pretty in portugal

If you’re searching for a vacation that’s affordable, alluring and adventurous, look no further than the enchanting country of Portugal.  Influenced by the explorers who brought such a unique mix of culture to the country, we spent five days trekking between Lisbon and Porto, sampling the divine cuisine and wine, taking in the breath-taking views, and soaking up every bit of history Portugal has to … Continue reading pretty in portugal

next stop, new mexico

My school offered me the opportunity to teach in the International Baccalaureate Programme this upcoming year (think gifted kids who are beyond gifted), and let me choose from several different locations for training. Amidst amazing places like St. Petersburg and Lake Tahoe, I noticed a new town in a new state I had never visited: Albuquerque, New Mexico. I decided that while I was learning … Continue reading next stop, new mexico

big easy bachelorette

I love traveling with my friends, so planning my bachelorette party somewhere amazing was crucial. I wanted to go somewhere with great food, amazing nightlife, history and culture, and a place I had never visited. Enter, New Orleans, Louisiana. Hearing mixed reviews of The City That Care Forgot, I was a little hesitant because I’m not the biggest drinker (contrary to what this post will … Continue reading big easy bachelorette

costa rica chica

Costa Rica is the perfect destination for a first time excursion out of the United States.  With a multitude of activities to enjoy, eco-friendly and conservation-centric lodges and expeditions, an unofficial second language of English, and a laid-back-enjoy-life mentality called Pura Vida, it’s easy to feel like a Tico in no time.  We decided to take a 4 day whirlwind trip to La Fortuna, located … Continue reading costa rica chica

top ten tuesday: chicago chic

Chicago is the third biggest city in the United States, and full of sights to behold. Between the cultural contributions, beautiful architecture, easy to navigate public transportation and old city feel combined with modern amenities, it’s one of my favorite places I’ve ever visited. We flew out for a quick weekend getaway, and left planning our next trip to do everything we missed! Tips for … Continue reading top ten tuesday: chicago chic

doggie destinations: cape may, new jersey 

My dogs are my babies and I love to take them everywhere we go.  I’ve learned that traveling with them takes a certain degree of planning, especially since I don’t like to leave them alone during vacations.  Reggie has a heartbreaking yowl that makes neighbors think he’s being tortured or I’m dead inside.  This isn’t even an exaggeration, in North Carolina the hotel manager called … Continue reading doggie destinations: cape may, new jersey