Sometimes You've Gotta Go Solo

People often ask me what it’s like to travel by myself. They worry that it’s lonely, awkward, or hard. I’ve found that these fears above most other things are what keep people from embarking on their own adventures, and really learning to explore the way they want to. This is especially true for women, who have to worry about the added cultural implications and safety issues of being on their own.

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New Year's Day in Costa Rica

We woke up feeling way better than I had thought we would! 2017 is off to a great start! We went to La Parada for breakfast and had desayuno tico (typical breakfast) with rice and beans, eggs, toast, plantains, fruit and a side of bacon. Then we went back to the hostel, packed a bag and a lunch for the day and headed to the Mistico Hanging Bridges—a trail with 16 suspension bridges through the canopy of the rainforest...

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Beware the Berlin Brennessel

We woke up on our first day in Berlin and headed into the center of town with Eda, the sweet
woman whose family we are staying with. She and her husband, Johann, have taken us in and are
sweet as pie! They spoil us daily, but I have to say, I don’t hate it! Eda took us to a number of
historical sites throughout Berlin city center...

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24 Hours in Salzburg

We went out in Salzburg our first night and had an absolute blast bar hopping along the
river. Then the next morning we woke up in time to have a phenomenal breakfast in our hotel (my first scrambled eggs since America!!), pack up, and check out before Niko came to met us. He picked us up and we drove for about 45 minutes to the lakes on the outside of Salzburg...

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Day One in Iceland

We landed just before 5am, got our rental car, and hit the road. The sun was just starting to come up, and I cannot express how beautiful everything looked. The land goes from completely flat in shades of brown and green, when all of a sudden a massive, rounded hill will pop up in the middle of nowhere...

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Oktoberfest: Part 2

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can… We made it out of bed, to breakfast, and out the door by 8:30, which was a miracle. Decked out in our dirndls once again, we raced to Oktoberfest hoping to beat the crowds that had kept us from an indoor table on opening Saturday.

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Machu Picchu Mornings

Today we got up at 4:45am for a 5am breakfast before heading to the bus that would take us up the mountain to Machu Picchu. As we drive up, fog covered everything and it slowly dispersed as the sun rose up above the Peaks. It was absolutely breath taking.

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Reflections on Uganda

My time in Uganda can be summed up pretty nicely by three observations I had while I was there with the team, and my thoughts that seemed to trickle and flood afterward. This having been my first time in Uganda, I think it is safe to say that I was completely culture shocked...

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