Bringing Travel Home: DIY travel push pins

Bringing Travel Home: DIY travel push pins

Testing, testing – can you hear me? It’s been a hot minute since I last wrote, did you forget about me? I swear I didn’t forget you, I’ve just been super duper busy. I hope we can still be friends! Long story short: I was taken down by what I think was the flu during our last week in Spain, flew back home three weeks ago, packed up a moving truck at my parents and drove five hours to our new apartment in Pittsburgh. There was a lot of family time, some self-imposed me time and a lot of puppy cuddles. I also got a new computer, accepted a new position working for the city, AND successfully restocked our pantry.

To say it’s been a whirlwind is a bit of an understatement!

Making our new apartment feel more like home has been my main goal over the last few weeks. I think I’ve done a fairly decent job of it, and with quite a few trips to IKEA under my belt, I’m finally done buying the necessary furniture we need. Now it’s on to the fun stuff: incorporating our travels into our decor!

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Cheers to 2017! New year, new goals!

Cheers to 2017! New year, new goals!

Happy 2017, everyone!

How long into January is it acceptable to wish people a happy new year? A week? Two weeks? The entire month? For me it takes until the end of January, sometimes into February, to actually remember that I’m in a new year. I’ll be writing 2016 on all of my documents for the foreseeable future. Does that happen to anyone else?

Every New Years Day Ryan and I sit down for our own State of the Union where we put on our comfiest pajamas, make a pot of coffee and get to business. We talk about everything: the past year, the coming year, successes and failures, hopes and dreams, realistic professional goals and personal developments. This year travel will be featuring pretty heavily into our address, and I thought I would share my 2017 goals and resolutions here with you guys. That way I have even more people holding me accountable!

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My ABCs of 2016: A very McVagabond year!

A very McVagabond Year: My ABCs of 2016

Goodbye, 2016! It’s the end of another year! I’m another year older, maybe not much wiser, and so ready for 2017.

2016 was a good year for me. We started travelling full time, I started meeting amazing fellow travel bloggers. I learned a lot about myself, about Ryan and the world around me. I learned about what I need and want in life, and also what I need from other people. We’ve had some of the most amazing experiences, and we’ve had some of the worst. I’ve definitely grown up quite a bit, but I also feel like I’ve grown my sense of wonder and amazement quite a bit. The world is a hard place to be in sometimes, but it’s also gloriously beautiful.

So back in October I happened upon this post from Adventures in Aussieland. She recounts the ABC’s of her travel life, which I loved reading. It’s a fun way to get to know someone a bit more. I thought as it’s the end of the year it would be fun and easy to do something similar! Let’s go!

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Ending 2016 with the Liebster Award!

Ending 2016 with the Liebster Award!

The number one thing that I have come to love about travel blogging over the last six months is the people. The travel blogging community is one of the most kind, thoughtful and supportive groups of people I’ve ever had the privilege to be a part of! Just thinking about all of the amazing people I’ve met online (and the ones I’m going to meet in real life, planned yet or not) brings me so much joy! I have this entire online community to turn to with happiness and hardships and I know they’ll have my back and help me through it.

I also love how we seriously celebrate each other. Every little accomplishment gets a chance to shine. My Facebook is overflowing with positivity and gorgeous travel photos, so there’s not much more I could ask for. One of the ways that small bloggers are celebrated is the Liebster Award. I happen to have been nominated by Sam from Sam H Travels, a blogger that I’ve come to know and love reading. I’m so happy to accept this honor, share my answers, and promote some fellow bloggers that I want everyone reading here to love, too.

What is the Liebster Award? It’s a way to recognize other travel bloggers for their efforts and achievements through their blog. In otherwords, it’s sunshine and happiness, rolled into an award.

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How to enjoy Vienna at Christmastime!

How to enjoy Vienna at Christmastime!

If you’re looking for any last-minute ideas for a magical and wonderful vacation spot, look no further because I’m sure I have the answer that you’re looking for: Vienna, Austria!

