Our first stop! Visiting Riga, Latvia

Riga Latvia

We flew out of Fort Lauderdale Florida after two days at the beach,  convenient you could say, after spending two days sitting on the beach.  We all got on our flight out of the U.S. with a tan. One long connection in Stockholm and we touched down in Riga at … Read More

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

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.” … Read More

Why You Should Study Abroad At Least Once

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 … Read More

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

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 … Read More

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

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 … Read More

The Five Best New York Coffee Shops

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 … Read More

Rail Pass: To Buy or Not to Buy

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 … Read More

Why You Should Visit Stockholm

Home of Vikings, Reindeer, and Meatballs I’m in 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, … Read More