My First Hostel Experience (+ Tips for Yours!)

Tips for Your First Hotel Experience

The first leg of my backpacking trip included a short stint in Barcelona. Barcelona was a city of dreams (it ended up being one of my favorites despite my traveling there mostly because it was one of the less expensive cities to fly into, but more on that will be in my Barcelona recap) I had hoped to save a bit of money by staying in a hostel and ... READ MORE

12 Hours in Miami


On my way to Europe this past summer, I had a 12-hour layover in Miami. Eager to get out of the airport + explore, I made sure to use-up every minute I had of exploration time and I'm already itching to go back and adventure around the ocean-side city. I've put together a list of some places I was able to visit during my short stay + a few ... READ MORE

Telluride, CO: Day 3

Kate from Diaries of an Essex Girl

Our third day in Telluride was one of fantastic photo opps, poking in and out of local storefronts and dining just about everywhere. Just the way I like it. The first thing we did was head to a local park area to take in some of the scenery. It was beyond gorgeous with snowcapped mountains, bright leaved trees and frozen over ponds. Because ... READ MORE

Telluride, CO: Day 2

colorful houses in telluride

Day two of our Telluride trip was relaxing, and I loved it! And let's get one thing clear, I usually don't enjoy "relaxing" vacations. Just ask G, he'll tell you that I'm the annoying adventure traveler that will set our alarm at 5 a.m. to go out on an excursion of some sort while all he wants to do is sleep in and "lounge"...and may I ask, who the ... READ MORE

Telluride, CO: Day 1

maddy and i at brown dog pizza in telluride, co

Telluride didn't turn out anything like we planned. It was supposed to be a long weekend full of hiking, slacklining and other fun outdoor activities...and then there was a blizzard. It's really true that some of the best times are unplanned! It was so nice to be able to partake in some snow-time fun, as we don't get much of any winter weather ... READ MORE