Read More

Off the Beaten Path Travel: I Wasn’t Planning on Going There

NatashaAustralia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Categories, Denmark, Destinations, Enlighten, Explore, Japan, Montenegro, Romania, Thailand0 Comments

Off the Beaten Path Travel

After writing a handful of blog posts, I realized there is a consistent pattern and viewpoint of many of the destinations I have traveled to.  Even while sharing travel stories with friends, family, and travelers alike, many of my sentences start out the same. “I wasn’t planning on going there.” I tend to travel with a pretty open schedule, and when I hear about cool places or things it’s hard to justify not making the trip!  The most common way I hear about off the beaten path travel destinations is from staying in hostels with like-minded travelers.   One of … Read More

Why You Should Study Abroad At Least Once

NatashaAustralia, Categories, Destinations, Explore, Recommendations, Tazmania0 Comments

10 Reasons to Study Abroad at Least Once

Breathing in the unfamiliar air, staring at the ocean from a completely different vantage point. The world around me had just opened up, and I felt small. I was 21 the first time I traveled abroad alone.  A dream of mine was to study abroad like my mother, and nailing down a country to do it in was the hardest part. After months of deliberation, I landed on Australia, to this day I still don’t know exactly why.  My school (UNCW – Go Seahawks!) participated with a number of international schools, and it was easy to do a semester exchange … Read More

The Tomato Festival in Spain: La Tomatina Not Shown in Photos

NatashaDestinations, Spain, Western Europe0 Comments

The Bad Side of La Tomatina

I got nervous as we arrived right before the massive trucks packed with vegetables drove through the crowded streets.  Young, old, guy and girl alike waited for the signal that would start the food fight.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m pretty sure I just paid 10 Euros to get my first black eye from a tomato. La Tomatina: The Tomato Festival in Spain Unraveled I put on the worst of my travel clothes, knowing that they would probably go in the garbage at day’s end.  We had been in Valencia for four days, with the La Tomatina festival … Read More

Ecuador Backpacking: How to do Nine Days for under $400

NatashaDestinations, Ecuador, Finance, South America0 Comments

Budgeting Ecuador

Travel doesn’t always have to be expensive.  Most of the time I travel for less per day than what it would cost me at home in my own country!  This past April, I decided to take a vacation to Ecuador after finding a cheap flight on Skyscanner. Miles earned from my Barclay World Elite Mastercard paid for the $473 RT flight from New York to Quito, so my goal was to do all nine days on less than $500 on the ultimate Ecuador backpacking route. I came in significantly under budget and had a great time traveling my first South … Read More

The Five Best New York Coffee Shops

CameronCategories, Eats & Drink, New York1 Comment

Locals New York Coffee

New Yorkers take their coffee seriously. It is a city with swarms of overworked people, plenty of money, and trade ports that crawl with activity; coffee in New York is abundant. We take it seriously here. Yes, you can find Starbucks all over the city; but ask any serious New Yorker, and they will have a favorite coffee spot for you that is not a chain. We love our independent spots. Coffee was made for this town. Each person has his or her own spot, and opinion. Often, it’s due to convenience. For me, it was a little shop called … Read More

What is Christiania?

CameronCategories, Denmark, Destinations, Europe0 Comments

What is Christiania

The whole city seems to have an aura of this overcast haze; it creeps through the canals and falls around the cities landmarks. Yet, Denmark and Copenhagen for that matter are said to have some of the happiest citizens. Something has to give. What is it about this socialist playground that makes people so happy? It could be the food. But every culture has its food, and although the Danes have great food, new and inviting food, they even have chefs like Chef Rene Redzepi, and his restaurant It could be the food. But every culture has its food, and … Read More

Rail Pass: To Buy or Not to Buy

NatashaCategories, Destinations, Finance, Japan, Recommendations0 Comments

Should you get a rail pass?

The million dollar question.  There is no yes or no answer when people ask if they should purchase a rail pass for the countries they are traveling.  Personally, I have traveled with a Japan Rail Pass and also with a Eurail Pass, which I will touch on later. Before I go on, the number one thing I want to stress is a rail pass is what you make of it. I have seen more places than I would have originally because I had the rail pass.  Knowing that I could travel anywhere within the network for “free” (because I already … Read More

Rabbit Island, Japan: Take the Okunoshima Ferry to Wonderland

NatashaAsia, Destinations, Japan1 Comment

Visiting Japan's Bunny Island

Rabbit Island, Japan.  Yes, you read that right.  On the small Japanese Island of Okunoshima lies a land filled with enough Peter Cottontails to fulfill all your childhood dreams. I couldn’t believe it when I heard about this place, and knowing I couldn’t miss it I hopped on the next ferry out.  As the crew from the Okunoshima ferry waved bye to me and traveled onward to their next destination, I realized it was just the rabbits and I. Rabbit Island, Japan: Life after the Okunoshima Ferry Japan is a world of great mysterious to most Westerners.  Japanese culture and people … Read More

Why You Should Visit Stockholm

CameronCategories, City Guides, Destinations, Europe, Sweden0 Comments

You need to visit Stockholm. Home of Vikings, Reindeer, and Meatballs I’m in the Stockholm, Sweden’s capital city. I was expecting something different, something frozen; instead, I’ve found a pleasant summer, filled with beautiful vistas, great food, and healthy lifestyle—they have a strange obsession with strawberries. You take a deep breath here and you’re like yeah, these Swedes have it pretty good. When I thought of Sweden before it was a mix of an Ikea Hell, of Heavy-Metal, of a frozen tundra, and reindeer everywhere—granted Sweden has all of this, but it’s also so much more. The countryside in the … Read More