Winter Bucket List: Making the Most of the Season

Winter Bucket List: Making the Most of the Season

Where has the year gone?!? I feel like I say this every December, and this year is no exception. I started off this year with high hopes and grand plans, and I am happy to say that I have made many of them a reality. Others will have to wait another year, but in the meantime a new season is rapidly approaching. Let me start off by saying I’m a summer baby, and luxuriate in warm – and even hot…

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Fun Facts: Things to Know About Detroit Before You Visit

Fun Facts: Things to Know About Detroit Before You Visit

“Why are you going to Detroit?” “For fun.” A blank stare ensues. Apparently no one goes to Detroit for fun. And my answer is not yet sufficient. So I continue after the pause, “I have some friends who live there that I’m visiting.” There it is, suddenly. The knowing, almost imperceptible nod of approval. And it bothers me. So I interject – “I hear they have a really great food scene there, I’m excited to check it out. If I…

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Top 7 Excuses for NOT Going on a Cruise – & Why You Should Anyway!

Top 7 Excuses for NOT Going on a Cruise – & Why You Should Anyway!

Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Only when I has published my Top Tips for Taking a Cruise, did I realize that lots of people are resistant to even going on a cruise in the first place. Some were vaguely unsure about the idea, but plenty of others had very specific reasons why cruises just weren’t for them. As someone who loves boats, and hops on the local water taxi as often as I can, I must admit –…

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Finding Zero Mile in Detroit

Finding Zero Mile in Detroit

“You’re going to Detroit? Why? Isn’t in dangerous there?” It’s a question I received again and again leading up to my long weekend in Detroit, Michigan, to spend time with friends from Milan, Italy (random, I know). Not only was I looking forward to catching up with them, but also to exploring an American city I had never visited for the first time. And then, the inevitable follow-up question in the conversation would come: “Isn’t that where the movie 8…

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7 Reasons to Visit Israel during Chanukah

7 Reasons to Visit Israel during Chanukah

I hadn’t planned to go to Israel during Chanukah two years ago, it just sort of happened. I knew that I was targeting the first weekend in December for a short trip somewhere, since it was a holiday weekend in Milan. After asking around a bit, I couldn’t find a single friend who was available to travel – most people already had plans. Then, on a whim, I checked on flight prices to Israel. I have some family there, and…

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How to Spend One Day in Bergamo, Italy

How to Spend One Day in Bergamo, Italy

Imagine a raised plateau, like one of the mesas of the American southwest or Uluru (formerly Ayer’s Rock) in central Australia. Usually you’ll encounter a formation like this out in nature. But in northern Italy’s town of Bergamo, there is a large plateau with a UNESCO World Heritage old town perched at the top, surrounded by modern Bergamo, Italy. It is this division that makes Bergamo unique, split into the historical, raised Città Alta with its meandering pedestrian cobblestone walkways…

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Top Tips for Not Losing Things When You Travel (& How to Handle It When You Do)

Top Tips for Not Losing Things When You Travel (& How to Handle It When You Do)

Lost or misplaced items can be incredibly frustrating, especially if it was something expensive or with sentimental value. But this is an experience I honestly haven’t been very familiar with, despite my frequent travels. Until this year. I still can’t pinpoint what exactly has changed. Is it that I’m getting older? Is my mind just overloaded with the stress and changes of moving back to the US after 5 years abroad? Or maybe I’ve always lost things, and it’s just…

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How to Spend a Weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia

How to Spend a Weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia

Charlottesville may be a college town, but it is much more than a destination for the University of Virginia. There are several US presidential estates in the area, most famously Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Estate, but not only. Charlottesville is nestled in some of the greenest areas of Virginia, offering many opportunities for hiking and outdoor exploration. And the reason I keep coming back again and again? All of the delicious food and wine all nestled into a small, beautiful area….

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Hidden Gem: The Tile Museum in Palermo, Sicily

Hidden Gem: The Tile Museum in Palermo, Sicily

“I’m sorry, we’re not doing any tours today.” As a visitor intent on seeing a particular sight, this can be one of the most disconcerting messages you hear in your travels. But of course it is one that comes up every now and again, and is simply part of the whole travel experience, which does not always work out perfectly. Visiting the Palermo Tile Museum was a complete fluke. My friend Isabel and I left it until the last day…

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Fun Facts: Things to Know about Belize Before You Visit

Fun Facts: Things to Know about Belize Before You Visit

Usually I’m a planner. I learn about a new city or an event happening in a country I’ve never been, and add it to my Bucket List for a future visit. In the case of Belize, I had overlooked it during my Solo Trip to Mexico in 2009 since it was a bit outside of my backpacker budget to do a quick trip there and back from the Yucatan. And I hadn’t really thought about it much since then until…

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