Posts tagged 2019
an off-the-beaten-path guide to Vilnius, Lithuania + 7 free things to do

Vilnius had me and my travel partner both asking, “why aren’t more people coming to Vilnius?” It set the bar high for my time in the Baltics and ended up being one of the most underrated places in Europe I went on my most recent jaunt around the continent. The Lithuanian capital has so much to offer in terms of architecture, street art, and delicious food. Vilnius {pronounced vil-noose} has a whole hidden lather of coolness minus any pretension. The people were friendly, the weather was mild, and the city, which was super artsy, was really affordable.

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2 days in Riga, Latvia: the best things to see + do

Riga is filled with historic churches, medieval architecture, and cultural landmarks. Its Old Town and city center was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in the late 90s, making it increasingly popular with tourists. After visiting the lesser-known Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, and declaring it one of the best hidden gems in Europe, I hopped on a bus to Riga, hoping it would match up.

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a photo diary of September in New Zealand: home with whānau

Here I am. Piecing together words and pictures {both DSLR and iPhone snaps} from more time in this most precious of places. And here it is. The bits I feel like sharing anyway. I took nearly 1,000 photos and now have endless video files on my phone from Tara in a gin-induced state laughing at vacation photos, but I always like to put together a little photo diary of my favourite. If for no one but me.

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a complete Tallinn travel guide: where to eat, how to get around, + 10 fun things to do in Tallinn, Estonia

With less than 500,000 inhabitants, Tallinn is a small city, despite being the largest in Estonia. Don’t be surprised if many of those inhabitants dazzle you with their good looks— Estonia breeds more supermodels than any country per capital in the world. It’s a marzipan-filled city with a gorgeous coastline and pretty viewpoints. I quickly fell in love with the Estonian capital. This post is here to help you plan your own trip to Tallinn, complete with how to get there, where to eat, and the best things to do!

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the ultimate guide for a road trip on New Zealand’s Northwest Coast: how to get there, where to stay, + the spots you can’t miss

With a rented car and some time, I headed down the road to Muriwai and Piha for cold ocean breezes and cosy golden hours. This post has everything you need in it to plan your own road trip or getaway on the Northwest coast of my favourite place on the planet.

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how to take the ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki on a budget + what to expect on the journey

Over a pizza AirBnB dinner, we booked our ferry and we were off to Finland. Because I had put it out of my mind for a time, I hadn’t done much research on how to take the ferry over to Helsinki. I only knew that you could. That’s why I’ve now created this handy guide to help you pick a ferry operator, navigate to the terminal, and save yourself money along the way! In this post, I’ll be focusing primarily on my experience riding the Eckero Line ferry. However, I’ve included notes about alternatives for those seeking to spend.

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29 // the state of the union address

I did something the other day that I kind of couldn’t believe I did. I was sort of hovering above my body watching myself call someone out on his bullshit. Observing myself do this, an inner voice was nodding and smiling. “There she is. Truth-teller T.” In that moment, I had seemingly shed the quiet and calm, polite and poised skin I had been wearing. Exposed instead was a boundary-setting, bold and brazen self. One that stood in reverence of her deepest feelings. One who felt a magical clicking into place. Like, yes, we’re here.

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what to do in Belgrade, Serbia: a complete guide to THE Serbian capital

Belgrade was filled with art, architecture, and grit. It seems like the entire city has somehow managed to remain off the radar of the masses despite it’s proximity to nation’s currently fighting over-tourism. On top of the perks of fewer crowds, Belgrade was ridiculously affordable. I sat at a nice café with WiFi and had a proper cappuccino for less than USD $1.50— a real deal in Europe.

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a comprehensive guide to visas for U.S. citizens traveling Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is popular for tourists thanks to its affordability, wild landscapes, and the appeal of its “exotic”-ness. It’s because of this, knowing that many people want to travel this part of the world, that I decided to but together a detailed guide on visas for U.S. Citizens traveling through the region. I’ve also included Myanmar, since I was intimidated by the rumours I had heard about strict visa policies. I thought including it might help others rest assured it isn’t impossible.

