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1 In Austria/ Europe/ Trip Guide

A Weekend Exploring Salzburg

With huge five-storey square Baroque houses sitting on the meandering Salzach River and a medieval castle towering above the city, strolling the beautiful narrow streets of Salzburg I could feel the city’s opulence and wealth. Salzburg’s culture and history come alive against this picturesque setting, and is only reinforced by being the birthplace Mozart. And the whole scene felt even more perfectly Austrian when I realized the Sound of Music was filmed in and around the area too! Continue Reading →

6 In Europe/ Iceland/ Trip Guide

Iceland: Stunning Hot Springs Off the Beaten Path

Soaking in hot springs is a tradition which dates back to viking times, and an essential part of the Icelandic experience. And while the Blue Lagoon may be the most famous hot spring in Iceland, there are so many other AMAZING and STUNNING spots dotted throughout the country that are worth a visit too. You should probably just go ahead and plan to visit a hot spring a day, every day! I spoke to a few female travel bloggers who shared their favorite tucked away spots to help you get started with your planning – check out the 7 hot springs they recommended below.

Tip: a great resource for finding all of the hot springs and pools throughout Iceland is the website HotPot Iceland. The site shows a photo, write-up and the location of each spot on a giant map of the country.

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25 In Europe/ Iceland/ Trip Guide

An Epic Itinerary for Exploring Iceland by Van

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.

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18 In Europe/ Iceland/ Packing

What to Pack for Exploring Iceland in the Spring

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!). Which means 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!

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10 In Europe/ France/ Trip Guide

How to Spend 72 Hours in Paris

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!

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0 In Canary Islands/ Europe/ Spain/ Travel Video

Travel Video: Roadtripping Through Lanzarote

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!

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8 In Canary Islands/ Europe/ Spain/ Trip Guide

Salt, Sun and Sand: An Itinerary for #Vanlife in Lanzarote

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.

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