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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10 Things to Know Before Hiking the Inca Trail

Hiking the Inca Trail was one of the greatest experiences of my life. As I hiked the trail I was amazed by what I saw; beautiful snow-capped mountains, lush jungles, massive waterfalls and ancient ruins.  Never in my life did I think I would ever step foot in this part of the world, yet here I was.

Not being much of an avid hiker, I did some research to prepare us for this hike. Even with all the blog posts I read and the information on the tour company’s website, I’m glad I was able to speak to some locals and the staff at the hostel before the hike. The information I learned from them and the research I had done made the hike that much more enjoyable and comfortable. In this post I will share my best tips of things you should know before hiking the Inca Trail; things that will make your hike more enjoyable and comfortable.

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How to Easily Plan Your Next Vacation

Planning a vacation can be daunting.  I remember planning my six month trip overseas and how overwhelmed I felt.  There is so much information on the internet and so many guide books, I just didn’t know where to start. Where do I go?  How do I get there? How much will it cost? During the past few years of traveling extensively, I’ve created a checklist that has made planning trips easier for myself.  In this post I will share a step-by-step process that will help you easily plan your next vacation.

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