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my birthday wishlist: the ethical items + travel gear this birthday girl is lusting after

It’s my birthday in exactly one month. This past winter, I put together a wishlist for Christmas, and my loved ones actually said it helped them pick out ethically made, eco-friendly items and travel gear to gift me, as well as introducing them to brands they hadn’t yet heard of— talk about wins all around.

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how to responsibly volunteer abroad: an extensive look at the ethics of overseas volunteering + my own experience

Summer means people are eager to spend their school breaks volunteering. It’s overwhelming to do the rigorous amount of vetting that has to be done to guarantee you’re volunteering with a quality organization that has a clear mission and operates in an ethical fashion. I’m here to help.

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Lju-beer-ljana: a locally-led craft beer tour of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Craft beer tours in Europe are a dime-a-dozen. Most are more like messy pub crawls than beer tours that pass on historical and cultural knowledge to its participants. Luckily for me, Peter’s craft beer tour of Ljubljana, a capital city that stole my heart, packed in as much architecture, history, and cultural context as it did pints.

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where to find the best vegetarian food in Chefchaouen, Morocco

Finding vegetarian food can be hard in certain places. In Morocco’s smaller cities, like Chefchaouen, it was a bit of a task. Despite the lack of overall variety, I was pleasantly surprised with the modest number of restaurants in the blue city of Chefchaouen that offered vegetarian meals. If you’re looking for vegetarian food in Chefchaouen, this guide is a compiled list of all the spots I ate with a map at the bottom to help you find them all!

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sleeping in a prison cell: a stay at Hostel Celica in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Staying in a prison cell might sound like a nightmare, but Hostel Celica is more like a dream set in the art-meets-grunge Metelkova Mesto area in Ljubljana. Cells of a military prison have been transformed into individual cell rooms designed by local and international artists. My stay at Hostel Celica was one of the most interesting and unique hosted stays I’ve ever had.

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tips for first-time solo travelers: advice from 5 female experts

When asked specifically about solo travel, I don’t think I’m enough of an advocate to feel like my advice is masterclass-level, ya know? I want people to be excited about traveling and feel good about at least trying it along. That’s why I decided to combine the wisdom of five badass ladies in this post, all with incredible travel experiences of their own.

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how to spend the perfect day in Lake Bled, Slovenia: how to get there + 5 fun things to do

Lake Bled is quickly garnering attention from travelers thanks to its pristine lake water and dense forest greenery. Topped off with a castle on a hill and famous cream cake, and you have the making’s of what quickly became one of my favourite destinations I’ve visited in Europe ever— which says a lot coming from a girl who literally grew up traveling the continent.

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the ultimate guide to Fes, Morocco: what to do, where to eat, + how to get around

Fes is the second largest city in Morocco and known as the cultural capital of the country. Located approximately 300 miles from Marrakech, it’s easy to slap Fes on your itinerary thanks to it’s accessibility. And, trust me, you don’t want to leave it out! As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Fes is one of the most well-preserved Arab cities with vast history, a buzzing medina, and plenty to keep you busy for 3+ days.

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Riad Menzeh: the most affordable, luxury riad in Marrakech, Morocco

Staying in a riad while traveling through Morocco was, I’ll admit, a bit of a basic bucket list item for me {if I kept a bucket list anymore, that is}. Most riads in Marrakech are located in the medina, which is a prime location for visitors, and include home-cooked breakfasts. However, it’s for these very reasons that riads tend to be more expensive than other accommodation options. Riad Menzeh offers all the bells and whistles that other riads do, but at a more affordable price tag. It was the perfect place for me to relax and enjoy Marrakech, the last stop on my Moroccan adventure.

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a café guide to Vienna, Austria: UNESCO cafés + modern brunch spots in the Austrian capital

I’ve put together a list of my favourite coffee houses in Vienna that include both the posh places in town and the more modern brunch spots for the new wave of travelers eager to enjoy a Viennese cappuccino.

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