Planned or Spontaneous? The Best Way to Travel

My parents raised me to be a traveler. I’ve experienced almost as many countries as I have birthdays, and many of those trips were with family. My mom takes planning a trip to the extreme, filling a binder per trip with daily itineraries and pre-purchased admission tickets and Google Maps printouts and Rick Steves city guides. I learned from…

Home Sweet Home

After 14 states checked off and almost 3700 miles driven, Matt and I arrived in Ithaca, NY to move in and start the school year. I’d never even seen our new house or met our two other housemates before moving in, so I was a little nervous and a lot excited. Turns out I absolutely…

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7 New Ways to Pass the Time on Road Trips

So you’ve found yourself on a cross-country road trip, and now you have to keep yourself entertained for long hours in the car. The license plate game and 20 Questions are classics, but it’s more fun to think outside the box. Here’s what Matt and I suggest for passing the time: 1. Play the Cow…

A Day in Minneapolis

“What if we went to Minneapolis instead of staying another night in South Dakota?” Matt asked. Next thing I knew, my plans were out the window and I was frantically messaging Britta to ask if we could stay with her during our spur-of-the-moment detour.  Originally the idea stressed me out (I hate when plans change, especially…

Mount Rushmore: The Highlight of South Dakota?

Almost every time I write about something on my blog, it’s because I’m bursting with love for it. Especially for my travel posts–I get my motivation to publish from my excitement over those experiences. I’m not bursting with love today. I don’t even blink before proclaiming my love for Wyoming, and I definitely don’t hesitate say South…

3 Reasons Why Air Bnb is a Traveler’s Best Friend

There’s a few standard lodging options while traveling: booking a hotel or motel room, crashing on a friend or family member’s couch, pitching a tent at a campground, and sleeping in your car at rest stops. After nixing the last two (Matt was a proponent, and I was very firmly not), I started looking into finding Air…