I know you’re probably thinking that you’d rather go somewhere warm. Somewhere with a beach where you can laze around in your red and white bathing suit with a fancy, frilly egg-noggy drink. Personally, I hate egg nogg and much prefer mulled wine (or anything else, for that matter), but if that’s your jam, that’s cool! Vienna might not be warm or beachy, but it has a lot of Christmas spirit, which makes it a really nice winter destination, if I do say so myself.

So, here’s how I think you could make the most of your trip to Vienna should it fall in the month of December!

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Embracing our new favorite tradition: the Christmas market

Embracing the Christmas Market experience!

This year it seems like my Facebook feed is full of Scrooges, and it’s really ruining my buzz, you know? I don’t know if people literally can’t embrace their Christmas spirit or it’s now the cool thing to hate on the holiday (did I miss that memo?) but I’ve decided to combat it the only way I know how: by cranking up my own holiday intensity to a 20 out of 10! That means singing Christmas carols to Ryan while he works, drinking hot beverages out of my festive mugs and begging to watch a different holiday-themed movie every night. It also means embracing my newest and most favorite holiday tradition: the Christmas market.

I remember when people were a bit shocked that we were travelling around Europe in the winter. This right here is reason #1 out of, well, a  lot.

In all seriousness, we went to our first Christmas market a few weeks ago while we were in Budapest. To say I was magically overwhelmed was an understatement. The lights! The smells! The sights and sounds! I had to make Ryan just sit with my for thirty minutes until the sensory overload ebbed and I could continue on. And the best part is that every city we’ve been to has had their own version of a Christmas market(s). I’ve been to a few and every single time they get better.

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31 Days of Everyday Adventure: The Final Week

31 Days of Everyday Adventure

Welcome back to the final installment of 31 Days of Everyday Adventure!

So as you all know, every days in November I completed (or tried) to complete a challenge given to me by Shelly from The Goal List. They were small, easily done challenges designed to enhance my every day. I wasn’t always able to do them due to my current situation of travelling around Europe, but I have loved every minute of it! And I can’t wait to finish the challenges that I put off until we got back!

So with December 1 comes the closing of this challenge. While I’m sad it’s over, I’m also currently enjoying reflecting on everything and remembering how things went. Let’s take a look at the final few days, shall we?

 

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31 Days of Everyday Adventure: Week Four

31 Days of Everyday Adventure

Hello everyone! It’s time to talk 31 Days of Everyday Adventure!

Every day in November I’m completing a challenge given to me by Shelly from The Goal List. These challenges are small and unique tasks that are designed to enhance your every day! They’ve been helping me (and fellow participants) engage the world in a new way. I’ve been doing things (almost) every day that I wouldn’t have done on my own. That’s what is so cool about this challenge.

Where has the month of November gone?? I can’t believe it’s almost over, which means so is this challenge. Let’s look at what I did for week four!

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How to fall in love with Zagreb

Fall in love with Zagreb, Croatia in 13 easy steps!

It’s easy to fall in love with new cities upon your first (or second, tenth or 147th) visit. I should know, I do it all the time! Some might even call me a professional. Every once in a while you find a city that really resonates with you. The kind of place that sticks with you long after you’ve gone.

Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and the largest city in the country. With that said, the population is just over 790,000 so the city feels more like a large town where everyone knows each other. We were always walking by people running into their friends and neighbors on the street. The city is full of really amazing architectural details, secret passageways and streets, and some of the best food and drink you’ll find in Europe (in my opinion, anyway).

It’s easy to fall in love with Zagreb. Don’t believe me? Well, I’ll reserve my “I told you so” until the end of this post. Here are my surefire ways to fall in love!

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31 Days of Everyday Adventure: Week Three

31 Days of Everyday Adventure

Hello everyone! It’s time to talk 31 Days of Everyday Adventure!

Every day in November I’m completing a challenge given to me by Shelly from The Goal List. These challenges are small and unique tasks that are designed to enhance your every day! They’ve been helping me (and fellow participants) engage the world in a new way. I’ve been doing things (almost) every day that I wouldn’t have done on my own. That’s what is so cool about this challenge.

So, what was I up to in week three?

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