A dozen reasons to visit Split, Croatia!

A dozen reasons to visit Split, Croatia!

Split is one of those cities that you can easily spend a week or more visiting and not see everything. I mean you can see all of the major points of interest, but I think you need a lifetime to really see every unique part of the city. Early last month we had the opportunity to spend 10 days in the city, and it was wonderful! Today I’m sharing all of my (and Ryan’s) favorite things to do in Split!

You might be looking for a post on Dubrovnik. Don’t fear, I wrote it. It’s ready to go. I plan on still sending it out there, because I think it’s important to acknowledge that not every Pinterest-worthy place fits your travel style. But there’s been an awful lot of negativity in my life over the last week, and I want to go to a happy place. So come with me to a happy place!

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31 Days of Everyday Adventure: Week Two

31 Days of Everyday Adventure

It’s that time again! It’s week two of the 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 days. They’ve been helping me (and fellow participants) engage the world in a new way. And let me tell you, it’s working! 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 let’s dive in to week two, shall we?

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I’ll be home for the holidays (but only in my dreams)

What to do when you won't be home for the holidays

It’s just over two weeks until Thanksgiving, the best holiday of all holidays that ever holiday-ed! You know that that means: everyone is already thinking about Christmas. The Christmas markets are being set up, stores are playing holiday music and even commercials are started to turn towards holiday-themed. It’s the best time of the year!

Even though we’ve been away for the holidays the last two years, this is the first time we won’t even have any friends to celebrate with. What on earth are we going to do??? I’m not entirely sure what our days are going to look like, but I can tell you that we won’t be sitting around, crying and playing that sad Charlie Brown song.

I’ve been brainstorming for weeks on how I can make the most of this holiday season. I know that our problem isn’t really a problem to some people; we’re in Europe, we’re happy and healthy. But it doesn’t stop the feelings of being left out and forgotten. It doesn’t stop the fact that we won’t be with our families. And family is what the holidays mean to me.

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31 Days of Everyday Adventure: Week One

31 Days of Everyday Adventure

When Shelly from The Goal List told me about her plans for 31 Days of Everyday Adventure, I immediately wanted to sign up. Not only a good friend of mine, Shelly also runs a bucket list blog that has given me plenty of inspiration with my own bucket list. Her idea was to create a challenge for her followers and friends to complete little bucket list items every day. The challenges aren’t anything too crazy, just really fun stuff that sometimes pushes you out of your comfort zone.

“Every day can’t be an amazing bucket list travel adventure, but we can choose to be a little adventurous every day.”

I love this! I love the idea of making every day a little adventurous. We might be travelling full time right now, which in and of itself is you know, a pretty darn big adventure. But there’s something special about taking a few moments of your day and doing something extraordinary.

The best part? You don’t need to hop on a plane and go somewhere to do any of it!

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Refresh and recharge while visiting Lokrum Island

Refresh and recharge while visiting Lokrum Island

So you’ve made it to Dubrovnik, congratulations! I’m sure you’re excited to see all the city has to offer and take some time to make sure you complete my list of must-have moments. But there’s one thing I want you to keep in your back pocket. You ready to hear a secret? It’s two words: Lokrum Island.

WHAT!

Crazy, right? Once you’ve been in Dubrovnik a day or two (or maybe mere hours, depending on how fast you need a break), you’re probably going to want to get away from the crowds of people. If you don’t need a break to recharge, good for you, please tell me how you do it. However if you’re like me and need some space every once in a while, this one is for you.

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One week in Dubrovnik, Croatia: the highlights

One week in Dubrovnik, Croatia: the highlights

If you’re following me on Instagram or Facebook (or you love me and read my blog posts all the way to the very end) you know that we have been in Croatia for the last month. Can I just say how much I love this country? It’s gorgeous and charming and all of the people we’ve met have been so welcoming. But I have to be honest with you: before we landed in Dubrovnik the only things I knew about Croatia came from Cersei Lannister.

I kid, I kid. I actually didn’t know anything about Croatia before we landed. For real, we were only up to season three of Game of Thrones!

We spent a week in Dubrovnik, which realistically was far too long, which is another story. A short recap: we both got sick, blew our budget, and were really feeling burnt out. At and at one point were ready to just leave the city early. But looking back on it now, our time in Dubrovnik was really special.

