• India,  Packing and Gear

    9 Things I Wish I Would Have Taken to India

    India is commonly described as a whole different experience, even for seasoned travelers. That’s no lie, and there is a lot of stuff I wish I’d taken! 1. Cold Medicine Yes, India is well known for causing stomach issues. The pollution gave me a wicked bad sinus infection. Be prepared for both, and make sure you take something for cold relief! You can even find the whole first aid kit I took on my round-the-world trip.

  • General Travel,  Inspiration

    Romantic Places Around the World

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you have a Valentine this year or not, the world is full of romantic spots. Some areas are just incredible to appreciate the history of romance, and some are great with your Valentine in tow. If you’re looking for a romantic vacation beyond the beach and Venice, read on! The Taj Mahal, India This is a monument built to love. Thus, it’s the perfect place to reflect upon love! Not to mention, it’s an incredible testament to human accomplishment. The level of detail in the marble inlays is stunning!

  • Books,  India

    The Essential India Reading List

    India is an incredible, awesome country – but it’s also incredibly different from any other. I love immersing myself in books to have a way to connect with and learn more about the countries I’m visiting or want to visit. India has some of the best books! My recommendations for books to read when visiting India: Fiction Books About India The God of Small Things This book is set in Kerala, so I highly recommend it if you’re headed to southern India. Even if you’re not, it’s still a book that deeply examines family life in India. I liked the interplay between the brothers, and the overall family dynamics. It’s…

  • Books,  Egypt

    The Ultimate Egypt Reading List

    Egypt. The word alone conjures up so many thoughts and ideas. From the Pyramids to Cleopatra, everyone knows some stories about ancient Egypt. The mythology of Pharaohs, the annual flood of the Nile, and so much more leave ancient Egypt as somewhat mysterious. If you’re going to Egypt, or just interested in learning more about the country, these books will let you imagine life as a Pharaoh – or a commoner!

  • Egypt,  Tips and Tricks

    What I Wish I Knew Before I Went to Egypt

    Egypt is an incredible country to visit, but a somewhat difficult one – especially if you’re from Europe or North America. When I went, I learned a lot! But here are the things I wish I knew ahead of time – and things you should know before you go to Egypt. 1. Just because English numbers are called “Arabic Numerals” does not mean modern-day Arabic uses them. This is one of those moments where you realize exactly how lost you can get, and easily! The Arabic number set does not use the numbers that you and I are familiar with. Crazy, right? I’m so used to being in other countries…

  • Jordan,  Packing and Gear

    What to Wear Visiting Jordan

    Jordan is an open country, but it’s still a conservative one. Women should plan to cover up just a bit, especially outside key tourist attractions. At tourist-heavy places like Petra, it’s normal to see women in shorts and t-shirts, or even tops that have bare shoulders. In the cities, plan to wear sleeves and cover your legs (at least to the knees). At the resorts, resort-wear is expected and normal. A good pool coverup is essential, and don’t hesitate to wear a bikini. (Do NOT, however, wear a bikini at a public beach.) This is a post that’s focused on roughly April – October, when the weather is mostly warm.…

  • Books,  Italy

    15 Books to Read While Visiting Italy

    Italy. It’s the place of pasta and Puccini, and hundreds of stories. If you’re visiting Italy, you should be reading books about Italy and books set in Italy! Here are a few to consider: Non-Fiction Books About Italy The House of Medici: It’s Rise and Fall If you want to understand modern Italy, start understanding the Medici family. The great patrons of many of the arts, this book brings much of Tuscany to life. You’ll look at Florence with new eyes, and see Siena anew, not to mention Milan! If you’re headed to Rome, you’re also going to be surrounded by the papacy – and understanding the Medicis is great…

  • Inspiration

    15 Awesome Places to Go in 2018

    2018 is almost here, and here are the top places I see up and coming for the next year. Some of these have been up and coming for a while, and some of these are yet to hit the mainstream – but all are worth a visit! Sri Lanka This one is tops on my list of places to go – every picture I see of it is amazing, and the varied activities make it so alluring! There’s surfing, beaches, animal reserves, and so much more. Sri Lanka is becoming more and more of a hotspot (I keep seeing it on lists!) but it’s still largely undiscovered. Go now, because…