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Travel

This section contains a mix of lengthy travel anecdotes, quick memories, and travel insights to help transport you to each city (or country) that you read about.

Glacier Hiking, Waterfalls, and Black Sand Beaches: A Tour of Iceland’s South Coast

Last week we talked about the popular activity of touring Iceland’s Golden Circle (as well as the slightly unconventional activity of snorkeling between continents). This week, I want to share the experience of exploring Iceland’s south coast, which hosts more breathtaking views as well as juxtaposed topography. I especially recommend seeing the south coast if …

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Your New Bucket List Item: Snorkeling Between Continents in Iceland

If you’re heading to Iceland, there’s probably a 99% chance that you’re planning to explore the Golden Circle. Well, I’m here today to introduce you to another must-do while visiting the land of Fire & Ice that may not be on your radar (yet): snorkeling between continents at the Silfra fissure. That’s right: snorkeling between …

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Photo of Iceland northern lights by Nicolas J Leclercq

How to Make the Most of Your Iceland Stopover: A 3 (.5) Day Itinerary

Thanks to an awesome Cyber Monday deal courtesy of IcelandAir (Route: Boston to Helsinki with an Iceland stopover), I had the opportunity to head to Iceland in March! Since the trip had such a short turnaround, I was inspired to create this itinerary to help those of you who may also have on a stopover …

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The ONE Essential You Need for Winter Travel: Packing Light for Cold Weather

Due to an upcoming trip to Iceland, Finland, and Estonia (less than a week now – ah!) I decided to try my hand at packing carry-on only again. But this time, it’s all cold-weather items, which tend to be bulkier. Read on to learn about the one essential that helps me the most with packing …

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Photo of solo travel by Tim Gouw

There’s Nothing Like Your First Time: Tips and Resources for Starting Your Solo Travel Journey

Solo travel can often seem like a foreign concept (pun slightly intended) to many, and perhaps even virtually impossible – especially when it comes to solo travel as a woman. My own solo travel journey has just begun, but I hope that I can inspire you to give it a try by sharing these tips …

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How to Choose an Elephant Sanctuary and What to Expect

During an 18-day trip to Thailand in December, I had the opportunity to visit two different elephant sanctuaries in Phuket and Chiang Mai. This post will explain why you should visit an elephant sanctuary instead of participating in elephant rides, paintings, or shows on vacation; explore the complexities of trying to be a “responsible” tourist; …

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Image shot from behind in yellow kayak during Phang Nga Bay tour in Thailand

Why You Need to Kayak on Phang Nga Bay: Tour Review of “Hong By Starlight”

Let me start this post by saying that kayaking through caves and lagoons in Phang Nga Bay is an incredible experience, and you should absolutely try it. However, it’s even more┬áincredible when you have an attentive staff, fresh food, and a kayak guide who goes above-and-beyond to make the experience memorable. I was fortunate enough …

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