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How I learned to deal with travel burnout

How I learned to deal with travel burnout.

I gotta be honest with you and admit that this post has been hard for me to write. It wasn’t hard to find the words to express my feelings, I mean I can always find words. The hard part was taking the very first step and admitting that I’ve fallen victim to today’s post topic: travel burnout. It left me feeling like a complete failure. Am I a bad traveller? Am I doing something wrong? Other people travel for years and don’t feel this way. It’s only been a few months! No one wants to admit to travel burnout, but many people have experienced it. 

We’ve been on the road since May. With only a brief two week stop at home, we’ve been in a new place for the last five months. We’ve been experiencing new cultures, new languages and new foods. I’ve had to make a new home for us in four different cities at this point. It’s been exhilarating and awe-inspiring and so, so hard.

I had been feeling pretty bummed out for the last month. I was sick with what felt like the flu, tired of mapping out yet another new route for our travels the rest of the year and feeling like I wasn’t getting any sort of nutrition from the crap diet I was eating. After spending hours trying to figure out how we were ever going to leave Romania and getting nowhere, I finally had a breakdown. I realized that I was feeling some serious travel burnout, and I needed to do something immediately before I threw my hands up and booked a ticket home.

I’m happy to say that I’m just on the other side. It’s not easy to power through burnout, but it’s comforting to know that I have an arsenal of tools to help me continue to fight it.

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15 unforgettable Paris moments for first-time visitors

15 unforgettable Paris moments for first-time visitors!

Paris.

The City of Love and the most romantic place on earth. We were lucky enough to spent our third wedding anniversary here early in September, and it was everything I thought it would be and more. For five lovely, enchanting, thrilling days we walked the city streets and soaked up as much Parisian spirit as we possibly could. Paris is the perfect place to spend a holiday, whether you’re in a relationship or traveling solo.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when planning your first trip to Paris. The city is huge and has a lot of hidden gems to discover. To help combat that I’ve put together a list of moments that made our trip absolutely perfect. You might not be able to do all of them, but I think they’re a good starting place. I’d love to hear your favorite memories from Paris if you’ve already been. I’m already collecting ideas for our next trip!

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10 Reasons Why You Should Summer in Scotland

When you imagine your summer vacation plans I bet you probably think of sitting on a beach somewhere, drinking a fancy cocktail with an umbrella straw. Perhaps you think about a trip to the big city where you can visit museums and get lost in the crowd. Or maybe you get a little bit crazy and plan an all-inclusive cruise somewhere exotic with plans to drink your way through a week at sea. Nothin’ wrong with that! But I have to tell you that all of these options are silly and you should really be booking a plane to Scotland for your summer break.

Why Scotland? Well, because I said so. I’m just kidding. Except I’m not. In all actuality, Scotland is a great place to visit no matter the time of year, but it’s especially enchanting during the summer months. True, it might get cold AF in the evenings and be rainy and windy a few days every week, but don’t let that stop you! For real, don’t let that stop you.

You’ll be surrounded by history and beauty and have a chance to meet some of the most friendly people on the planet. Don’t forget the excellent shopping in the major cities, yummy food and good brews and even some interesting local wines. There’s something for everyone!! Here are ten of my favorite reasons to head to Scotland tomorrow, but there are so many more just waiting for you to discover.

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Linlithgow Palace: A Quick and Cheap Morning Trip

Linlithgow Palace - A Quick and Easy Morning Trip

It doesn’t happen too often, but every once in a while I find myself with a free morning in Edinburgh. On mornings like these I like to get out of the city and explore somewhere new. Trains and buses take you pretty much anywhere you want to go that isn’t within easy walking distance, which is something I’m definitely going to miss a lot when we leave. Our trip to Linlithgow Palace occurred on one of these rare mornings when we didn’t have anything else planned.

The ruins of Linlithgow Palace sit in the town of Linlithgow, a short train ride away from Edinburgh. With a great history and free access to almost every corner of the palace, it makes for a great morning away from Edinburgh.

You’ll have to excuse the quality of photos presented in this blog post. I forgot my camera and had to use my phone to capture these moments.

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