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My 30 Favorite Photos From My Trip To Russia

The start of this trip in Russia was an absolute dream. With the visa process taken care of, I was so incredibly excited to go back to one of my favorite places in the entire world. There is so much… Continue Reading →

June 2017 Recap

June has been a crazy busy month. As this post is going live, I’m in Russia! And it’s late. Oops. I always try to publish recaps on the first of the month, but this time it just didn’t happen. I… Continue Reading →

How I’ve Saved Thousands of Dollars to Travel the World

The time has come, yet again: I’m heading off on a big trip this summer! And whenever I announce I’m going on a trip, it’s only ever a short time before I’m asked the inevitable question: how can you afford… Continue Reading →

A Daytrip To Ripon

Three years ago, I was studying abroad in Nottingham and our group went on a long weekend trip up north. As we were driving from Fountain’s Abbey to York, Bob the bus driver made a detour and drove us in… Continue Reading →

How To Get A Russia Tourist Visa In The UK

Russia is the largest country in the world and one of the most fascinating, beautiful, and diverse places on earth. But so many people don’t visit it for one simple reason: every person needs to have a visa to enter… Continue Reading →

10 Everyday Items I Pack On Every Trip

Packing has become second nature to me—every trip I go on, I bring more or less the exact same things. While there are some great clothing essentials that are definitely important, it’s almost always the small items that make the… Continue Reading →

On Returning To Russia

Personal post time. Three years ago, I visited Russia for the first time. It was the trip of dreams: two weeks solo in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Russia was my greatest dream. I’ve loved Russian history since I was a… Continue Reading →

Chester: Northwest England’s Hidden Gem

England is full of vibrant cities, charming towns, and quaint villages. On my most recent visit to Northwest England, I finally had the chance to explore the town of Chester properly. I’d visited Chester, in the county of Cheshire, previously… Continue Reading →

Beverley: One Place You Can’t Miss In East Yorkshire

Since moving to York in October, I’ve made it one of my missions to explore as much of Yorkshire as possible. Before moving here, I had barely spent any time in the area—I went on a group trip when I… Continue Reading →

May 2017 Recap

May has been a nice mixture of both busy and relaxing. I’ve been in England the whole month, but was able to do two great daytrips from York, and a long weekend away to Northwest England. Here’s what I got… Continue Reading →

Why I’m Leaving My Job to Travel (Again)

Well, it’s déjà vu all over again. Last week I gave my notice at work. I’m officially leaving my job to travel. Again. I’m excited, scared, nervous, ecstatic, and everything in-between! Last year, I left both my jobs (quitting one… Continue Reading →

The Peak District: Hope Valley, Castleton, Mam Tor, and More

The Peak District National Park is quickly becoming one of my favorite places in England. The scenery is stunning, the villages are charming, and there is so much you can do in terms of outdoor activities. On my most recent… Continue Reading →

Visiting The Rila Monastery, One Place You Can’t Miss In Bulgaria

Of all the things I wanted to see on my trip to Bulgaria, I really had my heart set on just one: the Rila Monastery. I’d seen photos of it everywhere, this magnificent monastery complex nestled in the mountains. And… Continue Reading →

Hiking The Old Man Of Coniston In The Lake District

I finally visited the Lake District for the first time last month! This national park has been on my list for years, but due to lack of gear, and the amount of time it would take to get there when… Continue Reading →

A Quick Guide To Sofia

Having fallen head over heels in love with the Balkans last year, I was determined to get to Bulgaria this year (and conveniently visit my friend living in Sofia). I was based in Sofia for my trip, but definitely didn’t… Continue Reading →

12 Things Every American NEEDS to Know About Europe

Having spent large chunks of time living and traveling in Europe over the last few years, I’ve learned a whole lot of lessons. The US is so different from Europe, and there’s lots of basic information Americans should know before… Continue Reading →

April 2017 Recap

April was a really busy month. A Yorkshire daytrip, a long weekend trip to Bulgaria, and a weekend away in England. All of that and the fact that I work full-time—wow. It was a very busy month! Here’s what I… Continue Reading →

A Sunny Day In Scarborough

Now that I’m permanently living in England, I’m slowly but surely making my way through my local bucket list—seeing as much of Yorkshire as possible! So on a beautiful sunny day, I set off for the sea, to see the… Continue Reading →

What To Do In Vilnius, A Hidden Baltic Gem

Let me say it loud and clear: Vilnius is awesome and the Lithuanian capital surprised me in the best ways. Vilnius is a city that isn’t on the radar for lots of people traveling to Europe. But that means that… Continue Reading →

15 Photos To Convince You To Visit York In Spring

York is one of the most popular places to visit in England (outside of London, of course). The city’s history goes back millennia: Romans, Vikings, medieval times—you can see remnants of them all! York is also a beautiful city, and… Continue Reading →

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