australia travel guide: sydney city tour, lunch cruise, & opera house tour

If you’ve been following my blog, then you know how much this girl loves excursions. There’s something to be said for aimlessly wandering the streets of a new city, but when you only have a few days to squeeze in all the sights of a bustling city, excursions are the most efficient way to seeContinue reading “australia travel guide: sydney city tour, lunch cruise, & opera house tour”

australia travel guide: sydney harbor bridge climb

When I began planning our epic adventure to Australia and New Zealand, it was firmly with the “go big or go home” mentality. As I’m sure you can imagine, it takes a lot of time and resources to venture to that side of the world, so we figured this would be the only time we’dContinue reading “australia travel guide: sydney harbor bridge climb”

new orleans travel guide: the ghost-hunting tour

So you may be wondering how we settled on New Orleans for our Girls Trip 2018, and the answer is that it all started with the idea of a ghost tour. I get emails every week from TravelZoo, and one week several months ago, Savannah, Georgia, was the highlighted destination, with ghost tours being oneContinue reading “new orleans travel guide: the ghost-hunting tour”

new orleans travel guide: do the swamp tour with cajun encounters

Before I visited New Orleans, my knowledge of the place was pretty much limited to three things: Mardi Gras, po’boy sandwiches, and the bayou. How many books have I read about the dark things that happen in the swamp? Countless. (Apparently, it’s a great place to hide bodies. The gators eat up all the evidence.)Continue reading “new orleans travel guide: do the swamp tour with cajun encounters”

kauai, hawaii travel guide: kayak and hike along the wailua river

Kauai has a lot going for it: It’s stunning, the weather’s perfect, and it offers a lot of different outdoorsy activities for when you feel like balancing your chill beach time with, you know, adventures of the physical variety. (If you don’t like being outdoors, though, maybe Hawaii isn’t your dream destination—which makes me sadContinue reading “kauai, hawaii travel guide: kayak and hike along the wailua river”

kauai, hawaii travel guide: visit waimea canyon, the grand canyon of the pacific

Late in 2016, I got it into my head that I wanted to go to Hawaii. How did this come about, you ask? It was the season six premiere of┬áMad Men, in which Don and Megan Draper live it up in Hawaii, that got me fixated on it. (Don’t ask. But once I set myContinue reading “kauai, hawaii travel guide: visit waimea canyon, the grand canyon of the pacific”

canary islands travel guide: gran canaria beach guide

Beaches were at the forefront of my mind when I was reading up on the Canary Islands. There are tons of them (Gran Canaria is basically the Florida of Europe), but they are all a little bit different. The top five, according to my research, were: Mogan Beach Mogan Beach is fondly referred to asContinue reading “canary islands travel guide: gran canaria beach guide”

canary islands travel tip: skip las palmas

So apparently Las Palmas is one of the most popular places in Gran Canaria. Blog posts told me so, Lonely Planet told me so, and so I assumed it must be true! They all made it seem like Las Palmas was kind of a big deal. I gotta be honest, though—I don’t really get theContinue reading “canary islands travel tip: skip las palmas”

i’ve been nominated for the liebster award 2017!

Last week, I was honored to be nominated for not just one but TWO Liebster Awards. Huge thanks to the Wandering Gaels and Creating Katherine for the nominations—you guys made my year! The Wandering Gaels are two friends who are exploring their heritage by visiting the stomping grounds of their ancestors. Their blog features beautifulContinue reading “i’ve been nominated for the liebster award 2017!”

16 awesome & unique gift ideas for the globetrotter in your life

To get into the spirit of the holidays, I thought I’d put together a list of awesome gift ideas for the world traveler in your life. (This list can also be subtly known as ‘a list of awesome gifts for Ashley—wink, wink.) But seriously, this list contains some practical gifts and other thoughtful/unusual gifts youContinue reading “16 awesome & unique gift ideas for the globetrotter in your life”