Itineraries United States

Itinerary: One Day in Los Angeles

As someone born and raised in Los Angeles, I can admit that, yes, L.A. is an insane city for tourists. It’s so massive that how can you possibly see it all in just a few days? A week? A month? Even a lifetime isn’t…

July 9, 2016
Travel Basics

Safety Abroad: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

I learned a lot while recently renewing my passport, but one of the best things I discovered is the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. STEP is a free service for U.S. citizens that allows the Department of State to share your…

June 7, 2016
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Road Trips United States

9 Steps to a Smooth Road Trip

Hello from California! As you read this, I’m probably by my parents’ swimming pool, soaking up some delicious SoCal sun. As a West Coast girl, born and raised, mountains hold nearly zero charm for me—which is why at least a couple times a year…

June 2, 2016
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Europe Travel Basics

Why Over-Planning Travel is a Good Thing

In September, I kicked off this blog by telling you about my fantasy of visiting Europe for the first time. In January, I told you that fantasy was becoming a reality, and that I’d bought my plane tickets. But despite all that, I haven’t…

April 30, 2016
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Road Trips United States

Why I Love Road Trips

Despite it snowing all around Colorado this weekend (ugh), it is in fact spring. I mean, it’s Sunday Night Baseball and right now I’m watching the Dodgers take on the Giants! There’s nothing more quintessentially spring than that. A funny thing happens to me…

April 18, 2016
Travel Basics

7 Things to Know About Renewing Your Passport

Today was a stressful day, and lots of little things hit all at once at the very end to leave me in a seriously grumpy mood. And then I got home, opened my mail box and found a small Priority Mail envelope…with the return…

April 8, 2016
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The Best Reason to Learn French

My September itinerary includes just four days in Paris–and that first day is actually a travel day from London, so, really, we’re just talking about three and a half days. That’s not a lot of time to spend in one of the most amazing…

April 5, 2016