Packing List to Survive Winter in NYC

The big apple is one of the best places to be to celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year. Though I’m a true California native, and I don’t love the cold, I have to admit that even the snow-filled streets are a pretty spectacular sight. Visiting New York City from late November to…

Travel Guide: Bilbao from Winter to Spring

In 2014, I studied abroad in Bilbao from January to May, and it was such a great adventure. It was my first time visiting Europe, and I had never traveled for longer than a week or two before, let alone by myself. Bilbao is a beautiful city in the Basque Country of Spain with a…

Every Frequent Traveler Needs These Items in Their Wardrobe

Having the right carry on luggage is crucial. Knowing how and when to book cheap flights, that’s great to know, sure. But if you travel a lot, your wardrobe should be readily equipped with these essential items to make packing for any trip a breeze. Otherwise, trip after trip can drain your bank account as…

Hostel Review: Sant Jordi Hostel Rock Palace

While I was studying abroad, I spent my 21st birthday in Barcelona. It was the perfect place to celebrate a new culture and another year around the sun. Unfortunately I was only in the city for about two days, but I instantaneously fell in love. The bright colors of the city and expansive architecture are…

The Top 5 Etsy Shops for a Travel-Inspired Home

I love traveling, and when I’m not traveling I love surrounding myself with inspiration and trinkets from my adventures. Aside from collecting souvenirs while I’m traveling, I love exploring unique items and gifts on Etsy because it’s a worldwide marketplace, so I can still get a slice of Rome or Mexico with my purchases. I’ve…

Photo Gallery: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Inflation Celebration

It is a long-standing tradition in my household on Thanksgiving to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Though my mom and I mostly skip through some performances, we are glued to the television to watch the Rockettes, the Broadway musicals, the marching bands (my mom’s favorite) and of course the ever-famous massive balloons that float…

Saving Money Before and After Vacation

As most people do, I like saving up my extra dough to put toward future trips. It’s the thing powering me through work everyday. Saving money months in advance to book flights and accommodations, then ultimately save for souvenirs and food is great. Until the week before when you suddenly need to buy a new…

Tummy Travel: Pecan Pie Overnight Oats

When I traveled to the South, I treated myself to biscuits and gravy every morning for breakfast and pecan pie as often as it was available for dessert. Pecan pie is definitely something you love or you hate, and if you love it, the South is the place to get it. The flaky crust paired…