Amsterdam — known for its legal weed and Red Light District — is also the “Flower Shop” or “Tulip Capital” of the world. Making their way to Holland in the 16th century, tulips became so popular that they were even used as currency for a while. By the mid-17th century, these flowers actually caused the
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Today I am flying back from Amsterdam (can’t wait to tell you all about it!) but in the meantime I am excited to be back with my good friend and travel pal, Ruth McNulty. Last month, we shared a compilation of our top tips for packing only a carry-on. Today we bring you answers to
This weekend I’m doing something a little out of the ordinary — for my first time, I am taking an international extended weekend. While I’m always excited to go on an adventure, this trip is extra special for me because of the destination — Amsterdam. The first (and last) time I was in Amsterdam was
I’m all about finding ways to travel on a budget. I stretch my travel dollars through spending intentionally and by packing a carry-on to avoid baggage fees. Another way I see more and spend less is by combining trips. For example, I went to visit my grandparents in Mobile, Alabama, and saved hundreds by flying into New
With no shortage of horrifying airline stories in the news, you might be feeling some anxiety about planning that next trip. Thankfully, these type of stories are not actually all that common – but what is common are disruptions, delays, and mishaps. Just last week one of my Twitter friends, Julia, received notice just five
Dear Readers: You’ve heard me reference my good friend and travel buddy, Ruth, but I’ve yet to properly introduce her. Let’s change that today. Ruth McNulty, originally from Scotland, traveled to New Zealand in 2008 with the intention of staying a year (6 months on the North Island and 6 months on the South Island).
I’m walking through the Milano train station trying to find the ticket agent. Everything is normal. I have a plan, and everything is going according to that plan. I look around and see people going about their business — professionals, families, backpackers… I am aware of my surroundings, and nothing is out of the ordinary.
People love to give travelers advice on what to do and where to go (I’m no exception); but at the end of the day, the best advice I can give you is some of the oldest out there: Know yourself and “to thine own self be true.” What works for me, may not work for
In last week’s post, A Surefire Way To End Up In Jail, I shared what happened when I decided to take my Roman tour guide’s advice both literally and figuratively. He said, “Always push on doors as you pass by. If they open, let yourself in and see what you discover.” Just over a month
Sometimes I tell travel stories and sometimes I offer travel tips. Other times, I tell stories about life and love, pursuing your dreams, and getting your heart broken. Today, it feels as though I am doing a little of all of that… On my first day in Rome, I went on a walking tour with