Iceland truly is the land of fire and ice, where roads will take you from white-capped mountains and glaciers to volcanoes and 100-degree (F) hot springs.
There are an infinite amount of things to do and explore in Iceland and in this post I’m sharing some tips and an itinerary to help you get started with your trip planning. I saw Iceland by van and if this is how you plan to travel the country, this article might be particularly helpful for you.
Packing for Iceland can be a challenge, particularly for a spring trip when the weather can be even more unpredictable than normal. Also, it’s Iceland, so chances are you’ll be doing a lot of outdoor activities that you want to pack the right gear for. And, if you are like me, you are probably flying with a discount airline like WoW Air (although I’ll never fly with them again, but that’s a whole other story!) and so you have to be selective with what you can fit in your small carry-on bag. Well, I’ve got just the packing list for you!
The first time I came to Paris I was fresh out of high school and on my first sans parents backpacking trip with my best friend. These were the days before everyone had smart phones, when you had to use calling cards or Internet cafes every few weeks to let family or friends know where you were. Perhaps I’m glorifying these days (a sign of getting older!?), but I remember Paris being absolutely magical!
We took photos underneath the twinkling Eiffel Tower at night (that I’m pretty sure we uploaded to MySpace once we were home), romantically rowed boats at Versailles, and ate all the croissants a girl could ever desire. Many years later I’ve since been back to the City of Light a few times, and it’s always just as magical – with a million more things to see, eat and do around every beautiful Parisian street corner!
Once upon a time I lived and worked in Jordan, and during that time I was able to explore a lot of the country. And let me tell you, Jordan is INCREDIBLE! While there are so many beautiful places to visit throughout the country, here are some of my favorite spots for two weeks in Jordan + some tips for getting around.
There are so many beautiful spots in Jordan – from spending the night in the other worldly red desert of Wadi Rum, to exploring ancient and impressive Petra, to floating in the Dead Sea, or hiking in the many Wadis around the country.
I absolutely loveeeeeeed Lanzarote and have been dreaming about it in the weeks since I’ve returned to London. But what better way to relive the memories than through putting this video together of some of the beautiful places I was able to see. Even with bad weather, Lanzarote by van was a dream and an exciting way to experience the island!
In my post on biking the pacific coast highway, I said that bike touring was my favorite mode of travel (I also said at one point that hot air balloons were my favorite too!). But the truth, the truth is that road tripping is my absolute favorite way to travel. Just thinking about it I can feel the wind and freedom, hear the faint tunes of the road trip playlist that has been far too overthought, and see the fleeting landscapes of unfamiliar places and open roads.
The wonderful thing about living in London is how connected it is to the rest of the world – flights are always readily available and cheap. And they seem to be even cheaper in winter when most of Europe is bitterly cold and less appealing to tourists. I took full advantage of this in January when planning a long weekend trip to Budapest for my birthday!
The other week I went to Egypt for work, and somehow in the midst of all the work madness I was able to carve out what may have added up to 48 hours of free time in Cairo. I am no expert on things to see and do in Cairo. I actually didn’t even look up very much because I didn’t anticipate having much free time to do many touristy things. So I should preface this with saying that most of my suggestions are either the suggestions of people I work with or those of friends that have visited before. But all of them I found worth a visit while I was there!