• Jordan,  Packing and Gear

    What To Pack To Visit Jordan for Women

    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…

  • Inspiration

    18 Travel Resolutions for 2018

    2018 is almost here, so it’s time to think about New Year’s resolutions! If “travel more” is on your list, here are some to add: Travel Somewhere Alone If you’ve never done, you’ve never known how freeing it is to travel without anyone else! You can do everything on your own schedule, and only what YOU want to do. And if you’re worried about being alone, try staying in a hostel (even in a single room) so you can meet people! Go Someplace You Normally Wouldn’t There are the countries and places practically everyone wants to visit (France, Italy, New York City, etc), but step out of your comfort zone…

  • Italy,  Tips and Tricks

    The Vatican Scavi Tour: What It Is & How to Get Tickets

    The Vatican Scavi tour is one of the hottest tickets in Rome – the Vatican only allows 250 people in each day as part of a guided group! The tickets are also incredibly reasonable – they’re 13 Euro a person, which (in my opinion) makes this the most incredible steal of a tour in any country! My mom and I both LOVED this tour – it was the absolute highlight of our Italy trip (and also something of a “life overall” highlight). So first things first: What is the Vatican Scavi? The Vatican Scavi is the necropolis that’s under St. Peter’s. It’s where they’ve excavated to find details from the…

  • Books

    Books for Backpacking Southeast Asia

    I love reading. And I love traveling. One of my favorite things to do is combine the two and read books set where I’m traveling. Here are some of my favorite books for vacationing in Southeast Asia (or when you’re dreaming of vacationing!). One thing that struck me as I was thinking about books for this list is how, while I consider myself to be reasonably well-read, I haven’t read just a ton of books set in Southeast Asia. I realized this before my trip, and have definitely added more than a few to my to-read list! Burmese Days by George Orwell I love Orwell in general, and I love…