Monthly Archive: December, 2015

26 Years of Family Vacations, and I Haven’t Killed Anyone Yet

My family still travels together at least once a year. We’re a small family really, just my parents (married for 32 years!), my older brother, and I. But personality clashes are inevitable, and… Continue reading

Christmas Overseas: Lessons Learned

I was 18 years old, in China on my gap year, and it was my first Christmas ever away from my family. I don’t know who it was harder on, me or my… Continue reading

5 Favourite Travel Books

Christmas always means two specific things for me–lots of time with the fam-jam and long car trips. The whole lot of us–uncles, aunts, cousins, assorted SOs, and pets–trek it to my Grandmother’s house… Continue reading

No, This isn’t my Real Hair Colour: Tips for Traveling with Dyed Hair

My hair is bright red. As in the kind of red that you spot in the street from up in a tower (true story!). But people always ask me if it is my… Continue reading

Biggest Packing Mistakes

For me, researching my destination and reading packing lists is part of the fun of taking a trip. It works out well for my less organized friends because I always have suggestions or… Continue reading

Italy Packing List for Fall

I love Italy, it is one of my favorite places in the whole world. So when it came to deciding where I would go to use up my last week of vacation days… Continue reading

Italian Espresso: Day 8 & 9 Rome and back Home

On the coach for 6:45am and I don’t want to go. The last thing I wanted was to leave most of the group behind and head back to Rome. Long goodbyes and promises… Continue reading

Italian Espresso: Day 7 Venice

Our last full day came way too soon. We were on the coach early that morning to catch the boat that would take us into Venice proper. We stopped at a smaller island… Continue reading

Italian Espress: Day 6 on to Venice

We knew this was going to be the longest day of the trip. We started in Florence, stopped in Pisa, stopped in Verona, and finished the day in Venice. By mid morning we… Continue reading

Italian Espress: Day 5 San Gimignano

In my defense I thought I was early. I nearly got left behind this morning because I was taking my time putting on eyeliner. Though also in my defense, anyone who has ever… Continue reading

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