When I was thinking about what to pack for my two week trip to Scandinavia in 2015, I went straight to Google. I don’t remember what exactly I googled but it was probably something like: “Packing list + Scandinavia + September.” And lo and behold, I was guided to a site called Travel Fashion Girl, which I’ve since stumbled upon again since booking my trip … Continue reading The Best Site For Packing Tips!
I loved, loved, loved Warsaw. It’s hard to pick a favorite city that I went to in Poland because they’re all so different and amazing and have loads of history in each of them, but if i had to, I think I would’ve chosen Warsaw. There was so much to do and see there and 4 days/3 nights was hardly enough. I could’ve easily have … Continue reading My Favorite Things In Warsaw
The Dresden Frauenkirche (above) To be honest, I hadn’t heard of Dresden before I went backpacking (aka “bussing”) around Europe in 2008 and I’m ashamed to admit that! Dresden is located in eastern Germany and it’s a city that was totally destroyed during World War II by a fire bombing on February 13th through February 15th from the British and American air forces. It’s estimated … Continue reading An Afternoon in Dresden, Germany
Before we went whitewater rafting in 2008, we made a stop in the typical storybook town in Austria known as Innsbruck. Innsbruck is the capital city of the state Tyrol in western Austria and it’s super picturesque. Innsbruck also happens to be where the factory store is for Swarovski Crystal so we had to go in there! I ended up buying a small necklace with … Continue reading Swarovski Crystal Factory (Innsbruck, Austria)
For the most part, I use my Chase Sapphire card when I travel abroad because there are no international transaction fees and that’s amazing. However, there are minimal fees if I need to take money out of an ATM abroad. That is not amazing. That said, if it’s possible (and it’s almost always possible because who plans an international trip with less than a week … Continue reading Before You Go!
the mind-blowingly picturesque portion of the Swiss Alps on which we rafted. Back in 2008, after I’d graduated from university, I went on a 3 week multi-city tour of (mostly) western Europe (it was the European Inspiration tour with Contiki which has changed a bit since 2008, but it’s still similar). We spent 3 days and 2 nights in each city and it was amazing. … Continue reading Whitewater Rafting in the Swiss Alps
Woot! I’m always sort of reluctant to book my flights to travel. Why? Well, the last couple of times it’s been because of my cats. I miss them so much while I’m away, and they must miss me so much, too (Right? Let’s go with yes.). And the others before that, I was just cheap. It’s a lot of money to put on my credit … Continue reading Leaving on a Jet Plane.
Gdansk is a considerably smaller city than both Krakow and Warsaw so I was a little worried about finding things to do to fill 3 days, but luckily, the history of the beautiful, rebuilt city of Gdansk kept me busy. Gdansk is one of the oldest cities in Poland and in the 1300’s it was ruled by the Teutonic Knights, whose mark you can still … Continue reading What To See in Gdansk, Poland
As I sat tight on the bus from the ferry dock to the city center of Dublin, I spotted a poster on the side of a building for the musical “Once.” Based on a movie of the same name, written by two Irish-Dubliner musicians, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, I’d seen Once one time off-Broadway and, I think, three times on Broadway. Needless to say, … Continue reading Seeing an Irish Musical in Dublin
Over the course of two trips, I have spent a total of 6 days in Amsterdam and I can say with confidence that it’s one of the prettiest cities in the world with the nicest people. When you’re 21, you’re probably were going there because “marijuana is legal there” but then you realize that there are SO many other things to do. That was part … Continue reading My Top 5 For Amsterdam