London: A One-Week Itinerary

London: A One-Week Itinerary

This itinerary is designed for lovers of history, popular English fiction, architecture, and scones. It includes a lot of walking and using public transit, but is lighter on food recommendations (but that is easy to customize). Some of the attractions may have different opening hours depending on the day of the week; please double check … Read More

Is Dressing Like a European Really Necessary in Europe?

Is Dressing Like a European Really Necessary in Europe?

I was recently chatting with a coworker about the struggle between trying to dress to fit in in Europe vs dressing for comfort while traveling. This is something I Googled a lot before I left to study abroad in London in 2008 (it was my first international trip, and I researched every tiny detail). I … Read More

Before and After Photo Editing

Before and After Photo Editing

I’ve been using some form of photo editing software since I started photography as a hobby in my teens. My parents got me Adobe Photoshop for Christmas that year, and I never looked back. These days I have the Adobe monthly subscription for Photoshop and Lightroom, and I use Lightroom way more often. Lightroom is … Read More

Mediterranean Cruise 2013 | Part 4 | Amalfi Coast, Italy

Mediterranean Cruise 2013 | Part 4 | Amalfi Coast, Italy

Mediterranean Cruise 2013 | Part 1 | Wedding Planning Mediterranean Cruise 2013 | Part 2 | Rome Mediterranean Cruise 2013 | Part 3 | Celebrity Silhouette Day 2 of this cruise will forever be remembered as the first of two major photography-related “disasters” of this trip. More on that later. Our first morning waking up … Read More

“Tourist” Shouldn’t be a Dirty Word: My Thoughts on Tourist-Shaming

“Tourist” Shouldn’t be a Dirty Word: My Thoughts on Tourist-Shaming

If you regularly do any travel research or travel blog reading, you may be aware of the ‘tourist vs traveler” mindset that has been quietly infiltrating our community, masquerading itself as a positive movement. There are a number of offending influencers who outwardly tout the benefits of more fully immersing themselves in the local culture, … Read More

Mediterranean Cruise 2013 | Part 3 | Celebrity Silhouette

Mediterranean Cruise 2013  |  Part 3  |  Celebrity Silhouette

Mediterranean Cruise 2013  |  Part 1  |  Wedding Planning Mediterranean Cruise 2013  |  Part 2  |  Rome The next morning we woke up to a breakfast cart outside our door, and enjoyed the coffee and light breakfast foods by the open window in our room. I love screenless windows in Europe! Check-out from the B&B … Read More