Giving It a Chance

Some of my favorite places to visit are small, picturesque little towns. When I think of these towns I often think of Franklin, Tennessee; a city just outside of Nashville. If you’ve never been, I suggest you stop by the next time you’re in Nashville. Even though I’ve only been once, about a year ago,…

How I Became a Foodie

food·ie /ˈfo͞odē/ noun informal a person with a particular interest in food; a gourmet One of the ways to experience a country is through food. Food allows you to experience other cultures and other people’s history. Dishes always have a special story behind them and trying others’ cuisine gives you a firsthand experience into that history….

Why You Can Never Have Too Many Bloggers

Today I had a conversation with a coworker that made me think about what it’s like the first time you travel. My coworker and I were talking about a trip she will be taking in less than a month. She is going to be traveling to Italy with a friend and will be spending 10…

Don’t Overlook Your Hometown

When people visit your hometown and ask, ‘what is there to do?’, what do you say? Often, I find it hard to think of where I should suggest they go. I have my favorite places, but is that really where I should recommend someone go if they only have 48 hours to get a sense…

3 Travel Bloggers You Should Know About

I recently wrote a post about where I turn to find inspiration. One of those places is bloggers. Here are 3 bloggers you should know about: Natasha Yakoub, The Dame Traveler Her mission is to make this world a more connected, peaceful, compassionate and loving place. The Dame Traveler is a blog ran by Natasha Yakoub…

How Shared Experiences Intensify Feelings

There is nothing quite like experiencing a new place. Whether you’re traveling by yourself or with a companion, you plan to have a great experience. While this may be your expectation, studies show how and with whom we experience those events affects how we perceive those experiences. According to a report released by The Association…

Where to Find Inspiration

I recently wrote about the benefits of review sites and why I find them to be incredibly useful. Review sites, such as Yelp or TripAdvisor, are where you go to figure out the ‘need to know’ before going somewhere or to help you decide if it is a place you want to check out. I…

Traveling at 25: What It Looks Like Now

Reminiscing about my first big travel and the adventures I’ve had with family has got me thinking about why and how I travel now and what traveling means to me as a twenty-five-year-old grad student. Traveling for me at this point in my life is about visiting new cultures and expanding my world view. I…

Traveling at 15

In Why I Started Writing and Why I Travel I began exploring the reasons behind my travels. One of the ways to do that is by analyzing the way traveling has impacted me in the past. There are three main time periods in my life that stick out. The first time I traveled by myself…

Why I Started Writing

In the last week or so I’ve been asked to explain my blog more than once and to more than one person. Either because they happened to come across it or because I asked for their advice, my blog has been a topic of conversation. This got me thinking about why exactly I began writing…