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Day Trip to Chordeleg from Cuenca, Ecuador

Day Trip to Chordeleg from Cuenca, Ecuador

Posted by: on Aug 26, 2014 | One Comment

I was only in Cuenca, Ecuador for four days… so how did I have time to take a day trip elsewhere? The truth is that there’s not a ton to do in Cuenca, especially if you’re there on a Sunday when everything is closed. But there are tons of adorable small towns and outdoor adventures to be had near Cuenca. On my second-to-last day in the city, I took a day trip to Chordeleg, a picturesque place known for its great shopping.

While Cuenca is a dead zone on Sundays, the shops of Chordeleg were bumping. Apparently, locals know that this is the place to come and shop for jewelry and handmade crafts.

Same destination, new spots: Ocean City, MD

Same destination, new spots: Ocean City, MD

Posted by: on Aug 22, 2014 | One Comment

Every year I go to the beach town of Ocean City, Maryland and hit up the same spots. I always have a blast, but this year I decided to mix things up a bit and try something new. Especially now that I have a travel blog, it’s not like you guys want to re-read the same exact post from last year!

So what new spots did I find in the same old place?

Insider Travel Tips for Cuenca: 5 Local Secrets

Insider Travel Tips for Cuenca: 5 Local Secrets

Posted by: on Jul 14, 2014 | 2 Comments

Every time I go somewhere, there are always a few things I learn by the end of the trip that I wished I had known the whole time. The things you can’t find out simply by scouring Tripadvisor or reading Lonely Planet guides cover-to-cover. During my recent trip to Cuenca, Ecuador I was lucky enough to stay with an amazing local host family that I found on Airbnb. They were super helpful with giving us the inside scoop on Cuenca – where to go, where not to go, and how to get around. Since we were only in town for four days, their advice was invaluable!

So what did I learn that’s worth passing on to future Cuenca visitors? Here are six insider travel tips to help you make the most out of your trip to this beautiful Ecuadorian city.

What To Pack For Bergen, Norway

What To Pack For Bergen, Norway

Posted by: on Jul 7, 2014 | 2 Comments

Bergen, Norway is one of the prettiest cities I’ve ever visited. But it also has a very unique climate and landscape, which can make packing for your trip quite difficult. With an average of 275 days of rain annually, Bergen is one of Europe’s rainiest cities. It’s also one of the hilliest cities I’ve ever been to, so prepare to use those leg muscles.

If you’re planning a trip, here are my tips on what to pack for Bergen, Norway.

Nashville: It’s a Party in the USA!

Nashville: It’s a Party in the USA!

Posted by: on Jul 3, 2014 | One Comment

Here’s a timely, 4th of July-inspired post for you.

And before I come across as unpatriotic, let’s get one thing straight: I never thought there was anything wrong with travel in the USA. After all, this is my home country and I’ve had my fair share of local family vacations. But up until last month, most of my time was spent plotting how I could leave America. Squeezing in a trip to Ecuador over a long weekend, saving up for a pricey international flight over the holidays and plotting a road trip to Canada – all of that was on the 2014 agenda. And while I had this trip to Nashville planned for over a year, I barely gave it a second thought. I was too busy researching the greatest restaurants in Copenhagen, planning my journey through the fjords of Norway and horseback riding in Ecuador.

Overall, I expected Nashville to be my least exciting trip of the year. So imagine my surprise when it turned out to be MIND-BLOWINGLY AWESOME. Basically the city has everything I ever wanted and everything I never even knew I needed.


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