Travel Journal: Hostel Stories

Staying in a hostel is almost a right of passage for a traveler. The inexpensive accommodations are still a mystery to most, especially Americans. But some of my most favorite memories are from my stays in hostels. And until now, I’ve only shared these hostel stories with my friends and family. So enjoy!

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10 Staycation Ideas When You Can’t Travel

Everyone needs a break from their daily lives. The responsibilities of work and family obligations is enough to stress anyone out. But what do you do when you can’t go on vacation? I have your answer.

Stay·ca·tion: A staycation is a vacation where an individual or family participates in leisure activities within driving distance of their homes without the need for overnight accommodations.

No need to go on a long vacation to escape your daily routine, treat yourself and unwind. With these 10 staycation ideas, you’ll be able to relax and feel like your miles away from home.

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Travel Journal: The One with the Broken Shelf

It was a beautiful day in Florence. The sun was shining, Laurie and I decided to take a walk from our apartment to the Piazzale Michelangelo. We spent the afternoon enjoying the panoramic views of the city and eating gelato. Later that night we ate dinner at a little bistro and enjoyed fresh pasta and local wine. An amazing day in Italy. What could go wrong?

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App Review: TripIt Travel Planner

As an avid traveler, I am always looking for new ways to organize my travel plans. It’s easy to get bogged down in e-mail confirmations and reservation numbers. Luckily if you have a smartphone you can get rid of the e-mail printouts using my favorite travel planner in the App Store, TripIt: Travel Planner. With all the features of this app, you’ll wonder how you ever organized your trips before.

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Beginner’s Guide to Iceland

My trip to Iceland was my first overseas trip since my 6 month backpacking trip in 2016/2017.  This would be my first time traveling solo; I’d be in a foreign country and did not know what to expect.  Being me, I did some research, lots of it, so I felt ready to tackle this adventure.  For those of you who don’t want spend hours doing the research or don’t know where to start, here is my Beginner’s Guide to Iceland.  This guide will cover the basics of visiting Iceland such as language, currency, budget tips, what to see, etc.  After reading this post you should feel confident setting out to the land of fire and ice!

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