Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day

Running From, Running To: How I Came to Travel

*I’ve written this post in honor of Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day. I’m often asked when my love of travel started.  For some, it’s their first trip, a time they tried a new exotic food, heard another language or went overseas for the first…

June 1, 2016
Empanada Recipe

Empanada Recipe

I had my first empanada in Spain over 15 years ago.  I fell in love with this fried stuffed pastry and have been eating it ever since.  Empanadas can vary by country both in size and fillings, so you can play with this recipe…

May 20, 2016
Packing for a Spring Trip in Portland

Packing for Portland

This spring my sister, Katie, and I took our annual trip to go visit family in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington.  The crazy and unpredictable weather can always make packing for our trips a bit of a challenge.  Here’s what I took for our…

May 16, 2016
Looking for hostels? Read this first!
Travel Tips/Tricks

How to Choose a Hostel

I’ve had some people ask for more posts on travel tips and tricks.  While there’s a lot of information available on different hostels, there’s very little on what you should look for when you’re booking a room.  After staying in 60+ hostels myself across…

May 9, 2016
How I Paid for My 3 Month Europe Trip & Budget

How I Paid for My 3 Month Europe Trip & Budget:

People often ask me how I pay for all my travels.  To be honest, it depends.  I’ve had about half of my trips paid for by other organizations and I’ve paid for the other half out of pocket.  For my backpacking trip through Europe,…

April 28, 2016
Spanish tortilla recipe
Europe Recipes

Spanish Tortilla recipe

The Tortilla Española or Spanish Tortilla (also referred to as a Spanish Omelet) is a traditional dish in Spain.  You can order it at any restaurant for a round of tapas and it’s very simple to make.…

April 25, 2016
5 Things I Learned Backpacking Solo Through Europe

5 Things I Learned Backpacking Solo Through Europe

After 3 months of travel, I was excited to be going home.  I’d had a fantastic time seeing as much of Europe as I could, but I was also tired and I missed my family.  I was gearing up to move to Madrid for…

April 15, 2016
Backpacking Europe-Going Topless in Nice

Backpacking Europe-Going Topless in Nice

I arrived in Nice late at night after a 13 hour train ride.  I’d originally planned on stopping in Marseille, but found myself tight on time and funds, so I decided to skip that stop.  I was so tired after my trip that I…

April 11, 2016
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Stepping Back in Time-A Day Trip to Pompeii

After hobbling my way around Rome and the Vatican City on my bum ankle, I decided to really push it and spend a day limping around Pompeii. Most people that I’ve talked to have done Pompeii as a day trip from Naples.  I wasn’t…

April 8, 2016
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Backpacking Europe-Vatican City

I feel like I should start this post by mentioning that I’m not a religious person.  I’ve surprised some people in the past when I’ve told them that I visited Vatican City.  However, this is such an important historical location that regardless of one’s…

April 4, 2016